LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 30 October 2009 45 Inbrief Its her Serene highness, again SERENA WILLIAMS continued to show why she will end the year as world No1 by beating Elena Dementieva to seal her place in the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha. Williams had to rally after falling a break down in the first set but then won seven games on the spin although she needed three match-points to finish it off. She said: I was probably playing the fittest girl on tour. Id be Usain to be using drugs USAIN BOLT, the worlds fastest man, believes it will take time for people to believe that his performances are possible without doping. The 23-year-old Jamaican clocked the fastest 100m ever recorded in Berlin in August, winning the World Championship title in 9.58 seconds . Ill continue running fast, I am clean without a doubt, said Bolt, who has four of the 10 quickest 100m times in history. Itll be Black not Gold in 2012 ROGER BLACK believes Great Britain will struggle to achieve their target of winning 10 athletics medals at the 2012 Olympics. This week chief executive of UK Athletics Niels de Vos set the athletics team the ambitious target of claiming 10 medals. Thats a big target. Itll be quite a tough target to get, the 43-year- old said, who won two Olympic silver medals and one bronze. I think well do well to get 10. Yankees secure a Philli buster THE New York Yankees squared the World Series at 1-1 after they secured a come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Yankees right-hander AJ Burnett pitched his first ever post-season victory as he gave up just one run, following some sloppy work from Alex Rodriquez in the second innings, before Mariano Rivera got the save after coming out of the bullpen at the start of the eight innings. Tomkins wants to get all shirty ENGLAND youngster Sam Tomkins is planning to run rings around Australia captain Darren Lockyer in tomorrows Gillette Four Nations showdown at Wigan. Lockyer will equal the record of Clive Churchill by leading the Kangaroos for a 27th time, while 20-year-old Tomkins will play the biggest match of his fledgling career. I hope hell swap shirts with me at the end I wouldnt mind that, said the England rookie. GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP P W D L F A PTS SARACENS 6 6 0 0 121 85 24 LONDON IRISH 6 5 0 1 167 71 23 WASPS 6 5 0 1 137 82 21 NHAMPTON 6 4 0 2 129 96 19 LEICESTER 6 3 1 2 93 82 16 NEWCASTLE 6 1 3 2 90 95 12 WORCESTER 6 2 0 4 107 113 11 HARLEQUINS 6 2 1 3 89 113 11 GLOUCESTER 6 2 0 4 96 136 9 SALE 6 1 1 4 85 109 9 BATH 6 1 1 4 92 113 8 LEEDS CARN 6 0 1 5 58 169 3 TonightSalevGloucester(7.45pm) SaturdayBathvSARACENS(2.15pm), HARLEQUINSvLONDONIRISH(3pm),Leicesterv Northampton(5.35pm,SkySports1) SundayNewcastlevWorcester(3pm),WASPSv LeedsCarnegie(1.15pm,SkySports1) WEEKEND FIXTURES For club and country, Steffon and Strettle STEFFON ARMITAGE, one of seven players in Englands Elite Squad to be released for club duty this weekend, will be looking to put in a strong display for the in-form Exiles to convince England boss Martin Johnson he is worthy of a place in the side to take on Australia tomorrow week. Injury-prone Quins winger David Strettle, who was promoted from the Saxons into Englands revised senior squad, will also be on duty as the home side bid to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches. Irish, who are a point and a place behind leaders Saracens, will be led by Bob Casey, who will want to bounce back from being snubbed by Ireland -- and he should Stoop to conquer against Quins tomorrow. SARACENS arrive at the Rec needing one more win to make this the best start to a Premiership campaign by any club since Newcastle in 1997. Bath coach Steve Meehan, languishing at the other end of the table, admits: We have get back to playing the type of rugby that we know we are capable of. Weve been through moments like this in the past, and if the players continue to work hard for each other, then we will come out of it. Not tomorrow they wont. QUINS V LON IRISH TOMORROW, 3PM BATH V SARACENS TOMORROW, 2.15PM WASPS host winless Leeds with scrum-half Joe Simpson insisting: If we dont turn up mentally, they are going to win, its as simple as that. Simpson lost out to Sales Richard Wigglesworth in the battle to replace the injured Harry Ellis in the England squad but the 21-year-old insists his spirits are still high. There are a wealth of No9s out there so its always going to be tough, Simpson added. I would love to have been called up. WASPS V LEEDS SUNDAY, 1.15PM (SKY SPORTS 1) I feared this day would never come (Says Jonny Wilkinson, who is now available in controversial purple!) My purple patch: Jonny Wilkinson in Englands new colours at Pennyhill Park yesterday Johnsonsafe evenifwe loseallthree MARTIN JOHNSONS position as England manager will not be under threat this autumn, even if they lost all three Tests. Rob Andrew, the RFUs director of elite rugby, said: We have made it very clear Martin is here to take this team through to the World Cup. We are building. There have been injuries but this will test our depth. We have to build a team on the field, and we have to build on off the field. JONNY WILKINSON doesnt mind too much whether his long-awaited return to an England shirt will see him wearing purple or white. As England unveiled their new second strip at Pennyhill Park yesterday, Wilkos dominant thought was: Ive got a good feeling, flashbacks to when we were in this hotel before the 2003 World Cup. Since the unforgettable right-footed extra-time drop-goal won the World Cup in Sydney six years ago, Wilko has been perpetually wounded, with problems ranging from his neck to his knees, his appendix to his biceps. Butthe30-year-oldfinallyleftNewcastle for Toulon in the summer -- and the French climate appears to agree with is fragile body parts. As he prepares to kick Australia into submission once more on 7 November, Wilko said: I probably did fear this day would never come. I was out for a long time and when I did comebackintheywerefunnylittlecameo appearances. Theres something about being back in an environment which is all about the players and getting the best out of them. Its an amazing feeling. Weve had the Its all right, Jonnys back thing before. It seemed to end rather miserably that time. Its a funny story, but it just doesnt affect me and my decision-making. Youhiteverygamewithabso- lutely everything youve got and keep doing that until the final whistle. No-one more than myself looks round the changing room thinking: Thank God Im surrounded by guys like these. My perspective of my own game is one where I just try to use a bit more of my wisdom from the experiences Ive had. What hasnt changed as Ive got older is that I want to make the most of every opportunity. I dont like to leave any- thing in the changing room for a rainy day. BY NEAL COLLINS Purple people eaters: Wilko and captain Borthwick show off the new strip, to be used against Argentina on 14 November index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html