Wozniacki floors Halep to reach semis

SINGAPORE - A rampant Caroline Wozniacki stunned world number one Simona Halep in straight sets as she stormed into the last four at the WTA Finals on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Dane broke Halep five times to win 6-0, 6-2 in just 63 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in the Red Group round robin. Sixth seed Wozniacki also crushed Elina Svitolina in her opening match in Singapore, winning the last 10 games en route to a 6-2, 6-0 victory. That tally became 17 games in a row as Wozniacki, looking focused and determined, won the first seven against Halep, whose hold on the top ranking looks increasingly shaky. Wozniacki, a former world number one, broke three times in an almost flawless first set, in which she served at 94 percent and made just two unforced errors.–AFP



European 5000m champ help in doping raid

MADRID - Reigning European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa was arrested in Barcelona on Wednesday as part of a doping probe, sources of the investigation confirmed. Fifa, born in Morocco but who has represented Spain since 2015, was arrested at his home on Wednesday morning in Santa Coloma de Gramenet on the outskirts of the Catalan capital. The 28-year-old is just one of a number of arrests being carried out in operations "for crimes against public health and the use of medications with great danger to health" said a statement from the Catalan High Court of Justice. The Court also confirmed the operation carried out on Wednesday began with a police investigation back in June. Fifa took advantage of Mo Farah's absence to claim European gold at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.–AFP



Eight matches decided in CPL T20 C’ship

LAHORE - As many as eight matches were decided on the inaugural day of the Pepsi Corporate Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Championship here at the various grounds of the city. In the first match, Unifoam outclassed Atlas Copco by 9 runs while Descon defeated Pepsi Cola International, Meezan Bank beat Intec, Brighto Paints overpowered Allied Bank, Service Industry outplayed Zameen.com, Ufone overwhelmed Nestle Industry, Gourmet Bakers rout Zephyr and Abacus trounced Raaziq International. Earlier Pepsi GTM Ali Khan and The Lahore CPS chairman Ahsan Zaki cut the ribbon to inaugurate the league formally. Also present on the occasion were Sheikh Bilal, Hussain Qayyum Khan, Umar Ubaid and others.–Staff Reporter


Ammar wins taekwondo silver

SHARJAH – Sharjah-based Pakistani player Ammar Ashfaq Ahmed won silver medal in the 2nd UAE-Korean Friendship Taekwondo Championship held at Sharjah Youth Centre. Ammar, who also plays for Pakistan Taekwondo national team, won three fights in under-63kg weight category but lost in the final. He was highly lauded by UAE’s national team coach Abdullah Hatim as he was only Pakistani participating in the mega event. “I am very pleased with Ammar’s performance as he grew strong,” said his coach Master Zeyad Hammad Abu Zahieh. Ammar’s Pakistani coach Nadir Khan said Ammar’s next target is French Open Taekwondo Championship scheduled to be held in Paris on November 18, 19 this year. Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) president Col (r) Waseem Ahmed termed Ammar a promising player and said he is showing steady growth. “We hope he will perform well for Pakistan at other international competitions,” he added. Sharjah Sports Club lifted the overall winner’s trophy at the event. UAE’s coach Abdullah Hatim received the trophy as his club took lead in all the three categories of competitions including cadets, youth and men. Korean Ambassador to UAE Park Kang-ho presented medals to the winners. He was accompanied by UAE Taekwondo Federation (UTF) president Ahmad Hamdan Obaid Ahmad Al Zayoudi and UTF vice president and chief organiser Zayed Khalifa Al Suwaidi.–PR