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The Unthinkable Upset! Serena Defeated by Unseeded Vinci in US Open Semis



Serena Williams has dropped her bid for a calendar Grand Slam after losing in three sets to unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci in the semi-final of the US Open on Friday.

A nerveless Vinci succeeded on 42 out of her 57 first serves against Serena’s 30 to 45 differentials to claim a 2-6 6-4 6-4 win.

She sets up an all-Italian final against a player positioned 17 places above her in the WTA rankings, Flavia Pennetta on Saturday.

It will be the first Grand Slam final between two Italians and the first between two women of ages +30 in the Open Era.

“I’m sorry for the American people, for Serena the Grand Slam, everything… But today is my day,” the 5 foot 4 inches tall Taranto native, who as well as her opponent in tomorrow’s championship match will be competing in their first Grand Slam final, said in her on-court interview.

“I will enjoy this moment today – and then tomorrow we will see.”

Pennetta, seeded 26th, earlier on Friday sailed past Romanian Simona Halep 6-1 6-3 as both the first and second seed were ousted from Flushing Meadows in the last 4 of the women’s singles.

Is it the defeat? Or the fact that the world No. 43 had never beaten the American in all their four meetings prior to Friday? Or because Serena would have moved within a single win margin of becoming only the fourth woman after Steffi Graff (1988), Margaret Court (1970) and Maureen Connolly Brinker (1953) to hold all Grand Slam trophies at once in a single year, had she scaled Vinci’s hurdle?

The 33-year-old was not just an overwhelming favourite against Vinci but also to achieve what could have become her 22nd major triumph and a record seventh in New York, but in the end it was great to see the courageous underdog triumph while shattering what would have been the toast of a glittering career by the tennis queen from Compton, who nonetheless remains one of the greatest players of all-time.

Serena Williams is a 21-Time Grand Slam Champion. Image: Getty via USTA.

Serena Williams is a 21-Time Grand Slam Champion. Image: Getty via USTA.

“I don’t want to talk about how disappointing this is for me,” Serena said in her press conference.

“She played out of her mind. I don’t think I played that bad – made a few more unforced errors – but she played really well.

“I made a couple of tight shots – about two – but that is normal in any match for me.”

Vinci’s previous best Grand Slam result were US Open quarter-final appearances in 2012 and 2013, but has topped the year-end world No. 1 rankings in the women’s doubles twice, 2012 and 2014, alongside compatriot and Italy No. 1 Sara Errani.

Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games of the opening set, with the top seed, who was first to drop serve in a deuce game, holding to close out a one-set-to-love lead.

Vinci upped the antic on Williams midway in the second set, while the world No. 1 was already capping twice as much unforced errors as his opponent.

The 32-year-old moved to within a break of Williams in the fifth game and they both held serves for the rest of the set as the Italian tied the match a set apiece.

The third set went with serves until the seventh game, when a Serena consecutive double faults allowed Vinci to open a 15-30 lead and, despite the lowly rated Vinci making a mess of a double break point, Serena slammed an easy volley into the net for deuce.

The resilient Vinci continued to get behind every of Serena’s ball and then conjured her fourth break point on her tenth attempt to move 3-4 up.

The 21-time major winner brought up two break points in the ensuing game but sent the first one long and even when she appeared in control of the second rally; suddenly steered the ball into the tramlines. With Serena’s groundstrokes failing like last night’s New York weather, Vinci claimed the resultant deuce game to move one game away.

Two aces and a smash helped Serena save match point before Vinci served out the the two-hour long contest for the biggest win of her career.

“When I woke up this morning I said to myself ‘I have a semi-final, just enjoy it, don’t think about Serena.’ I didn’t expect to win – but I won!” she beamed at the largely disappointed crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I said in my mind ‘out the ball on the court and run. And don’t think about Serena on the other side of the court.”


Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack



BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

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.

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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.



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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
the article.

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 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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Betting – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!



For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches. 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) 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. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

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.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on!

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