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Venus Williams Pins Her Hopes On The Quarterfinals


Ace tennis player Venus Williams enters the quarter finals after defeating Alice Cornet of France in the third round of French Open tennis tournament held at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris on May 28. Williams can make it to the eighth round of the Grand Slam tournament if she wins the fourth round against Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinzky. Commenting on her win, she said that Pais is her favorite destination and winning the match was an excuse to stay a little longer. Each round will get better and said she is not going to take it lightly.

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Venus Williams played her first match in 1997 at the French Open where she was part of a team. 20 years later she has the reputation of being the oldest women player. She will be 36 soon. She had seven single titles to her credit, and five of this was won at the Wimbledon, she won two at the US open, but she was not making it big at the Roland Garros recently. She was not part of the 2011 tournament, and she was unable to move past the first or second plays since 2012 to 2015. For Williams, this is the 44th match and for Bacsinszky it 26.

Williams won both matches, and they played opposite each other before, but it was a long time ago at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2015 US open. Last year Bacsinszky reached the semifinals but lost to the Serena Williams. While speaking of her opponent, Williams said that it was a long time she played Bacsinszky and hopes she plays better now as she is seeded No 9. She finished saying she is better too. Meanwhile, on Monday, three US women will be playing including Williams sisters and Madison Keys. Even a single win would mean they will join Shelby Roger giving multiple quarterfinalists since 2004.


Popular Unusual Sports In The World

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There are many sports that have made it to the Olympics and have a great reputation. But did you know there are unusual sports that are getting popular? One among them is Toe wrestling. The name may sound bizarre, but this is taken seriously among those who love the sport. Sports like Wife Carrying also have World Championships. Despite wondering if these are truly a sport but make it all the more interesting and hilarious. Check out these unusual sports.

Ostrich racing has reached the US from Africa. Research says Ostrich can run 43 miles in an hour, and their legs are long enough to reach 16 feet in a single stride. Contenders sit on the ostrich and race them on the track.

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Chessboxing is a combination of chess and boxing. It has round of chess and bouts of boxing. Underwater hockey is similar to the hockey we play on the ground, but this is played underwater. It was found in the year 1954 in the United Kingdom. Toe wrestling is where two contenders lock their feet and battle with their toes similar to hand wrestling. The goal is to pin down each other. Zorbing is a popular racing act. Contenders get into a huge transparent ball and glide down the hill or water or obstacles kept in the way.

Shovel racing is an ice game. Just sit n the shovel and race down the hill. It was included in the Winter X Games in the year 1997 with the competitor severely injured it turned out to be the last game. Sporthocking known as the extreme sitting game was found in Germany. Specialized stools are used to perform the trick. Elephant polo is the regular polo but plays sitting on the elephant using long sticks. It is found in India, Thailand and Nepal. Cycleball is a game where two cyclists compete with each other trying to put the ball in the goal post. Other unusual games are making it to the popular list for its innovation and fun aspect.


How Health Foods Can Go Wrong?

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Health foods are often associated with low-fat foods, as people believe that fat is bad for health. But, health foods are loaded with carbohydrates. People who have tried low-fat diet and added more packaged health foods in their diet would have noticed that it does not help. This is because fat, fiber, and protein are required on a daily basis for the body to function every day. But, food companies started removing fat and replaced it with sugar, which is considered far more dangerous than fat.

A recent study by The Guardian mentions that in 1972, John Yudkin- a British nutrition professor warned that sugar is dangerous than fat. For this claim, the professor was criticized widely.

Carbohydrates provide energy by breaking down to glucose. Sugars breakdown faster, and dramatically raise the blood glucose level. Foods like milk and fruit contain sugar along with fiber and protein and other nutrients. But the health foods contain only carbohydrates, which does not give any nutrition and makes the person even hungrier. The study claims that the calories we gain are mostly from processed food such as bread, cakes, soda and snack bars.

Dietary guidelines with fat-restriction came into effect on 1977 in US which suggests limiting intake of fat to 10%. However, recent studies by BMJ claim that fat restriction has little to no effect in improving health after an eight-year trial with fifty thousand women undergoing fat restriction diet. It did not reduce the women’s risk of cancer, or their weight.

Food companies started replacing fat with carbohydrates, increasing health threats as the ideal amount of sugar intake is just 50 grams per day. The solution for this major health threat is the intake of healthy fats from foods like avocado, nuts and fish and cutting back on refined carbohydrates and snacks. Vegetables are important for an everyday meal. Nuts are a source of healthy fats and fiber. Incorporating fishes like salmon helps protect cell membranes, as they have omega-3 fatty acids. Avocados are rich in fat, fiber and have less sugar. Eating a few slices a day is healthier than carb rich foods.