Singapore (SportsNetwork. Air Force 1 High Outlet .com) - World No. 1 superstar Serena Williams and French Open runner-up Simona Halep were a pair of round-robin winners at the season-ending $6.5 million WTA Finals in Singapore. The U.S. Open champion Williams won the Day 1 nightcap by handling seventh- seeded former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Williams has captured this prestigious eight-player event four times, including the last two years in Istanbul. The American great, who beat Li Na in last years final, is also a two-time Finals runner-up. Im really excited with how I played tonight, Williams said. To see all my fans over there was really exciting -- thank you so much! Ive been working hard and am glad to be here. Today I was really fighting all the way. Ana played so well, I was just trying to fight as hard as I could. I was even losing my voice from shouting come on so much! The resurgent Ivanovic is making her first WTA Finals appearance in six years. Im definitely very disappointed that both sets I made few easy errors in the last service game, Ivanovic said. Especially in the first set, you know. I had a break point in 4-all, which I didnt take and kind of got down a little bit on myself. Then I rushed a little bit in the next service game, so that was a little bit disappointing. I felt I created lots of chances, especially off the ground. The fourth-seeded Halep opened the event Monday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard. Both Halep and Bouchard are making their WTA Finals debuts this week. I played really well and am really happy to have found my game again, Halep said. I played aggressive at the right times and hit some winners. She [Bouchard] is a great player and is very young and will definitely be at the top for a long time. Tuesdays matches will pit second-seeded French Open champion Maria Sharapova against eighth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki and third-seeded Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova versus sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Sharapova captured this tournament in 2004 and is a two-time runner-up, while Kvitova was the WTA Finals champ in 2011 and Wozniacki was a finalist in 2010. Williams (1-0) leads this weeks four-player Red Group, which also features Halep (1-0), Bouchard (0-1) and Ivanovic (0-1). Sharapova (0-0) heads up the four-woman White Group, which also features Kvitova (0-0), Radwanska (0-0) and Wozniacki (0-0). Air Force 1 Red Outlet . DArnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catchers seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth. The 41-year-old Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing Wednesday against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win. Air Force 1 China . Fabio Fognini pulled off a surprise 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray to level the best-of-five quarterfinal at 2-2 before Andreas Seppi defeated James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive match.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says the departure of midfielder NGolo Kante need not prove to be a crippling blow. The title-winning Foxes boss added that he is hopeful there will be no other significant losses and says money is available to strengthen the squad further if required.France international Kantes dynamic displays in the Leicester midfield played a huge part in their run to Premier League title glory last season. The 25-year-old was subsequently sold to Chelsea but Ranieri pointed out that Leicester are accustomed to dealing with the loss of influential midfielders.I think the same as it was last season with (Esteban) Cambiasso, said Ranieri. It was difficult to replace but we replaced. It is the same, football keeps going, doesnt stop.Football can lose me, Wes (Morgan, Leicester captain), everybody, but the other people will continue to play football. NGolo Kante has left Leicester to join Chelsea I think we are a very good squad and we will see, if something more we need, our chairman is ready to buy.Ranieri was speaking ahead of Leicesters International Champions Cup clash with Paris Saint-Germain, which you can see live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4. Air Force 1 Blue Outlet. 30am on Sunday.And the Foxes were given a boost ahead of the game, Leicester stalwart Andy King having followed in the footsteps of Jamie Vardy and Ben Chilwell by committing his future to the club. Ranieri believes Riyad Mahrez is happy to stay at Leicester Ranieri says he hopes other key members of the squad such as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and forward Riyad Mahrez will also remain.The club is working very well, said Ranieri. I think they want to stay with us. To try and to improve on last season we know is very difficult, but we are ambitious.It is important they sign, stay with us, have the experience of the Champions League, and then we will see. Also See: King signs new Leicester deal Chilwell commits to Leicester Swans make Ulloa enquiry Mahrez urged to focus on Foxes ' ' '
May 18, 2017
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