Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief

Tennis

Exhausted serena in finale final

ISTANBUL — An exhausted Serena Williams hung on to beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and plays Li Na today in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships.

Williams was in obvious discomfort throughout the match, moving slowly and holding her face in a towel during changeovers.

"(Friday) night I was in my hotel, and I was lying down, and I just hit a wall," said Williams, 77-4 this season. "I was so tired just even standing. I think I played a lot of tennis this year. … After a while I just felt like a big rush of air just come out of me, and I really had to pull myself through that match. I don't know how I did it."

Na advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2. Williams (32) and Na (31) are the two oldest players in the tournament for the top eight players in the world.

Swiss Indoors: Roger Federer set up a rematch with Juan Martin del Potro for his hometown title by beating Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 in Basel. Del Potro beat unseeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Winter sports

Track Olympians in bobsled mix

Olympic sprinting gold medalist Lauryn Williams and Olympic hurdles veteran Lolo Jones were among nine chosen for the U.S. women's bobsled team.

That puts them in the mix for the Olympic team in February.

Jones and Williams — in the second and rookie years of bobsledding, respectively — are among a group of six who will push the sleds at the start of a run.

Williams was largely recruited by Jones. The former Miami Hurricane retired from track after helping the United States win the 400-meter relay gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Jones finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 Games.

Figure skating: Russian Julia Lipnitskaia, 15, won the Skate Canada women's title at Saint John, New Brunswick. Japan's Akiko Suzuki was second and American Gracie Gold third.

ET CETERA

Soccer: The Rowdies were knocked out of the race for the NASL fall season title with the Cosmos' 2-1 win over host San Antonio. … Manchester United rallied to beat Stoke 3-2 in the English Premier League. United remains eighth, eight points behind leader Arsenal, which won 2-0 at Crystal Palace. … FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants teams kicked out of competitions for racial abuse by fans.

Boxing: Bernard Hopkins, 48, retained his IBF light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over Karo Murat in Atlantic City, N.J.

Greyhounds: Flying Sebastian remained undefeated and Lk's Winamuca also won third-round qualifiers in the $20,000 Fall Juvenile Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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