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Ons Jabeur crashes out of French Open after loss to Coco Gauff

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The quest for a maiden Grand Slam title by Tunisian tennis star, Ons Jabeur, took another hit on Tuesday night as she was knocked out of the French Open quarter finals by American third seed, Coco Gauff, in what turned out to be an absorbing contest.

Gauf who is the current US Open champion, showed her maturity and mentality at Roland Garros to defeat the 8th seeded Jabeur win 4-6 6-2 6-3 and will play Polish top seed Iga Swiatek, who beat her in the 2022 final, in the last four on Thursday.

Court side reports on the match say after a superb opening set which was dominated by Jabeur, the “20-year-old Gauff continued to believe in her game and took advantage of her opponent’s level dipping.”

“Gauff was unable to convert a match point on Jabeur’s serve at 5-2 in the decider, and survived a break point at 5-3, before getting over the line when her opponent dumped an overhead long,” the report said.

“A passionate roar as Gauff celebrated in the middle of the court indicated the magnitude of the test she had come through.”

After the pulsating match, Gauff, however, gave credit to her opponent.

“She’s a tough opponent. I was trying to be more aggressive, she was playing really well and hitting a lot of winners – which I’m not used to.

“I got a little bit tight but I did what I needed to do.

“Whenever I’m not playing, I cheer for Ons too, so thank you guys for making it a great atmosphere. I like playing in atmospheres like this.

“I know you wanted her to win, but even when I was in the bathroom after the first set, I was thinking ‘this is really fun, win or lose’,” she told the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Jabeur who is a three-time major finalist, has endured a tough season because of a niggling knee injury and struggled for form before rediscovering her level at Roland Garros.

However, the 29-year-old was unable to sustain the pressure she put Gauff under after struggling to land as many first serves, and beginning to make rash decisions in her returning, was costly as Gauff turned the match around.

“The quarter-finals is not bad. I’ll take it,” said Jabeur.

“I’m trying to be less hard with myself and be proud with the way I was fighting.”

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Namibia bowled out by Australia to reach T20 World Cup Super 8

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Namibia’s hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup Super 8 was on Tuesday night truncated by Australia as they were bowled out for 72 in a thumping nine-wicket win in Antigua.

Australian leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, took 4-12 to reach a century of T20 international wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Marcus Stoinis claimed two apiece.

Reports on the game noted that after dismissing Namibia in 17 overs, with only two batters reaching double figures, the Australia top order ruthlessly knocked off the runs inside the powerplay.

The victory took Australia above Scotland to the top of Group B, with the two sides playing each other in St Lucia on Sunday.

A win for Scotland would eliminate defending champions England, who first need to beat Oman and Namibia handsomely to have any chance of progressing.

On the other hand, Africa has a representative in Super 8 as
South Africa qualified after Sri Lanka’s match against Nepal in Lauderhill, Florida, was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.

The result however, does not end Sri Lanka’s hopes of a top-two finish in Group D, but they require a highly unlikely sequence of results – including a washout when Bangladesh face the Netherlands on Thursday, to go through.

Australia captain, Mitchell Marsh, who spoke after the match, said:

“A great performance from our bowling team. All-round a very professional performance.

“It’s great to qualify for the Super 8s. We get pretty busy after our game against Scotland so we’ll manage as many people as we can over the next few days.”

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus:

“You can’t sit back against the best in the world – that’s one thing we’ve learned from tonight.

“The skill gap is perhaps there but you can close that a little bit by fighting fire with fire and we haven’t done that enough in this tournament.

“A good side like Australia will expose you if you’re not ready mentally.”

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Female footballers beat up referee over poor officiating in Tanzania (Video)

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A football match in the Tanzanian women’s league between Ceacea Queens and Yanga Princess on Monday was thrown into chaos after the players descended on the female referee over alleged poor officiating.

The incident, which was captured on video, saw the female players assaulting the match official in what has been seriously condemned by the country’s football authorities.

Footage from the attack captured the moment Ceasiaa Queens players violently chased and attacked the referee after a contentious penalty decision.

A local media reports that the incident, which occurred during the closing stages of a crucial league match, has sparked widespread condemnation.

“In the disturbing scenes, the match official is seen being pursued across the pitch by several players after awarding a penalty to the opposition,” the report said.

“The referee’s attempt to flee was momentarily successful as she dashed towards the athletics track surrounding the field, only to be pursued relentlessly.

“Eyewitness videos show that even as she neared the team benches, the chaos escalated.

“One player attempted a physical assault but missed, heightening the tension around the ground.

“The referee was briefly able to distance herself from her pursuers but was surrounded again near the tunnel entrance, leading to further attempts at violence.

“Authorities intervened as some players managed to catch up to the referee, with one launching a kick and a male spectator throwing punches.

“The match was subsequently halted prematurely, with Ceasiaa Queens ahead 2-1 and just minutes away from the final whistle.

“The incident comes at a tense time in the league, as Ceacea Queens and Yanga Princess vie for second and third places, respectively, following Simba’s clinching of the championship with 54 points.”

The assault on the referee has prompted the Football Association of Tanzania to intervene with a vow to commence an immediate investigation into the incident, with potential sanctions pending for those involved.

“Such behaviour tarnishes the spirit of the game and is unacceptable in sports,” an official of the football governing body said in a statement on behalf of the body.

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