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Australia’s Alexei Popyrin claimed his first ATP Tour title with a Singapore Open win | Instant News

Alexei Popyrin of Australia won his first ATP Tour final by beating Alexander Bublik in the Singapore Open determination.

Popyrin scored a stunning 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over the world number 46 in less than 85 minutes on Sunday.

21-year-old Popyrin was busted in the fifth game of the final and his talented long forehand shot by Bublik, who was also eyeing his first ATP title, was the opening set when the second was requested.

Popyrin, ranked 114th in the world, won all 12 points on serve in the second set and broke Bublik three times to take it 6-0 in just 20 minutes and equalize.

The two met only once before on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2018 in Astana when the Australian came from a set down to win in three, and Popyrin is expecting the same result.

On serve but trailing 3-2, Bublik double-faulted to give Popyrin a vital break.

The Kazakh player handed the title to Popyrin after his serve failed again with a fifth break of serve in the match.


Popyrin entered the Singapore tournament after reaching the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this month.

The former French Open junior champion achieved a career-high 87 in 2019.

Earlier on Sunday in Singapore, Australian pair Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith were beaten in the doubles final by Belgian top seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-2, 6-3.



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Hong Kong and Singapore in talks on postponing travel bubble: SCMP | Instant News

Hong Kong and Singapore are back in talks over a postponed travel bubble, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous government source. Bloomberg PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 21, 2021 10:45 am IST Hong Kong and Singapore are in talks again over a postponed travel bubble, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous government source. The Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble, which was originally scheduled to start in November last year, has been postponed after a surge in new coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. stories on Facebook and Twitter This story was posted from an agency feed thread with no text editing. Receive our daily newsletter in your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. To close .

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The BWF has extended the Tokyo Olympics qualification window to June 15 | Instant News

(Reuters) – The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Friday that the Tokyo Olympics candidates had until June 15 to secure qualification for the Olympics after a number of World Tour events were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Malaysia Open, originally scheduled for 31 March-4 April, has been pushed back to 25-30 May, while the Malaysia Masters April has been postponed until further notice.

The Singapore Open has also been pushed back by two months and will now be held from 1-6 June.

“In securing new dates for the Malaysia Open and Singapore Open, BWF confirms that the Indonesia Masters 2021 and Indonesia Open 2021 have also been postponed,” said BWF in a statement.

The rankings at the end of April should be the limit for deciding which players will be at the Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 23.

However, the BWF Race to Tokyo standings will now close on June 15, with the Singapore Open as the final tournament for qualification.

Players were allowed to retain the ranking points earned during the original Olympic qualification period before the coronavirus pandemic forced the Olympics to be postponed for a year.

The race to Tokyo will continue at the Swiss Open next month.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Edited by Peter Rutherford


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Kiwi was jailed in Singapore after drunkenly assaulting a taxi driver | Instant News

The New Zealand expat appeared in court after allegedly assaulting a Singapore taxi driver. Photo / 123RF

A New Zealand citizen has been jailed in Singapore after reportedly slapping a taxi driver who missed a turn-off and dropped his credit card.

The Straits Times said Eugene Gerrard Buckley, 59, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of voluntarily causing grievous injuries and was sentenced to 30 weeks in prison.

However, the sentence was delayed until November 2020, when he was returned to prison.

Local media said Buckley went to The Drunken Poet, a pub in Orchard Towers, one night in February last year and had a beer.

After visiting another bar, he entered 60-year-old driver Tan Heng Choon’s taxi, added The Straits Times.

Tan reportedly missed a turn and Buckley became annoyed before telling the driver to stop at Dalvey Rd, saying he wanted to pay.

Prosecutors accused Buckley of handing over his credit card to Tan but the driver dropped it, angering Buckley who then started hitting Tan.

“Mr Tan who was covered in blood managed to get out of the taxi and Buckley then tried to offer some money as compensation,” reported The Straits Times.

But Tan wanted to call the police.

Today Online says Buckley did compensation Tan As for the medical expenses, there is no reason for his actions and grateful that Mr. Tan was not seriously injured.

Buckley mistakenly believed that the taxi driver threw down his card during the incident at 3 a.m. on Feb. 27, Today Online added.

Defense lawyer Andre Jumabhoy reportedly said Buckley was under stress and was experiencing some difficulty breathing which caused him to panic a little.

Jumabhoy said his client was worried about his future and separated from his partner, who was unable to enter Singapore because the borders were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Consular assistance has been offered to Mr Buckley by the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The ministry would not comment further, citing privacy reasons.

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Singapore will suspend green lane travel with Malaysia, Germany and Korea | Instant News

Singapore will suspend mutual green line travel arrangements with Malaysia, Germany and South Korea for three months starting Monday as Covid-19 cases re-emerge around the world.

The Foreign Ministry on Saturday said that Singapore would continue to monitor the global situation and adjust border measures to manage the risk of imports and transmission of the deadly virus.

“Given the return of Covid-19 cases around the world, the Singapore Government will suspend the reciprocal green line (RGL) arrangement with Germany, Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea, for a period of three months starting from Monday, February 1, 2021,0001 hours,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The Singapore government will review the Reciprocal Green Line arrangement at the end of the suspension period. Travelers who have been approved to enter Singapore under this Reciprocal Green Line can continue to do so,” he said.

The RGL arrangement allows residents of countries under the scheme to travel short term for important business and official purposes in Singapore for up to 14 days.

Singapore still has ongoing RGL arrangements with Brunei and certain cities in mainland China – Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang.

The country previously suspended RGL arrangements with Indonesia and Japan in December.

According to the Ministry of Health, there were 25 cases of the new B117 Covid-19 variant until January 26. Twenty of the cases were imported from Europe and five of them came from the local community.

The B117 variant SARS-CoV-2 is one of the few mutated types of coronavirus that is causing concern around the world as it is said to be potentially more contagious. It has spread to 70 countries and territories now.

On Saturday, Singapore reported 58 new Covid-19 cases, 53 of which were imported and the rest local, the ministry said.

That way, the total Covid-19 cases in the country reached 59,507 with 29 fatalities.

Thirty-three people have been discharged from hospitals and other facilities, bringing the country’s total recovery to 59,181.

There are 47 cases that are still being treated in hospital but most are stable or improving, while 192 others are isolated and treated in community facilities.

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