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The Order of the Parishes
Feb. 14th Toco
Feb. 15th Manzanilla 2nd. Station
Feb. 16th New Grant 3rd. Station
Wednesday Feb. 17th La Brea
Feb. 18th San Fernando 5th. Station
Feb. 19th Tortuga
Feb. 20th Chaguanas 7th. Station
Feb. 21st St. Joseph. 8th. Station
Feb. 22nd Mt. Lambert 9th. Station
Feb. 23rd Santa Cruz. 10th. Station
Wednesday Feb. 24th Petit Valley 11th. Station
Feb. 25th Assumption 12th. Station
Feb. 26th Gonzales 13th. Station
Feb. 27th Cathedral 14th Station
DUBAI---Simona Halep wasn t
sure she would be healthy
enough to defend her title at the
hardcourt Dubai Tennis Cham-
pionships, which start today, so
she didn t enter the event at first.
Feeling better, the Romanian
postponed nose surgery to repair
a deviated septum and got a wild-
"I know it s going to be tough
to defend my title, but I m trying
to be healthy," Halep said Sun-
Halep was upset in the Aus-
tralian Open first round and went
1-1 last week in the Fed Cup quar-
terfinals against the Czech Repub-
lic, losing to Karolina Pliskova but
defeating Petra Kvitova.
Halep has a first-round bye in
Dubai but then faces either former
No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia or
Daria Gavrilova of Australia.
Halep jumped into the top-
seeded spot when top-ranked Ser-
ena Williams withdrew Saturday
citing illness, and the woman who
beat Williams in the Australian
Open final, Angelique Kerber, also
pulled out with a thigh injury.
The third-ranked Halep isn t
taking anything for granted, saying
"every tournament is tough at this
level and everyone can win it."
The fourth-seeded Kvitova, a
two-time Wimbledon champion,
arrived in Dubai as a solo act.
The Czech fired David Kotyza,
her coach of seven years, after
being upset by Gavrilova in the
Australian Open second round last
"Now I don t have any coach
and I m by myself," Kvitova said,
smiling. "I m kind of enjoying this.
I just feel more free than I felt
Venus Williams overpowered
Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 6-2 yes-
terday to win the Taiwan Open
without dropping a set in the
Williams saved six of nine break
points in her first meeting against
the second-seeded Doi.
The seven-time major winner,
a surprise first-round loser at the
Australian Open last month,
earned her 49th career WTA title.
"I ve had so much success in
Asia," Williams said after the
match, having won her last two
titles in China. "I feel like it s very
lucky to play here."
The former No.1 won the final
three games to take the first set
and lost just two more games to
win the final in just under 90 min-
"The last five days were so
exciting, just to feel the enthusiasm
and to play great tennis every day,"
Williams said. "It was perfect week
for me and the tournament did
an amazing job with everything;
the players and fans felt so wel-
come, so it was perfect."
Doi was bidding for her second
WTA career title following last
year s win in Luxembourg.
In doubles, hometown favourites
Chan Yung-Jan and Chan Hao-
Ching won their first title of 2016,
defeating Japanese duo Eri Hozumi
and Miyu Kato, 6-4, 6-3.
ROTTERDAM---Martin Klizan rallied
past fifth-seeded Gael Monfils 6-7 (1),
6-3, 6-1 to win the indoor World Ten-
nis Tournament yesterday.
The 26-year-old Slovak, who saved
eight match points on his way to the
final, won six of the seven break points
he faced against Monfils in their two-
hour match. Monfils had 12 aces but
was broken five times.
The Frenchman could not convert
six break points in the first set before
he prevailed in the tiebreaker.
But Monfils handed his opponent
the first break of the match in the
eighth game of the second set with a
double fault and his play collapsed
Monfils won only six points as Klizan
led the decider 5-0 and sealed the
match with a forehand winner to cap-
ture his fourth career title.
ST PETERSBURG---Roberta Vinci
snapped a losing streak in finals to
beat top-seeded Belinda Bencic 6-4,
6-3 and take the inaugural St Peters-
burg Ladies Trophy yesterday.
It is the tenth career win for No. 16-
ranked Vinci in a WTA singles final
and ends her 0-4 streak in finals dating
back to 2013---including last year s US
Open, where she lost to fellow Italian
A to-and-fro first set between the
top two seeded players saw Vinci broken
twice as she landed just 51 per cent of
her first serves, but she responded with
three breaks of her own.
Vinci then held serve throughout the
second and broke her 18-year-old Swiss
opponent once to take the win in 1
hour, 19 minutes.
Vinci dropped just one set in the
tournament, against Serbia s Ana
Ivanovic in the quarterfinals.
Despite her defeat in the final, the
11th-ranked Bencic is set to rise into
the WTA top 10 for the first time Mon-
Earlier, the top-seeded pair of Mar-
tina Hingis and Sania Mirza cruised to
victory in the doubles final, beating
Vera Dushevina and Barbora Krejcikova
6-3, 6-1 in less than an hour.
Vinci stops Bencic in Russia
Monfils falls in Rotterdam final
Halep eyes title
defence in Dubai
...no Serena or Kerber
Venus cruises to Taiwan title
Simona Halep of Romania reaches for backhand return to Zhang Shuai of China during their first round match
at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, last month. AP PHOTO
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