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The process for assembling that blueprint begins broadly,Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government for not demanding Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs MJ Akbar’s resignation after various women levelled sexual harassment allegations against him Oklahoma and West Virginia continue to feel the aftershocks from teacher protests over low pay and cuts to school spending that shut down schools for days.However with so many exciting youngsters making the cut this time and so many of the veterans finding their form in the nick of time this year’s event promises to be thoroughly competitive and captivating How have the eight women been grouped and who has the best chance of progressing deep into the tournament Here’s a breakdown of the draw: Red group: Can the experience of Kerber hold off the youthfulness of the debutants Players: Angelique Kerber Naomi Osaka Sloane Stephens Kiki Bertens At first glance this seems to be a bit of a sheep-thrown-to-the-wolf kind of situation Osaka Stephens and Bertens are all making their Finals debut and are completely new to the unique pressures of the tournament – which means the experienced Kerber has a distinct advantage even before stepping on the court Moreover the 2016 runner-up has winning head-to-head records against Bertens (2-1) and Osaka (3-1) which is offset only slightly by her losing record against Stephens (1-4) But all has not been well in Kerber-world lately She lost early in both Wuhan and Beijing and has been struggling to maintain her consistency from one set to the next In fact she hasn’t reached a quarter-final since her stirring Wimbledon win Considering how much of a rhythm player she is that is not a good omen At the other end of the spectrum is Osaka who while making her debut at the tournament is riding a huge wave of momentum She has reached at least the semi-finals in her last three tournaments going 15-2 in this stretch She also has the added boost of knowing that if she can beat Serena Williams in a Grand Slam final she can do just about anything Osaka has a losing record to Stephens (0-1) in addition to Kerber (1-3) but has won the only match she has played against Bertens And what of Bertens The plucky Dutchwoman has also been a little lucky lately She got into the Finals only after Halep announced her withdrawal But there was nothing lucky about Bertens’ consistency all through the season; she is the only player in her group to have won three titles this year and also the only one to have won one after the US Open (in Seoul) Bertens has losing records against all the players in the group: 0-1 against both Osaka and Stephens and 1-2 against Kerber But if her tenacious performances this year are anything to go by she’s going to be a tough out That leaves us with Stephens who as always comes in as a bit of a mystery The American has blown either blazing hot or freezing cold this year Some weeks she looks unbeatable and nonchalantly wins Premier Mandatory tournaments and other weeks she loses in the first round to rank outsiders The good news for Stephens is that she’s NOT a rhythm player so her lousy fall so far (she lost in the first round at both Tokyo and Wuhan and the third round at Beijing) should mean little for her chances in Singapore Even better she has winning records against all the players in the group so we know she doesn’t usually struggle against these specific types of players The courts in Singapore have traditionally been slow and low-bouncing which should help Stephens and Kerber in particular Bertens on the other hand loves a bit of extra bounce Even though she has shed her claycourt specialist tag this year by doing incredibly well on hardcourts as well she might struggle to get her heavy groundstrokes clicking in Singapore Everything said and done it’s hard to look past the form player in this group Osaka has proven with her recent exploits that she’s got the powerand the consistency to dominate on a regular basis In a year when she won her first Premier Mandatory and first Slam doing well on her WTA Finals debut shouldn’t be a Herculean task Predicted semi-finalists: Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens White group: Can Pliskova and Svitolina prove that they are more than just making up the numbers or will it be a two-woman show Players: Caroline Wozniacki Petra Kvitova Karolina Pliskova Elina Svitolina This can be called the veterans’ corner even though none of the women here is above 30 Three out of the four players in this group have made multiple appearances at the WTA Finals and two have even lifted the trophy It seems like a generation ago that Kvitova was slashing her way to glory winning every single match on her Finals debut She reached the summit once more after that losing in the 2015 final to Agnieszka Radwanska but has been absent the last two years – and gone through a horrifying knife attack during that time The Czech returned to the tour in mid-2017 but got back to her best only in 2018 winning as many as five titles this year – including the Premier Mandatory in Madrid and the Premier 5 in Doha Whether she does well at the Finals or suffers an early exit is almost immaterial at this point Through her resounding comeback she has already put together a feel-good story to beat all feel-good stories But this is the supremely competitive Petra Kvitova we are talking about so we can be sure she is itching to stamp her trademark power tennis on the Singapore courts one last time She loves playing indoors too and although she has had an unusually quiet fall so far the conditions here should suit her first-strike game What should help even more is her head-to-head record against the other three players in the group She is 8-5 against Wozniacki 3-0 against Pliskova and a whopping 7-1 against Svitolina Speaking of Svitolina she seems to be a bit of an oddity here The Ukrainian hasn’t done much of note since winning the Italian Open in Mayand lost early in both Wuhan and Beijing Indoor hardcourt is not really her surface either so it will be interesting to see whether she changes anything about her game to make a splash in Singapore She has lopsided records against both Kvitova (1-7) and Pliskova (2-5) which would make her job even tougher The only solace She has won three out of four matches against defending champion Wozniacki Defending champion at the WTA Finals reigning Australian Open champion winner of a significant grasscourt tournament – this has been a year of breaking new ground for Wozniacki At Singapore 2017 she played some of the most attacking tennis of her career to win her biggest title up to that point and two months later went a step further and conquered Melbourne Although she fell off the map after that for a while she has regained her form at just the right time winning in Beijing two weeks ago For much of her career the Dane had been a week-to-week grinder She was the kind of player who would enter a bunch of tournaments and hope that she notched up enough wins to maintain a decent ranking but sometime last year she seems to have learned that the big titles are all that history cares about She knows how to peak for the important events now and that bodes well for her chances in Singapore Wozniacki has a winning record (6-3) against Pliskova but trails both Kvitova and Svitolina in the head-to-head That’s something she will want to start correcting soon Rounding off the group is Pliskova who like Wozniacki has found her form in the fall She won in Tokyo and reached the final in Tianjin confirming her Singapore berth at the very last minute She had still entered the Moscow tournament last week just to make sure of her qualification so her strange 6-1 6-2 loss to Vera Zvonareva in the second round there is perhaps understandable This is the third consecutive year that Pliskova is playing at the Finals Considering the fact that she has made steady progress so far – she reached the semi-final in 2017 after being knocked out at the group stage in 2016 – she would be hoping to take one more step forward in 2018 Pliskova has losing records against Kvitova and Wozniacki (5-8 and 3-6 respectively)but has won five out of seven matches against Svitolina It’s not all dark clouds for the woman sometimes called the Ace Machine If she finds her game every day of the week she could well pull a Kvitova 2011 It is not likely but it is certainly possible Predicted semi-finalists: Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova Predicted finalists: Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki Predicted champion: Naomi Osaka Long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Trivendra Singh Rawat will take oath as the next chief minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday afternoon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah are likely to attend the grand ceremony at the Parade Grounds in Dehradun Rawat will be sworn in as the ninth chief minister of the hill state Party sources told IANS that six ministers were also likely to be sworn in with Rawat Trivendra Singh Rawat Image courtesy: Twitter A former associate of Modi Rawat was Agriculture Minister in the previous BJP government in Uttarakhand which was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000 Elected from Doiwala where he defeated Congress’s Hira Singh Bisht with a margin of over 24000 votes Rawat is widely regarded in the party for his organisational skills He is also known as a ‘Pracharak’ (campaigner) in the RSS In the assembly elections the BJP stunned the Congress by winning 57 of the 70 seats in Uttarakhand Rawat will be the fifth BJP chief minister in the state The party formed its first government in the state in 2000 with Nityanand Swami as the first chief minister With inputs from IANS The lower marketability.

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