HONG KONG (AP): 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 semi-finals 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 and four minutes in front of a packed centre court at Victoria Park. “It is disappointing. I had an off day, while she probably played one of her best matches this year,” Williams said. 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 match. Last-minute wild card entry Jankovic will now meet Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final. Kerber moved within one win of cementing her place in the WTA Finals after beating Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-2. Second-seeded Kerber is presently ranked fifth in the Road to Singapore leaderboard and can book her ticket if she adds the Hong Kong Open title to her wins in Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham and Stanford. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has made winning so routine this year that even when he dominates one of his biggest rivals, he takes it in stride. The top-ranked Serb broke Andy Murray five times en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, one of his most lopsided victories ever over the two-time major winner. Afterward, Djokovic said he would only allow himself to enjoy the victory for a moment before turning his attention to today’s final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 winner over Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final.
Samir Nasri is the most West Ham signing I could imagine. Vintage.— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) November 12, 2018 At 31 years of age, time may not be on the former France international’s side. Especially when you consider he will not be able to play until 2019 after the conclusion of his 18-month drugs ban.With youngster Declan Rice bossing Premier League games yet still on his academy wages £3,000-a-week, it really begs the question as to where the priorities of David Gold and David Sullivan lie.As you can imagine, plenty of fans were quick to ridicule the east London club on Twitter – mocking them for signing yet another Premier League veteran on exorbitant wages with their best days seemingly behind them.Check out the best Tweets below! Nasri was sent off during his last appearance in England for Sevilla Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Player who peaked earlier this decade and also has just come back from a long term football ban signing for West Ham? Imagine my shock https://t.co/56BWwhY2ye— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) November 12, 2018 West Ham signing Samir Nasri in November is the real life version of using your FPL wildcard.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) November 12, 2018 targets LIVING THE DREAM LATEST West Ham signing a 31-year-old Samir Nasri on a £100k-a-week contract and who can’t play until the new year is probably the most West Ham signing of all time.— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) November 12, 2018 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News Samir Nasri is reportedly closing in on a move to West Ham United in what is being descried by many fans as ‘the most West Ham signing of all time’ by fans.The former Arsenal and Manchester City man is due for a medical in the capital ahead of sealing an £80,000-a-week deal back to the Premier League. Not sure what all the Nasri fuss is about. Refusing to give a talented youngster a contract he deserves, then handing a 80k-a-week contract to an unfit 31 year old with a drug ban is the classic West Ham banter I’ve grown up with. #COYI ⚒ #banterera #WHUFC— Frank Anderson (@F_Anderson11) November 12, 2018 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Samir Nasri having a medical with West Ham.A man currently banned after his visits to the “Drip Doctor”, signing for a club run by the Dildo Brothers.A match made in heaven.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 12, 2018 IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED targets Samir Nasri, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere and Marko Arnautovic all at the same Christmas party? I support West Ham now. #COYI #ForeverBlowingBubbles— Dipo Faloyin (@DipoFaloyin) November 12, 2018