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Simona Halep handed an out-of-sorts
Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat
of her long and illustrious career as the
Romanian beat the world No 1 6-0, 6-2 at
the WTA Finals today.
As well as Halep played in moving her
opponent around Singapore’s purple Indoor
hard court, the 33-year-old American only
had herself to blame for the defeat after her
ser ve fell apart and the errors flowed.
The loss halted the double defending
champion’s winning streak at the season-
ending event at 16 matches and leaves her
needing to beat Eugenie Bouchard, who later
lost 6-1, 6-3 to Ana Ivanovic, to reach the last
four from the Red Group.
“It was actually embarrassing I think
describes the way I played. Yeah, very
embarrassing,” Williams told reporters,
before heaping praise on Halep. “ I’ve seen her
play a lot. Like I said, she’s never played like
Williams gave no indication of the struggles
that awaited her as she boomed down an ace
to start the match between the two players
who were impressive in claiming straight
sets victories in their opening Red Group
That ace would be one of only nine points
the 18-times grand slam champion would
win in the opening set as her game fell apart
to give Maria Sharapova hope of overhauling
her to finish the season as world No 1.
Halep, ser ving supremely, needed only 12
minutes to race 4-0 ahead with Williams
looking almost in shock at her routine failure
to send simple groundstrokes over the net.
The American, looking for a fifth WTA
Finals title, also tossed in six double faults
with the few second ser ves that did make it
over getting rough treatment from Halep.
The Romanian, runner-up at the French
Open earlier this year, grew in confidence
as Williams offered little hope of a recovery.
Halep, who beat Bouchard in her opener on
Monday, smashed an ace to take the set 6-0
at the third opportunity.
The last time Williams lost a set 6-0 was
in Madrid last year at the hands of Anabel
Medina Garrigues, but then she bounced
back to win the match and the tournament.
That scenario never looked like repeating
itself on Wednesday.
Jumping around in between points and
screaming at herself in an attempt to get
out of the hole, she finally got herself on the
board in the ninth game as she held ser ve to
make it 2-1.
Williams then rallied on the impressive
Halep ser ve to force a break point but the
23-year-old Romanian snuffed it out with
another ace and went on to make the key
hold for 3-1.
Rather than feel the heat as the victory line
approached, Halep revelled.
She stepped away from her traditional
counter-punch game and went on the front
foot, landing attacking groundstrokes to move
Williams around the court as she moved 5-2
ahead with the American despondent.
She claimed the famous win on her first
match point, when Williams dumped
another forehand into the net as she matched
her career worst two game total from a 1998
defeat by Joannette Kruger in Oklahoma
“The biggest match of my life. I’m really
happy,” Halep said after becoming only the
second woman to beat Williams in straight
sets in a WTA Finals match after Kim
Clijsters in 2002.
Heading into the final round of matches, all
four players can still advance from the Red
Group although Halep is virtually assured
of qualifying after winning her first two
matches while Williams and Ivanovic have a
win and loss apiece.
Bouchard faces an almost impossible task to
reach the semi-finals after two heavy straight
sets defeats but is still mathematically in with
a chance of advancing.
Top seeds Roger Federer and
Rafael Nadal raced through
their Swiss Indoors assignments,
spending under an hour each
on court and dropping just five
games between them.
Federer, chasing a sixth title
on his home court, defeated
Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-2,
6-1 in the first round, pounding
down a ninth ace for three match
points and converting on the first
to wrap up a flawless performance
in 46 minutes today.
The Swiss now stands 52-9
at the stadium where he got his
start in the game as a ballboy two
He has played the past eight
Basel finals and appeared in the
title match on 10 of 15 occasions.
Second seed Nadal shrugged off
his impending date with appendix
surgery by routing outclassed
Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France
6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarter-
Federer is heading into what
could be a blockbuster end of
season comprising next week’s
Paris Masters, the World Tour
Finals, a Davis Cup final against
France and a shot at taking back
the No 1 ranking from Novak
“I didn’t feel like it would go
fast, I thought it would be tough,”
Federer said of his lightning
victory. “It was great not to have
wasted any energy. I have a lot
of tennis to play in the next few
weeks. Now I can relax and and
attack again tomorrow (against
Uzbek Denis Istomin).”
Second seed Nadal needed
just 56 minutes to beat French
The Spaniard, who has ended
a course of antibiotics for his
appendix problem, took full
advantage of 11 double-faults off
the Frenchman’s ser ve in what
was a frustrating afternoon for the
“I feel better, but a little bit
tired,” the world No 3 said.
“I’ve had a few (summer)
months without playing much
tennis (due to a wrist injury) and
taking the antibiotics makes the
body go down. But I’m happy to
be in the tournament and happy
to be in the quarter-finals.” — AP
of the New Zealand Herald
You can no longer say Stephen
Kearney is a “lucky” coach.
The injury enforced withdrawal
of Dallin Watene-Zelzaniak,
which followed the loss of Isaac
Luke through a dubiously applied
suspension rule, continued the
recent run of misfortune for the
He goes into Saturday ’s match
against the Kangaroos without
his two key attacking weapons
(Watene-Zelzaniak and Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck) and the hardest
player to replace in the Kiwis
In his early days as New Zealand
coach Kearney seemed to have an
angel of fortune on his shoulder.
He inherited a solid Kiwis squad
and got to serve his international
apprenticeship alongside Wayne
Bennett. Kearney scored two
wins and a draw against the
Kangaroos in his first three
seasons but since then that gold
dust has disappeared. Vital players
always seem to disappear before
important games — Kieran Foran
and Simon Mannering before
this year’s Anzac test are more
examples — which can shape the
destiny of the contest.
Watene-Zelzaniak is out with
a minor fracture in his foot, after
what Kearney described as a
“mishap at the beach” during a
light training session on Monday.
Gerard Beale has replaced the
Penrith winger in the 17 in a
curious decision, given Manu
Vatuvei is in the squad and
coming off his best NRL season
in three years. Josh Hoffman
comes into the wider squad, after
initially being unlucky to miss out
Kearney would not elaborate
on the Beale decision: “ We feel
(Beale) is the best fit for us for
this game,” Kearney said. “Manu
has got a great deal of experience
so it was a tough decision. Gerard
is the best fit for us.”
There are obviously concerns
shortcomings, but the Kiwis now
lack a cutting edge out wide. Beale,
Peta Hiku and Jason Nightingale
are solid players but lack x-factor.
They are not going to run over or
through the Kangaroos’ backline.
The New Zealand side are also
short of attacking weapons off
bombs. Who will be the threats
when Shaun Johnson and Foran
go to the air?
Nevertheless, the Kiwis are a
redoubtable bunch and always
quick to move on from setbacks.
was particularly intense, in the
sweltering midday heat at North
Devils Leagues club in Brisbane.
Thomas Leuluai was a standout as
he directed the for wards around
and Johnson and Foran worked on
their edge routines. Former Kiwi
and Coaster Quentin Pongia and
Clinton Toopi also took part in
the two-hour practice, and made
their mark in the opposed session.
“They were training hard,
putting a few big shots on so it
was good to see,” Kiwis prop Jesse
Bromwich said about the veteran
duo. “ The way (Quentin) whacked
Kieran Foran today I was getting
a bit worried,” Kearney said with
a laugh. “But they gave us some
extra numbers in an opposed
session and the guys loved having
Jason Taumalolo remained
off limits to all media, despite
numerous requests. The test
rookie will be sheltered until after
the game but is already making
his presence felt.
“He’s a special talent,” Johnson
Halep thumps Serena
PICTURE: Getty Images
Simona Halep celebrates her straight sets
victor y over Serena Williams today at the
WTA Finals at Singapore Sports Hub.
Kearney out of luck as injuries hit Kiwis
Federer, Nadal race through in Switzerland
Parkinson’s West Coast is
encouraging people to enter
the Living with Parkinson’s
art and poetry competition to raise
awareness of what Parkinson’s
means in people’s lives.
“ Whether you’re new to creativity or an old
hand, we’re encouraging everyone to take part.
We’re also encouraging everybody to visit www.
parkinsons.org.nz and vote for their favourite
entries,” Parkinson’s West Coast office manager
Carolyn Hayden said.
“ Whatever they create, what we’re aiming for is
that people convey something about what it’s like
to live with Parkinson’s through their art or poetry.”
Parkinson’s Awareness Week runs from
November 1 to 7.
The competition has three categories:
photography, painting and drawing, and poetry.
Each category has a stream for people with
Parkinson’s and another stream for people who do
not have Parkinson’s.
In each of the visual art categories there will be
one winner selected by popular vote and another
chosen by one of the esteemed judges. The poetry
competition is being judged by New Zealand’s
Poet Laureate, Vincent O’Sullivan. The judge in the
painting and drawing category is artist and author,
Barbara Strathdee, and the photography judge is
photographer Mike Clare.
Entries close on November 30 and can be made
via the Parkinson’s New Zealand website at www.
Parkinson’s Awareness Week will be marked on
the West Coast with information and raffle tables
at New World, Countdown and the Warehouse in
Greymouth and New World in Westport. The Bonzai
Café in Greymouth are supporting Parkinson’s
West Coast again this year and go through over
600 Parkinson’s branded Coffee Cup lids to raise
awareness during Awareness Week.
For more information about
Parkinson’s Awareness Week
or to interview a Parkinson’s
West Coast member contact:
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027 245 8156
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West Coast MS Society Field Officer:
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“I was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10
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“It just came out of the blue and my hand started
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With her husband’s (Jack) mother having
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possibility she may have it as well.
“ We were conscious of it but my mum’s hand and
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“I used to shuffle when I was walking but I don’t
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She is independent and has written and published
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Mrs Langridge says again to anyone being
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“ There are specialists out there, and (the
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routine,” she smiles. “I’m going out to tend to my
garden shortly, and tomorrow I’m going down
south to do some whitebaiting!”
Jan Langridge at home with her
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book A Flitch in Time.
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