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All-Williams and Fedal: Stuff of dreams, embellishment of legends


Would you have believed it, dreamt it, envisioned it? Yet, we can savour it—the stuff of dreams, the embellishments of legends—another glorious chapter in the annals of tennis history.

A fitting ending to two momentous occasions—nostalgic yet novel.

An all-Williams final that culminated in Serena’s 23rd singles Grand Slam win and a Fedal encounter lasting a pulsating five sets that saw Federer reverse his hoodoo against his younger opponent Nadal equalling Jack Nicklaus’ golfing record of 18 Slams.

Roger ‘Tiger’ Federer, take a bow while Serena pirouettes with her trophy.

Vamos, Rafa, see you at Roland Garros, hopefully biting into the silverware.

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Venus Williams: I deserve this


​”Should I look across the net and believe the person across the net deserves it more? This mentality is not how champions are made. I’d like to be a champion, in particular this year.The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this.”

—Venus Williams.

Harsha Bhogle: Don’t marry a fan


“I remember telling Rahul many years ago, `Rahul, do any thing, don’t marry a fan’. You must have someone who’ll tell you when you are do ing something wrong. That you were arrogant that day. You were insensitive that day. But if you mar ry a fan, who’s going to tell you that? “

—Harsha Bhogle.


Sanjay Manjrekar: Purity of skill


“When it comes to Test cricket, like the purity of its concept, what is also needed is purity of skill. Hence, a pure batsman or a pure bowler is precious, because he has focused on only one skill all his life, so he is very good at it.” 

—Sanjay Manjrekar. 

Saina Nehwal: Likes


“… I get over a million likes when I meet our political leaders or film actors; I get around a few lakh likes on winning matches,  or for snaps from monuments or foreign landmarks.” 

—Saina Nehwal. 

Billie Jean King: Sports


​”Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”

—Billie Jean King. 

Jonah Lomu: Never been fully fit


​”I always say to people that you have never seen the best of me, and that’s what I mean – I’ve never been fully fit.”

—Jonah Lomu. 

Rahul Verghese: Training


“​Long distance running is like business. Training in the last quarter is what is important; history is history, which the mind and body soon forget.” 

—Rahul Verghese. 

Rahul Verghese: Smiling


“Smiling helps de-stress — it is a simple tool we have been blessed with but one we don’t use adequately. We mistakenly think that the world will collapse if we don’t remain absolutely serious about life!” 

—Rahul Verghese. 

Rahul Verghese: Resuming training


“… if you are a regular marathoner and run two to three marathons a year evenly spaced out and take a three-month break from running, you need to resume your training on the ground floor of the training schedule. Do not try to start from where you left off, even if you have been an active cyclist or swimmer during the gap period. Each sport uses different muscles and needs a different focus.”

—Rahul Verghese. 

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