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‘Being a mum doesn’t win matches’: tennis stars turn focus back to sport | Tumaini Carayol

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka have broken barriers on the WTA Tour. Now they want to change how their stories are toldA few days after the end of Roland Garros, the world No 89, Taylor Townsend, had a message to share. In a video posted on Inst…

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Naomi Osaka fights back to sink Victoria Azarenka and regain US Open

Osaka says 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win was ‘a tough match, but inspiring’ 2018 champion wore mask commemorating Tamir RiceNaomi Osaka flirted with ignominy before quelling the spirited challenge of Victoria Azarenka to win her second US Open, and the third slam …

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Osaka v Azarenka: two champions but US Open can have only one winner | Kevin Mitchell

Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka are appropriate finalists in a tournament that has carried a strong humanitarian themeIt is six authored face masks and nearly a fortnight since Naomi Osaka, the reluctant conscience of Planet Tennis, uttered this trut…

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Victoria Azarenka turns back clock to set up US Open final against Naomi Osaka

Sublime Azarenka beats Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-32018 champion Osaka beats Jennifer Brady 7-6, 3-6, 6-3The US Open finalists were determined on one of the great nights of women’s tennis in New York as Victoria Azarenka produced a sublime performance…

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US Open women’s semi-final: Jennifer Brady v Naomi Osaka – live!

All the latest updates and scores from Flushing MeadowsEmail Bryan with your thoughts or tweet him @BryanAGraham 11.59pm BST Hello and welcome to Arthur Ashe Stadium for tonight’s US Open women’s semi-final twinbill. Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady are …

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Simona Halep beats off-colour Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki goes out

• Karolina Pliskova passes tricky test against Hsieh Su-wei • Wozniacki hits out at HawkEye during loss to Zhang ShuaiFor 66 horrible minutes Victoria Azarenka forgot how to play tennis. Centre Court is an unfortunate setting for a bad day at the offic…

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Johanna Konta faces meeting of minds with Viktoria Kuzmova in French Open

• Briton’s opponent reads Shakespeare in her spare time• Naomi Osaka survives scare against Victoria AzarenkaIf Johanna Konta is to continue her new-found love affair with the clay of Roland Garros, she will have to outsmart an opponent who is studying…

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Katie Boulter out of French Open with back injury and could miss Wimbledon

• Brit experienced discomfort in Fed Cup against Kazakhstan• Sloane Stephens beats Victoria Azarenka at Madrid OpenKatie Boulter, the young Fed Cup star who helped Great Britain back to the competition’s elite level for the first time in 26 years, has …

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US Open 2018 day five: Stephens v Azarenka, before Nadal and Serena v Venus Williams – live!

Live updates on the third round at Flushing MeadowsUmpire ‘pep talk’ row is latest drama in Kyrgios soap operaMurray targets Davis Cup return after encouragement of US OpenAny thoughts? You can email Katy or tweet @KatyMurrells 5.06pm BST Here they com…

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US Open 2018 day five: Stephens v Azarenka, before Nadal and Serena v Venus Williams – live!

Live updates on the third round at Flushing MeadowsUmpire ‘pep talk’ row is latest drama in Kyrgios soap operaMurray targets Davis Cup return after encouragement of US OpenAny thoughts? You can email Katy or tweet @KatyMurrells 5.06pm BST Here they com…

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Victoria Azarenka confirms she will miss US Open over child custody battle

  • Belarusian pulls out of final grand slam of year due to ‘ongoing family situation’
  • Former world No1 not permitted to take her son out of California

Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the US Open as she is not allowed to take her baby son out of California amid a custody battle with her former partner.

The 28-year-old Belarusian returned to action in June, after the birth of her son Leo last December, and had been hopeful that legal arrangements could be worked out to allow her to compete in the grand slam in New York.

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Johanna Konta improves Wimbledon seeding due to Victoria Azarenka injury

• British No1 up to 16 ahead of Monday’s start of tournament
• Azarenka forced to drop out following injury to right knee

British No1 Johanna Konta has moved up to 16 in the seeding for Wimbledon following the withdrawal of Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka has been forced to pull out due a right-knee injury, which also forced the 26-year-old to retire from her first-round match at this year’s French Open. She hasn’t played since.

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French Open 2016: from Serena Williams to Johanna Konta, five women to watch | Jacob Steinberg

Williams is the undisputed favourite but history could weigh her down, with Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber among the chasing pack and Konta looking to put together a run at Roland Garros for the first time

As long as she is not planning to sample any more dog food during the fortnight, the defending champion will be the undisputed favourite to triumph for the fourth time at Roland Garros and equal Steffi Graf’s 22 grand slam titles.

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Victoria Azarenka crushes Svetlana Kuznetsova for third Miami Open title

• World No8 wins 6-3, 6-2 to follow up Indian Wells triumph
• In-form Azarenka sets sights on French Open progression

Victoria Azarenka kept up her impressive year to date by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 to win the Miami Open on Saturday.

Azarenka punished her Russian opponent’s weak serve to wrap up the final in 80 minutes, in relentless humidity under a searing sun in the early afternoon encounter on the Key Biscayne hard court.

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Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic to secure BNP Paribas Open title

• World No1 overcomes Canadian 6-2, 6-0 in Indian Wells final
• Victoria Azaranka beats Serena Williams in women’s final

Novak Djokovic cruised to a record fifth BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells with a one-sided 6-2, 6-0 victory over the Canadian Milos Raonic.

The world No1, who lost only three points on his serve in the second set, dispatched Raonic in 88 minutes to draw level with Rafael Nadal on 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. The 28-year-old secured his third title of the season after triumphs in Doha and at the Australian Open. His success follows previous Indian Wells title wins in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

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Serena Williams v Victoria Azarenka: Indian Wells women’s final – live! | Les Roopanarine

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Les will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s how Serena got on in her semi-final:

Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to forge past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-6 and move into the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The world No1, who will play Victoria Azarenka for the title on Sunday, was 4-2 down in the opening set and not moving freely. However, after she found her rhythm Williams claimed four successive games to take control of the set, then continued her run in the second to win the opening three games before her Polish opponent fought back.

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Serena Williams feels the love at Indian Wells again as she surges into final

• World No1 defeats Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in semi-final
• Williams enjoys return from self-imposed exile and faces Azarenka

Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to forge past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) and move into the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The world No1, who will play Victoria Azarenka for the title on Sunday, was 4-2 down in the opening set and not moving freely in the semi-final. However, after the American found her rhythm she claimed four successive games to take control of the set, then continued her run in the second to win the opening three games before her Polish opponent fought back.

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Australian Open 2016: day eight – in pictures

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Australian Open 2016: day two – in pictures

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Hidden gems await Simona Halep and Serena Williams in Melbourne draw

• Azarenka and Kuznetzova could cause chaos at Australian Open
• Halep rejuvenated but may have to beat both Williams sisters for title

Simona Halep is reckoned to be the second best player in the women’s draw at the Australian Open, with a reasonable chance of beating the world No1 Serena Williams to the AUS$3.4m cheque waiting for the winner on Sunday week.

However there are two players who may undermine both of those campaigns, given the top two seeds are struggling to convince doubters of their fitness. If the 14th seed and newly-crowned Brisbane champion Victoria Azarenka, who is in Halep’s way, and the Sydney winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is lurking on the opposite side and deceptively seeded at 23, hit a run of form, there could be mayhem in the draw.

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