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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: Stephens denies cheering Williams exit

American Sloane Stephens Monday denied celebrating Serena Williams' shock exit from the Australian Open after she was filmed smiling and laughing as she watched on TV. The relationship between the pair has been frosty since Stephens knocked world number one Williams out of last year's tournament in the quarter-finals. Stephens later took aim at Williams for unfollowing her on Twitter and also reportedly accused the 17-time Grand Slam champion of ignoring her.

Tennis: Ivanovic upsets Serena at Australian Open

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic pulled off a massive upset by beating top seed Serena Williams on Sunday to power into the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Serb came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, ending Williams' bid to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles. Williams, who was gunning for a sixth Australian crown, did not appear to be moving freely with unconfirmed reports that she was carrying an injury. She pulled out of the doubles on Friday, although that was blamed on an injury to sister Venus.

Tennis: Ivanovic knocks Serena out of Australian Open

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic pulled off a massive upset by beating top seed Serena Williams on Sunday to power into the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Serb came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, ending Williams' bid to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles. mp/th

Tennis: Ivanovic upsets injured Serena at Australian Open

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic pulled off a massive upset by beating injured top seed Serena Williams on Sunday to power into the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Serb came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, ending the American's bid to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles. Williams, who was gunning for a sixth Australian crown, revealed afterwards that she had a back injury and had almost pulled out of the tournament before her third round clash with Daniela Hantochova.

Tennis: Serena shocked as Djokovic stretches streak

An injury-hit Serena Williams crashed out of the Australian Open against Ana Ivanovic Sunday, denying her an 18th major title and the chance to win a rare calendar-year Grand Slam. As men's champion Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals with his 28th straight win since September, another Serb rubbed out the hot women's favourite and ended one of the longest streaks of her career. In a result which throws the women's draw wide open, Ivanovic capitalised on Williams' poor movement to take her first ever sets against the world number one, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Tennis: Top seed Serena breaks Australian Open wins record

World number one Serena Williams set a new record of 61 Australian Open wins Friday as she scorched into the fourth round -- and warned she plans to get even better. The American top seed used her powerful serve to good effect as she raced past experienced Slovak Daniela Hantuchova on another hot Melbourne day, 6-3, 6-3 in 80 minutes. Williams, bidding for a sixth Australian Open crown, now faces either former world number one Ana Ivanovic or 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur for a place in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Williams sisters pull out of Aussie Open doubles

Four-time champions the Williams sisters pulled out of the Australian Open doubles on Friday after an injury to elder sister Venus. The American pair withdrew from their first-round match with Kristina Mladenovic and Flavia Pennetta because of the injury to Venus's lower left leg. Serena Williams, seeking her sixth singles title in Melbourne, said she hoped to be back next year playing doubles with Venus. The extent of the injury was not known.

Tennis: Williams sisters pull out of Aussie Open doubles

Four-time champions the Williams sisters pulled out of the Australian Open doubles on Friday after an injury to elder sister Venus. The American pair withdrew from their first-round match with Kristina Mladenovic and Flavia Pennetta because of the injury to Venus's lower left leg. Serena Williams, seeking her sixth singles title in Melbourne, said she hoped to be back next year playing doubles with Venus. The extent of the injury was not known.
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