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Williams beats Ivanovic, eases knee concerns SINGAPORE: Top seed Serena Williams survived a stern test from Ana Ivanovic and eased concerns over her injured knee as she opened the WTA Finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win on Monday.The world number one settled after a nervous start to put in an ultimately clinical performance in Singapore in which she broke Ivanovic at crucial moments in both sets.Williams also proved her fitness, in question after she withdrew from this month's China Open, by chasing down and sliding into points and at one point doing the splits."No one needs to drop-shot against me any more," she said afterwards. "I was just trying to fight as hard as I could, as you could see. I think I've been losing my voice from saying so many 'Come-ons'."Williams recovered to earn the first break, but Ivanovic saved more break points at 4-1 before a net cord helped her break back and win ...

Villas-Boas' Zenit full of respect for Leverkusen BERLIN: Andre Villas-Boas has said his Zenit St Petersburg side need to be wary of their Champions League trip to Bayer Leverkusen despite their strong recent record in Germany.Zenit's 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in last season's round of 16 was their third victory in their last five visits to Germany, although a 4-2 home defeat against Dortmund meant they exited the competition on aggregate.There is all to play for at the BayArena on Wednesday ...
Mourinho furious with Spain after Costa breaks down LONDON: Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Maribor.Mourinho confirmed Costa - who also missed the 2-1 weekend victory at Crystal Palace - aggravated an existing hamstring problem during the last international break with Spain when he faced Slovakia and Luxembourg in the space of four days.The Chelsea manager insists he had no contact ...
Galatasaray-bound Dortmund enduring 'tough times' BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund play Galatasaray away in Wednesday's Champions League clash with their director of sport Michael Zorc admitting they are enduring the "toughest" of times after three straight Bundesliga defeats.Borussia are top of Group D with two wins in Europe after convincingly beating Arsenal 2-0 at home, then Anderlecht 3-0 away, but are 14th in the Bundesliga having taken just a single point from their last five German league matches.A win, three draws and ...
With Cork popped, goals finally flow for Saint Jack LONDON: The adage about London buses springs to mind when thinking of Southampton midfielder Jack Cork - you wait all day for one, then two come at once.After a three-year barren spell in front of goal, the 25-year-old has now scored three goals in a matter of weeks, the latest coming in Saints' stupendous 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland on Saturday."It's strange," he smiled. "Three goals already is amazing for me... hopefully I can keep this ...
Standard Liege manager quits after dismal start to season BRUSSELS: Standard Liege manager Guy Luzon has quit following Sunday's loss to bottom placed Zulte Waregem the Belgian soccer club said on Twitter on Monday.Israeli Luzon, who took over in 2013, oversaw a dismal start to the season in which last year's runners up managed 12 points from 11 matches, culminating in Sunday's 1-2 defeat to bottom side Zulte Waregem."Guy Luzon told the group that he (has) quit his job as manager," Standard Liege said ...
Indian footballer dies after fatal goal celebration NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old Indian footballer has died from severe spinal cord damage after attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault, an official told Reuters on Monday.Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala died on Sunday at a hospital in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram after the incident in Tuesday's match in the third tier Mizoram Premier League (MPL)."We are shocked by the case. We at the Mizoram Football Association did all we could ...


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