Sudirman Cup: Japan comeback from behind to defeat Russia 3-2After going down 2-1 to Russia, Japan’s women players came to rescue to win both their singles and doubles matches to guide their team to a 3-2 win.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service Nanning (China)May 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 17:47 IST Japan defeated Russia 3-2 in group match of Sudirman Cup (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJapan defeated Russia 3-2 in their group match at Sudirman CupRussia won the men’s singles and doubles matches to lead 2-1Japan won the women’s singles and doubles to win the team match 3-2 against RussiaTop-ranked Japan defeated Russia 3-2 in their Group 1A opener at the ongoing Sudirman Cup, here on Monday.Japan, one of the favourites for the crown, won the opening mixed doubles through Takuro Hoki, the Korea Open 2018 champion, and Wakana Nagahara, the World Championships 2018 women’s doubles winner. They beat the Russian pair of Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova 21-10, 21-15.After Russia won the men’s singles and men’s doubles matches for a 2-1 lead, Japan regained the upper hand by winning the women’s singles and women’s doubles to seal the victory, reports Efe news.”We were both kind of nervous at first. But we adjusted well and played to our level,” said Nagahara. Hoki termed China as the strongest among all great teams, saying “the goal we made for the Sudirman Cup is to defeat China.”The 63rd-ranked Vladimir Malkov upset the 10th-ranked Kenta Nishimoto 21-18, 21-17 in the men’s singles in 50 minutes. Russia took the lead as All England Open 2016 winners Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov overcame Hiroyuki Endo, winner of Badminton Asia Championships 2019, and Yuta Watanabe, winner of All England Open 2018, 21-19, 21-16 in the men’s doubles.”We have played many times with them and it was a fifty-fifty match. We played well and nearly performed to our best,” said Sozonov.On the performance of his teammate Malkov, Sozonov said, “it’s a surprise for us. It must be an unforgettable match for him. But to play badminton, everything can happen. Japan didn’t send their best players, maybe they made a mistake. Today all of us played well and we deserved the win.”advertisementIn the women’s singles, Nozomi Okuhara, winner of BWF World Championships 2017, broke Russia’s winning streak with an easy victory over the 101st-ranked Natalia Perminova 21-6, 21-16.Japan then recorded its eventual win in the women’s doubles as the second-ranked Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota beat Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova 21-5, 21-16.Japan will play its last group rival Thailand on Wednesday, while Russia meets Thailand on Tuesday. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals.The eight-day Sudirman Cup 2019 kicked off on Sunday with 31 countries and regions participating in the biennial world mixed team championship.Also Read | China beat Malaysia 5-0 in Sudirman Cup openerAlso Read | Sudirman Cup 2019: India eye elusive medal, face tough tests in group stageAlso 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 Sudirman CupFollow Nozomi OkuharaFollow World Championship
The UV environment of the Beagle 2 landing site: detailed investigations and detection of atmospheric state
December 25th 2003 will see the Beagle 2 lander arrive at the surface of Mars in the Isidis region, allowing for the first time in situ measurements of ultraviolet (UV) flux directly from the surface of Mars through the use of a sensor designed as part of a miniaturised environmental package. The expected conditions the sensor will experience are studied here, and the detection signatures for phenomenon such as dust devils. H2O clouds ands near-surface fogs are presented. The beginning and end of mission surface fluxes show little variation, though the period towards mid-nominal mission does experience a maximum in total daily dose levels. Diurnal profiles are calculated highlighting the effects of increased scattering towards shorter wavelengths. A possible dust storm scenario is presented, and the effect upon component UV fluxes is shown to reverse the relative contributions of direct and diffuse components of the total UV flux. The presence of cloud formation above the landing site will be detectable though the observation of elevated diffuse/direct flux ratios. Near-surface morning fogs show a characteristic ‘dip’ in the morning profile when compared to clear mornings, allowing their detection on cloud-free mornings through post-event analysis of long term data. Predicted Phobos eclipses are investigated at each of the sensor centre wavelengths, and show greatest reduction in relative intensity at short wavelengths. Observations of near-miss eclipse events will also be possible, through monitoring of the diffuse UV flux. Dust devil encounters are shown to create a double minima lightcurve, with the depth of the minima dependent upon the total dust loading of the vortex. The effects of these changing conditions on DNA-weighted irradiances are investigated. Possible dust storms provide the greatest increase in biological protection, whereas expected cloud formations at the Beagle 2 site are found to offer negligible protection. Within just five minutes of landing > 95% of any Bacillus subtilis-like bacteria present on the surface of the craft will have lost viability.