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Williams admitted that she has thought about ending her absence from the March tournament having purposely avoided it after alleged heckling and racial abuse

Williams sisters reach Wimbledon semi-finals

The Williams sisters moved closer to another Wimbledon final today, using their power tennis to cruise into the semi-finals in straight sets.

Jankovic perishes in Court 18 graveyard

It was time for Jelena Jankovic to go home after she had raided the last remnants of her medicine cabinet. To the vast roll of bandages that had supported her left knee through the third round, where she jarred it, were added anti-inflammatories and an elaborate sticking plaster pattern which was draped around it yesterday. Tissues accompanied her out after each end change and when things were really looking down she grabbed at a pack of energy tablets thrust out by her coach.

Bandages come off as Jankovic repairs Serbia's wounded pride

After a terrible week for her compatriots, the No 2 seed made sure that further insult did not follow injury on 'celebrity Saturday', writes Brian Viner

Thunderbolts from Venus clearing path towards final

Williams takes full advantage of her rivals' misfortune with clinical defeat of Martinez

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Westerman has to wait for debut

The England coach, Tony Smith, has been able to pick from strength for tomorrow’s Test in France, which means that Castleford’s 18-year-old prodigy, Joe Westerman, will have to wait a little longer for his first cap.

Cavaday's comet burns then fades in shadow of Venus

Naomi Cavaday is the Halley's Comet of British sport. For months on end the 19-year-old from Chislehurst hurtles around the tennis universe, noticed by nobody in particular, before making a spectacular but fleeting appearance in the Wimbledon sky. The latest sighting was here on Centre Court, where she briefly threatened to eclipse Venus only to disappear over the horizon once again.

Women's singles: Venus rising to challenge at her field of dreams

The defending champion returns from injuries and the world of fashion determined to lead the Williams charge

Williams go out as Venus and Serena both beaten

The Williams sisters live together and play together and at the French Open here yesterday they lost together. Both went out in the third round, Serena losing 6-4, 6-4 to Katarina Srebotnik, of Slovenia, and Venus going down 7-5, 6-3 to Italy's Flavia Pennetta in the day's final match.

Venus bogged down in Paris clay pit

The Williams sisters can give the impression that they believe they are taking on the whole world. Here at the French Open they may get no further than Serbia.

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