Victoria Jane Verstappen, sister of Red Bull star Max Verstappen recently gave birth for the second time. Wishes came pouring from all over to congratulate them on the new addition to the family. Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet also sent in their regards and greetings.
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Max Verstappen, who is currently in the midst of a crunch championship battle, jetted back home to celebrate. The Dutchman flew back to Monaco from Saudi Arabia after the race, where he finished second to Lewis Hamilton.
Victoria Verstappen welcomes second baby
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The Red Bull prodigy’s sister is two years younger than him. She is a beauty and fashion vlogger, active on Instagram and YouTube. Naturally, she has also got a thing for racing as she comes from a motorsports background. The 22-year-old welcomed her second child with her boyfriend Tom Heuts.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner took to the same platform to congratulate the family. Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet also reacted to this blissful news. Notably, Kelly is the daughter of F1 legend Nelson Piquet. She recently celebrated her 33rd birthday. Verstappen flew back home after the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix and combined those festivities with seeing his sister Victoria.
Victoria has named her little boy ‘Lio’. She shared a beautiful Instagram post sharing the first pictures of her newborn with a heartwarming caption. The caption read, “So this little guy decided to come yesterday! 💙 Welcome Lio Heuts 👶🏼 we are so in love with you, you make our family complete 👨👩👦👦💙”
Kelly Piquet also penned a beautiful comment to congratulate Victoria. “Welcome to the world dear Lio 💙 W can’t wait to meet you 🥰🥰🥰”
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with girlfriend Kelly Piquet Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier
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Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open
Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.
In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.
But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.
An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.
The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.
Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.
While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.
Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.
And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.
The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.
“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.
“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.
Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism
EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.
Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.
Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.
The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.
Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.
Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.
Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’
RAFAEL NADAL took aim at Novak Djokovic over a furious on-court meltdown last year.
Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title continues today. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all currently tied on 20 Grand Slams. In his 18-and-a-half year career, this is the first Grand Slam where the Spaniard has not had fellow immortals Federer or Djokovic to contend with. The stars appear to be aligning for Nadal, with the significance of the elusive 21st title scarcely overstated.
His quest for Australian Open glory sees him face Russia’s 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round today.
Federer looks unlikely to add to his collection — he turns 41 in August and has just had a third major knee operation.
Djokovic’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain. Following his bitter legal fight with the Australian government, both the French and US Open appear to be leaning towards a strict policy that prevents unvaccinated players from competing.
The Serbian is reported to be in talks with lawyers to sue the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.
Though Nadal refused to bask in Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, he has criticised his Serbian counterpart in recent months.
During last summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had numerous meltdowns in his bronze medal match defeat to Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
He lost his cool twice in the deciding set, throwing his racket into the empty stands and then smashing another into the net post shortly afterwards.
Though Nadal did not compete in Tokyo, he admitted he would have expected better from the world number one.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Citi Open in Washington in August, he said: “Luckily there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, they are things that happen from time to time.