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first_img Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 20:50 IST Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match of the French Open. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 6-2 to breeze into 3rd round of French OpenWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Roland GarrosRafael Nadal and Roger Federer have also advanced to 3rd round of the French OpenNovak Djokovic wasted little time beating Henri Laaksonen 6-1 6-4 6-3 on Thursday to breeze into the third round of the French Open and stay on course to hold all four Grand Slam titles.The 32-year-old Serbian top seed, bidding to win his second French Open, was at his clinical best in the opening set against the Swiss lucky loser, dropping only three points on serve.There was a brief loss of focus when Djokovic was broken to love midway though the second set but he was quickly back in the groove to move two sets ahead.Laaksonen, ranked 104th in the world, had only reached the second round once in a Grand Slam, and there was no way back as Djokovic broke twice in the third to wrap up victory.As with holder Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Djokovic has enjoyed a friendly first-week draw and he will face Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso for a place in the fourth round.Serena Williams breezed into the third round of the French Open on Thursday with a routine 6-3 6-2 win against Japanese Kurumi Nara, wasting no energy in her quest for a record-equalling Grand Slam singles title.The 10th seed, chasing a first major since the 2017 Australian Open, survived a first-set fright in her opening match, but there was no hiccup this time.She will take on fellow American Sofia Kenin in the next round, with world number one Naomi Osaka a potential opponent in the quarter-finals.As often with Williams, both the clothes and the arm did the talking on Court Philippe Chatrier.She stepped into the stadium wearing her Virgil Abloh-designed dress printed with the words “Reine, Mere, Championne, Deesse” (Queen, Mother, Champion, Goddess).advertisementOn court, the 37-year-old was given a decent workout by world number 238 Nara, who was playing her only second match in the main draw of a tour-level tournament this year.Nara stood her ground in the first seven games but derailed in the eighth as Williams broke for 5-3 with a booming forehand winner down the line.The Japanese cracked earlier in the second set, dropping serve in the third game, and never recovered as Williams snatched her 801st victory on the tour.Also Read | French Open: Osaka survives early exit, Thiem battles through to 3rd roundAlso Read | French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outAlso SeeFor 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 Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Novak Djokovic French Open 2019: Djokovic, Serena smoothly sail into third roundWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning run at the French Open as he easily crushed Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to third Round at the French Open.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


This week on Conversations with Goodman, host Susan LeBlanc talks to Assistant Professor Trish Ruebottom about her recent co-authored paper on Wall Street reform.LeBlanc and Ruebottom talk about the reforms and regulations needed on Wall Street, which started to be especially noticeable to the general public after the 2008 financial crisis.In their research, Ruebottom and colleagues looked to Wall Street executives to understand and explain why the needed changes did not happen and how they maintained their positions of power even after the crisis.In researching the testimony at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and several media reports where executives spoke on behalf of their banks, Ruebottom and her co-authors found that executives spoke in a way that reaffirmed their authority and undermined their culpability in the crisis by talking about their own expertise and concern for stakeholders, while challenging the same of government and regulatory bodies.Not much has happened, even after a huge outcry for reforms. This research study shows that in order for reforms to take place, another body needs to claim the authority.“Consumers themselves need to have trust in another body that’s not the Wall Street executives,” she said.Ruebottom explains that the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may be able to take on the authority necessary to challenge Wall Street executives, but this is yet to be proven.“The reforms can only happen if there is independent leadership and the ability to challenge the authority,” she said.When asked about what voters need to take into consideration in the upcoming election, Ruebottom talks about the need to look for a plan to make the reforms.“Bernie Sanders has been positioning himself as the independent candidate, but this is only one piece of the puzzle. He has talked about how he would not put a Goldman-Sachs person in charge of the regulatory bodies, but he hasn’t talked about who he would put in,” she said.“Political leaders will discredit their opponents by talking a lot about what they wouldn’t do and without knowing who would be put in place and whether they would be able to challenge that authority, independence is one thing, but it’s only that first step. So, looking at what the plan is to actually make reform and how to challenge the authority is really critical,” she said.Ruebottom says that one key takeaway from her research is that there needs to be a space for counter-narratives wherever people have positions of power. read more