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¢ 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

				
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