The Courier-Mail

Hayes in Giant job

- ANNA CALDWELL

FORMER St Kilda midfielder Lenny Hayes will return to Sydney next season when he links up with the Giants as an assistant coach.

The three-time All Australian, who played his junior football for Pennant Hills in Sydney’s northwest before being drafted, played 297 games for St Kilda before retiring in 2014.

“To be able to help grow the game in the region I’m originally from is something I’m really passionate about,” Hayes said. “Leon Cameron has the team playing an exciting brand of football and the club is clearly heading in the right direction.” SERENA Williams will need to defeat her sister at Flushing Meadows in their first US Open match since 2008 if she is have a chance of claiming all four Grand Slam tournament­s of the year.

Serena last night labelled her sister Venus her most dangerous competitor, claiming Venus knew how to target her weaknesses.

“I’m playing – for me – the best player in the tournament,” Serena said. ‘‘That’s never easy. “She’s a player that knows how to beat me and knows my weaknesses better than anyone.”

The Williams sisters will go head-to-head in the quarter-finals tomorrow.

Serena is just three wins away from claiming her calendar Slam after defeating American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3 yesterday on Arthur Ashe Court.

Venus defeated Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1.

Of the sisters’ 26 head-tohead matches, Serena has won 15.

But of the pair’s seven most recent matches, dating back to 2009, Venus has won once – last year in Montreal.

Serena said she never would have been as successful as she had been without having had Venus to counter.

“I think she helped create me,” she said.

When asked how she would feel spoiling Serena’s bid to rack up four Grand Slam tournament wins season, Venus replied: “I don’t think anyone wants to be a spoiler.

“I think people love to see history being made. No one is out to be a spoiler, but at the same time, you’re focused on winning your match.”

Eugenie Bouchard suffered concussion after slipping near an ice bath in the women’s locker room after her mixed doubles match with Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The Canadian withdrew from the US Open singles tournament yesterday, a day after abandoning her doubles matches.

It is believed she had told officials she would return to the training rooms for an ice bath after attending a press conference following her win with Kyrgios.

When she went back to have the ice bath, the floors had been cleaned and were wet and the lights were off.

She slipped and fell, hitting her head.

She withdrew from the singles yesterday just before her scheduled match against Italy’s unseeded Roberta Vinci, who then advanced to the quarter-finals via a walkover.

 ??  ?? EX-CHAMPION: Sam Stosur. GRAND SLAM CHASE: Serena is wary of her sister Venus knowing her weaknesses. Picture: AFP
EX-CHAMPION: Sam Stosur. GRAND SLAM CHASE: Serena is wary of her sister Venus knowing her weaknesses. Picture: AFP

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