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today Wednesday June 22, 2011 46 sports ¢ Villas-Boas quits Porto Andre Villas-Boas resigned as porto Villas-Boas is poised to join Chelsea Villas-Boas was a former assist- coach yesterday. the portuguese on a three-year contract. At 33, he ant of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea champions said in a statement yes- would be the youngest ever man- and is regularly compared to the terday that Villas-Boas informed the ager in the premier League. current real Madrid coach. He has club he is triggering the €15 million “FC porto ... was today notified of been dubbed by many as the “Mini- (s$26.6 million) release clause to the intention of its coach, Andre Villas Mourinho”. terminate his contract, which ends Boas, to terminate, without just cause, those comparisons were rein- immediately. his contract with this company, using forced last month when Villas-Boas the media in England and the release clause, with immediate became the youngest coach to win portugal has widely reported that effect,” the porto statement read. a UEFA club competition. aP tao li preparing for the World Championships in shanghai. Photo By ernest Chua ¢ tao li Warms uP for shanghai National swimmer tao Li 2009 Asian Youth Games star stayed on track in her prepa- Quah ting Wen, who is back rations for next month’s World for her summer holidays from Championships in shanghai by the United states, was third in posting a win at her first major 1:03.75. meet this year. tao Li had already qualified Last night, the 21-year- for the event in shanghai after old clocked 58.95sec to win she clocked 58.24sec to take silver the women’s 100m butter- at the 2010 Asian Games. In the fly on the first day of the 7th men’s 50m fly, Joseph schooling, singapore National swimming 15, met the sEA Games ‘A’ quali- Championship at the singapore fying mark of 25.15sec by posting sports school. that time last night. He came in Meagan Lim finished sec- third behind two Indonesians. ond in 1min 03.07sec, while tan yo-hinn Winning start for Williams WIMBLEDON — Defending Williams, Serena had dropped champion Serena Williams her serve in the first game of started her comeback to Grand the match, as an alarm went Slam tennis with a three-set off on Centre Court and she foot victory over Aravane Rezai at faulted. Wimbledon yesterday. After Rezai held for a 2-0 Williams defeated the lead, the seventh-seeded Wil- French player 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on liams came back to win five Centre Court at the All England games in a row as she found Club. the range on her ground strokes After winning her fourth and her serve. She won the first Wimbledon title last year, the set as Rezai, who is ranked 61st 29-year-old American got side- on the WTA Tour, hit a forehand lined for almost a year because long on her third set point. of a foot injury that required In the second set, Wil- two operations and treatment liams dropped serve in the for blood clots in her lungs in sixth game as she produced a February. double fault. Rezai, 24, won the Williams made her come- second set as Williams hit a back to the women’s tour last wild forehand that sailed wide week at Eastbourne, where she on her second set point. lost in three sets to Vera Zvon- In the final set, Williams areva in the second round. took control, breaking Rezai The second-seeded Rus- to go up 3-1 and then holding sian player had been her oppo- her own serve. She did not lose nent in the Wimbledon finals a another game. year ago. Elsewhere, former world “It’s been so hard, it’s been No 1 Jelena Jankovic lost to a disaster year,” Williams, tears Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. streaming down her face, told The Spaniard improved to 3-1 the BBC immediately after the lifetime against the world No match. 15 from Serbia with the 5-7, She had cried in her towel 6-4, 6-3 victory. after she won the match with France’s Gilles Simon beat her 13th ace. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 4-6, Watched by her parents, 6- 4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Oracene Price and Richard BloomBerg
"Winning start for Williams"