Carla Suarez Navarro tested the second seed but lost 0-6, 7-6 (3/7), 2-6 in the end.
Star allrounder Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Indian women’s team in the five-match T20 rubber against South Africa, starting February 13 at Potchefstroom.
Contrary to the men’s cricket team that decided against playing any warm-up fixtures in the run-up to the ongoing Test series against South Africa, the Indian women team skipper Mithali Raj on Tuesday insisted on playing a few practice games ahead of the limited-overs series against the South African women.
Captain Virat Kohli revealed on Tuesday there has been some hard talking in the India camp ahead of the third and final Test against South Africa, starting at the Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday.
Pugilists for the Commonwealth Games trials will also be finalised from the tournament.
India would aim to put behind the disappointment of a first-leg final loss when they open their campaign against hosts New Zealand in the second leg of the Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament.
Nadal took a medical time-out late in the fourth set for treatment on an apparent hip injury and was clearly struggling before going out 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI will review India’s dismal performance in South Africa following the conclusion of the tour.
Chung Hyeon took up tennis after a doctor recommended that peering at a green court would help his weak eyesight, and the bespectacled South Korean has never looked back.
The third and last Test between India and South Africa starts on Wednesday at Johannesburg’s New Wanderers Stadium and fans can’t wait for the contest to begin.
Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels cricketers in India and Pakistan are being denied a chance to experience the historic cross-border sporting rivalry between the two countries due to politics.
Juventus moved back within a point of Serie A leaders Napoli with a 1-0 win at home to Genoa on Monda,y although it was hardly a convincing display from the defending champions.
The German, seeded 32, withdrew from his opening match with South Korea’s Chung Hyeon last week and has been fined $45,000 for what is termed “a poor first round performance.”