Kings’ plane struck by light­ning on re­turn from In­dia

Mur­ray re­cov­ers to win in Shang­hai

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Aplane car­ry­ing owner Vivek Ranadive, gen­eral man­ager Vlade Di­vac and other mem­bers of the Sacra­mento Kings or­ga­ni­za­tion was struck by light­ning as the team was on its way back from a trip to In­dia.

The plane was struck while on its way to Eng­land for re­fu­el­ing, be­fore head­ing home to Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia.

The Sacra­mento Bee re­ported that the trav­el­ing party also in­cluded Kings play-by­play an­nouncer Grant Na­pear, Kings color com­men­ta­tor and for­mer player Doug Christie, Sam Amick of The Ath­letic and Spears.

The Kings were in Mum­bai to play a pair of ex­hi­bi­tion games against the In­di­ana Pac­ers. Shang­hai: A roar­ing Andy Mur­ray re­cov­ered from drop­ping the first set to beat Ar­gen­tine qual­i­fier Juan Ig­na­cio Lon­dero in his Shang­hai Masters opener on Mon­day. The 32year-old Bri­ton won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and meets Ital­ian 10th seed Fabio Fognini in the se­cond round.

Osaka re­veals pres­sure of be­ing No. 1:

Naomi Osaka has opened up on the im­mense pres­sure she placed on her­self ear­lier this year that con­trib­uted to a slump in form and the loss of her top rank­ing. “I think this dip that I had re­ally hum­bled me, it made me very mo­ti­vated to be here right now,” she said af­ter com­ing back from a set down to beat cur­rent No. 1 Ash­leigh Barty in Bei­jing’s China Open fi­nal.

Kvi­tova qualifies for WTA Fi­nals:

World No. 7 Pe­tra Kvi­tova has be­come the sixth player to qual­ify for the sea­son-end­ing WTA Fi­nals in Shen­zhen. The 29-year-old Czech will join Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Si­mona Halep, Bianca An­dreescu and Naomi Osaka at the Oc­to­ber 27-Novem­ber 3 tour­na­ment.

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