Men’s singles second seed Roger Federer and defending women’s singles champion Serena Williams cruised past their first round opponents on Tuesday night; Day 2 of the 2014 US Open.
British number one woman Hearther Watson was completely outplayed by Romania’s Sorana Cirstea earlier that day.
The 22-year-old ranked 45th in the world held serve just once in her 6-1 6-1 loss to Cirstea.
“She hasn’t been in great form and I’ve been having a great year, and I didn’t expect to play like this,” Watson said of her conqueror, who dropped from 22nd in the WTA rankings to 80th this year.
“I thought I was playing pretty well in practice, but it’s a Grand Slam and everybody is going to bring it no matter how they’re feeling.”
Arthur Ashe Stadium
Federer, whose last of five titles at Flushing Meadows came in 2008, needed two hours and 26 minutes to end Australia’s 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic, 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4).
“Marinko has got a big game, I was never quite sure what to expect,” said Federer after beating a player who is known as ‘Mad Dog’ with one of his own sports idol Michael Jordan watching in the stand. “I’m happy I came through. It was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be in the third set when I had a break. But it’s always good to win tie-breaks.”
Top women’s seed Williams was untroubled by fellow American Taylor Townsend. The 32-year-old, who also has five US Open titles, saw off her compatriot 6-3 6-1 in 55 minutes.
“I love coming out to play here. This was the first slam I won and I love to come back. I never want it to stop.,” Williams, who is chasing for her third successive title of the fourth Grand Slam, said.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova raced to a 6-1 6-0 win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in 54 minutes.
“I’m very happy. First round is always nerves,” said the Czech Republican. “It was the same before this match – when I woke up, I started to feel nervous. I was just glad how I played. I remember 2011 when I lost my first round after winning Wimbledon.”
Eighth seed Ana Ivanovic also sealed a comfortable 6-3 6-0 over Alison Riske of USA in one hour and five minutes.
America’s John Isner was better than his compatriot Marcos Giron, in a contest that ended 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 (7-2)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
Men’s fourth seed David Ferrer dropped a set on his way to a 6-1 6-2 2-6 6-2 win over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Hercegovina.
America’s Sam Querrey overcame Argentine Maximo Gonzalez in a 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 win.
Asked if this tournament was important for American players to prove they are not also-rans, Querrey said: “That’s not on my mind, but it is important. It’s the last Grand Slam of the year, only one in our country. It’s the one I think all of us would like to win more than the others. It would be great if not only one of us could make a run but a couple of us, or three or four of us and really boost American men’s tennis.”
Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard proved too hot for Bulgaria’s Olga Govortsova.
The Canadian, who has suffered from knee and hamstring injuries since losing the Wimbledon final and has won only one match in three events, rounded off a 6-2 6-1 win over her opponents in 59 minutes.
“Obviously I would have liked more matches, but that’s the way it is sometimes,” explained Bouchard. “I feel like I practised well before, and that was the best I could do at that moment. I’m definitely feeling healthier than I have the past few weeks.”
America’s world number 27 Madison Keys beat Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova 6-0 6-3.
Sam Stosur beat America’s Lauren Davis 6-1 6-4.
Jack Sock of the United States retired in the fourth set of his tie with Spain’s Pablo Andujar, with the latter leading 6-4 3-6 6-1 0-0.
Belgian Victoria Azarenka beat Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-7 (7-3), 6-4 6-1.
Number 20-ranked Frenchman Gael Monfils beat Jared Donaldson of USA 6-4 6-2 6-4.
Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack
Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.
The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.
Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.
Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.
The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.
The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria
Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.
This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.
However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.
Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.
The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.
Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?
The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.
Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.
Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.
Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.
As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.
Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.
With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.
Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.
Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:
One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.
Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.
This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.
It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.
The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:
As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.
The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.
The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.
This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.
With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.
If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.
Wrapping It Up:
We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.
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Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content.
- Latest Sports News (SportyNews)
Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news.
- Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)
Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores.
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Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.
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