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Singapore | Venus snatches semi-final spot

The Thursday evening session opened with a match between World No 2 Garbiñe Muguruza and Venus Williams, the 5th seed, to determine the second semi-finalist from the White Group at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams was forced to play flat out to oust Jelena Ostapenko earlier in the week, a player who was still in nappies at two years old when the American made her season-ending debut. While she said little about the scrap later, Venus clearly kicked her champion’s mentality into gear and showed her gritty determination to win, aged 37 and the tour...

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Singapore | Venus rises to the occasion – Pliskova trounces Muguruza

Venus Williams prevailed over Jelena Ostapenko, 7-5 6-7(3) 7-5, in one of the longest three-set matches ever played at the WTA Finals. It took her 3 hours and 13 minutes to finish the job on Tuesday, making it the second-longest match at the finals in Singapore and the third-longest at the finals overall. The only ones longer were a 3 hour and 29-minute match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani in Turkey in 2012, and an encounter between Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova here in 2014 that lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes. In a see-saw battle from the...

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Singapore | Pliskova and Muguruza take early leads

The WTA Finals kicked-off in Singapore on Sunday with Karolina Pliskova taking on Venus Williams and the No 1 World Ranking up for grabs. It is the 47th edition of the year-ending championships of the WTA Tour, now known as BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. As has been the case several times this season, the No 1 ranking is on the line again and the fact that seven of the eight players can walk away from the tournament with the top spot means the stakes are higher than...

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US Open Day 7 | Kvitova stuns Muguruza

Petra Kvitova has had her fair share of tragedy but she put it all behind her by posting a stunning 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over the 3rd-seeded Spaniard, Garbiñe Muguruza, in a battle of the two-time Grand Slam champions at the US Open on the middle Sunday. The 27-year old Czech was sidelined for five months after being stabbed in her left playing hand by an intruder at her home and although the 13th seed has gradually moved towards her best level, Muguruza was the hot favourite under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Spanish third seed Muguruza had...

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US Open Day 5 | Merciless Muguruza marches on…

Garbiñe Muguruza is a firm favourite now for the title, having won Wimbledon and Paris and probably playing the most authoritative tennis of her life. The third seed was riding a seven-match win streak through the first two rounds in New York after winning the US Open Series stop in Cincinnati. Bizarrely, this third-round showing represented Muguruza’s best-ever US Open performance; in four prior tries, she had never been beyond Round...

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Cincinnati | Konta through to quarter-finals

Jo Konta is through to the Cincinnati Open quarterfinals for the first time after battling past Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets. The seventh seed won 6-3 6-4 to reach the last eight for the first time, setting up a rematch of her Wimbledon quarter-final against Simona...

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