Kyrgios serves underarm but collapses to meek firstround exit

first_imgZhuhai (China): Nick Kyrgios served underarm once again but the fiery Australian fell away dramatically in the second set in a limp first-round exit at the Zhuhai Championships on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Australian, who has been accused of tanking matches in the past, led the veteran Italian Andreas Seppi 4-1 in the first set, only to go down 7-6 (7/5), 6-1. Kyrgios, who has had numerous run-ins with tennis authorities down the years, elicited a few giggles from a sparse crowd in southern China with an underarm serve in the first set. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Coasting 3-1 and 40-0 up, the 27th-ranked Kyrgios served weakly into the net, before surging into a 4-1 lead. But the Australian, who then appeared to be troubled by his right shoulder, faded alarmingly from there and his previously dominant serve collapsed. He repeatedly felt his shoulder and his game disintegrated as he went down in the first-set tie break. The second set was a non-contest as Seppi, 35, ranked 74th in the world, strolled into round two in 65 unpredictable minutes. Kyrgios has divided tennis by serving underarm in the past, although it is within the rules, albeit rare to see from professionals. The Australian firebrand says he deploys it for tactical reasons, but Spanish legend Rafael Nadal accused him of “lacking respect” by doing it.last_img read more

13 dead in Thailand after truck carrying students flips over

first_imgBangkok: Thirteen people, most of them students, were killed when a pick-up truck flipped over while trying to change lanes on Sunday in the Thai capital, police said. Graphic CCTV footage shows passengers riding in the back being hurled out of the vehicle onto the road in Bangkok’s suburbs. “Twelve people died instantly and one later died at the hospital,” police officer Samran Chaytao told AFP, adding that nine of them were college-age students finished mechanical training for a local company. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report A total of 18 people were in the truck, which was coming from an evening out with students and company officials celebrating the end of their training, Samran said. Two of the five survivors had severe injuries. Deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors. Though many of the victims are motorcyclists, bus crashes involving groups of tourists and migrant labourers often grab headlines. In March last year at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying people returning from holiday in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree. The World Health Organisation’s most recent data showed Thailand with 32.7 road deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 12.4 in the United States.last_img read more