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British number one unable to repeat memorable victory

It's no longer child's play for Clijsters

US Open champion would give up tennis like a shot if it stopped being a 'fun family thing'

Wozniacki reaches last four and secures world No 1 ranking

Caroline Wozniacki battled back from a set down to defeat Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Championships here yesterday, a win that ensures she will end the year as the world's No 1 player.

Zvonareva battles to second Doha win

Vera Zvonareva's hopes of replacing Caroline Wozniacki as the year-ending world No 1 were still alive last night after the second day's play at the WTA Championships in Doha. While Zvonareva recorded her second victory in the round-robin phase, beating Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-4, Wozniacki was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Sam Stosur.

Can worker Wozniacki rescue women's tour?

As top eight meet in Doha, world No 1 with limitless energy looks most likely to drag next generation out of Williams sisters' shadow

Clijsters retains title with one-sided win

The knives were out for Vera Zvonareva in the wake of her capitulation in the women's final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night and there is no question that the Russian underperformed.

Kim Clijsters smashes poor Zvonareva for 3rd US Open title

Kim Clijsters today successfully defended her US Open title with a one-sided victory over Russia's Vera Zvonareva in a disappointing final at Flushing Meadows.

Editor-At-Large: Is Rooney's Juicy Jeni so different from Belle de Jour?

Sex worker or silly slapper? Wayne Rooney cheats on his wife and pays Jennifer Thompson for a series of brief encounters in a luxury hotel. She sells her story to a Sunday newspaper and gets pilloried. If Jennifer had been poor and uneducated, feminists would describe her as a victim, forced to flog her body to make ends meet. Another worker in an unregulated sex industry where women are routinely exploited.

Clijsters to face Zvonareva in final after comeback against Williams

Kim Clijsters will face Russia's Vera Zvonareva in today's US Open final after the Belgian former World No 1 beat Venus Williams last night at Flushing Meadows. After Zvonareva had reached her second successive Grand Slam final with a comprehensive victory over top seed Caroline Wozniacki, Clijsters won 4-6 7-6 6-4 to set up the possibility of back-to-back triumphs after her win here in 2009.

Zvonareva wary of Wozniacki threat

Vera Zvonareva believes players are still making the mistake of underestimating Caroline Wozniacki - a mistake she intends not to repeat in today's US Open semi-finals.

Djokovic continues his love affair with defeat of Monfils

Novak Djokovic loves the US Open. The 23-year-old Serb played his first Grand Slam final here in 2007 and last night he reached the semi-finals for the fourth year in succession when he beat France's Gaël Monfils 7-6, 6-1, 6-2 after two hours and 24 minutes. In the last four Djokovic will face either Roger Federer, the only man to beat him here since 2006, or Robin Soderling, who were playing in yesterday's night session.

Clijsters' win caps epic day at US Open

Kim Clijsters needed all her fighting qualities to keep her US Open defence alive and cap an extraordinary day of titanic struggles at the last grand slam of the season yesterday.

Ivanovic vows to regain form after exit

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic is determined to get back to her best after winning just three games in her fourth-round clash with defending champion Kim Clijsters at the US Open.

Clijsters makes short work of dispatching old friend Ivanovic

When Ana Ivanovic was struggling not so long ago Kim Clijsters would send her text messages of support but, in Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday, there was never any chance of the defending US Open champion showing the Serb any mercy. Clijsters, striking the ball with her customary power, won 6-2, 6-1 in just 59 minutes to earn a quarter-final meeting with either Samantha Stosur or Elena Dementieva, who were due to play the day's final match on the main show court.

Net Gains: Marathon men Isner and Mahut are now the best of friends

By Paul Newman

No prizes for guessing the first person John Isner bumped into when he walked into the US Open locker room this week. The American might have been expected to be sick and tired of seeing Nicolas Mahut, the Frenchman with whom he created history in their record-breaking 11-hour match at Wimbledon, but they were delighted to meet up again. "We did the handshake, high-five thing," Isner said. "We sat and talked for about five minutes and ever since then I keep running into him in the locker room and we talk. I talk to his coaches, he talks to my coach. We're definitely good friends now." The two men have stayed in touch by email since their historic match on Court 18 at the All England Club, which ended with Isner winning 70-68 in the final set. "This is maybe a match we will talk about during the next 20 years," Mahut said. "Maybe more." Mahut, who had played in a tournament in Newport immediately after Wimbledon, failed to qualify for the singles here and went out in the first round of the doubles. Isner, who gave himself more time to recover from his exertions, is through to the third round of the singles, in which he faces Mikhail Youzhny.

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