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US struggles to fill Williams void

American women's tennis is being given an insight into the future in Miami this week – and the signs are not encouraging. The absence of the Williams sisters through injury is serving only to underline the lack of up-and-coming talent.

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Does Venus' first retirement signal end of the Williams era?

Venus Williams insisted that she still had plenty of tennis left in her, but there was an inescapable feeling here yesterday that the women's game was approaching the end of an era.

Injury forces Venus Williams out of Australian Open

Venus Williams bowed out of the Australian Open tonight but insisted she had "peace of mind" after giving her all against Andrea Petkovic.

Murray: 'I thought someone was giving birth' in Venus match

Andy Murray said on Twitter that he had "never heard so much noise in a tennis match" while Ross Hutchins, his Davis Cup colleague, said Venus Williams was "making noises that I didn't think were possible".

Venus Williams survives Australian Open scare

Venus Williams narrowly avoided a second-round exit at the Australian Open today after battling back to overcome a leg injury and Czech opponent Sandra Zahlavova.

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Net Gains: Absent Venus should take a leaf out of her own book

The timing of Venus Williams' fine for not attending a press interview on Wednesday could hardly have been more appropriate considering her new book had been released 24 hours earlier. The subject of the tome? Interviews with 50 people about the importance of sport in their lives.

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