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ATTENTION ALL CHILDREN'S HOMES!
We are hosting a safety and security training session for
managers and staff at Children's Homes to:
• help improve safety at all Homes
• improve the standard of care for children
• assist Homes in meeting the requirements for licensing
You are invited to attend on either:
January 15, 2014, 8.30 am - 3.00 pm
Mandela Hall, Centre of Excellence,
17A Macoya Road, Tunapuna
January 16, 2014, 8.30 am - 3.00 pm,
San Fernando Hill Recreation Centre,
San Fernando Hill
Please contact the Children's Authority
by 12pm, on January 14, 2014.
627-0748 ext. 2012
MELBOURNE---A rusty Novak
Djokovic began his bid for a fourth
consecutive Australian Open title
yesterday with a win over Lukas
Lacko while Serena Williams looked
as polished as ever beating Aus-
tralian teenager Ashleigh Barty.
With his new coach and six-time
Grand Slam singles champion Boris
Becker watching him during an offi-
cial match for the first time, Djokovic
appeared tentative early against the
Slovakian player, who often appeared
content to keep the ball in play.
But as the second-seeded
Djokovic s patience level began to
drop, his skill level stepped up. He
stayed on course for a fifth Australian
title with a 6-5, 7-6 (2), 6-1 win,
hoping to be the first man to achieve
that feat since the Open Era began
Top-ranked Williams won her 23rd
consecutive match---including 18 at
the end of last season and four last
week in winning the Brisbane Inter-
national---after beating Barty 6-2,
6-1 in 57 minutes.
"You have to be ready," Williams
said. "She had nothing to lose."
Williams continues to be in rarified
territory. Her Brisbane title was the
58th of her career---she won 11 last
year, including the French Open and
US Open. A five-time winner of the
Australian Open, she s trying to end
Victoria Azarenka s two-year run as
women s champion at Melbourne
Williams won ten of 11 points at
the net during the Barty match, but
tried to dowse expectations that she ll
vacate her usual place at the base-
"In my mind I ve been at the net
(previously), but now I m physically
going there a little more," Williams
said. "No pressure. My next match
I might stay at the baseline the whole
time. It s nothing I m permanently
working on. I m just trying to have
Djokovic also had a strong finish
to 2013, entering the tournament on
a 24-match winning streak, which
followed his loss to Rafael Nadal in
last year s US Open final. He s now
also on a 22-match winning streak
at Melbourne Park.
"It is the first competitive match
I ve had this season, I haven t played
for five or six weeks," Djokovic said.
"I was a bit rusty on the court the
first two sets. Afterwards it was all
Serena s sister, Venus Williams,
started well earlier yesterday but
unforced errors in two key periods
in her match sent the seven-time
major winner out of the tournament.
The elder Williams missed a
break-point chance in the sixth game
and then, after getting to 40-30 on
serve in the ninth, inexplicably fired
three consecutive double-faults to
surrender a break and just about the
set to No 22-seeded Ekaterina
She took a 3-0 lead in the third
before her unforced error toll climbed
to 56 and Makarova won six of the
next seven games for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-
Three-highly-ranked players were
beaten in the first round, including
2011 Wimbledon champion Petra
Kvitova and two Italians, No 7 Sara
Errani and No 12 Roberta Vinci.
Sixth-seeded Kvitova lost 6-2, 1-
6, 6-4 to No 88-ranked Luksika
Kumkhum of Thailand, who was
playing in just her second Grand
Women s winners included two-
time Australian Open finalist Li Na,
Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flip-
kens, No 9 Angelique Kerber, 2011
US Open champion Sam Stosur, No
14 Ana Ivanovic, No 26 Lucie Safaro-
va, No 28 Flavia Pennetta, No 30
Eugenie Bouchard and No 31 Daniela
Eighth-seeded Stanislas Wawrin-
ka, who won the recent Chennai
Open, was the first man into the
next round, advancing after just 15
games when Andrey Golubev retired
with an injured left leg.
Other winners were third-ranked
David Ferrer, No 7 Tomas Berdych,
No 9 Richard Gasquet, No 14 Mikhail
Youzhny, No 17 Tommy Robredo,
No 19 Kevin Anderson, No 23 Ernests
Gulbis, No 29 Jeremy Chardy, No 32
Ivan Dodig and American Sam Quer-
rey.Today, in the tougher top half the
men s draw, top-seeded Rafael Nadal,
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray
and Roger Federer are all in action.
A look at the first day of the Australian Open
tennis championships yesterday:
Mostly sunny, high of 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit).
Day session: 47,491; Night: 16,104; TOTAL: 63,595.
No 2 Novak Djokovic, No 3 David Ferrer, No 7
Tomas Berdych, No 8 Stanislaw Wawrinka, No 9
Richard Gasquet, No 14 Mikhail Youzhny, No 15
Fabio Fognini, No 17 Tommy Robredo, No 19 Kevin
Anderson, No 20 Jerzy Janowicz, No 23 Ernesto
Gulbis, No 28 Vasek Pospisil, No 29 Jeremy
Chardy, No 30 Dmitry Tursunov, No 32 Ivan Dodig.
No 1 Serena Williams, No 4 Li Na, No 9 Angelique
Kerber, No 14 Ana Ivanovic, No 15 Sabine Lisicki,
No 17 Samantha Stosur, No 18 Kirsten Flipkens,
No 22 Ekaterina Makarova, No 26 Lucie Safarova,
No 28 Flavia Pennetta, No 30 Eugenie Bouchard,
No 31 Daniela Hantuchova.
Men: No 12 Tommy Haas.
Women: No 6 Petra Kvitova, No 7 Sara Errani, No
12 Roberta Vinci.
STAT OF THE DAY: 27: age difference between
43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm and 16-year-old
Belinda Bencic, who beat the veteran Japanese
player in the first round.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"I tried to find her game in YouTube"
Li Na on her research ahead of her first-round win
Monday over 16-year-old Ana Konjuh.
Next up for Li: more Internet research and a 2nd-
round match against 16-year-old Bencic.
No 1 Rafael Nadal vs Bernard Tomic,
No 4 Andy Murray vs Go Soeda,
No 6 Roger Federer vs James Duckworth;
No 2 Victoria Azarenka vs Johanna Larsson,
No 3 Maria Sharapova vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands,
No 10 Caroline Wozniacki vs Lourdes Dominguez
Djokovic, Serena Williams
win at Australian Open
AUSTRALIAN OPEN GLANCE
Serena Williams of the
United States hits a forehand
return to Ashleigh Barty of
Australia during their first
round match at the
Australian Open tennis
championship in Melbourne,
Australia, yesterday. Williams
won 6-2, 6-1. AP PHOTO
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