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10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!

By Rediff Sports Desk
October 12, 2015 15:39 IST
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It's been an exciting week for Indian sports as tennis sensation Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Martina Hingis lifted their eighth trophy of the season and fourth in a row! Vijender Singh rocked in his debut professional boxing fight.

Whereas Mexican Sergio Perez finished third in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix to hand Force India only the third podium finish in the team's Formula One history.

World champions Germany and Albania both were united in joy on Sunday when they qualified for Euro 2016 in France, while the Rugby World Cup has grabbed eye-balls. recaptures these and other exciting sporting moments from the week gone by....

IMAGE: Sania Mirza, right, and Martina Hingis of Switzerland look elated after winning the womens' doubles final against Hao-Ching Chan and Yun-Jan Chan of Taiwan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Extending their unbeaten record, India’s Sania Mirza and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis lifted their eighth trophy of the season and fourth in a row, winning the WTA China Open, in Beijing, on Saturday.

IMAGE: Force India’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium after finishing third in the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Mexican Sergio Perez said he was on the up after finishing third in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix to hand Force India only the third podium finish in the team's Formula One history.

IMAGE: India's Ravichandran Ashwin winces in pain after diving to stop the ball during the 1st ODI in the Freedom Trophy Series against South Africa at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

Not taking anything away from South Africa for their sensational five-run win in the opening One-Day International in Kanpur, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued Ravichandran Ashwin's injury that robbed the hosts of 5.2 crucial overs from the in-form spinner on Sunday.

Chasing a record 304 at Green Park, India faltered in the final overs to finish on 298 for seven as Rohit Sharma's 150 went in vain.

IMAGE: Indian boxer Vijender Singh celebrates after winning the fight against England's Sonny Whiting during his first professional boxing bout at Manchester Arena. Photograph: PTI

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh made a smashing professional debut by knocking out Britain's Sonny Whiting in the middleweight category ruthlessly demolishing the man, who promised to put him through hell at the Manchester Arena, on Saturday.

Vijender won the contest with a few seconds left in the third of the four-round bout via Technical Knockout, pushing Whiting literally on to the ropes and smacking him with a combination of jabs and uppercuts before the referee stepped in to stop the contest.

IMAGE: Pele waves to fans after his arrival at the Netaji Airport in Kolkata. Photograph: Abhiroop Dey Sarkar

Frenzied scenes were witnessed at the airport this morning when Pele landed in the Kolkata after 38 years as the 74-year-old Brazilian turned emotional and stood on the floor of his SUV to wave at the crowd, who kept chanting his name.

IMAGE: Honda Moto3 rider Livio Loi of Belgium falls during the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

IMAGE: Wales manager Chris Coleman is hosited up by his players as they celebrate after qualifying for Euro 2016 in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

IMAGE: Albanian soccer fans celebrate after their team beat Armenia in Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match. It was their first ever major tournament sparking wild celebrations across the country. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

IMAGE: Japan's Amanaki Mafi scores a try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, at Kingsholm, England, on Sunday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

IMAGE: The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at PNC Park. Photograph: Charles LeClaire/Reuters
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