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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Steffi Graf will make her long-awaited comeback in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo next week. Graf has not played a tournament since knee surgery in late May.

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The scene was set a for a fascinating confrontation of youth and experience, laced with brilliant net play and breathtaking passing shots. Martina Hingis, only 16 and barely tested during the course of the Wimbledon championships, would have to be at her precocious best if she was to deny Jana Novotna the greatest prize in tennis.

Awful Agassi set for a fall

Andre Agassi's unhappy year continued at the ATP Championship in Ohio when he was thrashed by the French Open champion, Gustavo Kuerten. The former world No 1, twice a winner of the tournament, was beaten 6-3, 6- 1 in the first round, the seventh successive time he has lost at that stage this year.

Graf's father begins jail term

The father of the tennis star Steffi Graf arrived at a German prison hospital to begin a sentence for evading millions of dollars of tax on his daughter's income, state justice officials said. Peter Graf was sentenced in January to three years and nine months in jail but it is likely he will serve a much shorter term, as he had already spent considerable time in custody during the investigation into the family's tax affairs.

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Graf must go to prison

German prosecutors dealt injured tennis star Steffi Graf a new blow yesterday when they said her father would go to jail in the next two months, for at least a year, for millions of marks of tax evasion.

Tennis: Majoli simply better

Iva Majoli yesterday turned the form book on its head, inflicting Martina Hingis's first defeat since November and giving women's tennis a further fillip with a shock 6-4 6-2 victory in the French Open final.

Tennis: Hingis finds reserves of resilience

Martina Hingis does not find winning Grand Slam titles quite so easy as falling off a horse, but it is getting close. Six weeks after knee surgery following her latest tumble, the 16-year-old world No 1 is just one match away from adding the French Open championship to January's triumph in Australia.

Danger, sport may damage your health

I happened to be in London yesterday, trying to find my way back to the country again, when I bumped into my old friend Adrian Wardour- Street, the doyen of British PR. I steered him into an adjacent coffee bar, sat him down with a large black coffee (or an espresso doppio! as he will insist on loudly calling it ) and asked him how things were in the murky world of public relations.

Tennis: Corretja's rise puts Henman down to 16

Tim Henman, the British No 1, has dropped one place to 16 in the world rankings, while Greg Rusedski remains at 40.

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Chris Evert (above), the first player to head the women's tennis rankings, believes that of all those labelled `the new Chrissie', the latest world No 1 is the player who most resembles her. The former Wimbledon champion talked to John Roberts
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