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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.

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, Li set up enticing Miami showdown

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) - Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world's top ranked players. World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded Russian, while second-ranked Li won a rematch of her Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 2-6 6-3 to maintain her perfect record against the Slovakian.

Williams shrugs off slow start to speed into third round

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday, A six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, Williams' second round meeting with the 59th-ranked Shvedova was expected to be little more than a tuneup for the 17-time grand slam winner but for a brief moment the match delivered some unexpected suspense.

Tennis: Fashion passion thaws out Sharapova, Serena cold war

The sometimes tense relationship between tennis superstars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams may be taking a turn for the better over their shared love of fashion. After winning her opening match at the Indian Wells hardcourt tournament, Sharapova seemed delighted to learn that Williams had tweeted that she thought the Russian's outfit was "totally cute". "Really? Are those her exact words, 'totally cute?'" Sharapova said. Williams, who hasn't played Indian Wells since 2001, concluded her tweet with "#approved".

Cornet stuns Serena to prevent all-Williams Dubai final

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - France's Alize Cornet beat a despondent Serena Williams 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday in what the world number 26 described as the biggest win of her career. Cornet's heroics have earned her a final appearance against Venus Williams, Serena's older sister, who earlier trounced Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-2 under a fading desert sun.
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