● Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldo — or El Fenomeno (The Phenomenon) — has called it quits at the age of 34. The Corinthians striker, who holds the record for the maximum number of World Cup goals, said that injuries in the past two years made him bring forward his retirement. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, or Ronaldo, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title, has also been suffering from thyroid and associated weight gain problem. The footballer who describes his career as “beautiful, emotional and marvellous” finished his career with 62 goals in 97 appearances.
At the top
● Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the Women’s Australian Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters in the past two weeks to clinch the world No. 1 rank from South Korean Jiyai Shin. This is the first time that the 22-year-old reached this height. Tseng, the winner of the 2010 LPGA Player of the Year award, has won three of the LPGA’s four major titles. If she can win the US Women’s Open in July in Colorado, Tseng will complete a career Grand Slam. She will also become the youngest to complete it. All the best!
● As swimmers rewrote the record books at the 34th National Games in Ranchi, 12-year-old A.V. Jayaveena, from Tamil Nadu, did her bit by becoming the youngest swimmer to win a National Games medal when she won two bronzes — in 200m breaststroke and 200m relay. Daughter of Tamil actor Vijay Kumar and a Class VII student, Jayaveena then went on to grab the silver medal in 50m breastroke, while Maharashtra’s Poorva Shetye finished first. Three cheers for Jayaveena!
● Kim Clijsters could have easily used her neck injury as an excuse for her 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova in the Paris Open recently. But she did not. Instead, she graciously admitted that Kvitova deserved to win. Clijsters with her recent US Open and Australian Open titles, may be world No. 1, but it was just not her day. Kvitova, world No. 18, showed great form and power on the hardcourt and easily grabbed her third career title. Better luck next time, Clijsters.
You can’t get through this week without…
● …catching up with the ICC Cricket World Cup matches being hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.This is the tenth cricket World Cup and 14 nations, divided into Group A and Group B, are participating. So get your friends over and have fun cheering your favourite team together!