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Ana Ivanovic routed Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Generali Ladies yesterday to win her first WTA Tour title in two years and her ninth overall.

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Wozniacki replaces Serena as No. 1

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China Open forced to switch on lights as smog descends

Concerned organisers were forced to switch the floodlights on early at the China Open today when thick smog drifted onto the showcase courts.

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Serena Williams revealed at the weekend that she needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass at a restaurant.

Serena's pursuit of designer look yields landmark Slam success

She has passed Billie Jean King's record of 12 Grand Slam titles and now has only Margaret Smith, Steffi Graf, Helen Wills Moody, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert ahead of her on the all-time list of champions. For Serena Williams, however, there is another reason why she stays in the shape that has seen her win five of the last eight Grand Slam tournaments.

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Holy mackerel! If anyone had the smallest flicker of doubt about how much this title meant to Serena Williams then it was in the first set, eighth game, with Vera Zvonareva serving, break point down.

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Serena Williams secures fourth Wimbledon title

Serena Williams etched her family's name on the Venus Rosewater Dish for the ninth time in 11 years with a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 victory over surprise Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva this afternoon.

Serena ready to tame underdog and keep one title in the family

There is just no pleasing some people. They complain that women's tennis has stagnated over the decade during which a couple of dilettante sisters from Los Angeles have made this place their own.

Williams holds all the aces in quest for crown number four

Serena Williams will contest her sixth Wimbledon singles final tomorrow, her third in as many years, after she juddered rather than thundered through her semi-final against the unseeded Czech Petra Kvitova, winning 7-6, 6-2. The defending champion will meet Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who will have to be on her mettle. Williams has so far unleashed 80 aces, the highest number ever recorded by a woman at Wimbledon, obliterating her own previous record of 72, set here last year.

Serena Williams eases into Wimbledon final

Serena Williams continued her seemingly unstoppable progress towards a fourth Wimbledon title on Centre Court today but only after being forced to work overtime to dispatch inspired Czech Petra Kvitova.

Serena powers into semi-finals

Defending champion Serena Williams put a firm halt on a run of surprise results at Wimbledon when she beat China's Li Na 7-5 6-3 in their quarter-final.

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