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first_img Next French Open: Petra Martic knocks out 2nd seed Karolina PliskovaEarlier, Karolina Pliskova had cruised into the third round of the French Open with victory over Slovakian qualifier Kristina Kucova. Pliskova has won thirteen singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 17:03 IST Karolina Pliskova reacts during her third round match against Petra Martic. (Reuters Photo)Karolina Pliskova’s quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open came to an end on Friday as the second seed lost 6-3 6-3 to Croatia’s Petra Martic.The powerful Czech struggled throughout to find the range on her feared serve and forehand as 31st seed Martic matched her best performance by reaching the last 16.Martic broke in the seventh game and then again two games later as Pliskova hit a backhand long to drop the opener.A lacklustre Pliskova then dropped serve again at the start of the second set before hitting back with a flurry of winners to break her 28-year-old opponent twice in a row.The fightback did not last though and Matic regained control with two more breaks before serving it out at 5-3.Martic will play an unseeded player next, either Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi or Russian Veronika Kudermetova.There was better news for Pliskova’s fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova as the 19-year-old reached the last 16 with a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Spanish 28th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.Also Read | French Open: Serena Williams to face 20-year-old Sofia KeninAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Karolina PliskovaFollow Petra Marticlast_img read more

Rabat – Amidst an uproar over South Africa’s detention of a Moroccan shipment of 50,000 tons of phosphate worth USD 5 million in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, Moroccan government has announced that “Morocco is in a proper legal situation.”“Morocco is in a legal position. The maneuvers of [Morocco’s] rivals will fail,” said Mustapha Khalfi, the Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society and Spokesperson of government, in a press conference held on Thursday.“The natural resources of the Moroccan Sahara are invested in the framework of international law and the requirements of national sovereignty,” Khalfi added. The legality of the detention has been called into question. According to Samir Bennis, co-founder and senior political analyst of Morocco World News, articles 17, 18, and 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea guarantee all states the right to traverse the territorial waters of other states. This right of “innocent passages” can only  be denied if the vessel in question constitutes a threat to the security of the coastal state, but so far no threat has been identified.The ship was detained after South Africa and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front complained that its cargo had been transported illegally from the Western Sahara.The NM Cherry Blossom, carrying the shipment for the OCP, was detained by a civil maritime order in Port Elizabeth, where it had stopped to re-fuel. Phosphate importers in New Zealand said that this is the first seizure of Moroccan shipments they had experienced in 30 years.The shipment’s owners, the Moroccan state-run Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), have told the press that the seizure was a “very normal procedure” and a temporary measure pending the review of Polisario’s complaint.Polisario’s provocation comes after announcing its withdrawal last week from the Guerguerat buffer zone, where its militias had violated the 1991 UN ceasefire agreement by setting up illegal checkpoints to harass and threaten Moroccan truckers.The separatist force declared it would “redeploy” its forces the day before the UN Security Council voted to extend its Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year, with conditions favoring Morocco. read more

← Previous Story VIDEO: No winner in Slovenian derby Next Story → DREAMS COME TRUE: RK Vardar outplay SG Flensburg for F4 Masters Handball World Cup starts on Friday in Omis, Croatia. Exactly 21 teams in three categories (male +37 and +50 and female +25) from 10 countries will compete for the trophies on the first ambitious events in two brand-new hall in beautiful atmosphere of Adriatic coast.Teams are coming from Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Austria.Happening will start on Friday at 16.00 hrs with opening ceremony and few matches.FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM OF ALL MATCHES ON OFFICIAL PAGE.MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – MALE, 37+GROUP A1. BOSNA SARAJEVO (BiH)2. TORNADO (Ukraine)3. OLD BOYS (Hungary)4. JAGODINA (Serbia)GROUP B1. TROGIR (Croatia)2. HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC (Croatia)3. VIENNA ALL-STARS (Austria)4.BRNO (Czech Republic)FRIDAY 28.04.16:00  HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC – VIENNA ALL-STARS16:30  BOSNA SARAJEVO – JAGODINA 117:30  TORNADO – OLD BOYSSATURDAY 29.04.14:00 TROGIR – BRNO14:30 JAGODINA – TORNADO14:30 OLD BOYS – BOSNA SARAJEVO16:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – TROGIR17:00 BRNO – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC17:30 OLD BOYS – JAGODINA18:00 BOSNA SARAJEVO – TORNADOSUNDAY 30.04. 12:30 TROGIR – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC12:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – BRNO15:00 SEMIFINAL 115:30 SEMIFINAL 217:00 3RD PLACE MATCH18:30  FINALMASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – MALE, 50+GROUP A1. ROMA HANDBALL2. ODESSA 3. SPLITGROUP B1. ZLATNE GODINE2. BOSNA SARAJEVO3. OLDI POLSKAFRIDAY 28.04.19:30 ZLATNE GODINE – BOSNA SARAJEVOSATURDAY 29.04.14:00 ROMA HANDBALL – ODESSA16:00 OLDI POLSKA – ZLATNE GODINE17:00 ODESSA – SPLIT19:30 BOSNA SARAJEVO – OLDI POLSKA20:00 SPLIT – ROMA HANDBALLSUNDAY 30.04.13:00 5TH PLACE MATCH13:30 SEMIFINAL 114:00 SEMIFINAL 216:00 3RD PLACE MATCH17:30 FINALMASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – WOMEN, 37+GROUP AODESSAZADARŽARK SPLITCRNA GORAGROUP BSINJŽVRK SPLITMETKOVIĆFRIDAY 28.04.17:00 SINJ – ŽVRK SPLIT 19:00  ODESSA – CRNA GORASATURDAY 29.04.15:00 ZADAR – ŽARK SPLIT15:30  ŽVRK SPLIT – METKOVIĆ18:30  CRNA GORA – ZADAR18:30  METKOVIĆ – SINJ19:00  ŽARK SPLIT – ODESSASUNDAY 30.04.12:00  ODESSA – ZADAR12:00  ŽARK SPLIT – CRNA GORA14:30  SEMIFINAL 114:30  SEMIFINAL 215:00  5TH PLACE MATCH16:30  3RD PLACE MATCH18:00 FINAL read more