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Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Halep routs Williams

SINGAPORE (AP): Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals yesterday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career. The last time Williams managed to win just two games in a WTA Tour or Grand Slam match was in 1998 when she was just 16.

"Embarrassing describes the way I played today," Williams said. "Very embarrassing."

Williams was surprised by Halep's performance, saying, "She has never played like this before".

"To be frankly honest, I am looking forward to our next meeting, because she is going to make me go home, train hard, and particularly train for her," Williams said.

"My forehand was off today," Williams said. "It's obviously gone on an early vacation. My serve was at best at the 10-and-under division of juniors."

Barthley stepping aside

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC): Former national cricketer Zorol Barthley has signalled his intention to step aside and allow new blood to take over the running of cricket in Antigua and Barbuda. "At the end of the day, cricket is not about me. I am a member of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA)," the Antigua Observer quotes him as saying. "I will always be involved in cricket (and) I will always be supportive of cricket and, as individuals, you have got to make your best decisions".

He served a one-year term in 2012 before serving a two-year tenure spanning 2013 and 2014 after the ABCA voted to extend the lifespan of the executive by a year.

"I am just saying that, as the president of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association, I think the opportunity is ripe for someone, maybe with a new vision, new directives," said Barthley."