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May 6, 2010

“Sexy” Serena Williams powers into Italian semis

ROME (Reuters) – Serena Williams had promised fans they would see a “sexy” Serena in Thursday’s quarter-finals of the Italian Open after conceding she was still rusty from her long knee injury lay-off in her first two wins.

If the world number one was referring to her tennis, rather than her lovely but not particularly raunchy pink outfit, she was true to her word.

May 6, 2010

Tennis-’Sexy’ Serena shakes off rust to power into Italian semis

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Serena Williams had promised fans
they would see a “sexy” Serena in Thursday’s quarter-finals of
the Italian Open after conceding she was still rusty from her
long knee injury lay-off in her first two wins.

If the world number one was referring to her tennis, rather
than her lovely but not particularly raunchy pink outfit, she
was true to her word.

May 6, 2010

Safina refuses to give herself a break

ROME (Reuters) – Dinara Safina might excel at taking breaks from opponents on court, but she is not so good at cutting herself some slack off it.

The 24-year-old Russian has slipped from number one to third in the world rankings, largely because of a serious back injury that has caused her to miss most of the season so far.

May 6, 2010

Tennis-Safina refuses to give herself a break

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Dinara Safina might excel at taking
breaks from opponents on court, but she is not so good at
cutting herself some slack off it.

The 24-year-old Russian has slipped from number one to third
in the world rankings, largely because of a serious back injury
that has caused her to miss most of the season so far.

May 5, 2010

Rusty Serena drops set on way to victory in Rome

ROME (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams showed Wednesday she had not shaken off the rust from her long injury absence, toiling to beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-2 3-6 6-0 to reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.

The American had a sticky patch against unseeded Petkovic, after having taken her time to get going against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky Tuesday in her first match since winning January’s Australian Open.

May 5, 2010

Tennis-Rusty Serena drops set on way to victory in Rome

ROME, May 5 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams
showed on Wednesday she had not shaken off the rust from her
long injury absence, toiling to beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic
6-2 3-6 6-0 to reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.

The American had a sticky patch against unseeded Petkovic,
after having taken her time to get going against Swiss Timea
Bacsinszky on Tuesday in her first match since winning January’s
Australian Open.

May 4, 2010

Serena makes winning return, Safina slumps

ROME (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overpowered Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 6-1 at the Italian Open Tuesday in her first match since the Australian Open final.

But defending champion Dinara Safina, also plagued by injury problems, slumped to a 6-4 6-7 6-1 loss to Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.

May 4, 2010

Tennis-Serena makes winning return, Safina slumps

ROME, May 4 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams
overpowered Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 6-1 at the Italian Open
on Tuesday in her first match since the Australian Open final.

But defending champion Dinara Safina, also plagued by injury
problems, slumped to a 6-4 6-7 6-1 loss to Romanian Alexandra
Dulgheru.

May 3, 2010

Kuznetsova’s poor form continues in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova’s poor form continued on Monday when she was knocked out of the Italian Open 6-2 3-6 6-4 by Russian compatriot Maria Kirilenko.

The world number five has been exiting tournaments in the early stages all year and the trend looked likely to continue from the moment she fired a backhand into the net to surrender serve in the first game.

May 3, 2010

Tennis-Kuznetsova’s poor form continues in Italy

ROME, May 3 (Reuters) – French Open champion Svetlana
Kuznetsova’s poor form continued on Monday when she was knocked
out of the Italian Open 6-2 3-6 6-4 by Russian compatriot Maria
Kirilenko.

The world number five has been exiting tournaments in the
early stages all year and the trend looked likely to continue
from the moment she fired a backhand into the net to surrender
serve in the first game.