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Williams admitted that she has thought about ending her absence from the March tournament having purposely avoided it after alleged heckling and racial abuse

Santander set to buy all of RBS's Williams & Glyn banks

Santander is poised to win its shootout with rival National Australia Bank-Clydesdale to buy over 318 Royal Bank of Scotland branches.

Serena roars back in Madrid

Serena Williams produced a battling display yesterday to overcome thigh and back injuries and beat Vera Dushevina at the Madrid Open, recovering from a set and a match point down to win 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.

Jankovic’s spirit sees off Serena

Serena Williams failed to reach the final of the Italian Open after Jelena Jankovic saved two match points to win through on a third set tie-break in Rome.

Williams overcomes wobble to progress

Serena Williams showed that she has not shaken off the rust from her long injury absence, toiling to beat Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 to reach the Italian Open quarter-finals in Rome yesterday.

Jones hails Ospreys despite 'heartbreaking' loss to Biarritz

Biarritz 29 Ospreys 28

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Wales fall short of epic repeat after late show

Wales 20 France 26: Gatland's side produce rousing second-half fightback but cannot wipe out 20-point deficit gifted to France by interception errors

Santander mulls over partial sale of UK banking business

Flotation would help to fund bid for Williams & Glyn's and inject capital into bank

Serena reigns supreme but Henin makes point

Belgian falls just short in remarkable comeback yet serves notice for the future

Tsonga rekindles Melbourne magic as Federer stays calm

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga loves the Australian Open. Two years ago the unseeded Muhammad Ali-lookalike knocked out Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray en route to his first major final. The 24-year-old Frenchman had not advanced beyond the last eight of a Grand Slam event since, but last night he reached the semi-finals here at the expense of the man who had denied him ultimate glory two years earlier.

Venus out as China boasts two women in last four

You learn never to write off Serena Williams, but the American produced a comeback here today remarkable even by her own standards. Victoria Azarenka was leading their Australian Open quarter-final by a set and 4-0 before Williams finally got her game together to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. The world No 1 had been on course for a semi-final showdown with her sister, Venus, but instead she will play Li Na, who joins her fellow Chinese, Zheng Jie, in the last four. Li beat Venus 2-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Williams sisters roll on in Australia

Serena Williams joined older sister Venus in the third round of the Australian Open today as the main contenders continued to move safely and swiftly through the draw.

Serena escapes Grand Slam ban

It took the Grand Slam Committee more than two months to decide on a punishment for Serena Williams after her foul-mouthed outburst at a line judge during this summer's US Open. Yesterday, the committee announced that, unless she transgresses again, the American will not be suspended and will be fined the equivalent of just 1.3 per cent of the prize money she has earned this year.

Serena hit with huge fine after tirade

Serena Williams has been fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at this year's US Open and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another "major offense" in the next two years.

Williams flying again for half-century of tries

Wales 33 Argentina 16
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