Recap 2018: Highs and lows in January

Roger Federer to India’s second Blind World Cup title in cricket — January set the stage for success.

Roger Federer takes a selfie with the Australian Open men’s singles trophy at the Government House in Melbourne.   -  REUTERS

Highs

Swiss pair Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic clinched Hopman Cup beating Germany 2-1 in a thrilling final in Perth. Federer had last won the tournament in 2001, teaming up with Martina Hingis.

India defended the Blind World Cup (cricket) title beating Pakistan by two wickets under the captaincy of Ajay Kumar Reddy.

Roger Federer successfully retained his Australian Open title, his sixth, defeating Marin Cilic in the final, while Caroline Wozniacki won the women's singles, beating Simona Halep in the final to win her first Grand Slam.

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Gilles Simon won the Maharashtra Open defeating Kevin Anderson in the final. It was the first edition of the ATP 250 tournament after it moved from Chennai to Pune.

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Gilles Simon celebrates his victory in the Tata Open final against Kevin Anderson.   -  R. RAGU

 

Lows

India tour of South Africa: India won the third and final Test in Johannesburg by 63 runs, but lost the series 2-1. South Africa won the first two Tests — by 72 and 135 runs respectively.

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Virat Kohli walks back to the dressing room after being dismissed for 54 in the first innings in Johannesburg.   -  AP

 

England was the defending champion going into the Ashes series, having won in 2015. Australia, the host, won the series 4–0, regaining The Ashes after taking an unassailable lead with an innings victory in the third Test.