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HONG KONG---Venus Williams saw her
chance of qualifying for the season-
ending WTA Finals slip away yesterday
after losing in straight sets to Jelena
Jankovic of Serbia in the semifinals of
the Hong Kong Open.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion
Williams, seeded third, was defeated 6-4,
7-5 in a tense encounter which lasted
two hours, four minutes in front of a
packed center court at Victoria Park.
The 35-year-old Williams needed to
reach the final today to boost her
chances of playing in the lucrative WTA
Finals, starting October 25 in Singapore.
The last time Williams played in the
WTA Finals---where only the world's top
eight-ranked singles players qualify---was
in 2009 in Doha.
Fourth-seeded Jankovic was helped by
a wayward opponent whose usually
strong serve deserted her. Williams also
failed to take her chances, only
converting two of 16 break points in the
Last-minute wild-card entry Jankovic
will now meet Germany's Angelique
Kerber in the final. Earlier, Kerber moved
within one win of cementing her place in
the WTA Finals after beating Samantha
Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-2. (AP)
Jankovic defeats Venus in Hong Kong Open semis
LONDON---Chelsea and Manchester
United bounced back from disap-
pointing losses with impressive wins
in the Premier League yesterday.
Diego Costa, returning from a
three-match suspension for violent
conduct, put the Premier League
champions ahead against Aston Villa
at Stamford Bridge, before defender
Alan Hutton scored an own goal in
Chelsea s 2-0 win.
A victory was welcomed by Jose
Mourinho, who is under pressure due
to his side s faltering start to the sea-
son. Chelsea lost its last match 3-1 at
home to Southampton and Mourinho
feels his team still has work to do to
return to top form.
"Confidence comes with results,
and results bring all the good quality
that the players have to the fore,"
"At the moment, some of my play-
ers have lost confidence but this was
a great team performance."
United won 3-0 against Everton at
Goodison Park, with Morgan Schnei-
derlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne
Rooney scoring in an emphatic
response to the 3-0 defeat against
Arsenal two weeks ago.
"The defeat against Arsenal, two
weeks and I cannot approach them
(during the international break), then
this performance? Fantastic," United
manager Louis van Gaal said.
United is third on 19 points, two
behind Manchester City, which routed
Raheem Sterling scored a hat trick
in the first half and Wilfried Bony
netted twice, meaning injured striker
Sergio Aguero was not missed.
The two Manchester clubs play each
other at Old Trafford next weekend.
"I think it was important for
Raheem to score three goals," City
manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "He
must improve his finishing---he did
that today. I don t think he s a striker
like Kun (Aguero) or Bony but this
year, and I said it when he arrived, I
am sure he will score more goals."
Earlier yesterday, Juergen Klopp s
first Liverpool match ended 0-0
Klopp was without striker Daniel
Sturridge, who picked up a knock in
training on Friday, so gave a first Pre-
mier League start to Divock Origi,
who hit the post with a header after
It was the closest Liverpool came
to scoring, while Tottenham s Clinton
N Jie was later denied by a brilliant
one-handed save from Simon Migno-
"We had our moments. From a very
good corner we hit the post and there
were some other situations where we
could have been a little bit better, but
for today it s ok," Klopp said, while
also explaining that Sturridge could
return for Liverpool s game against
Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on
"We made a diagnosis and screened
him to be sure---we can see a little bit
of swelling but nothing really serious.
So we have to see. I hope he s ready
to play on Thursday," Klopp said.
In the late game yesterday, Arsenal
netted three times in 12 second-half
minutes to win 3-0 against Watford
at Vicarage Road.
Alexis Sanchez begun the scoring
in the 62nd after Mesut Ozil was tack-
led in the penalty area, only for the
ball to roll free.
Giroud then lashed in Ozil s cut-
back six minutes later before Aaron
Ramsey netted his first club goal of
the season, receiving a pass from Hec-
tor Bellerin before his effort was
deflected by Ikechi Anya.
The result means Arsenal stayed
second, above United on goal differ-
Elsewhere, Southampton surren-
dered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at
home to Leicester, Sunderland lost 1-
0 at West Brom in Sam Allardyce s
first game in charge of the Black Cats
and Crystal Palace was beaten 3-1 by
United back to form
Women s wicketkeep-
five fours in a knock
of 67 not out (83 balls)
in the first ODI against
Pakistan Women in St
Lucia, on Friday.
"I must commend
our bowlers. They
did really well in the
first innings. To
come back at the
opposition and actu-
ally bowl them out
was very, very com-
West Indies captain
credits his bowlers
after the regional team
lost the first Test
against Sri Lanka.
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