Happy Birthday: Bruguera, Zabaleta, Moravcova

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These sporting stars are celebrating.

Spanish tennis may have been soaring since the turn of the century but there is one man who can be credited for its resurgence during the 1990s: Sergi Bruguera.

The Catalonian, who turns 46, is a two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medallist. He peaked at No3 in the world rankings in August 1994 and made the French Open final three times, taking home the trophy twice.

His first Roland Garros crown came in 1993, where he beat Jim Courier in a five-set final.

Bruguera defended his Paris title in 1994, defeating Alberto Berasategui in the Philippe-Chatrier Court.

In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bruguera won the silver medal in singles, falling to American Andre Agassi. He finished his career with 14 singles titles.

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Here are the other sport starts born on this day:

1948: Cliff Thorburn, Canadian ex-snooker player, who won the World Championship in 1980 (69).

1976: Martina Moravcova, Slovak former swimmer, who won two silver medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics (41).

1985: Joe Flacco, American football player, who is the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens (32).

1985: Pablo Zabaleta, Argentinian international footballer who plays as a right back for Manchester City (32).

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On this day, 1988: Hirwani makes dream Test debut

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The Indian enjoyed a fairytale Test start.

India fielded 19-year-old leg spinner Narendra Hirwani in the fourth Test in Chennai (then Madras) against the West Indies on this day in 1988.

Hirwani showed his class immediately as he helped bowl the Windies out for just 184, picking up 8-61, to give the Indians a massive first-innings lead of 198.

In the final innings, with the Windies needing 416 to win, Hirwani once again turned up the heat, taking 8-75 and dismissing the legendary Viv Richards twice in the match.

His efforts were enough to seal a 255-run win that helped the hosts draw the series 1-1.

Hirwani’s match figures of 16 for 136 continue to be the best by an bowler on debut.

Other memorable events that took place on this day

1962: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson 8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the 50th men’s Australian Championships at the White City Tennis Club.

1967: A crowd of 62,000 at the Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, witness the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 to win the first Super Bowl.

1990: A 42-year-old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in two rounds in Atlantic City.

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