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.

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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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Tennis: Williams recovers to scupper Graf

Tennis: Williams recovers to scupper Graf

Tennis: McEnroe may play with Graf at Wimbledon

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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

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Tennis: Graf hits top form in Classic encounter

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