Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finals

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 17:42 IST Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal is looking for his second Australian Open titleNadal had won the Australian Open back in 2009Nadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on ThursdayRafael Nadal outclassed USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Tuesday. Tiafoe, who had a dream run in Melbourne so far, was absolutely no match to the 17-time Grand Slam champion as the rampant Nadal marched forward.Nadal came out with complete gusto and took advantage of the early nerves from Tiafoe and broke the 21-year-old in his first serve.Tiafoe fought hard and in fact served exceptionally well for most part of the match but could not break Nadal even once in the match.In his first service game of the match, Tiafoe got broken in each set to go behind early on. In the third and final set of the match, Nadal broke him twice and served out the set to stay on course for his second title in Melbourne.30th Grand Slam [email protected] #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eijorlz1E5#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019It was a heartwarming moment in the end when Nadal and Tiafoe hugged each other at the end and exchanged a few words.First time they’ve met.And we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last…@RafaelNadal and @FTiafoe #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/x0wGsCzgvM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Nadal will next be up against the giant-killer 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the day 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).Stop it @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/22qhcRT2Wo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Tsitsipas himself has had a great run so far even defeating the 6-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer and would want to make it to the final.advertisementConsidering the guile and quality of Tsitsipas, Nadal is set to have a tough task ahead of him.Also Read | Stefanos Tsitsipas is not just an Australian Open semi-finalist. He is also a YouTuberAlso Read | Petra Kvitova beats Ashleigh Barty to reach semi-finalsFor 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 Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finalsAustralian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal hardly broke a sweat as he defeated USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Increasingly under attack women human rights defenders need better back up

Investigating and punishing any form of violence or threat against them. Repeal of any State legislation or elimination of any measures to penalize or obstruct their work. State institutions safeguarding their work to be strengthened. Due diligence of States to protect women human rights defenders that are threatened by non-State actors.,They flagged that women human rights defenders promote international human rights law; mobilize society in identifying human rights violations; and contribute to developing solutions with a gender perspective.According to the UN experts, these defenders call for gender equality and an end to gender-based violence by taking to the streets, airwaves and the internet, “bringing to light truths that are too often buried in darkness.”They often challenge social and cultural norms that limit women’s human rights, taking the necessary but often unpopular route of passionate activism for their cause.The UN experts concluded their statement by condemning all attacks on women human rights defenders.“We are particularly concerned regarding those who have suffered reprisals for their efforts to work with the United Nations and regional bodies.  Participation in the work of the international human rights system is in itself a right and must never be met with intimidation or attacks,” they stressed. Marking International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 29 November, the statement said that the current global context of “unchecked authoritarianism” along with “the rise of populism, of corporate power and of fundamentalist groups” have contributed to closing the space for civil society.“This is being done through the enactment of laws and practices that effectively impede human rights work, including the misapplication of certain laws such as counter-terrorism and public assembly laws,” they explained.The experts pointed out that women human rights defenders also face the additional barriers of economic and other structural discrimination, and “unique challenges driven by deep-rooted discrimination against women and stereotypes entrenched in patriarchal societies related to gender and sexuality.”Moreover, sexual violence, defamation and intimidation, including against their family members, are being used as a deterrence. In 2017, Front Line Defenders recorded that 44 women human rights defenders were killed; an increase from 40 in 2016 and 30 in 2015.,They are at heightened risk of attacks and violence when working in areas such as  sexual and reproductive health, and often challenged by fundamentalist groups during conflict and post-conflict situations.“Situations of armed conflict, and the subsequent break down of the rule of law, create a dangerous environment for women and girls,” the UN experts underscored.“Women human rights defenders are pivotal in promoting sustainable peace, yet they are constantly excluded from peace processes and politics, often criminalized, and they experience gender-based violence, which hampers their participation in decision-making processes,” the experts spelled out.,On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, UN human rights experts express thanks and admiration for their work, calling for:Public recognition by the highest State authorities of the importance and legitimacy of their work, and a commitment to protect them against violence or threats. read more