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The Russian meets Jelena Jankovic for a place in the final

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Maria Sharapova powers on in search of maiden Miami Masters victory

The Russian has lost in two previous finals

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British number one into fourth round of BNP Paribas Open

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Roger Federer races through at Indian Wells

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Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will pay financial and ranking points penalties following their late withdrawals from this week's Dubai Duty Free Championships.

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Serena Williams joins Victoria Azarenka on the list of absentees for the Dubai Duty Free Championships

World number one pulls out with 'back problems'

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Victoria Azarenka woe extends Serena Williams's stop at the top

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BT boss aims to score with football

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