Kings’ plane struck by lightning on return from India
Murray recovers to win in Shanghai
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.