COVER STORY

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01-10-2022

The Queen

No woman in tennis history, whether a champion, challenger, or journeywoman, played with the fierce, primal intensity of Serena Williams. From the precocious teen queen to the record-­smashing 30­-something, Serena dominated, transformed, and transcended tennis.

Briefing

Dinesh Karthik
Statsman

Statsman: Dinesh Karthik’s unique record, Virat Kohli’s long wait

At 15 years and 281 days (as on September 9, 2022), Dinesh Karthik now has the longest playing career by an player in T20I history.
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More Sports

Ultimate Kho Kho — Welcome revival or departure from roots?

Ultimate Kho Kho has transformed kho kho into an edge-of-the-seat, made-for-television extravaganza. For over three weeks at the Balewadi Stadium in P
U20
Volleyball

Junior Volleyball: What’s behind the stunning success of India’s U-18, U-20 teams?

In August, India won medals in the U-18 and U-20 Asian men’s volleyball championships within days of each other. Careful moulding of the players befor
Indian football
India

U-17 World Cup: After FIFA ban, light at the end of the tunnel for Indian football

When the International Football Federation banned the All India Football Federation due to ‘third party interference’ on August 16, the host nation’s
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More Sports

Linthoi Chanambam’s world: Judo in veins, Olympics on mind, hip-hop music for company

When Linthoi Chanambam relaxes, she dances to hip-hop music and enjoys her pizza. When she fights, she ends up writing her name in the history books.
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Columns

Fitnesswise: The many benefits of fitness testing

Fitness testing doesn’t just help athletes achieve their fitness goals. It could be a useful tool in making India a global power in sport.
Ambati Rayudu
Cricket

Interview: Ambati Rayudu on returning to Baroda, hasty decisions, and more

Ambati Rayudu wishes to leave no stones unturned in his quest to find success again with the CSK. He wants to play the entire domestic season, this ti
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Cricket

Chaminda Vaas on bowling to Tendulkar & Co., contributing to Murali’s success, and more

Wednesdays with WV: Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka’s acclaimed fast bowler of the 1990s and 2000s, says he partly contributed to the success of Muttiah Mura
Erling Haaland
Football

Haaland, Tchouameni headline a bustling, expensive football summer transfer window

The 2022-23 season summer transfer window saw an estimated spending of 4.5 billion euros in one window across five leagues, with the Premier League le
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Columns

Sunil Gavaskar column: Kohli, Smith and individual rivalries

Often, rivalry exists between two players who may not even be playing against each other. Soon after Virat Kohli scored his long-awaited century in th
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Women's Cricket

The Hundred offers some more erudition for Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues

With an opportunity to rub shoulders with the best cricketers from around the world, The Hundred is doing India’s female cricketers a world of good.
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Columns

Last Word: Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, and a copybook defensive stroke

There’s one picture that has held a particular fascination. This is of the artist Vanessa Bell in full gear (not cricketing, but what looks like a nev
Max Verstappen
F1

Analysis: Verstappen dominates Dutch, Italian Grands Prix, moves closer to second world title

Speed and luck were in Max Verstappen’s favour as he pipped Lewis Hamilton in Zandvoort and Charles Leclerc in Monza to close in on his second world t
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Tennis

US Open: Alcaraz and Swiatek make it a Slam of gifted wunderkinds

Incredibly, Carlos Alcaraz, the new U.S. Open champion and world No. 1, is a brilliant amalgam of each of the Big Three. Start with the jaw-dropping a
Jordan Pickford
Football

European Leagues: Pickford stands tall for Everton, Lewandowski weaves his magic for Barcelona

Jordan Pickford makes eight saves to deny Liverpool a win in the Merseyside derby. In Ligue 1, Lionel Messi and Neymar show their artistry for Paris S
Suresh Raina
India

Suresh Raina — one of India’s feistiest entertainers

Suresh Raina will forever be remembered as a fierce competitor and a loyal servant of Indian cricket.