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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

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WOMEN'S TENNIS is pure theatre and deserves equal billing with the men's game, the new leader of the female side of the sport said yesterday.

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BRITAIN'S INVOLVEMENT in the women's singles is dependent on the advice of a doctor after the elimination of Karen Cross and Louise Latimer yesterday. The hope is the diagnosis proves more accurate for Sam Smith than it did for Greg Rusedski.

Tennis: Wimbledon - Graf on awesome upward path

IT WAS difficult to know whether we were reading Wimbledon's order of play yesterday or a list of names from an agony aunt's post bag. Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati: throw up a difficulty that you could possibly get in, in what ought be the cosseted tennis life, and they have probably had it.

Tennis: Wimbledon - Rusedski's ankle gamble leads to limp performance

GREG RUSEDSKI'S determination to chase his Wimbledon dream may have backfired. The British No 1's decision to risk his suspect left ankle certainly appeared misguided when rain caused play to be suspended last night.

Tennis: Graf free to fight another day

Heavy rain prevented any play yesterday at the DFS Classic at Edgbaston, where Steffi Graf was due to meet Nathalie Tauziat in the semi-final, writes Steve Tongue. The players knocked up for three minutes before convincing the tournament referee, Ann Jones, that the court was too wet. The organisers hope to play both the semi-finals and final today. But with more showers forecast, all three matches may have to be held over until tomorrow. Graf is due to play in the Direct Line tournament, which starts at Eastbourne on Tuesday.

Tennis: Golarsa masters grass

LAURA GOLARSA became the first winner at the DFS Classic at Birmingham yesterday when she beat Denisa Chladkova, of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5, in a first-round match interrupted by rain.

Tennis: Smith lifts her spirits

SAM SMITH, the 26-year-old British No 1 from Essex, had one of the best wins of her career when she beat Australian Rachel McQuillan 6-2, 7-5 in the first round at the DFS Classic in Birmingham yesterday.

Tennis: Frustrated Graf ready to retire

THE former world No 1 Steffi Graf is ready to retire from the sport after injuries have wrecked her attempted comeback.

Tennis: Capriati suffers another setback

JENNIFER CAPRIATI, still looking for the performances that made her a teenage sensation five years ago before personal problems forced her from the tour, showed yesterday she still has a long way to go to recapture top form.

Tennis: Sampras' defeat puts Korda in pole position

PETE SAMPRAS' world No 1 status is in doubt after he lost 7-5, 6-3 to the unseeded Austrian Thomas Muster in the ATP Champions' Cup in California.

Tennis: Agassi storms past Sampras

ANDRE AGASSI demonstrated a fresh thirst for tennis when he beat the world No 1, Pete Sampras, 6-2, 6-4 in San Jose, California. Agassi captured his first title in 18 months with a brilliant display of serves, returns of serves and groundstrokes at the Sybase Open. He vowed after the match that he was taking aim at the No 1 ranking this year and looking to fight it out with Sampras in the French Open final.

Tennis: Tearful Graf back with a win

STEFFI GRAF, the former world No 1, made a winning return to competitive tennis in Hannover yesterday after an absence of 10 months.

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For Marcelo Rios, lazy days and Sundays no longer mix. Yesterday the somewhat erratic and complex Chilean overwhelmed the Frenchman Nicolas Escude in straight sets to reach the final of tomorrow's Australian Open.
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