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Venus Williams went into yesterday's Madrid Open final hoping to mark her return to No 2 in the world rankings in winning fashion but instead it was Aravane Rezai who celebrated the biggest victory of her career.

Rejuvenated Venus sends message to challengers

When Venus Williams reached the Wimbledon final last year her left knee was so heavily bandaged that her leg looked like a badly lagged water pipe. The American wore the strapping for much of the season, but when she won her first title for nearly 12 months here at the Barclays Dubai Championships on Saturday she looked a picture of health and fitness.

Venus milestone makes it sweet sixteen

It is 16 years since Venus Williams made her professional debut but the world No 5 is determined to go on for a good while yet. Williams played her 700th singles match here last night and claimed her 42nd title when she beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3 7-5 in the final of the Barclays Dubai Championships.

Williams sisters roll on in Australia

Serena Williams joined older sister Venus in the third round of the Australian Open today as the main contenders continued to move safely and swiftly through the draw.

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The American teenager Melanie Oudin has been the woman here wearing shoes with the word "believe" imprinted on them, but after Kim Clijsters' victory last night over Venus Williams there will hardly be a player with more reason for self-confidence at the US Open than the 26-year-old Belgian.

Serena claims the crown

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Venus faces the sister of all battles

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Venus victory seals all-Williams final

Venus Williams ensured the Wimbledon final would be another family affair with a devastating performance against Russia's Dinara Safina.

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