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Melbourne | Venus leads Americans out of Aussie Open

It was a bad day for American tennis on Day 1 of the Australian Open, which saw early exits for a host of stars, including Venus Williams, CoCo Vandeweghe and Sloane Stephens. Twelve months after Venus was beaten by her sister Serena in the final, the family will not be represented in the second round of the tournament for the first time since 1997 as the elder sibling was bundled out by Belinda Bencic, 6-3...

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Singapore | Wozniacki stuns Venus

Caroline Wozniacki won her first true major in Singapore, sweeping aside Venus Williams in straight sets to win the WTA Finals. Eight players, the best of 2017, battled each other for over the week and, at the last, it was the popular Dane who was the last woman standing. The No 6 seed moved past the 5th-seeded Williams, 6-4 6-4, to claim the title at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Sunday, besting her runner-up finish in 2010. Seven times before, Wozniacki had been trounced by her American opponent, winning just one set in all...

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Sigapore | Venus fights back to claim final slot

Venus Williams proved yet again that she is still a force to be reckoned with when she overcame Caroline Garcia in three sets to secure her spot in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The oldest player in the eight-woman draw, Venus overturned the loss of a marathon opening set to secure her victory, 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3, in a shade under two and a half hours play. The win puts the 37-year-old in Sunday’s final against 27-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, meaning the two oldest players in the field have made it into the...

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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 11 | Keys to meet Stephens in Final

It was always going to be an all-American final on Saturday, since four compatriots were duelling it out for the privilege of competing for the US Open trophy and a Grand Slam title. The next generation of US players, represented by Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, prevailed in the semi-finals on Thursday evening at Flushing Meadows. Both were struggling with serious injuries just three months ago, with Stephens missing 11 months with a left foot injury before returning in July, and Keys who endured left wrist surgery for the second time in 10...

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US Open Day 9 | Venus edges past Kvitova into semis

Venus Williams continues to roll back the years at the US Open, reaching the semi-finals on Tuesday night after a thrilling quarter-final clash with Petra Kvitova. In so doing, the 37-year old became the oldest semi-finalist in the history of the US Open, and the oldest at a Grand Slam since Martina Navratilova made it into the semis at Wimbledon in 1994. Venus edged past Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, under the lights inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in a battle between the only two Grand Slam champions remaining in the women’s...

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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 | Venus wins as Serena gives birth to baby girl

On the day her sister went into labour, Venus Williams could well be forgiven for being a little distracted. While she was on court, it was reported she had become an aunt as Serena, 35, gave birth to a baby girl weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces, with father and fiancé Alexis Ohanian present. According to multiple reports, Serena delivered her first child on Friday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach,...

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