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French Open finallist Simona Halep eased past Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1 while American Venus Williams defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the opening round at Wimbledon on Monday.

Erakovic of New Zealand committed 31 unforced errors in one hour 14 minutes in a match that saw her serve broken five times by the Romanian second seed. The Wimbledon 2014 quarter-finalist is set to play against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated British Laura Robson 6-4, 6-1.

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Legendary American Serena Williams made history today when she defeated her elder sister Venus in the Australian Open final to become the first person in the Open Era to capture 23 Grand Slam singles titles on Saturday.

Coming into the final, Serena was tied with German icon Steffi Graf for most number (22) of Grand Slam singles titles, she now has sole possession of that record, but is still one behind Australian legend Margaret Court, whose 24 titles came before tennis participation was opened to professional players.

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The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will meet in an Australian Open final for the first time since 2003 as the 30 somethings continued to show that age was just a number, booking their place in the final with dominant displays in the semi-final today.

Six-time champion Serena Williams defeated an exhausted and physically struggling Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes in a very one sided contest. Lucic-Baroni, who had done remarkably well to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final this century, came into the match carrying an injury and was absolutely blown away by an in-form Serena, who looks the odds on favourite to capture a record breaking 23rd Grand Slam title.

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Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza bowed out of the Australian Open going down to unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

World No.seven Muguruza was never really at the races today and was overwhelmed by the 31 winners produced by the plucky American.

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World No.1 Angelique Kerber kept her hopes of a second straight Australian Open tennis title alive with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the third round over Kristyna Pliskova in Melbourne Park on Friday.

"I was feeling very good from the first point," she said during her post-match press conference. "Matches like this are always tough to play when your opponent is serving very well, and you have to bring a lot of balls back, move well, and just go for it. But I'm happy about my performance."

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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.

 

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 Fancybear.net 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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