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Serena Williams won a historic 22nd Grand Slam title beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

It was a big relief for the American as she had lost three high profile matches over the last year when trying to match Steffi Graf who holds the most number of Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Margaret Court holds the overall record with 24 singles titles.

Roberta Vinci had thwarted Williams' attempt at the calendar year Grand Slam at the 2015 US Open, Kerber had won at Melbourne while Garbine Muguruza had beaten her at Paris.

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Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber denied tennis fans the prospect of another All-Williams Wimbledon Final, battling past 5-time champion Venus Williams in the second of today's women's semi-finals after top seed and defending champion Serena Williams had steamrolled Elena Vesnina in the first semi-final.

Starting proceedings on Centre Court, Serena Williams was in terrific form, racing away to a 4-0 lead in the opening set against a third Russian opponent in as many matches in doubles specialist Elena Vesnina.

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In one of the biggest upsets in the history of women's tennis, 27 year old German Angelique Kerber, playing her very first Grand Slam final, stunned the 21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams of the United States in three thrilling sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to capture the 2016 Australian Open title.

With both women chasing a piece of history tonight, Kerber aiming to become the first German to win a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1999, and Williams aiming to join Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles, a tense affair was expected, but instead fans were treated to some exceptional tennis, with Kerber winning the title rather than Serena losing it.

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German youngster Angelique Kerber, the highest seed left in the bottom half of the women's draw stayed on course for making her first ever Grand Slam final, stunning 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

The match itself was anything but straight forward with Kerber, a runner-up to Azarenka at Brisbane a week before the Australian Open started, racing away to a 4-0 lead in the first set on the back of some fabulous stroke play from the back of the net.

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The four Canadians remaining in the U.S. Open singles draws were in action on Thursday and one of them advanced to the third round at the final Grand Slam event of the season in Flushing Meadows, New York.

After his three compatriots were sent packing earlier in the day, Milos Raonic ensured a Canadian presence in the round of 32 with a dominant 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Pablo Andujar of Spain. The 22-year-old Canadian, seeded tenth in the tournament, will face no. 23 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain on Saturday.

Despite being up a break in each of the first two sets of his second round match, Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) was defeated in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 by Spaniard Tommy Robredo, seeded no. 19. Dancevic was playing in the second round at a Major for the first time since 2008.

On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard went the distance on Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second show court in New York, against world no. 9 and reigning U.S. Open semifinalist Angelique Kerber of Germany. The 19-year-old hit 41 winners in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 loss. In the third match of her comeback from a shoulder injury, Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville,QC) went up against world no. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. The two-time Grand Slam champion was in top form on her way to a 6-1, 6-3 victory. The next tournament for both Bouchard and Wozniak will be the Bell Challenge, a WTA International Series event in Quebec City in two weeks.

 

World No.2 Maria Sharapova edged out 13th seed Maria Kirilenko in an all Russian semi-final 6-4, 6-3 to move into the final for the second straight year at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Joining her in the championship match will be a resurgent Caroline Wozniacki, who fought back from a set down to upset 4th seed Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 setting up a battle of former champions.

Sharapova was just better on court than her compatriot Maria Kirilenko. Her serve was consistent and accurate throughout and the 13th seed could not force a single break. Moreover, the 2nd seed won 83% of points on her first serve. This proved to be difference in the opening set as the former world no.1 saved 6 break points and got the crucial early break for a 2-1 lead and carried on from there to eventually serve out the set 6-4.

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The top ranked players in the women’s draw were forced to work for their victories in the third round of the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters on Tuesday. Top seed Victoria Azarenka started slowly, allowing Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens to win the opening set after which Azarenka clawed her way back to win in three. 4th seed Angelique Kerber eased through her first set against another Belgian in Yanina Wickmayer, but was a break down in the second before she made a comeback to win in two straight. Australia’s Sam Stosur too had a stiff workout and was forced to dig deep for victory against 32nd seed Shuai Peng in three sets.  On the other hand, 8th seed Caroline Wozniacki had it comparatively easy and won it two comfortable sets against 29th seed Elena Vesnina.

World No.1 Victoria Azarenka is bidding to become the first woman to win back to back titles at Indian Wells since Martina Navratilova achieved the feat in 1991. Azarenka was sluggish in the opening set and Kirsten Flipkins capitalized to win it 6-3. The defending champion found her rhythm in the 2nd set and claimed it with an identical scoreline. The third set belonged to the top seed and she blitzed past her opponent 6-0 winning the match in a hour and forty six minutes to continue her unbeaten streak.

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