Wimbledon 2019: Barbora Strycova, Elina Svitolina reach first ever Grand Slam semi-finalWimbledon 2019: Unseeded Barbora Strycova reached her first Grand Slam semi-final ever after beating Johanna Konta in the women’s singles quarters. She will face Serena Williams in the last four.advertisement Associated Press LondonJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 00:19 IST Barbora Strycova defeated Johanna Konta in women’s quarterfinal of Wimbledon 2019. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarbora Strycova defeated Johanna Konta 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach her first Grand Slam semi-finalStrycova will face former world No. 1 Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2019 semisMeanwhile, Elina Svitolina beat Karolina Muchova 7-5, 6-4 to reach semi-finalBarbora Strycova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by beating Johanna Konta 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Centre Court.Strycova trailed 4-1 in the first set but broke back for 4-3 and clinched the tiebreaker when Konta netted a forehand.The unseeded Czech player, who will face Serena Williams in the semifinals, then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second and broke again for a 5-1 lead.Strycova’s only other Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance came in 2014 at Wimbledon, where her serve-and-volley style of play is effective on the grass courts.Konta was the last British player remaining in the tournament. In 2017, Konta became the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1978 to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, and she also made the last four at the French Open in June.In other women’s singles quarter-finals, Elina Svitolina came from a break down in both sets to beat Karolina Muchova 7-5, 6-4 at Wimbledon and reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.Svitolina was down 4-1 in the opening set but broke back when Muchova served at 5-3 and won the next three games as well. In the second set, Muchova broke again for a 2-0 lead only for Svitolina to win the next five games. Svitolina failed to serve out the match on her first attempt at 5-2 but later converted her first match point when Muchova missed a backhand return.Svitolina had lost her previous four Grand Slam quarterfinals, including at this year’s Australian Open, while her previous best result at Wimbledon was reaching the fourth round in 2017. She will next play former No. 1 Simona Halep.advertisementMuchova was trying to become the first woman since 1999 to reach the semifinals on her Wimbledon debut.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams battles to reach semis, Simona Halep eases throughAlso Read | I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty: Rafael Nadal on Centre Court status at Wimbledon 2019Also SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Serena Williams Next
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to file its response on a batch of pleas of over two dozen trainee IAS and IPS officers of the 2018 batch, who have sought parity in the government’s cadre allocation scheme with 20 of their colleagues, who were granted relief by the top court last month.The Supreme Court had, on May 17, granted relief to 20 trainee IAS and IPS officers, who had challenged the government’s cadre allocation process for the 2018 batch, by asking the Centre to accommodate them by increasing one post each in the state cadres of their preference this year. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAfter the May 17 order, now two sets of 2018-batch trainee IAS and IPS officers have moved the apex court — one group of 20 candidates has challenged the Delhi High Court verdict that had quashed the entire cadre allocation process and the other group of five officers has filed a fresh writ petition seeking parity with 20 of their colleagues. Several other trainee IAS and IPS officers have also sought impleadment in these two petitions. A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said prima facie it did not agree with the high court’s view. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”This is our tentative view that prima facie we do not agree with the high court order and the government should not have conceded in this manner,” the bench said as it asked Additional Solicitor General Vikramjeet Banerjee to file the Centre’s affidavit in the matter. It listed the matter after two weeks before a regular bench. Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde and advocate Shashank Ratnoo, appearing for the candidates who have challenged the Delhi High Court verdict, said the government could not give relief to only a select lot of trainee officers. Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the five trainee IAS and IPS officers who have sought parity with 20 of their colleagues, said these trainee officers also had equal rights and that they be permitted to provide cadre preferences afresh. The trainee officers are aggrieved with the Cadre Allocation Policy for All India Services, which was introduced by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on September 5, 2017. According to the 2017 office memorandum on cadre allocation policy, the states and the joint cadres were divided into five zones. According to the policy, the candidates were required to first give their choice in a descending order of preference from amongst various zones. Thereafter, they would indicate one preference of cadre from each preferred zone. The candidates would indicate their second cadre preference for every preferred zone thereafter. A similar process would continue till a preference for all cadres was indicated by the candidates. Cadre allocation for the 2018 batch was undertaken in terms of the Cadre Allocation Policy of 2017 and some persons, with a view to avoid some zones and cadres, had indicated a “no preference” for such zones and cadres.