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WTA Tour

Maria Sharapova too strong for Li Na in Stuttgart final

Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova claimed the Stuttgart WTA title yesterday, beating China's Li Na 6-4, 6-3 in just over 90 minutes to get her clay-court season off to a winning start.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 4:05am

Serena Williams becomes oldest woman to be world No 1

The 31-year-old American's 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open quarter-finals put her back on top of the world after an interval of 2-1/2 years during which she sometimes thought she might never play again.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Serena Williams expected to dominate at Brisbane tournament

American superstar Serena Williams has played down concerns about recent foot surgery as she looks to continue her dominance of the women's game at next week's Brisbane International.

The opening tournament of the Australian summer features eight of the world's top 10 women, with reigning US Open champion Andy Murray headlining the men's draw.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:34am

Victorious Claudia eyes 'Steffi' battle

Claudia Ng Hei-ching, Hong Kong's top-ranked junior girl tennis player, won a coveted place to play on the red clay at Roland Garros, the Paris home of the French Open tournament, after a tough selection battle with threeother contenders on Sunday.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Schnyder joins star-studded Challenge line-up

World number nine Patty Schnyder will replace mother-to-be Lindsay Davenport in the Watsons Water Champions Challenge at Victoria Park next month. The left-handed Schnyder (pictured), a Swiss national, is one of the most 'dangerous' players on the tour and has a reputation for upsetting the big names.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Navratilova replaces Capriati

Jennifer Capriati has pulled out of this month's Watsons Water Champions Challenge at Victoria Park because of injury.

1 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Tennis head-turners' stairway of the stars

Tennis players (from left) Tong Ka-po, Angelique Widjaja, Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Amanda Coetzer, Barbara Schett, Elena Dementieva and Mary Pierce attend a welcoming party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel yesterday, where they were later joined by reigning Australian and French Open champion Jennifer Capriati (far right) who flew in from Florida.

2 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

'All the kids who saw this match might be inspired by Serena and myself playing'

IT was an exhibition match but it easily could have been a Grand Slam final. There was no horsing around, no show-boating and light moments were hard to come by. It was deadly serious from beginning to end as both competitors played their hearts out in front of a near-capacity crowd at Victoria Park.

1 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Down and out

DOWN AND OUT: Top seed Mary Pierce shows her dejection as she makes an early exit from the US$170,000 Madrid tournament. The American-born Frenchwoman fell to Italian qualifier Germana Natale 6-4, 6-4. Pierce was in good company heading for the exit after the second round, as seeds two and three - Amy Frazier of the United States and Japan's Ai Sugiyama - were also knocked out.

26 May 2000 - 12:00am

Second loss

Moscow: Russian sixth seed Anna Kournikova suffered a second crushing defeat in a week, crashing out of the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament at the first hurdle to Italy's Silvia Farina, who advanced 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1.

23 Oct 1998 - 12:00am