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Oct 22, 2014

Embarrassed Williams suffers humbling defeat

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world number one Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one – embarrassment.

One of the game’s all-time greats, a winner of 18-grand slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success.

Oct 22, 2014

Tennis-Embarrassed Williams suffers humbling defeat

SINGAPORE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world number one Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one – embarrassment.

One of the game’s all-time greats, a winner of 18-grand slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success.

Oct 22, 2014

World number one Williams walloped by Halep

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world number one 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.

As well as Halep played in moving her opponent back and around Singapore’s purple Indoor hardcourt, the 33-year-old American only had herself to blame for the defeat after her serve fell apart and the errors flowed.

Oct 22, 2014

Tennis-World number one Williams walloped by Halep

SINGAPORE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world number one 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.

As well as Halep played in moving her opponent back and around Singapore’s purple Indoor hardcourt, the 33-year-old American only had herself to blame for the defeat after her serve fell apart and the errors flowed.

Oct 21, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova; Radwanska wins

SINGAPORE, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to outlast the Russian 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 in their marathon opening group match at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Following the tense three hour 13 minute affair, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska went into Wednesday to claim a 6-2 6-3 win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to join Wozniacki at the top of the White Group standings.

Oct 21, 2014

Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova in WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 in their marathon opening group match of the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

The Dane grabbed the final qualifying spot in the eight-woman field but it was world number two Sharapova who looked the lower ranked player at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium, as some stunning winners were lost in a wave of 76 unforced errors.

Oct 21, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova in WTA Finals

SINGAPORE, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 in their marathon opening group match of the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

The Dane grabbed the final qualifying spot in the eight-woman field but it was world number two Sharapova who looked the lower ranked player at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium, as some stunning winners were lost in a wave of 76 unforced errors.

Oct 20, 2014

Serving stigmas still haunting resurgent Ivanovic

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – When Ana Ivanovic crunched Serena Williams’s opening serve back past the world number one for a venomous winner it suggested she wasn’t going to be overawed by her illustrious opponent. The Serb’s own serve, however, told a different story.

The duo traded crunching groundstrokes in an entertaining opening match at the WTA Finals on Monday but Ivanovic’s old Achilles’ heel, her ball toss, once again returned to haunt her as she crumbled to defeat on Singapore’s purple hardcourt.

Oct 20, 2014

Tennis-Serving stigmas still haunting resurgent Ivanovic

SINGAPORE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – When Ana Ivanovic crunched Serena Williams’s opening serve back past the world number one for a venomous winner it suggested she wasn’t going to be overawed by her illustrious opponent. The Serb’s own serve, however, told a different story.

The duo traded crunching groundstrokes in an entertaining opening match at the WTA Finals on Monday but Ivanovic’s old Achilles’ heel, her ball toss, once again returned to haunt her as she crumbled to defeat on Singapore’s purple hardcourt.

Oct 20, 2014

Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the “silence” of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as “brothers”.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) after making the comments on local television on Friday.