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.
Following the incredible success of last year’s extravaganza, the Four Masters Ladies have joined with Breast Care Clinic Letterkenny to bring “The Ultimate Ladies Day out” back to the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. The event will be taking place on Sunday 13th October from 1-6pm.The event promises to have everything a woman needs with beauty, pampering, hair and fashion suppliers all offering their services free of charge or at a reduced show price as well as numerous pop-up shops selling fashionable items on the day. Added to this throughout the day there will be talks and fashion shows to keep you entertained, this includes a motivational talk as well as a talk on image, hair and make-up.Nicola Dunnion, one of the organisers commented, “tickets went on sale on Friday 13th and are priced at only €25, which is great value for an amazing day out, there really is something for everyone and it will be a great fun filled day out. All proceeds are in aid of Breast Care Clinic Letterkenny and Four Masters Ladies GAA. The first 400 tickets sold obtain a goodie bag to the value of €20 as well as being entered into a competition to win a make-over to the value of €700! Last year was such a huge success and this year promises to be even bigger and better. We also have a surprise or two up our sleeves to keep you amused! We promise it will be an event that you will not forget. Any businesses who would like to get involved are more than welcome to contact any of the organising committee to arrange having a stand on the day”. Tickets went on sale from Friday 13 September. They can be purchased from the Abbey Hotel, Pure Indulgence and BFit, Donegal Town, as well as through any of the organising committee. For further information please contact Nicola Dunnion (087)2449129; Kelly Lacey(087)9919035; Louise Jordan(087)2970956 or Karla Gallagher(087)3899965.Ultimate Ladies Day Out 2013 THE ULTIMATE LADIES DAY OUT IS BACK was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Breast Care Clinic Letterkennyultimate ladies day out