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PALM BEACH GARDENS---Serena
Williams has warned the rest of
women s tennis there is more to come
from her after she was named WTA
player of the year for the second year
running and the fifth time overall.
Williams enjoyed one of the greatest
seasons in WTA history.
She won 78 of 82 matches, the US
Open and French Open among 11 titles,
and a record $12,385,572 in prize money.
Since February, she s been the oldest
No 1 in WTA history. She s now 32.
She says, "I have some areas where
I can do a lot better for next year and
I look forward to it. Overall I ll remember
the wins, but I also want to learn from
my mistakes so I don t repeat them."
Williams was also player of the year
in 2002, 08, 09 and 12. AP
BRISBANE---Mitchell Johnson left
the Gabba three years ago clobbered
for 170 runs without taking an Eng-
land wicket in an Ashes perform-
ance that cost him his place in the
He left the same ground yesterday
with a haul of 4-61 after some
unnerving short-pitch bowling, help-
ing to skittle England for 136 in its
first innings of the Ashes series. After
also contributing 64 with the bat in
Australia s first innings of 295, he
has proven to the doubters that he
belongs in test cricket.
The Barmy Army had some songs
ready to sing if Johnson failed, as
they did when he struggled in Eng-
land on the 2009 tour, but he s kept
them silent on the first two days in
Johnson spent time working on
his action with fast bowling great
Dennis Lillee in Perth after missing
selection for the winter Ashes tour.
And he got a few short, sharp
reminders about the bowling plans
from Australia pace coach Craig
McDermott at the lunch interval yes-
terday after he strayed down legside
a few too many times. It worked.
"We probably didn t start with the
ball the way we would have liked,"
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin
said. "Billy (McDermott) told the
bowlers in no uncertain terms where
he wanted things to be and we came
back after the break and got out
"Mitch has been bowling with
some very good pace over the last
few months," Haddin added, saying
his pace was "outstanding" on Aus-
tralia s recent limited-overs tour to
India. "Today was just reward for
the work he s put in.
"It s good to have him back. You
always like to have a guy with Mitch s
pace in your team. Any guy who can
push the radar up near 150 Ks, no
matter how well you re playing can
make it uncomfortable for the oppo-
Ryan Harris removed England cap-
tain Alastair Cook with the total at
28, but the tourists appeared to be
getting on top until Johnson dis-
missed Jonathan Trott just before
"That was a big momentum swing
for us," Haddin said, playing down
any suggestion that Johnson needed
any kind of confidence boost. "I don t
think he s had too many problems,
he s a 200 test wicket-taker. I m
comfortable with where Mitch is at."
He peppered Michael Carberry,
England s top scorer with 40, with
two short-pitched balls before getting
him out bowling around the wicket,
then picked up two more wickets as
the tourists lost six for nine in a 58-
Johnson, now 32, made his test
debut in 2007 against Sri Lanka and
his raw pace always made life difficult
for batsmen, but his wayward line
and length sometimes made him too
unreliable for selection.
After his Gabba failure in 2010, he
was recalled because of teammates
injuries for the third Ashes test at
the WACA, and unleashed spells of
6-38 and 3-44. He was man of the
match, the only one Australia won,
as he took only six more wickets in
Despite that, he had 205 wickets
in 51 tests leading into this series,
with Australia desperate to avoid a
fourth consecutive Ashes defeat.
Former Australia captain Allan
Border lobbied for Johnson s recall
for the series, seeing a better tech-
nique and promise. On the eve of
the match, Border publicly said the
pacemen should be let loose to rattle
England, and that s exactly what
Carberry was quick to credit John-
son, but also said he d be more pre-
pared next innings.
"Mitchell is a world-class per-
former. He definitely in terms of pace
he would be up there with some of
the quickest I ve faced in my time,"
Carberry said. "More importantly,
he put the ball in the right area, which
is also going to be tough for anyone.
"In our preparations for the game
we knew what he was going to bring.
We weren t quite up to it today, but
tomorrow is a new day and we have
another innings to prove ourselves
and I m pretty confident we will do
Sri Lanka Cricket has denied it
requested Australia assistant
coach, Steve Rixon, to travel to Sri
Lanka for an interview as part of
the board s appraisal of candidates
for the position of Sri Lanka head
In a statement, the board said
Rixon had been informed he would
be required for an in-person interview
if he had been shortlisted, but talks
with him did not progress that far.
Rixon had, this week, been
scathing of the notion he should
have to interview for the role, given
the visibility of his track record. He
had said the pay SLC had offered
him for the job was "embarrassing"
for the position of a national coach.
"Sri Lanka Cricket would like to
clarify that at no stage was [Rixon]
shortlisted, neither was he asked to
appear for an interview," the state-
ment said. "SLC always follows the
proper procedures and correct
processes in recruitment and would
never consider any applicant who
is not prepared go through the prop-
Both Rixon and the board agree
that he did not formally apply for
the role, but the board said it was
Rixon who had made initial contact,
when he "intimated his desire to be
the head coach of the Sri Lankan
team," through a third party. The
board also rejected Rixon s sugges-
tion that the board had been lax in
its communication with him, and
said it was instead Rixon who had
been unresponsive, hastening the
end of their interaction.
"SLC acting CEO, Mr Ashley De
Silva, contacted Mr Rixon via tele-
phone, and during the discussion
he inquired about the package that
is associated with the said post,"
the statement said. "Since it was
inappropriate to disclose the package
over the phone, SLC forwarded the
current package and requested him
to keep it confidential, and if he is
shortlisted for the post, he will have
to face an interview in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Cricket denies Rixon asked for interview
Australia's Mitchell Johnson, centre, celebrates with David Warner, left, after he got the wicket of England's
Michael Carberry, right, on the second day of the series-opening Ashes cricket Test between England and
Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Williams earns 5th WTA player of the year award
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