Sport It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.

Tennis: Wimbledon 99 - Novotna's new-found freedom

WHATEVER ELSE she achieves in the twilight of her career, Jana Novotna will, perhaps unfairly, always be remembered for the one that got away.

Wimbledon 99: Action Replay: Moment which ushered in the quickfire era of Graf

Steffi Graf's winning Wimbledon record began on July 2, 1988 when she beat Martina Navratilova to take the title exactly a year after losing in the final to the same player. John Roberts was there for The Independent. This is his report.

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Profile: Steffi Graf - Steffi

There was a time, not so long ago, when you looked at Steffi Graf and thought, what a pity. A funny thing to think about someone who had won so many millions of pounds on the tennis-court, perhaps. Graf was still in her twenties, still in the midst of what should have been her prime. But she was no longer racing across the court to launch a crunching forehand pass with the lovely athletic freedom that had been her signature since she arrived on the circuit as a 13-year-old prodigy. And no one knew what was going on in her head, except that, whatever it was, she probably didn't deserve it.

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The world's No 1 woman player believes she can now control her temper and her tears

Tennis: Graf sets up battle of champions

French Open semi-finals: Seles broken by the spirit of her old rival while Hingis ends Sanchez's hopes of repeat

Tennis: Graf wins 1,000th match

A RUSTY Steffi Graf surprised herself at her own achievements yesterday as she fought back at the German Open to win her 1,000th career match.

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Tennis: Williams recovers to scupper Graf

Tennis: Williams recovers to scupper Graf

Tennis: McEnroe may play with Graf at Wimbledon

JOHN MCENROE beat Yannick Noah 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Honda Challenge at London's Olympia yesterday then hinted he might play with Steffi Graf in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon next year.

Tennis: Novotna tumbles to resurgent Graf

AFTER TWO years in which her medical records have been more extensive than her tennis record, Steffi Graf is healthy and having fun again.

Tennis: Rusedski breeze as big guns fall

ON A day when both the world No 1, Pete Sampras, and world No 2, Pat Rafter, were beaten, Greg Rusedski breezed past the German Axel Pretzsch yesterday to join Tim Henman in the second round of the Swiss Indoor Championships in Basle. Rusedski, the world No 14 and seventh seed, defeated Pretzsch 6-2, 6-2 and now plays another German qualifier, David Prinosil.

Tennis: Graf stumbles over first hurdle

SHE MIGHT have had money troubles, but Steffi Graf is only three wins from overtaking Martina Navratilova as the biggest prize earner in the women's game. A place here in the United States Open quarter-finals would give the former world champion the $63,970 (around pounds 40,000) she needs to pass Navratilova's $20,344,061 (pounds 12,715,000).

TENNIS: Henman's first success in the top 10

TIM HENMAN'S first match as a top 10 player lasted less than an hour as he outplayed Vincento Santopadre 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Pilot Pen International in New Haven, Connecticut, yesterday.

Tennis: Graf hits top form in Classic encounter

STEFFI GRAF, the four-times champion, remained in peak form at the Toshiba Tennis Classic in Carlsbad, California, with a 6-2, 6-2 first- round defeat of Julie Halard-Decugis.
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