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Williams and Carter produce a Super show for Twickenham

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American women's tennis is being given an insight into the future in Miami this week – and the signs are not encouraging. The absence of the Williams sisters through injury is serving only to underline the lack of up-and-coming talent.

Serena Williams targets summer return following surgery

Serena Williams has set her sights on a return to action by early summer after undergoing emergency surgery as a result of a blood clot in her lung earlier this week.

Serena Williams in blood clot scare

Serena Williams has undergone emergency treatment as a result of a blood clot in her lung, according to reports in the United States. The 29-year-old's spokesperson Nicole Chabot confirmed to People magazine she had had treatment on Monday for a haematoma, the result of a pulmonary embolism diagnosed last week.

Serena Williams undergoes emergency treatment

Serena Williams this week underwent emergency treatment as a result of a blood clot in her lung, according to reports in America.

The Last Word: Why this great Dane deserves to be top dog

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Hook stops Wales sinking in Rome

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Serena Williams to miss Australia Open

Serena Williams will miss the Australian Open in January after opting to give herself more time to recover from foot surgery.

Nico Hulkenberg released by Williams

Williams have today dispensed with the services of Nico Hulkenberg despite claiming he produced "convincing performances" in his debut season and that he has "an undoubtedly bright future in the sport".

North shines but rare win goes west

Wales 25 South Africa 29: Springbok power proves too much for Wales yet again despite two tries from a teenage sensation

Beale brilliance gives Australia vital edge

Wales 16 Australia 25: Wales wallop the Wallabies in the scrum and breakdown but tourists' back three have too much creativity for Gatland's men

Wales look to the heavens for help

Any doubts as to how Wales intend to beat Tri-Nations opposition for just the second time in 11 efforts were put to rest yesterday when, for the first time in his tenure, coach Warren Gatland insisted on the Millennium Stadium roof being open.

Bale's old pal Warburton gets lead role

While most of Gareth Bale's old school team-mates can only ponder the what-ifs, at least one has the opportunity to shine his own name across the world stage this weekend. The Wales coach, Warren Gatland, has handed Sam Warburton the task of not only filling Martyn Williams' legendary boots against Australia, but also stopping the planet's in-form flanker.

Zvonareva pushes Wozniacki for No 1

Just weeks after becoming the world's top-ranked women's player, Caroline Wozniacki will have to fight to keep that position at this week's WTA Championships in Doha.

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