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SINGAPORE---Serena Williams will
play two of the tour's young rising stars
in the round-robin stage of this year's
WTA finals in Singapore.
The draw yesterday placed top-
seeded Williams in the Red Group with
23-year-old Simona Halep and 20-year-
old Eugenie Bouchard as well as the
more experienced Ana Ivanovic, who
has beaten the American only once in
"I don't care who I play, to be
perfectly honest with you. You can put
me against anybody at this point, I'm
ready," said the top-ranked Williams,
whose appearance in Singapore was in
doubt after she pulled out of the China
Open tournament earlier this month
with a knee injury. "I really can't wait for
my match. I wish I had a match
tomorrow." The tournament starts
tomorrow at the 10,000-capacity
Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The 33-year-old Williams won this
year's US Open and has won the past
two WTA finals. The White Group sees
second-seeded Maria Sharapova, the
French Open champion, joined by
Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova,
Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka
Goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams
produced three saves on kicks from
the spot to guide defending champion
Central FC to a 3-2 penalty win over
Point Fortin Civic following a hard-
fought 1-1 draw in their quarterfinal
round clash of the First Citizens Cup
at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on
The "Couva Sharks" advanced into
the semifinal round which will not
include six-time winners W Connection,
after the "Savonnetta Boys" were defeat-
ed 2-0 by San Juan Jabloteh in the earlier
quarterfinal at the Couva venue.
Connection, winners in 2001, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, were
stunned by the two-time winners
Jabloteh and had only themselves to
blame after going under twice in the
Connection defensive St Lucian sign-
ing Jamil Joseph was the wrongdoer on
both occasions in which Jabloteh cap-
A giveaway by Joseph, the last defend-
er, from 25-yards out allowed Jabloteh's
Newtown Sterling a free run towards
goal and upon entering the 18-yard area
the Jamaican forward hit past goalkeeper
Julani Archibald for a 1-0 lead.
That lead was doubled for a 2-0 cush-
ion by the 35th minute when another
Jamaican, Adrian Reid, converted from
the penalty spot against Archibald.
Referee Gyasi Mc Donald had awarded
the kick after Joseph, a St Lucian national
team defender, tripped Jamaican Fabian
Reid in the box.
Jabloteh, winners in 2000 and 2003,
had defeated two-time (2002 and 2009)
winners and last season's defeated finalist
Defence Force 3-2 on penalties following
a 1-1 tie in last Tuesday's play-off at
the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, to
advance into the quarterfinal round, and
the "San Juan Kings" were on their way
to another high profile scalp.
Jabloteh took a defensive approach
from their second goal but had two good
scoring opportunities which were quelled
by Archibald; denying Andell Noray and
substitute Shaquille Bertrand in the 50th
and 83rd minutes, respectively.
Connection meanwhile had a better
share of the chances but failed to cap-
italise and when they did get on target,
another Jamaican, goalkeeper Shane
Mattis stood in their way.
Mattis pulled off two low saves in
the second half while Connection's best
efforts that were out of the Jamaican's
reach, flew inches wide of the target
from forward Hashim Arcia on either
side of the half.
In the second match, Central trailed
from as early as the second minute after
Andre Toussaint, alert near the back
post, guided in a low Steven Joseph
cross from the right for a 1-0 lead.
But like their two previous matches
in the Digicel Pro League this season,
against Caledonia AIA (1-2) and North
East Stars (1-3), Civic went on to lose
after taking the advantage.
Three minutes before the break Cen-
tral levelled the score 1-1 when midfielder
Ataullah Guerra converted from the
Midfielder Sean De Silva had
unleashed a left-footed strike that
brought an excellent block-out by goal-
keeper Marvin Phillip but on the fol-
low-up De Silva was upended by
defender Andre Ettienne forcing referee
Neil Brizan to point to the spot.
Ettienne was booked and Phillip was
later beaten by a low penalty kick from
De Silva, who was denied by Phillip
in the 13th minute, had another attempt
in the 77th minute but his early half-
volley, following a string of Central pass-
es, whisked just wide of the upright.
Civic's star forward and last season's
Digicel Pro League top scorer Marcus
Joseph was restricted from goal with
his only effort on target coming from
a 70th minute free-kick which lacked
power but called a save out of Williams.
Williams, T&T's first choice goalie,
went on to better his national goalkeep-
ing teammate and Civic 'keeper, Phillip,
by denying Andre Toussaint (first),
Matthew Bartholomew (fourth) and
Weslie John (fifth) on kicks from the
penalty spot before teammate Marvin
Oliver scored the winning Central kick.
Phillip produced one save from the
spot to deny Central's second kicker
Jean-Luc Rochford and although De
Silva struck overbar on the third kick,
it still wasn't enough to steer Civic into
the semi-final round.
The quarterfinal round was scheduled
to continue yesterday at the Marvin Lee
Stadium when Police FC was to meet
St Ann's Rangers from 5 pm and two-
time (2011 & 2012) winners Caledonia
AIA was to play North East Stars from
The semifinal round is carded for
Friday with the winner between Police
and Rangers against Central FC and the
winner between Caledonia and North
East Stars against Jabloteh.
Central, Jabloteh advance
to First Citizens semis
Serena Williams up against youth in WTA finals
Central forward Dwight Quintero, right, keeps tabs on Point Fortin Civic defender and captain Andre Ettienne during a First
Citizens Cup quarterfinal clash on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Central won the encounter on spot kicks after a 1-1
draw at full time.
San Juan Jabloteh 2
(Newtown Sterling 14th, Adrian
Reid 35th pen) v W Connection 0.
Central FC 1
(Ataullah Guerra 42nd pen)
v Point Fortin Civic 1 (Andre
scored the only goal
for T&T in a 1-0 vic-
tory over Haiti at the
Fifa World Cup quali-
fiers, on Friday.
"I want to apolo-
gise to the people of
India for our team
pulling out of the
current series. It is
unfortunate and in
my opinion wrong."
Chairman of West
Indies selectors Sir Clive
Lloyd on the West
Indies team pulling out
of their current series
(Ext: 2213, 2711, 2212,
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