DOMINIKA Cibulkova produced a stunning display to be crowned WTA Finals champion with a straight-sets win over Angelique Kerber.The Slovakian – who dropped to 66th in the rankings following her first-round exit at this year’s Australian Open, which Kerber won – was unplayable at times during yesterday’s 6-3 6-4 triumph.She wowed the crowd with a high-quality showing that left the world number one – who had won each of her previous matches in Singapore, including an opener against Cibulkova – desperately searching for answers she could not find.Cibulkova was frequently the aggressor, winding up her forehand to devastating effect as she stormed into a 3-0 lead.An 85 per cent first serve ratio underlined the challenge facing Kerber, who did manage to get back to 3-2, only to surrender another game on serve as Cibulkova continued to find winners from all over the court.The shot that provided Cibulkova with set point – a glorious passing stroke through the narrowest of gaps – highlighted her confidence as the seventh seed wrapped up the first set in 32 minutes.Kerber needed to mount a response and was more animated between points, but still found her second serve often punished by her on-song opponent.A sixth double fault in game seven proved costly as Cibulkova broke to 15, with Kerber’s performance a long way short of the one she produced in a 6-2 6-1 semi-final win over defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.Cibulkova’s last-four match against Svetlana Kuznetsova, in which she lost the first set 6-1, lasted almost twice as long, but she showed no signs of fatigue.There was, however, evidence of nerves, with Cibulkova spurning three championship points and saving two break points, before finally sealing a memorable victory with a fortuitous ricochet off the net.(Omnisport)
Comments are closed. Barclays chases growth by doubling bonusesOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Barclays Bank has doubled the amount of money it is investing in staffbonuses to help it meet its ambitious plans for growth. The bank aims to double its value every four years and has changed its bonusstructure in a bid to achieve this objective. All staff are eligible to receive a bonus connected to the company’sperformance against its key objectives. The bank also operates a profit share scheme that pays out up to 9 per centof staff salaries. Jeremy Orbell, executive director of reward at Barclays, told delegates atthe conference last week that the company’s new bonus structure has at leastdoubled the amount of money the company spends on bonuses. He revealed Barclays staff are now eligible for bonuses of up to 40 per centof salary in most cases – and as high as 100 per cent for senior staff –whereas in the past, it only used to award bonuses of between 10 and 20 percent of salary. Orbell said the improved bonus scheme was introduced to improve staffretention. “Retention of key people by direct compensation and/or otherequity is a key issue,” he said. “Cash is still king. It is very important that the annual bonus isflexible and linked to performance criteria.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.