Australia, Jan 14 (AP/UNB) — Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that's the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open.
The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena on Monday and needed only 63 minutes to advance.
In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she's acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player's title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.
The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova's double-faults.
That was the only real blemish in Sharapova's stats: She hit 20 winners and won five of her five points at the net.
Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.
Asked if she felt sorry for her young, beaten rival, Sharapova, who lost in the first round at Wimbledon last year, said: "There's no time for that when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam."
Among players who've played at least 10 majors, only 23-time major winner Serena Williams (.986) started the tournament with a better ratio.
Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.
Among the other seeded players advancing were No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-1, 6-4, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.
Sharapova was one of five Australian Open titlists to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1. Rafael Nadal, who won his only Australian title in 2009, was set to play James Duckworth, followed by 2016 winner Angelique Kerber against Polona Hercog.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was scheduled to play Alison Van Utyvanck to start the night session, followed by six-time Australian champion Roger Federer's match against Denis Istomin.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation will go to election on February 5 to elect four vice-presidents, one general secretary, two joint secretaries, one treasurer and 16 executive committee members.
The National Sports Council will nominate the federation president.
The election commission of the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation published the draft list of 76 voters of the election on Sunday.
As per the election schedule announced on January 8, nomination papers will be distributed on January 22, nomination papers can be submitted till January 24 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is January 30.
The list of final candidates will be published on January 31.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) – Bangladeshi Grand Master Ziaur Rahman of Saif SC was sharing the 3rd slot in the 17th Delhi International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament with 23 other players securing five points after the 7th round matches held in India capital New Delhi on Sunday.
Bangladeshi FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman, also from Saif SC, FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Golden SC and Md Abzid Rahman of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society bagged three points each.
Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden SC earned 3 points while Sazzad Kishor of Dhaka Knight’s CC earned 2 points and Ali Ahsan Jewel one point after the 7th round.
In the 7th round matches, GM Zia lost to GM Deeptayan Ghosh of India, FM Parag conceded defeat to IM Gajek Radoslaw of Austria, FM Fahad drew with KG Chaithanyaa of India, Abzid beat Sudarshan Malga of India, Sazzad lost to Mirzaad Wahabuddin of Afghanistan and Jewel lost to Tahsin Tahsin beat Ayan Pal of India, FM Fahad lost to Mohamed Dilshad of India, Abzid lost to FM Mitrabha Guha of India, Sazzad lost to Sourath Biswas of India and Ali Ahsan Jewel lost to Fatima Abdeen of India.
Dhaka, Jan 13 (UNB) - Masuda Akter, a student of the Sociology Department, emerged champion in the annual sports competition of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University on Sunday.
Reshma Akter Eti, a student of the Management Department, finished runner-up in the daylong meet held at the university’s central playground.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the competition in the morning as the chief guest.
DU Pro-VC (Academic) Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmad was the chief guest at the closing ceremony and later she distributed prizes among the winners.
Provost of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib Hall Prof Dr Zakia Parveen, Advisor and Director of Physical Education Centre Prof Dr M Ziaul Hoque Mamun, house tutors, students and officials of the hall were also present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) – Mohammad Humayan Kabir, student of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering emerged champions in the annual sports competition of the Amar Ekushey Hall of Dhaka University.
Saiful Islam Rasel of the Department of Soil, Water and Environment finished runner-up in the meet held at the university central playground on Saturday.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he distributed the prizes among the winners.
Provost of Amar Ekushey Hall Prof Dr Md Anwarul Islam was also present on the occasion.
Earlier, Treasurer of Dhaka University Prof Dr Md Kamaluddin inaugurated the meet in the morning.