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Tennis: China's Li guns for second Grand Slam title

China's Li Na guns for her second Grand Slam title and her first in three Australian Open finals Saturday against a player who is in some of the best form of her life. The fourth seed, who became Asia's first Grand Slam winner when she was crowned French Open champion in 2011, made the decider at Melbourne Park in 2011 and 2013, but lost both times. She is determined to go one better against 20th-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

Tennis: China's Li guns for second Grand Slam title

China's Li Na guns for her second Grand Slam title and her first in three Australian Open finals Saturday against a player who is in some of the best form of her life. The fourth seed, who became Asia's first Grand Slam winner when she was crowned French Open champion in 2011, made the decider at Melbourne Park in 2011 and 2013, but lost both times. She is determined to go one better against 20th-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

Tennis: Serena could be ending Indian Wells boycott

World number one Serena Williams could be ready to end her boycott of the WTA event at Indian Wells after putting her name on the entry list for the March tournament. Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, and her older sister Venus have boycotted the California event since 2001, when Serena was fiercely booed as she played Kim Clijsters in the final. Spectators were angry at the time after Venus had defaulted to Serena due to tendinitis just moments before they were scheduled to meet in the semi-finals.

Tennis: Serena could be ending Indian Wells boycott

World number one Serena Williams could be ready to end her boycott of the WTA event at Indian Wells after putting her name on the entry list for the March tournament. Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, and her older sister Venus have boycotted the California event since 2001, when Serena was fiercely booed as she played Kim Clijsters in the final. Spectators were angry at the time after Venus had defaulted to Serena due to tendinitis just moments before they were scheduled to meet in the semi-finals.

Tennis: China's Li races into Open quarter-finals

Chinese star Li Na raced past Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in less than an hour to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals at a canter on Sunday. The two-time Melbourne finalist and 2011 French Open winner was rarely extended in the 6-2, 6-0 win in 59 minutes in warm conditions on Hisense Arena. The world number four is now just two wins from her third Melbourne final, and three victories from ending her jinx at the season's opening Grand Slam.

Tennis: Inspired by Mandela, Serena rethinks boycott

World number one Serena Williams Friday said she could end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by Nelson Mandela. The American 32-year-old and her sister Venus have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001. It followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

Tennis: Inspired by Mandela, Serena rethinks boycott

World number one Serena Williams Friday said she could end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by Nelson Mandela. The American 32-year-old and her sister Venus have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001. It followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

Tennis: Tears, blackout - now a win for China's Li?

Li Na blacked out during last year's Australian Open final and in 2012 she departed in floods of tears. Now she may feel that, finally, her time has come. The season's first Grand Slam has been a love-hate affair for the Chinese star, a popular figure at Melbourne Park who has twice made the final without being able to lift the trophy. But ongoing improvement under coach Carlos Rodriguez has put Li, who turns 32 next month, in a strong position to make the trophy hers.

Tennis: Serena 'excited' about Grand Slam possibilities

Serena Williams is enjoying the moment rather than chasing history, but winning a fifth US Open on Sunday just 18 days before turning 32 has given her some age-defying and record-rivaling Grand Slam ideas. World number one Williams defeated second-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to defend her title and win her 17th career Grand Slam crown, as many as men's record-holder Roger Federer has collected.

Tennis: Serena Williams wins fifth US Open title

World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title on Sunday, defeating second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to capture her 17th career Grand Slam singles crown. With her second title in a row, the 31-year-old American became the oldest Open Era women's winner in US Open history, 293 days older than Australian Margaret Court when she set the prior mark in 1973, and the Open Era's third-oldest Grand Slam women's champion.
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