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.
The adrenaline rush brought upon by hockey just isn’t cutting anymore for one of the Fort St. John Flyers.As a result, Adam Horst will strap on the pads and compete in this year’s Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Europe and Canada.The event is comprised of four separate races – three of which will take place in Europe – and one final race happening in Quebec.The players are scored based on a point system. The points are awarded based on their final position at the end of each race.Advertisement Horst is no rookie to the sport. He raced in the Quebec leg of the race last year and finished in fifth place. His fifth place finish earned him enough points to participate in all four events this year.The first race will take place in Munich, Germany on Jan. 15. The event then moves to Valkenburg, Netherlands on Feb.5, then to Moscow, Russia on Feb. 26.The final leg of the race will bring Horst back to where his Crashed Ice career began, Quebec, which takes place on Mar. 19. According to an interview done by Red Bull, Horst says that this is the event he’s most excited for because he’ll get to race in his home country and racing in Quebec has already awarded him success. – Advertisement -The video above gives you an idea of just whats involved in the Red Bull Crashed Ice event.