WUHAN, China (AP):Venus Williams did what her sister Serena couldn’t do, beating Roberta Vinci yesterday after saving a match point in the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open.The unseeded Williams won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) after Vinci came from 4-1 down in the final set but failed to serve out the match when leading 6-5, 40-30.”Roberta played so well today – she had match point – so it was lucky for me to win this match,” Williams said.The No.15-seeded Italian sliced a backhand into the net on her match point and Williams pounced, hitting a pair of huge groundstrokes in the next two points to break back.Williams ripped a forehand volley to go up 6-4 in the tiebreaker and clinched the victory when Vinci missed a forehand wide.Before yesterday’s match, Williams, who earned her 700th career victory to reach the quarter-finals, had never dropped a set against the Italian veteran – who ended little sister Serena’s chances of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the US Open semifinals.”Definitely watching the match at the US Open, I learned a lot from Serena,” Williams said. “If I could, I’d give my win to Serena at the US Open. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.”The former top-ranked American will face fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza in today’s final. Muguruza beat sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-6 (5).”It was a really tough match and I had to struggle today,” Muguruza said. “Venus is a legend. I’ll have to go out there and do my best to win against her, and I think it’s going to be a great final.”
zoom German-Danish ferry operator Scandlines has seen an increase in the number of transported vehicles during the high season in 2016 following the delivery of its new hybrid ferry the M/V Berlin in May.Following delivery, the new vessel, which combines traditional diesel power with battery power, was put into service on the Rostock-Gedser route.Featuring a space for 460 cars or lorries and capable of accommodating 1,300 passengers, M/V Berlin broke its record numerous times in July and August, according to Scandlines.In June alone, the ferry transported 39,451 cars, while it carried its highest number of cars on one crossing at the end of August when it transported 351 cars.“Now with the high season coming to an end Scandlines can look back at a great season with good volumes in all areas,” Scandlines said.Later this year, M/V Berlin’s sister ship, the M/V Copenhagen, will be put into service on the Rostock-Gedser route.The two new hybrid ferries will then be able to transport up to 2,600 passengers, 920 cars, 192 lorries between Rostock and Gedser, doubling Scandlines’ current capacity on the route.