Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals.
Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals, Sharapova lost the second set of her match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at Singapore's Indoor Stadium, ending her slim hopes of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot.
Sharapova had led 7-5 5-1 and appeared to be cruising towards victory but Radwanska dug deep to reel off five straight games and force a tiebreak, which she won 7-4 to even up the match and effectively eliminate the Russian from the tournament.
Sharapova has already lost to Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova in the White Group and even if she goes on to win against Radwanska, the victory would only be a consolation one.
Despite receiving the rankings boost, Williams, who previously finished the year ranked number one in the world in 2002, 2009 and 2013, faces an anxious wait before knowing whether she has advanced to the semi-finals.
The reigning US Open champion thrashed Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-1 on Thursday night to finish the round-robin phase with a 2-1 win-loss record after beating Ana Ivanovic in her opening match then losing to Simona Halep.
The only way she can miss out on the semis is if Ivanovic beats Halep in straight sets on Friday.
Well, my fate really rests on me, Williams said after beating Bouchard.
If I wanted to win and be a part of the event, I should have won my match yesterday or should have done better.
So whatever happens, happens at this time. I did the best that I could do this week. I should have thought about that sooner. (Editing by Julian Linden)
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Police have recovered 27 country-made pistols from two persons near Barwah. The weapons had been made by members of Sikligar tribe, police said.
The duo, identified as Bhuru Bavalya and Poonam Yadav (35), were intercepted and arrested on a tip-off, said inspector Vishwajeet Parihar.
Two others who had handed them the weapons fled, he added.
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Bangalore, Oct 24: Diwali is all about fun, frolic and food. There is no end to the amount of fun that we have during the season of lights. Light does away with the darkness in one's life-be it poverty,
Pakistan Rangers opened fire on border outposts in Jammu last night but the Indian forces showed restraint and did not retaliate.
Throughout Diwali on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times and resorted to firing on border outposts (BoPs) along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Rangers resorted to small-arms firing on BoPs along IB in Jammu frontier till 2010 hours yesterday, a BSF spokesman said on Friday. BSF said that the firing along the border by Pakistani troops was intended to provoke BSF.
BSF troops guarding the borderline maintained restraint and did not retaliate, the spokesman said. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing. Yesterday, Pakistani troops also resorted to firing on two border outposts (BoPs) in Arnia sector in Jammu district and in Ramgarh sector of Samba district
The ceasefire violations yesterday came 72 hours after the last instance of firing from across the border in Pargwal sector of Jammu district. Ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country since the beginning of this month have left 10 people dead and over 95 injured, including 13 security personnel.
Around 30,000 people have fled their homes to avoid the shelling, leaving 113 hamlets deserted in the border areas.
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Kochi, Oct 24: Security measures in a number of airports in India, including Ahmedabad and Mumbai, have been increased following an intelligence input which states that suicide bombers will try to board two Air India flights on Saturday. An Ahmedabad Mirror
UNESCO will roll out a pilot project in Arunachal Pradesh soon in the fields of education, HIV/AIDS awareness and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in collaboration with the state government for benefit of youths with special focus on adolescent population.
Chief of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) India, Dr Alisher Umarov during a meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki recently expressed the willingness of UNESCO to increase the scope of youths for a better future, an official statement in Itanagar on Friday.
At a time when several UN Agencies are working towards programmes related to vulnerability of youths, Dr Umarov during the meeting elaborated on the themes and projects being implemented by UNESCO all over the world and India.
Tuki while welcoming UNESCO to work in Arunachal Pradesh called for a collaborative approach between UN Agencies and the state government to work towards ensuring quality education and awareness programmes to prepare the youth for the 21st century.
The chief minister agreed with the UNESCO officials regarding the need to regularly update the school curriculum by incorporating new developments and studies. He also mentioned that teachers' training is an important component of ensuring quality education and appealed UNESCO to help the state in this regard.
While reiterating his commitment to increase the level of awareness of HIV/AIDS in the state the Tuki mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh was the state which gave a fillip to the activities of UNAIDS in India by organising mass awareness programmes in the state last year, the statement said.
He also outlined the activities of his government for welfare of youth and students that also included special emphasis on Skill Development and Employment Generation.
Tuki suggested that in order to increase the effectiveness of the pilot project of UNESCO, proper plans have to be made to include the target population right from the block up to the district levels.
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A woman interpreter was witness to the alleged molestation of the 32-year-old Russian national by a doctor at a government hospital here, a lawyer for the Russian consulate claimed today.The lady interpreter who accompanied the victim to Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on October 18 for medical examination is a witness to the act, advocate Vikram Varma said.The consulate had provided the victim with the interpreter, also a Russian.The victim was allegedly molested and robbed by an unknown man on Baga beach here on the midnight of October 17 when she was with her female friend.After Calangute police sent her to the GMCH for medical examination next day, she was again allegedly molested by a male doctor there.Goa health ministry has already ordered probe into the incident.A senior GMCH official said that medical examination had to be conducted because there were bruises on her neck.But according to advocate Varma, the doctor insisted on gynaecological examination though she had not complained of rape.The victim, who hails from Minsk in Russia, had come to Goa for vacation. She left the state yesterday.Varma said a formal police complaint has not yet been filed against the doctor, but the possibility was being examined.