Sport Serena Williams reacts during her defeat by Ana Ivanovic at the Australia Open on Sunday

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Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this week's Dubai Duty Free Championships with a foot injury. It is the second year running in which she has pulled out with an injury before her first match here.

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Li Na has climbed to second in the rich list of sportswomen

Li Na's honesty earns locals' backing for Azarenka showdown

The Australian Open bills itself as "the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific", but that is not the only reason why the crowds here love Li Na. The 30-year-old Chinese, who takes on Victoria Azarenka in tomorrow's women's final, always seems to come alive at the year's opening Grand Slam event. Whether she is talking about her husband's snoring, her refusal to eat anywhere other than Chinese restaurants or her pleas to her coach not to push her so hard in the gym, Li's endearing smile and sense of humour have become a feature of this tournament.

Victoria Azarenka in action at the Australian Open

Victoria Azarenka ready for 'top battles' after reaching Australian Open quarter-finals

Defending champions beats Elena Vesnina in Melbourne

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FOOTBALL: Pardew asks Ba to ignore overtures and stay at club

Eyes front: Jonathan Sexton scored the bulk of Leinster's points with his boot

Scarlets have no answer as Sexton kicks Leinster top

Scarlets 13 Leinster 20

Maria Sharapova at the US Open

Maria Sharapova delighted with victory at US Open following illness

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August 4, 2012: Silver medalist Maria Sharapova (right) of Russia, gold medalist Serena Williams (centre) of the United States and bronze medalist Victoria Azarenka (left) of Belarus receive their medals at Wimbledon

Tennis: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeats Russia's Maria Kirilenko to take bronze

World number one Victoria Azarenka bounced back from her semi-final thrashing to claim bronze in the Olympic tennis women's singles at Wimbledon today, defeating Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 in an hour and a half.

Physical miss-match makes Serena win sadly predictable

The old boxing cliche has it that a big good 'un will always beat a good little 'un; and in boxing there are different weight divisions supposedly preventing serious mismatches.

The physical miss-match pitted a middleweight against a featherweight, and the outcome looked sadly predictable; feathers tend to be blown away, and that seemed likely to
be the fate of Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (pictured)

Radwanska no match for champion

The old boxing cliché has it that a big good 'un will always beat a good little 'un; and in boxing there are different weight divisions supposedly preventing serious mismatches.

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will try to race away at
the start today

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