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The official draw for the 2013 Rogers Cup was conducted on Saturday at Rexall Centre, Toronto. Canada’s No. 1-ranked player Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que. will take on former Rogers Cup semifinalist Alisa Kleybanova in the first round, while a potential match-up between world No. 1 Serena Williams and her sister Venus looms in the third round.

The Top 8 seeds all receive a first-round bye, with No. 1 seed Serena Williams set to take on the winner of the match between a qualifier and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in her first match. No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka will play either Romanian Sorana Cirstea or a qualifier in her opener. No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was placed in Serena’s half while No. 4 Li Na, who attended the draw, could face Azarenka in the semifinals.

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2012 Family Circle Cup champion, Serena Williams, will return to Charleston for the 41st Family Circle Cup, March 30th – April 7th, 2013, to defend her title. World No. 2, Serena Williams joins Samantha Stosur and sister, Venus Williams, in a world-class player field assembling in Charleston.

“It’s always exciting to have a past champion return to defend her title,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. “And when that champion is Serena Williams, one of the most famous athletes in the world – we know our fans will be excited. Serena plays well in Charleston, and we’re looking forward to welcoming her back for a sixth time.”

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When the draw was made the for 2013 Australian Open, the one potential third round clash that everyone wanted to see was Maria Sharapova vs Venus Williams. With 11 Grand Slam titles between them the ticket for Friday night's match was always going to be a special one to land, but sadly from the fans' perspective the match was largely a one-sided affair.

World no.2, Sharapova, came into the match without having lost a game all tournament, dishing out consecutive 6-0, 6-0 drubbings in her first two rounds, and looked to be on course for a similar outcome when she raced to an early 4-0 lead, having had to save a break point in her first service game.

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Day 3 of the Australian Open saw two of the true superstars of the modern game throw down the gauntlet for the rest of the field as Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic registered thumping wins to power into the third round.

Relegated to the Hi Sense Arena, Sharapova matched her performance in round 1 to become the first woman in over a quarter of a century to record back to back 6-0, 6-0 wins as she dismissed the challenge of Japanese star Misaki Doi as if she just didn't exist. She will find it hard pressed to become the first ever player to make it three in a row when she takes on 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in round 3. Venus brushed aside the challenge of Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, also in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

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For tennis fans who grew up watching the Williams sisters compete over the last decade and more, there can be few better sights than Venus in full flow. The five time Wimbledon champion is now very much on the wrong side of 30, but showed a decidedly fresher side to herself in the first round at the Australian Open this morning.

Venus' return from injury in 2012 saw her lose none of her passion and her desire, but there was a certain skip in her step that appeared to be missing. The veteran American did end the year well, winning in Melbourne, which allowed her to break into the top 30 in the world, resulting in her being seeded at the Australian Open this year.

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John Isner and Venus Williams pulled off an exciting 6-7(5) 6-2 [10-8] win over the French team of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson in the live mixed doubles on day four of the Hopman Cup to give USA a 2-1 win over the French.

Earlier in the evening Tsonga got 2013 off to the perfect start with a dominant performance in his first match of the new year. The Frenchman mixed power with impressive court coverage to easily see off big-serving American John Isner in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.

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Venus Williams, former World No. 1 and 2004 Cup Champion, has officially entered the 2013 Family Circle Cup. Williams joins World No. 9, Samantha Stosur, in the top-notch player field assembling on Daniel Island. The 41st Family Circle Cup will be contested March 30th – April 7th, 2013 at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

"Venus is a tennis superstar with adoring fans and passion for the game, which makes it so exciting to watch her compete," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. "I know our fans at the Cup are eager to have her return again in 2013."

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