Hopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with Switzerland

first_imgHopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with SwitzerlandGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.advertisement Reuters PerthJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 23:03 IST Angelique Kerber beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with SwitzerlandGermany will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matchesAngelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev cruised through their singles matches on Friday as Germany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.Kerber and Zverev will take on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.They will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018 and secure a first trophy in the mixed team competition for Germany since 1995.vBring on the rematch. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/3RomiPc8LNHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Wimbledon champion Kerber saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to set the ball rolling for Germany on Friday, before Zverev swatted aside Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-3 to seal the win.Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matches, while the Swiss topped Group B with two victories from their three encounters.”It’s nice to be back in a final. It’s nice to play Switzerland as well,” ATP Finals champion Zverev said.Timing is everything in tennis #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/QnamJuEaJCHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019″We lost a very close match last year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again. And that’s why me and Angie decided after last year’s final that we’re definitely going to come back here to Perth.”Congratulations to Team Germany on again reaching the #HopmanCup finalListen to what Sascha and @AngeliqueKerber have to say ahead of the title match. pic.twitter.com/R1fYzUlIKvadvertisementHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019#Benderer hitting the practice court ahead of the final tomorrow. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/f7nERJx1yVHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3(1) to sign off with a consolation win.Earlier, Spain defeated France 2-1 in their final round-robin encounter as former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Alize Cornet 6-1 6-3 before veteran David Ferrer battled past Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2).”It’s going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play,” Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.”For me it’s a pleasure to play here in this centre court at Hopman Cup. I never played (before) but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here.”Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.Also 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Angelique KerberFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Hopman CupFollow Roger FedererFollow Belinda Bencic Nextlast_img read more

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Venezuela prisons beyond monstrous UN warns highlighting plight of Colombian detainees

Issuing the alert in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said that there were specific concerns for the well-being of 59 Colombian nationals, who’ve been held for more than two years without being charged.They were picked up in a security operation in 2016 and are now sharing a single cell at a facility in the country’s capital, Caracas, Ms Shamdasani said. Many of them are ill, she told journalists. “The 59 were accused of being Colombian paramilitaries but to date, no evidence or charges have been brought against them,” Ms Shamdasani explained. “In November 2017, a Venezuelan judge had ruled that they should be unconditionally released. However, they remain in detention.”Investigation vital into death of Fernando AlbanAsked about Fernando Alban, a critic of the government whose death was announced on Monday at the headquarters of the country’s intelligence services, Ms Shamdasani confirmed the need for an independent, transparent investigation to clarify reports that he had jumped to his death from the 10th floor.“There are so many different reports, and quite a lot of speculation on exactly what happened,” Ms Shamdasani said. “On whether Mr Alban committed suicide, whether he was thrown, whether he was ill-treated, which is why we need an independent, transparent investigation to clarify the circumstances of his death.” Overcrowding is rife…infrastructure is infested with rats and insects. Not all detainees have access to natural light – Ravina Shamdasani, OHCHROn the subject of the Colombian detainees, Ms Shamdasani explained that the men were rounded up during so-called Operations for the Liberation of the People (OLP), which the Venezuelan Government had said were designed to break up criminal gangs and bring criminals to justice.Calling on the authorities to comply with the judge’s ruling and free the Colombians, Ms Shamdasani underlined the dire conditions in the country’s prisons.“Overcrowding is rife,” she said. “The infrastructure is infested with rats and insects. Not all detainees have access to natural light. And in many detention centres across the country, detainees have limited access to food and water, including drinking water.”The deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela was detailed in a recent UN report. Published in June, it highlighted the accelerating erosion of the rule of law amid unprecedented mass demonstrations and the excessive use of force in security operations.Allegations of extrajudicial killings linked to OLP raids first surfaced in July 2015, the report found, after an operation took place in one of the poorest and most violent neighbourhoods in Caracas, Cota 905, in which 14 people died and 134 were arrested.Citing information from the Attorney General’s Office, the OHCHR report noted that between July 2015 and March 2017, 505 people were killed in OLPs, including four women and 24 children.Dozens of detention centre deaths The UN report also detailed the deaths last year of 39 inmates at a detention centre in the state of Amazonas, where security forces had retaken control, after detainees had established a system of self-government within the facility several years earlier. “There have also been violent situations as you know in Venezuelan prisons, where because of these terrible conditions, or because of other ill-treatment, riots have broken out,” Ms Shamdasani said. “So, really, the conditions are beyond monstrous in these detention facilities.”Citing civil society records, the UN human rights office report noted that “at least 570 people, including 35 children, were arbitrarily detained” in Venezuela between August 2017 and April 2018. Ms Shamdasani said that one of the Colombian prisoners, William Estremor, had been taken to a hospital emergency department on Monday. He was then reported to have been transferred to a small infirmary at premises in Caracas of the country’s intelligence services, but there has been no update on his condition, the OHCHR spokesperson explained. “As far as international human rights law is concerned, their detention could very well amount to arbitrary detention,” Ms Shamdasani said. “This case has been referred to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.”At its last session, the UN Human Rights Council mandated OHCHR to gather information on the situation in Venezuela and report back to Member States next year. read more

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