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Tennis: Venus brings all-Williams final closer

Venus Williams reached only her second final in 16 months and brought closer the possibility of an all-Williams sisters final for the first time in more than four years when winning her Dubai Open semi-final on Friday. Venus sealed her place in the final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki, in which she dominated the former world number one from Denmark from start to finish with her heavier, and sometimes cleverly angled, driving.

Tennis: Venus believes she can still deliver

Venus Williams, without a title in 16 months and beaten here as early as the second round, believes she still has what it takes to succeed at the highest level - and has the desire to prove it. The seven times Grand Slam champion cut a defiant figure despite her depressingly persistent fitness issues and missing a match point on Wednesday against Petra Kvitova, the world number six from the Czech Republic.

Tennis: Venus Williams brings back memories of former glory

Venus Williams, who won the WTA season-end championships here six years ago, made a winning start to the Qatar Open which brought back great memories at a familiar venue. The 33-year-old seven-times Grand Slam winner overcame both a blustery wind and Petra Martic, only the second Croatian woman to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam event, 6-2, 6-2.

Tennis: Venus becomes early Open casualty

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams fell out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Monday after a marathon clash with Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova. The former world number one was unseeded in Melbourne despite playing 11 events last year and making three semi-finals, and she looked on course for victory after winning the first set. But a series of unforced errors and failure to convert crucial break points cost her dearly and she was sent packing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a nearly two-and-half-hour epic in blazing hot conditions.

Venus crashes out of first round of Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A promising start to the season for Venus Williams was undone in two-and-a-half hours on Monday as the 33-year-old crashed out of the Australian Open's opening round with a crushing defeat to her sister Serena's 2012 nemesis Ekaterina Makarova. Making her 61st grand slam appearance and 14th at Melbourne Park, the American had arrived Down Under with an encouraging run to the final of the Auckland Classic, raising hopes of a fresh start after recent seasons blighted by injury and illness.

Tennis: Venus determined to play on despite Open flop

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams brushed off talk of retirement Monday despite flopping out of the Australian Open after a marathon clash with 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova. The former world number one was unseeded in Melbourne despite playing 11 events last year and making three semi-finals, and she looked on course for victory after winning the first set.

Tennis: Venus determined to play on despite Open flop

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams brushed off talk of retirement Monday despite flopping out of the Australian Open after a marathon clash with 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova. The former world number one was unseeded in Melbourne despite playing 11 events last year and making three semi-finals, and she looked on course for victory after winning the first set.

Venus, Stephens opt to rest up ahead of Australian Open

(Reuters) - With next week's Australian Open in mind, a weary Venus Williams has opted to skip the Hobart International while her American compatriot Sloane Stephens has pulled out of the Sydney International with a minor wrist injury. Following her 6-2 5-7 6-4 defeat to fellow former world number one Ana Ivanovic in the Auckland Classic final on Saturday, Williams withdrew from the Hobart event to recover ahead of the first grand slam of the season beginning next week.

Tennis: Venus Williams drops out of Hobart ahead of Australian Open

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams pulled out of the Hobart International Sunday to give herself a full rest and recovery ahead of this month's Australian Open. Williams, ranked 47 in the world, dropped out of the Hobart tournament after losing the Auckland Classic in a marathon three-set final to Ana Ivanovic on Saturday. "After a long week during my first tournament of the year, my body needs time to rest and recover," Williams said, announcing her withdrawal.

Tennis: Ivanovic battles past Williams for Auckland title

Ana Ivanovic outlasted Venus Williams to win the clash of the two former world number ones 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a marathon Auckland Classic final on Saturday. It is the 12th title for the 26-year-old Serb and second seed but her first success since victory in Bali in 2011. What started as a one-sided affair, with Ivanovic racing to a 5-1 lead in the first set, took two hours 19 minutes to complete as seven-times Grand Slam winner Williams fought her way back into the contest.
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