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Petkovic survives set point to win WTA Family Circle Cup

(Reuters) - Andrea Petkovic survived a set point before steamrolling her way to an emphatic 7-5 6-2 victory over Jana Cepelova in the final of the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina on Sunday. Petkovic, on the comeback trail from a string of injuries, used her powerful forehand to collect her third WTA title in a match that lasted 79 minutes on the green clay in Charleston. "This is the biggest title I've ever won," the tall 26-year-old Bosnian-born German told ESPN.

Tennis: Serena stunned by unseeded Cepelova

World number one Serena Williams crashed out of the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup on Tuesday, losing her opening match in straight sets to world number 78 Jana Cepelova. The 20-year-old Slovakian Cepelova shocked defending champion Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the clay court tournament in Charleston. The 17-time Grand Slam winner Williams complained about being mentally fatigued after the 84 minute contest.

Cepelova shocks Serena at Family Circle

(Reuters) - Top-ranked Serena Williams suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 loss to Slovakia's world number 78 Jana Cepelova in the second round of the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday. The world number one and defending champion lost the first five games and never recovered. "Obviously things didn't go great out there, but she was a great counterpuncher today and hit a lot of balls back," Williams told reporters.

Cepelova shocks Serena at Family Circle

(Reuters) - Top-ranked Serena Williams suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 loss to Slovakia's world number 78 Jana Cepelova in the second round of the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday. The world number one and defending champion lost the first five games and never recovered. "Obviously things didn't go great out there, but she was a great counterpuncher today and hit a lot of balls back," Williams told reporters.

Tennis: Unseeded Cepelova stuns Serena in Charleston

World number one Serena Williams crashed out of the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup on Tuesday, losing her opening match in straight sets to world number 78 Jana Cepelova. The 20-year-old Slovakian Cepelova defeated defending champion Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the claycourt tournament. Williams, who won this event in 2013, 2012 and 2008, also had her 15-match tour win streak snapped.

Tennis: Serena roars back for record seventh Miami title

Serena Williams snapped out of her early doldrums to roar to a record seventh Miami WTA title on Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na. In a battle of the world's top two players, the US world number one took her tally of WTA titles to 59 -- including 17 Grand Slam triumphs. She added a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January and joined Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert as the only women in the Open era to win the same title seven or more times.

Tennis: Serena beats Li for seventh Miami crown

World number one Serena Williams won the Miami WTA title for the seventh time Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na. In a battle of the world's top two players, the US superstar took her tally of WTA titles to 59 -- including 17 Grand Slam triumphs. She added a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January. The 32-year-old Williams, who first played at Miami as a 16-year-old, was strangely subdued as she seemed to sleepwalk through the first half hour of the match.

Tennis: Serena beats Li for seventh Miami crown

World number one Serena Williams won the Miami WTA title for the seventh time Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na. In a battle of the world's top two players, the US superstar took her tally of WTA titles to 59, adding a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January. Li, who won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, has now lost 10 straight matches against Williams. Her only victory in their 12 meetings was back in 2008. jr/bb/dj

Tennis: Serena beats Li for seventh Miami crown

World number one Serena Williams won the Miami WTA title for the seventh time Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na. In a battle of the world's top two players, the US superstar took her tally of WTA titles to 59 -- including 17 Grand Slam triumphs. She added a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January. The 32-year-old Williams, who first played at Miami as a 16-year-old, was strangely subdued as she seemed to sleepwalk through the first half hour of the match.

Williams wins as Sony Open locked down by bomb scare

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending champion Serena Williams closed in on a seventh Sony Open title with a 6-2 6-2 quarter-final demolition of German Angelique Kerber on Tuesday, a win that came as the Crandon Park tennis facility was locked down due to a bomb scare. Williams' win sets up a semi-final rematch of last year's final against Maria Sharapova, a five-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, who advanced with an equally impressive 7-5 6-1 win over eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova.
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