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: Hingis makes Seles suffer

Martina Hingis's triumph against Monica Seles yesterday here was as poignant as it was emphatic, 6-2, 6-1 in only 44 minutes - more akin to one of Steffi Graf's routine first-round matches in the old days than a final between the latest sensation and the one of yesteryear.

Bruguera wears down Sampras: Tennis

He may be only the sixth ranked Spaniard these days, overshadowed by talented countrymen, but Sergi Bruguera wore down Pete Sampras, the world No 1, at the Lipton Championships yesterday and advanced to tomorrow'sfinal, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Seles prepares to settle an old score with Hingis: Tennis

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Steffi cleared as court orders charity gift

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Tennis: Rusedski back in top 50

Greg Rusedski, the British No 2, beat the 24-year-old Czech Republic player, Martin Damm, 7-5, 6- 3, to reach the semi-finals of the Croatian Open in Zagreb yesterday.

Tennis:Graf denies tax trial has hurt form

Steffi Graf has spoken publicly for the first time about her father's conviction for tax evasion, saying it was not affecting her play. Graf also said she had never thought of leaving Germany because of high taxes on her earnings.

Tennis: Graf inquiries continue

The prosecutor of Steffi Graf's father, Peter, said yesterday that the investigation of Graf herself, shelved during her father's trial, would now proceed more quickly. He also confirmed reports that he is also examining evidence to see if criminal investigations should be opened against some of the player's sponsors.

Tennis : Hingis the history girl

History was made at the Australian Open here yesterday and may continue to be rewritten this year by a 16-year-old Swiss girl of outrageous talent.

Steffi distances herself from sins of her father

Steffi Graf's father was sentenced to jail for three years yesterday for tax evasion, but the judge declared that the tennis star was innocent. A court in Mannheim, southern Germany, ruled that "no active participation by Steffi Graf" in the withholding of 19.2m German marks (pounds 7.1m) from the state could be established.

Tennis: Hingis on the verge of Grand Slam history

Martina Hingis is just one step away from becoming the youngest winner of a Grand Slam tournament this century after beating Mary Joe Fernandez in straight sets in the Australian Open women's singles semi-finals here yesterday.

Tennis: Steffi Graf has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team event

Germany's Steffi Graf has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team event in Perth, Australia because of a virus, tournament officials said yesterday. Her placed alongside Bernd Karnacher will be taken by Petra Begerow, who is ranked 63rd in the world. Graf expects to be fit for the Australian Open.

Becker's tax payments `under investigation'

The German tax authorities declined to comment yesterday on a newspaper report that tax inspectors had searched Boris Becker's home and removed several documents.

Graf fees in breach of WTA rules

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