Mirza and Black stun favourites

SAVING THEIR BEST FOR LAST: Sania Mirza (left) and Cara Black (right) were playing their last match together.
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Tired Halep offers little resistance

EXHAUSTED: Against Serena Williams in the final yesterday, Simona Halep (above) was a pale shadow of the aggressive and clinical player she was in the group stages.
EXHAUSTED: Against Serena Williams in the final yesterday, Simona Halep (above) was a pale shadow of the aggressive and clinical player she was in the group stages.

“Simona, Simona”, the crowd chanted as Simona Halep went 2-1 up against Serena Williams in the first set.

At the start of the singles final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last night, the momentum was firmly with the Romanian.

After serving two aces to go 30-0 up, the 23-year-old had looked on course to take the fourth game.

But things quickly went pear-shaped after a double-fault, as she was broken by Williams and eventually lost the set 3-6.

The 10,000-capacity crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium tried to rally behind the young challenger as she prepared for the second set against the world No. 1.

But the exhausted world No. 4 had nothing left in her tank, as the two-time defending champion romped to a 6-0 whitewash in the second set to win the tournament for the third consecutive time.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 27.

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S'pore names orchid after Serena

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Strong support from both camps

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Serena shows champion's mentality

ROYAL RUMBLE: Serena Williams' victory at the packed Singapore Indoor Stadium is watched by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (right) and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong (left).

Simona Halep was outclassed 6-3, 6-0 by world No. 1 Serena Williams in the singles final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last night.

As Williams showed, a champion is more than just a dogged athlete, drenched in sweat on the practice court and gym and more than just facing fears and learning how to lose.

It is all that, and more. If Halep lacked anything, it is that elusive ability to get into a champion state of mind.

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Meet the real Gary

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My K-pop idol smells incredible

Korean singer picks out lucky fan from 1,200-strong crowd and hugs her. She says:

Gary hugging Ms Liew amid thunderous screams from the audience.
IN SHOCK: Ms Wendy Liew crying as Gary sings Happy Birthday to her.
REQUEST: The pink post-it note where Ms Wendy Liew's friends wrote their request for Gary to sing her a birthday song.
UNFORGETTABLE:(Above) Gary kissing Miss Winnie Tan, as part of a Pepero game when he was here for Leessang's showcase last year.
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Aussie teen isolated, tested for Ebola virus

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Ebola fear turns to paranoia

More Africans facing ostracism in the US

ABUSED: Liberian emigrant Zuru Pewu, with her four-year-old son Micah, was publicly insulted outside her son’s school.
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THE NORTH CEMETERY

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