Adel Taarabt starts for QPR at Burnley, who are unchanged for a seventh straight league game after Jason Shackell and Dean Marney were passed fit. West London Sport revealed this week that Taarabt was in line for a recall after returning to training following an injury.Loan signing from West Ham Mauro Zarate is among the Rangers substitutes. Burnley: Heaton; Mee, Shackell, Keane, Trippier; Boyd, Jones, Marney, Arfield; Barnes, Ings. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill; Vargas, Henry, Barton, Fer; Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Zamora, Mutch, Phillips, Traore, Zarate, Onuoha.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
18 April 2011Izak van der Merwe went one step better than he did in 2010 when he captured the Soweto Open men’s singles title at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu after a hard-fought battle against fellow South African Rik de Voest on Sunday.The final had been moved back a day because of rain and rain, once again, made an appearance in the final, forcing the players from the court for over two hours with Van der Merwe leading 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 3-2, and the contest on serve. Ultimately, he went on to a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory.The victory, his second in a Challenger Tour event, has lifted Van der Merwe to a career-high ranking of 134th in the world.Last year, he made it into the final but was beaten by Dustin Brown. This time around the fourth-seed made sure of success by defeating the German 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought semi-final.Tie-breakersIt was far from an easy walk to the title for the big-serving South African who played tie-breakers in every one of his matches.Van der Merwe began his title challenge with a tough 7-5, 7-6 win over Englishman Daniel Cox in his first round match. He followed that up by sending another Englishman packing after defeating Chris Eaton 6-4, 7-6.In the quarterfinals, he faced seventh-seed Andrej Martin and once again it proved to be a tight contest. Van der Merwe won it 7-6, 7-6, claiming both tie-breakers 7-2.Path to the finalOn his way to the final, De Voest, the sixth-seed, recorded victories over fellow South African Raven Klaasen, Denys Molchanov, and Michal Przysiezny before facing Australian Greg Jones in the final.It took a gritty comeback for De Voest to win a match that was interrupted by rain. When the heavens opened, he was 3-6, 4-3 down, but went on to win 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.In the final, he became the only player in the tournament to win a tie-breaker against Van der Merwe. By reaching the title-decider, he improved his world ranking to 158th.Women’s titleThe women’s honours went the way of Russia’s Valeria Savinykh, who proved to be a giant killer on her way to lifting the title.She ousted fourth-seed Eva Birnerova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Then, after an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round, she upset seventh-seed Corinna Dentoni 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.Savinykh followed that up by disposing of top-seed Ann Keothavong in the semi-finals when the Briton retired at 6-3, 3-0 down.In the final, second-seed Petra Cetkovska proved no much for the 20-year-old Russian, who cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory and the biggest win of her career.South African women failed to make an impact as none of the four players in the draw made it out of the first round.DoublesGermany’s Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Peya of Austria claimed the men’s doubles title with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory over South African-born Australian Matthew Ebden and Germany’s Andre Bergemann.Sadly, the women’s doubles final was a victim of the weather and was not played.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Local marketsThe JSE shed 0.92% on Thursday as an oversupply of iron ore in China saw the value of local iron producers fall, dragging the resources sector down 2.19%.The rand lost ground against all major currencies to close the day at R10.64 to the US dollar, R17.60 to the British pound and Rx14.01to the euro.Renewed tensions in the Ukraine saw brent crude rise 0.07% as investors expressed concerns over increased risk of energy supplies.International marketsOn Asian markets, a stronger yen saw Japan’s Nikkei Index drop 0.48%, while China’s Shanghai Index continued yesterday’s losses, falling 0.62%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 0.51%.European markets traded weaker on Thursday as investors considered valuations and increased geopolitical tensions. The German DAX closed 1.24% down, the French CAC40 dropped 0.6% and the English FTSE slipped 0.36%.American markets also faired worse after retailers reported poor earnings and violence in the Ukraine flared. The Dow Jones traded 0.3% weaker, the S&P 500 ended 0.21% lower and the Nasdaq fell 0.24%.Share price newsAfter investors sold 720,299 shares in 546 deals, Murray And Roberts Holdings (MUR) gained 3.59% to close at R26.25 a share, putting them on Thursday’s list of shares above R1 to gain the most over the day. Joining it was soft goods retailers Taste Holdings (TAS), which added 4.29% after 84 deals traded 263,136 shares resulting in a closing share price of R3.40. The company announced that it had raised R180 million for further growth declaration announcement in respect of the Taste rights offer.Amongst the top movers downwards of whose share prices are greater than R1 was Impala Platinum Holdings (IMP), which fell to R97.00 after 6,799 deals resulted in 3,633,310 shares swapping hands, sending the share price down 5.27%. The company released summarised consolidated annual results for the year ended 30 June 2014. After investors traded 2,484,364 shares in 3,838 deals, BHP Billiton (BIL) slid 2.92% to R334.00 a share. The company announced the cancellation of treasury shares.Sharenet
The ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura has urged the Election Commission to hold the Assembly elections in early February. The party made the demand in a memorandum placed before Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who was leading a four-member team to the State to oversee poll preparations.The main Opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, in its submission to the team, did not press for a specific time for elections but requested the Commission to ensure an extensive revision of the electoral rolls to delete bogus voters. The term of the present Assembly will expire in February next.