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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

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Umpire sent home as Serena tries to keep focus

As Anastasia Myskina and the umpire Ted Watts yesterday both paid the price for losing their focus in the women's singles, Serena Williams admitted that her most fearsome opponent during the defence of her title is likely to be herself.

Tie-break confusion as Sprem knocks out Williams

Venus Williams crashed out of Wimbledon yesterday at the hands of an aggressive 19-year-old who simply, and with brutal beauty, decided to out-hit the two-time champion who has featured in the last four finals. A powerful new force in the women's game, in the shape of Karolina Sprem, blew into Centre Court.

Navratilova called up for Fed Cup tie with Austria

Venus Williams and Martina Navratilova will play for the United States against Austria in their second round Fed Cup tie in July, Austrian officials said yesterday.

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