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Dreams do come true as Gauff crowned America’s tennis queen

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American tennis crowned a new queen and US Open champion on Saturday as Coco Gauff beat Aryna Sabalenka in the Flushing Meadows final to claim her first Grand Slam and ascend the throne left vacant by Serena Williams.

The first teenager to play in a US Open final since Serena in 2001 there was symmetry to the moment as Gauff rallied to beat the second seeded Belarusian 2-6 6-3 6-2 and end a six-year barren stretch for American tennis fans, who were finally able to celebrate a homegrown champion.

“I am so happy I could make this country proud,” said Gauff as chants of “USA, USA” rang out behind her.

American women have been on the rise in recent years moving into the top 10 and winning tournaments but since Serena Williams played her last match on Arthur Ashe in 2022 the US has been without a standard bearer – until now.

Gauff, who as a young girl said she had dreamt of becoming the next Serena Williams, is now just that the undisputed face of US tennis with many predicting she will become the world’s top ranked player one day with a trophy case packed with Grand Slam titles.

“Congratulations to US Open champion, @CocoGauff! We couldn’t be prouder of you on and off the court – and we know the best is yet to come,” posted former US President Barack Obama on social media platform X.

Still just 19-years-old Gauff has matured under an unforgiving sporting spotlight as player and a person.

The finished product was on display on Saturday as Gauff defused Sabalenka’s power with speed and tenacity running down ball-after-ball and then acknowledged her success with grace.

“That little girl, like she had the dream, but I don’t know if she fully believed it,” said Gauff. “As a kid, you have so many dreams.

“As you get older sometimes it can fiddle away. I would tell her don’t lose that dream.”

As impressive as Gauff is on the court she is no less so away from tennis.

Immediately after her win Gauff’s first reaction after lifting herself off the court and wiping away tears of joy was to search the stands for her parents, who used to bring her to New York as a young girl to watch her idols on the same court.

The charismatic teen also possesses a sharp social awareness and delightful sense of humour all of which are going to make her very rich as sponsors rush to her door.

When climate activists interrupted her semi-final causing a nearly hour delay Gauff later showed no animosity saying later she believed that climate change was real.

The US Open this year celebrated Billie Jean King and the 50th anniversary of the fight for equal pay, Gauff playfully acknowledging the struggle when accepting the trophy.

“Thank you Billie Jean for fighting for this,” said Gauff waving a $3 million winner’s cheque.

Gauff has long been tipped for greatness.

A top junior she was presented the key to her city of Delray Beach at just 14 and burst onto the world scene a year later beating another of her idols Venus Williams at Wimbledon.

Progress as a professional has been steady but not always at a pace some demanded.

Last year she made her Grand Slam breakthrough reaching the final of the French Open, but losing. Then at this year’s Wimbledon hit a low with a first round loss that left her feeling like the dream had ended for her.

“It’s been difficult it’s been a long journey to this point,” said Gauff. “I wasn’t a fully developed player, and I still think I have a lot of development to go at that moment.

“I think people were putting a lot of pressure on me to win.

“Now I just realise that I just need to go out there and try my best.”

Renewed focus and the return home for the hard court season brought a change of form and motivation.

Since the Wimbledon loss Gauff has won 18 of 19 matches include US Open, Cincinnati Open and Washington.

“Thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me,” sixth seed Gauff told a packed Arthur Ashe stadium that backed her from the moment she appeared out of the tunnel. “A month ago, I won a 500 (level) title and people said I would stop at that.

“Two weeks ago I won a 1000 title and people were saying that was the biggest it was going to get.

“So three weeks later, I’m here with this trophy right now.

“I tried my best to carry this with grace and I have been doing my best and honestly to those who thought they were putting water on my fire you were really adding gas to it and now I am burning so bright.”

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Brosid Sports celebrates 15-year Legacy on partnering with Legends Intercontinental League T20 Tournament

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With the advent of the Legends Intercontinental T20 Leagues first season, Brosid Sports is celebrating fifteen years of its illustrious history in sports management. Established in 2008 Brosid Sports Private Limited (BSPL) has become a prominent entity recognized for its skillful development and marketing of multiple international sporting properties all thanks to the unwavering vision of Siddharth Bhambri.

Brosid Sports has established itself as a leading producer and distributor of sports content on numerous international platforms thanks to its skillful management of high-profile events and meticulous handling of media rights. Sports fans have enjoyed the excitement of athletic prowess on a variety of exciting venues provided by Brosid Sports ranging from the grandiose innovative competition represented by the Bareilly Premier League, Brosid Super Nova (Women’s), Master class India, Brosid T-20 bash and Republic Golf cup. This range of services highlights the company’s dedication to creating a dynamic environment where athletes have displayed their abilities and spectators enjoyed the thrill of athletic events.

With the formation of the Legends Intercontinental T20 League Brosid Sports takes a leading role in the development of international sporting properties not just as a partner but also as a driving force behind popularizing the event for America’s cricketing fan base.

“We at Brosid Sports have been on the remarkable path of developing original sporting connects” says founder Saurabh Bhambri filling us in on this momentous occasion with pride and excitement. “With our body of work we are in a unique position to cultivate relationship with American sport fans and give them an unrivalled experience of the Legends Intercontinental T20 because of our unwavering commitment and vision.”

Echoing the same sentiment of Saurabh’s, director Rahul Hooda shares, “We are honored to create an empowering legacy for Legends Intercontinental League and that too in its inaugural season. We are simply in a great position to recognize the special requirements of our American fans and provide them with an amazing tournament featuring all of these incredible global cricketing icons.”

Specialized in football, cricket and golf Brosid Sports has successfully organized and carried out a number of high-profile events all of which were painstakingly planned.

Dedicated sports fan Siddharth Bhambri passed away in 2007 and his memory lives on in the company’s mission and core values which inspired the founding of Brosid Sports. Brosid in the memory of late Siddharth Bhambri is an affectionate homage that combines the terms (Sid) from Siddharth and (Bro) from brother signifying the unbreakable tie and dedication to preserve his legacy. In the last fifteen years Brosid Sports has led the way in sports administration planning a variety of occasions that honor athleticism cooperation and the excitement of competition.

Also, the inaugural edition of the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League is scheduled to take place from August 15 to August 29, 2024 with big stars in attendance featuring Cricketing legends Brett Lee, TM Dilshan, Parthiv Patel and Graeme Swann. The Indo Kings, Asian Avengers, Euro Rangers, American Mavericks, Trans-Tasman Titans, African Lions and Caribbean Vikings are the franchise teams that will compete for the inaugural title.

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Legends Intercontinental T-20 League unveiled; marks a new era in modern-day cricket

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USA-based Brosid Sports LLC on Thursday announced the launch of the inaugural edition of the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League during a press event at Shangri-La in New Delhi. The league, featuring legendary stars from various continents, is scheduled to take place from August 15 to 29, 2024 at Moosa Stadium in Texas, USA.

Gracing the occasion were former India wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel and Australia’s legendary pacer Bret Lee, who lend their esteemed presence as brand supporters of the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League.

The league’s CEO and former Ranji player, Mr Vishal Sharma, unveiled the teams, tournament schedule and marquee players for what promises to be a cricketing spectacle.

Scheduled to kickstart on August 16, the tournament will see seven teams -Indo Kings, Asian Avengers, Euro Rangers, American Mavericks, Trans-Tasman Titans, African Lions and Caribbean Vikings- all vying for the inaugural title. The LIT-20 will be played in a single round-robin format, with the top four teams at the end of the league stage advancing to the knockout stage. A total of 24 exhilarating matches will be played, with each day featuring double-headers. The semi-final will take place on August 27, followed by the grand finale on August 28.

Speaking about the newly formed League, Mr Vishal Sharma said, “We are thrilled to launch the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League, which will feature legendary stars from various continents putting on a spectacular cricketing show. Cricket has been growing at a rapid pace in the USA, and we believe this is an ideal time to introduce a legends league to the cricket fans present in the USA. The idea behind the league is to introduce this new market to the legendary stars who have achieved great things in their careers and made us fall in love with the game through their talent. This is the beginning of something special, and we are excited to embark on this journey with stars like Parthiv Patel, Brett Lee, TM Dilshan, and Graeme Swann present with us today on this special occasion.”

Expressing their excitement on being associated with the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League Dilshan said, “I think the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League is going to be amazing. We can share our memories. Those days we played together, we fought on the field and shared great rivalry. Still, people want to see legends playing. So, just excited and looking forward to competing in what will be a cricket extravaganza.”

Lending his support to the league, former Aussie pacer Lee said, “It’s always great for us to see guys that I’ve played against my whole career. I think that’s great, seeing that sport does. It allows an opportunity for us to catch up again. And now with legends in front of our team, it’s going to be a lot of fun. So looking forward to what is in store for the players and it’s great.”

Legendary players such as Graeme Swann, TM Dilshan and Liam Plunkett have confirmed their participation in the inaugural season of the Legends Intercontinental T-20 League. The full roster of players will be announced in the build-up to the tournament.

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World League of Fighters announces grand launch in Bangkok: Winners to secure golden tickets to UAE’s inaugural season

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The World League of Fighters (WLF), the first-of-its-kind franchise based league-styled Muay Thai tournament, announced the grand launch ceremony for the inaugural season on June 1st at the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. Sticking to the league’s ideology of sportainment, the mega launch event will offer the audiences mesmerising live musical performances from some of the renowned artists along with an action-packed fight night comprising of five intense bouts to mesmerise the local Muay Thai fans.

To further capture the imagination of the audiences all around the world, the launch ceremony will be held at the highly popular the New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently owned and run by the Royal Thai Army, the Stadium is regarded as the symbol of modern Muay Thai, and is frequented by the fans who pack the stadium in large numbers each week to witness thrilling fights.

The grand event will be attended by Mr. Rajesh Banga, Chairman World League of Fighters, Mr. Rahul Saxena, President World League of Fighters, Mr. Sunil Mathew, Co-Founder World League of Fighters, Mr. Nilesh Pundir, Co-Founder of World League of Fighters, along with President WBC Muay Thai, Colonel Thanapol Bhakdibhumi. Mr. Samer Al Suojhayer, Co-Founder and Head of Operations WLF Asia, Mr. Kevin P. Noone, Secretary General WBC Muay Thai, and Mr. Fouad Darwish Ceo & Managing Director of Palms Sports will also be present to witness the spectacle.

To kick start the exciting Muay Thai action, USA’s Matt baker will face off against Azerbaijan’s Rauf Gerayzade in the Cruiserweight bout, while Thailand’s own Satanfah Sitsongpeenong will take on Iran’s Mohammad Sirasani in the Middleweight fight. India’s Surya Sagar will vie for a win when he takes on Lithuania’s Deividas Danyla in Welterweight match, and Russia’s Dana Begzhanova will also be in action against Spain’s Alba Morral in the Women’s Featherweight bout. The winners of the four bouts will get a Golden Ticket to the inaugural season of the World League of Fighters which will take place in Abu Dhabi later this year. The Muay Thai action will close with the Headline Contest between Kazakhstan’s Ali Kabdulla and Armenia’s Martun Mezhlumyan in a 170 Pound Catchweight contest.

To further add to the spectacle, the fans will get a chance to groove along with the biggest Thai pop sensation Kratae Rsiam, who recently opened Bruno Mars’ concert in Bangkok, and will be performing live at the launch ceremony. The renowned local musical artist Tong Twopee, who has garnered a cult-like following on social media, will also be performing live for the audience in attendance.

Speaking on the upcoming Launch event, Mr. Rajesh Banga, Chairman World League of Fighters said, “The Launch event in Bangkok is a tiny teaser of the extravaganza that we will be presenting to the world with the inaugural season of World League of Fighters. We are bringing a revolution to the world of combat sports, and we are confident our vision will resonate with the global masses. The Launch event will not only give the fans a chance to enjoy live Muay Thai fights, but also allow them to engage with live musical performances. We are grateful to WBC Muay Thai for their constant support and for the Thailand and Bangkok government authorities for allowing us to showcase our vision at the Mecca of Muay Thai – the New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.”

WLF partnered with World Boxing Council Muay Thai last year to revolutionise the sport of Muay Thai and spread its reach across the globe. This is the first time in the Combat Sport World, a franchise-based league-style tournament is being organised featuring 20 of the world’s best male and female Muay Thai fighters. The renowned international combat sports stars will be divided into 4 franchises that will compete against each other in a round-robin format, to claim the Coveted WLF * WBC Title Belt.

President WBC Muay Thai, Colonel Thanapol Bhakdibhumi, added: “It is about time the adrenaline-pumping sport of Muay Thai gets a revamp. A league-styled competition of such magnitude is a celebration will boost the popularity of the sport and expand its reach beyond horizon. The upcoming Launch event is a moment of celebration for all Muay Thai fans, aficionados, trainers, and fighters not only in Thailand, but all around the globe, and we want to give them a show that they will never ever forget. The mingling of Muay Thai with entertainment is an unprecedented chapter in the history of combat sports and we cannot wait to present a glimpse of what is in store for the fans.”

The event is slated to take place in UAE in September.

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