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Tennis: Caroline Wozniacki & Simona Halep to meet in Stuttgart semis

Caroline Wozniacki will face Romanian world number three Simona Halep in the semi-finals of the Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after beating in-form Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-3.

Dane Wozniacki, 24, took just one hour and six minutes to secure victory.

Halep, 23, overcame Italy’s Sara Errani 6-4 6-4 to make the last four.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber saw off sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-2 and will face American Madison Brengle in the other semi-final.

Kerber had already beaten defending champion Maria Sharapova on Tuesday,

World number 43 Brengle, who previously beat reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second round, saw off France’s Caroline Garcia 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the day’s final quarter-final.

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Australian Open: Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic into third round

Serena Williams reached the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva.

The American top seed, 33, came through a tight first set to win 7-5 6-0 as the temperature reached 33C in Melbourne.

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka defeated eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2.

Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic thrashed Andrey Kuznetsov 6-0 6-1 6-4 and defending champion Stan Wawrinka beat Marius Copil 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

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Battle of the former number ones

Victoria Azarenka was back to form after an injury-blighted season as she beat eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

After overcoming her fellow former world number one, the Belarusian will play Czech 26th seed Barbora Zahlavova in the third round.

There was no missing Azarenka, in bright yellow, as she dictated play from the baseline and wrapped up victory in 98 minutes.

The 2012 and 2013 champion broke the Dane twice in the second set and clobbered 31 winners in the match.

Williams sisters roll back the years

Serena and Venus Williams are back in round three of the Australian Open, 17 years after their first visit to Melbourne.

Venus, 34, beat Lauren Davis 6-2 6-3 to ensure both sisters will be involved in the last 32 on Saturday.

The pair first played at Melbourne Park in 1998, with Venus beating Serena in the second round.

“I just remember what a tough match [it was],” Venus said. “It was just relentless. I think it finally ended with a break in the third. That’s all I can remember.

“It was very tough I think for both of us. Neither one of us could get the upper edge. It was just a marathon.”

Watson progress in doubles

Heather Watson was back on court – the same court – 48 hours after losing in the singles, and requiring treatment from the doctor.

The British number one said on Tuesday she had struggled for energy but that she expected the issue to pass quickly, and so it appeared on Thursday.

Watson and her Russian partner Alexandra Panova, who held two match points against Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, fought through to round two of the doubles.

With the temperature nudging 34C, the pair led Shahar Peer and Annika Beck 2-6 7-5 3-1 on court 10 when the Israeli-German team retired.

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Tennis: Wozniacki and Venus Cruise in Auckland

Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams made very impressive starts to the 2015 season with straight set victories at the ASB Classic

Former No.1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams made fantastic starts to their 2015 seasons on Tuesday, winning their ASB Classic openers handily in straight sets.

The No.3-seeded Williams was the first of the pair to move through, blasting 10 aces and needing just 52 minutes to get a little bit of family revenge on Jana Cepelova, 6-1, 6-0. Cepelova had beaten Serena Williams at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston last year – this one was no contest though.

This is Williams’ second time playing the ASB Classic, going all the way to the final here a year ago before falling in three grueling sets to Ana Ivanovic. It would propel the American to her best season since 2010, winning the Dubai title and reaching another two finals in Montréal and Québec City.

“I felt very welcome when I came back on the court today – it was like I picked up where I left off last year,” Williams said afterwards. “The fans appreciate every point here. They’re very appreciative of all the effort the players give. And that feels good when you don’t hit the best shot out there!

“But it went well for me today. To get to the final I’ll have to play five days in a row, so I definitely don’t want to play super long matches. It’s much easier on me to play shorter matches like this.”

Wozniacki, the No.1 seed, had a slightly tougher challenge in the feature evening match but still managed to move through relatively unscathed, outdoing Israeli qualifier Julia Glushko, 6-3, 6-2.

“Maybe it wasn’t the prettiest match, but I got through and I won it,” Wozniacki commented. “The first match is always tough. I served well, but I want to keep playing better as the week goes on.

“I love the crowd here, though. They made me feel very welcome. I love everybody here.”

This is Wozniacki’s second time playing the ASB Classic too – she was a quarterfinalist in 2009 – and during a pre-tournament shopping trip the Dane talked about how glad she is to be back here.

“I love it here,” Wozniacki commented. “I haven’t been back to Auckland for many years, but it’s such a great place to start the season, and I’m excited to play and get the 2015 season going here.”

There were mixed results for the other two seeds in action, with No.5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova falling to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in a two-hour-and-25-minute grinder, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, but No.7 seed CoCo Vandeweghe dropping 11 aces en route to a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Roberta Vinci.

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US Open: Serena Williams wins 18th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title.

The American, ranked one in the world, won 6-3 6-3 at Flushing Meadows in New York.

After a poor start from both players, Williams steadied herself to take the first set and found something approaching her best form to dominate the second.

The victory moves her to joint-fourth in the all-time list of major winners, alongside Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Williams, 33, has now won three successive titles at the US Open, the scene of her first Grand Slam triumph 15 years ago.

“It was a really wonderful feeling,” said Williams, who was joined by Navratilova and Evert for the trophy presentation, when she also collected US$4m in prize money.

“I couldn’t have finished things in a better way. It is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”

Wozniacki, a close friend of Williams, said: “Congratulations to Serena. She really deserved it today and played better than me.

“She is an inspiration to me on and off the court and an unbelievable friend – and you definitely owe drinks later!”

Williams arrived in New York having failed to make it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 2014, but the American looked a class apart throughout the two weeks at Flushing Meadows.

Her dominance was such that she won the title without dropping a set, or more than three games in a single set.

The case for Wozniacki heading into the final centred around the Dane’s improved form this summer, which saw her push Williams to three sets twice before reaching her first Grand Slam final for five years.

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