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first_img Next Reuters RomeMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 08:56 IST World No. 5 Alexander Zverev has been struggling for consistency in the ongoing clay-court season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld no. 5 Alexander Zverev was stunned in straight sets by Matteo BerrettiniZverev has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early MarchKyrgios displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviourWorld number five Alexander Zverev continued his poor recent form as he crashed out of the Italian Open in the second round while Serena Williams had to pull out of the women’s draw with a recurring knee injury on Tuesday.Serena had beaten Swede Rebecca Peterson in straight sets on Monday and was due to face sister Venus but the injury means her participation at the May 26-June 9 French Open is in doubt.Zverev, who has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early March, did little to suggest he could be a contender at Roland Garros after a 7-5 7-5 defeat by home favourite Matteo Berrettini.Roared on by a partisan home crowd at the Foro Italico, Berrettini took the opening three games before the German, 2017 champion and last year’s runner-up, regained his composure.Berrettini then saved five break points to take a 6-5 lead before the rattled Zverev, who beat the Italian in the same round last year, threw away the opening set with two unforced errors and a double fault.They traded breaks early in the second before Zverev, who saved a match point in the 10th game, committed another flurry of errors, capped by a forehand into the net that handed Berrettini a memorable win.”The environment was great, the match that I played was horrendous,” said the 22-year-old Zverev.Second set meltdown for Nick KyrgiosIn first-round action, David Goffin produced two blistering sets to fight back and beat Stanislav Wawrinka 4-6 6-0 6-2 while Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisementThe flamboyant and unpredictable Kyrgios again displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviour.The Australian won the opening point of the match with what is fast becoming a trademark underarm serve and breezed through the first set before cheers from the crowd turned to jeers amid a second-set meltdown.Having dropped serve to hand Medvedev a 5-3 lead, Kyrgios blasted a ball over the stands, then bent over and turned his backside to Medvedev and finally exchanged words with the umpire before the Russian held to force a third set.As if nothing had happened, Kyrgios got back to business as he hammered in aces and winners, having also capped some good forays to the net with confident volleys to book a second-round clash with Norwegian Casper Ruud.Goffin dropped the opening set before he blew Wawrinka away in the next two, the decisive moment coming in the second game of the third when the Belgian saved a double break point at 1-0 down.He won the next five games and, although the Swiss briefly delayed the inevitable, Goffin was able to celebrate after his frustrated opponent blazed a forehand into the crowd.Also Read | Serena Williams out of Italian Open with knee injury ahead of round 2 tie vs VenusAlso Read | Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosisFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alexander ZverevFollow Nick KyrgiosFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Italian Open 2019 Italian Open: Alexander Zverev crashes out, Kyrgios downs MedvedevWhile world number 5 Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round of Italian Open in Rome, Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe province is asking the public to join efforts to track the health of Nova Scotia’s bat populations. In response to the rapid decline in bat numbers because of white-nose syndrome, the province has partnered with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute to create two tools for the public to report bat sightings: a telephone hotline and a simple online reporting form. White-nose syndrome, a fatal infection caused by the cold-climate fungus Geomyces destructans, has killed millions of bats throughout northeastern North America in just a few years. “Every sighting is important to report, given the low numbers in the wake of the disease,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We can all play a role in their recovery, especially landowners and others who may have direct contact with these species. With numbers so severely impacted, every bat observation now provides important information to biologists and scientists.” “Gathering the collective knowledge of Nova Scotians will be crucial to effective recovery of these bat species,” said Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute wildlife biologist Brad Toms. “Many Nova Scotians live close to these bats and, with their help, we’ll be starting the process with a map rather than a blank piece of paper.” White-nose syndrome causes bats to wake frequently during winter hibernation; with limited food sources available, they can die from starvation and hypothermia. After documenting a 95 per cent decline at five mainland Nova Scotia over-winter hibernation sites, the province listed three species under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act. The public can report sightings of bats, including summer bat roosts and over-winter sites, by calling 1-866-727-3447 (toll-free) or by going online to www.batconservation.ca .last_img read more