NEW YORK: Serena Williams trounced old foe Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1 in their blockbuster first-round clash at the U.S. Open on Monday to get her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title off to a flying start. “I just feel like her game really matches up well against mine,” said Williams, who improved to 20-2 in career meetings with the Russian. “I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone. I don’t know. It’s just perfect for me.”

Mother of former Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousaf passed away on Wednesday at Lahore. She was admitted to a private hospital due to the prolonged illness. Yousaf told that his mother was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where she took her last breath. “Lost my world(my mother) today Kindly recite Surah Fatiha for the departed soul and do remember her in your prayers,” he wrote in his tweet.

Pakistan’s top grappler Muhammad Inam Butt bagged gold medal at the World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar by defeating Georgia’s Dato Marsagishvili. Inam turned the game’s result in the last 15 seconds of the final bout when he bounced back and took his opponent down to bag five important points to win the fight with a score of 5-2.

Angelo Mathews scored 87 runs Wednesday to inspire Sri Lanka to their first One-day International series sweep in more than three years, defeating Bangladesh by 122 runs in the third and final match. Sri Lanka’s last sweep was a 2-0 series win at in Ireland in June 2016.

Anfield debutant Curtis Jones scored the winning spot-kick as Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties after an astonishing 5-5 draw to reach the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The 18-year-old substitute kept his cool in front of the Kop to send Liverpool through after the hosts had trailed 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 before a stoppage-time equalizer by Divock Origi.

Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, believes that they are ready to host any form of cricket and wants Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to race efforts to stage Test series against Sri Lanka in December. Shah, while talking to the media during the second ODI at National Stadium Karachi (NSK), said that it is overwhelming to see the increasing interest of the international cricket teams to tour Pakistan.

James Anderson bowled 20 overs for Lancashire second XI on Tuesday after recovering from a right calf injury. The 37-year-old aggravated his calf injury in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston and missed the following two tests. Anderson is expected to appear for the fourth test at Old Trafford starting on Sept. 4 if he would play unscathed at the fourth-day match at chester.

Five-time champions Australia and six-time semi-finalists England meet on Thursday at Edgbaston in an eagerly-awaited match with the winners playing New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday. For England to advance to the World Cup final, Australia must do something they have never done before in seven previous semi-finals at the tournament — lose.

American boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday in Chicago as a result of the traumatic brain injury he suffered during his fight on Saturday, where he was knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round. Day, 27, had been in a coma for four days following his defeat and, despite having emergency brain surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, doctors were unable to save the junior middleweight.

The bilateral cricket series between Pakistan and Indian women teams have fallen in jeopardy due to the current political tensions between the two countries. The political ties between the two arch-rivals are at an extremely low point after Narendra Modi’s government abrogated Article 370 from their constitution that ended the special status of Indian Occupied Kashmir’s.