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July 6, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Lashing a tournament-record 24 aces at up to 120 m.p.h., and doing plenty of other things well, too, four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams overpowered secon-seeded Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 7-6 (6), on Thursday to reach her seventh Wimbledon final. On Saturday, the 30-year-old Williams will try to become the first woman at least that age to win a major tournament since Martina Navratilova, who was 33 when she won Wimbledon in 1990. "The older I get, the better I serve, I feel," Williams said.
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August 28, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Monday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Melinda Czink. The third-seeded Russian needed just 67 minutes to beat the 88th-ranked Hungarian lefthander. Sharapova won the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam and added an Olympic silver medal this year but pulled out of hard-court warm-up tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati because of illness. She had 24 winners to eight for Czink Top seed Victoria Azarenka needed only 50 minutes to defeat Alexandra Panova, 6-0, 6-1. Azarenka, the Australian Open champion, is trying to become the first top-seeded woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Serena Williams captured the Wimbledon title in 2010.
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January 8, 2013
Defending champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are the top-seeded players for the Australian Open announced Monday. The year's first Grand Slam tournament starts next week. Djokovic is followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain, and David Ferrer . He replaces fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal , who withdrew because of a stomach ailment. On the women's side, French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is seeded second.
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January 14, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova finished her first match of the year in 55 minutes Monday, cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Olga Puchkova to start proceedings on center court at the Australian Open without showing any signs of trouble with her sore right shoulder. The No. 2-ranked Sharapova, who lost the final to Victoria Azarenka here last year before going on to win the French Open, faced only two break points in the match and she saved both of those in the first game.
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April 6, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Andy Murray hit second serves for aces, slipped passing shots through the narrowest openings and rarely made a mistake. It was a performance worthy of a trophy, and Murray became the first Brit to win the Sony Ericsson Open by defeating Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 7-5, yesterday in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Scotsman used his vast repertoire of shots and took advantage of two wobbly stretches by Djokovic, who struggled with the 85-degree heat....
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January 17, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams cautiously walked onto the court Thursday and tried to keep the points short to avoid irritating her injured right ankle as she advanced to the third round of the Australian Open. Summoning all her experience from 15 major titles, Williams won an 18-minute game to open the second set. Nineteen minutes later, she finished off a 6-2, 6-0 win over 112th-ranked Garine Muguruza. Apart from a swollen lip from hitting herself in the face with her racket, she emerged unscathed.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
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January 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MELBOURNE, Australia - Only the trophy and the tears were missing from this latest Grand Slam installment of Rafa vs. Roger. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were on opposite sides of the net yesterday, meeting in the semifinals of the Australian Open. And Nadal was the winner again - for the eighth time in their 10 Grand Slam matchups. The Spaniard won, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, covering the baseline with incredible speed and hitting forehand winners from almost impossible angles.
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January 25, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Sloane Stephens sat for 9 minutes, mostly staring at the court and trying to forget the curious timing of Victoria Azarenka's medical timeout. She may have been the only one trying to ignore it. The 19-year-old American had just saved five match points and broken Azarenka. But she knew she had to hold serve to stay in her first Grand Slam semifinal whenever Azarenka - the No. 1 player and defending Australian Open champion - returned to Rod Laver Arena. The restless murmuring in the crowd gave way to slow claps.
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January 22, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - The toughest sides of the men's and women's draws at the Australian Open are playing up to expectations. A consequence of that smooth sailing is the likelihood of some semifinals being worthy of any Grand Slam title matches. Second-seeded Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and third-seeded Andy Murray, of Great Britain, stayed on course Monday for a semifinal in their half of the draw, with No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, possibly waiting for the victor in the final.
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July 17, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE FREEDOMS took a tour of Philadelphia Monday, and hit all the world-famous landmarks. They managed everything from cheesesteaks at Pat's and Geno's to the Rocky steps, but they were without one of their teammates. Victoria Azarenka's flight did not arrive until later, and she missed the tour. Azarenka's time in Philadelphia is limited. She played her one and only match with the Freedoms last night. The former No. 1-ranked women's player imposed her will to guide the Freedoms to a World TeamTennis victory.
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July 17, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Victoria Azarenka threw her arms into the air when her mixed-doubles team clinched the match for the Freedoms as if she were celebrating a win at a major. The 10th-ranked women's singles player in the world looked rusty early Tuesday during her one-match stint with the team while she rounds into form after a left-foot injury, making her late-match heroics even sweeter. Azarenka, 24, was drafted by the Freedoms in the league's marquee draft to play one match for the team. The move worked as her presence jolted the Freedoms to victory at Villanova's Pavilion.
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July 16, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Being the main attraction of a World TeamTennis club works a little bit differently than it does in other professional sports. It is more akin to a rock star making a special appearance than anything else. A few days before making her debut with the Freedoms, Victoria Azarenka had yet to visit the city. She did not know many of her teammates. But when the world's 10th-ranked player steps on the court Tuesday night at the Villanova Pavilion against the San Diego Aviators, that will matter little for her or anyone else.
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July 9, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
EVER SINCE she was a kid, practicing until midnight with her father, Marion Bartoli went about playing tennis her own way. The two-handed strokes for backhands, forehands, even volleys. The hopping in place and practice swings between points, which help her focus. The unusual setup for serves - no ball-bouncing, arms crossed, right wrist resting on her left thumb before the toss. Whatever works, right? This unique Wimbledon, appropriately enough, produced a unique champion in the ambidextrous Bartoli, the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman who won her first Grand Slam title by beating 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki, of Germany on Saturday, 6-1, 6-4, in an error-filled, one-sided final that was far from a classic.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - As tumultuous a day as professional tennis has produced in its nearly half-century history ended in the most unexplainable way: a second-round Wimbledon loss by Swiss star Roger Federer at the All England Club. The seven-time Wimbledon champion and 17-time Grand Slam champ shuffled off Centre Court on the fortnight's first Wednesday, his head bowed, his streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at a record 36 consecutive major tournaments snapped by a man ranked 116th.
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June 7, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Done with a dominating performance in the French Open semifinals, Serena Williams climbed the stairs leading from the locker room to the players' lounge, looking to give her mother a hug. Smiling widely all the while, Williams greeted visitors, posed for photos and signed autographs on her way. It has been more than a decade since she was so happy - and played so well - this deep in the tournament at Roland Garros. Coming as close to perfect as seems possible, Williams absolutely overwhelmed last year's runner-up, fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 6-0, 6-1, in a mere 46 minutes yesterday to reach the final for the first time since winning her lone French Open championship in 2002.
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May 30, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Now things could get a little more interesting for Roger Federer. After a pair of straightforward and straight-set victories at the French Open against qualifiers ranked outside the top 150, the 17-time major champion will face a seeded player, France's Julien Benneteau, who not only already beat Federer once this year but also came within two points of upsetting him at Wimbledon, of all places, in 2012. "I think I'm playing OK," Federer said in something of an understatement, considering he has dropped 11 games through six sets so far. "Definitely think the next match is going to be sort of the big test for me, to see exactly where I stand.
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May 20, 2013
Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 6-1, 6-3, in the Italian Open final in Rome. Rafael Nadal of Spain controlled the men's final from the start in defeating Swiss star Roger Federer , 6-1, 6-3, for his seventh Italian Open title. The meeting was the 30th between the tennis greats. HOCKEY: Sweden became the first home team in 27 years to win the world championship, beating Switzerland, 5-1, in Stockholm for its ninth title.
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May 20, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
FLYERS DEFENSEMAN Erik Gustafsson scored to help Sweden become the first home team to win the world hockey championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland, 5-1, yesterday in Stockholm for its ninth title. Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist, and Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to help Sweden become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986. Switzerland earned its first medal in 60 years. "It was a tight game," Sedin said.
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