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American legend Serena Williams will miss the upcoming WTA Finals in Singapore from October 23 as she is still recovering from a shoulder injury that she picked up in the summer. The WTA announced on Monday the absence of the World No.2 from the tournament, which concludes the 2016 tennis season.

Serena, 35, has won a record 22 Grand Slam titles, an honour she shares with German legend Steffi Graf.

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Veteran American star Venus Williams kicked off her Hong Kong Open campaign in style by beating Japanese Risa Ozaki on Monday in the first round of the tournament. Williams, seeded second, defeated her Japanese opponent 6-4, 6-1.

The American managed to reach the semi-finals last year, and will now play the second round against France's Alize Cornet, who upset another American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-2.

On the other hand, world number one German Angelique Kerber will begin her journey at the Hong Kong Open against Greece's Maria Sakkari, ranked 97th in the world.


World No.2 Serena Williams is eyeing a return to action at the WTA Finals in Singapore after a nagging shoulder injury ruled her out of the Wuhan Open and the China Open.

"I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder," Serena said in a statement. "I have been practising and playing but my shoulder is still not fit for tournament play."

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Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou has officially unveiled his new tennis academy at Sophia-Antipolis, 20 kilometres west of Nice.

The Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, located in the heart of the French Riviera, emerged as a unique 12 hectares complex after two years of construction, the largest one among its peers in Europe.

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Legendary American tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams had a special therapeutic permission to take drugs banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and didn't violate anti-doping regulations, International Tennis Federation (ITF) President David Haggerty has said.

Anonymous hackers from web portal announced on Tuesday that they have hacked the database of WADA's ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) and leaked documents proving that the doping agency allowed Serena and Venus as well as US four-time Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and compatriot women's basketball player Elena Dolle Donne to take banned performance-enhancing drugs, reports Tass.

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Russian hacking group Fancy Bears' Hack Team on Tuesday claimed to have accessed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database, alleging that American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and four-time Rio Olympics gold medallist gymnast Simone Biles have been allowed to consume banned substances.

The hacking site claimed to have leaked dozens of files allegedly relating to United States athletes on the internet, reports Sputnik.

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Williams announced today a new addition to its engineering department in an effort to bolster performance for the remainder of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship campaign onwards.

Antonio Spagnolo, former Head of Tyre Performance Group with Ferrari, has joined the Williams Operations Group this week as Competitor Analysis and Performance Concept Team Leader. 

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