Weekly Digest: India outclasses Pakistan in CT, Real Madrid wins Champions League

Real Madrid defended its Champions League title, India registered a thumping victory over Pakistan in its Champions Trophy opener and Sai Praneeth won the Thailand Open badminton title as the week witnessed a heady mix of action in different sports.

Fans celebrate India's victory over Pakistan.   -  Reuters

Football:

 

Champions League: Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend its European title in the Champions League era with a 4-1 win over Juventus in Saturday's final. Victory in pictures,

 

Cricket:

 

Champions Trophy: India launched its Champions Trophy title-defence with a 124-run rout of arch-rival Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.

In the first match of the Champion Trophy, England defeated Bangladesh comprehensively by eight wickets. The second match between Australia and New Zealand was abandoned after intermittent showers (Report) while Hashim Amla’s composed century set up a 96-run victory for South Africa over Sri Lanka (Match report).

 

Tennis:

French Open: A first-round heartache for Alexander Zverev (among the favourites) and Angelique Kerber (top seed) ensure a first day jolt in the French Open, but Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have managed to stay afloat, albeit in a contrasting fashion, and progress to the quarterfinal at the end of the first week. In the women’s section, Paris witnessed resilience as Petra Kvitova made a quicker-than-anticipated return to tennis after knife attack and spread the joy with a first-round victory. Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina kept their hopes alive by safely making it to the second week of play at the Roland Garros while defending champion Garbine Muguruza and veteran Venus Williams stumbled out in the pre-quarters. (Report)

 

Badminton:

 

Thailand Open: B. Sai Praneeth defeated Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 to win the Thailand Open. (Report)

 

Athletics:

Federation Cup: Anu Raghavan set a new meet record in the women’s 400-metre hurdles with a time of 57.39 seconds on the opening day of the 21st Federation Cup athletics championship. Neeraj Chopra (Javelin throw), B. Chethan ( high jump) and Nirmala (400m ) were among the winners. ( Read Round-up: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4)

 

Motorsport:

 

MotoGP: Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso thrilled the home crowds with a stirring MotoGP victory at Mugello on Sunday that saw him edge championship leader Maverick Vinales. (Report)