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Venus Williams in transit as form swings to first-round exit

Still a force: Venus Williams.

Peter Hanlon Venus Williams undone by eight double faults and 56 unforced errors.

Venus Williams out in opening round

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Mike Hedge Former world No.1 and seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams is out of the Australian Open after losing to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

Samantha Stosur keeps Hobart International in her sights as Venus Williams brings added focus

Sam Stosur

David Beniuk Samantha Stosur and Venus Williams are set to thrust the normally low-profile Hobart International into the tennis spotlight.

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Venus Williams out of Hobart International

Venus Williams of the US hits a shot against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during their singles final at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 4, 2014.  AFP PHOTO  /  Fiona GOODALL

David Beniuk Former world No.1 Venus Williams has pulled out of this week's Hobart International tennis tournament.

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Venus Williams out of Hobart International

Venus Williams

Former world No.1 Venus Williams has pulled out of this week's Hobart International tennis tournament.

Venus Williams to play Hopman Cup

Venus Williams.

Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams to play in the Hopman Cup in Perth for the first time in her long career.

Venus Williams cruises into US quarters

Venus Williams has avenged a loss by routing ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-3 at the US Open to set up a possible showdown with her sister Serena.

Venus Williams takes indefinite leave

Six-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will be sidelined indefinitely, though she did not say why she will be out of action.

Venus Williams loses in first round

Top seed and defending champion Venus Williams has been upset in the opening round of the Cellular South Cup in Memphis by qualifier Petra Kvitova 2-6 6-4 6-3.

I'm no has-been, declares Venus Williams

By Guy Hand Venus Williams warned against those who are keen to write her and sister Serena off as grand slam has-beens after their early Australian Open exits.

Stricken Serena Williams vows to return to Wimbledon after doubles blow

Sick ... Serena Williams.

Danielle Rossingh Serena Williams promised to return to Wimbledon after having to retire from her second-round doubles match with sister Venus because of a virus.

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Staggering Serena quits match as fears for health grow

Gregory Walton Serena Williams was in the grip of a health scare on Tuesday night following a surreal doubles performance in which she struggled to pick up the ball.

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At home in the big time: Eugenie Bouchard aims to crown rise

Canadian first ... Eugenie Bouchard hits a return against Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce In marketability terms, Eugenie Bouchard has been likened to Anna Kournikova, but in no other sense is the comparison valid. At 20, Bouchard is already guaranteed a higher ranking (No.

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Victoria Azarenka knocked out of Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka's run ended in the second round

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has been knocked out of Wimbledon, losing 6-3 3-6 7-5 to Serb world No.45 Bojana Jovanovski.

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Casey Dellacqua bows out of Wimbledon's second round

Casey Dellacqua put in a good show, but just not good enough to beat Agnieszka Radwanska

Linda Pearce One of five Australians in action on day three, Dellacqua started a nervously, and lost with pride.

Kvitova downs Venus in battle of former champs

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates defeating Venus Williams of the United States.

Steven Griffiths Petra Kvitova fought back to defeat Venus Williams 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in a titanic battle of the former champions at Wimbledon on Friday.

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Wozniacki shakes off the 'victim' tag

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Croatia's Ama Konjuh.

Linda Pearce With a smile, a wave and a thumbs-up to Denmark's Crown Prince Frederick in the players' box, Caroline Wozniacki strolled into the Wimbledon fourth round.

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Andy Murray onside at Wimbledon after easing through first week

Andy Murray urges himself on after winning a point against Spain's Roberto Bautista.

Linda Pearce The first question Andy Murray was asked at Wimbledon this year was how it felt to have the hopes of a despondent World Cup nation on his shoulders.

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Novak Djokovic is named Wimbledon top seed

Danielle Rossingh Second-ranked Novak Djokovic was made top seed at next week's Wimbledon tennis championships, while world No. 1 Rafael Nadal was relegated to second.

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Maria Sharapova rallies past Simona Halep to win Madrid title

Maria solves her early problem: Maria Sharapova claimed a comeback victory in the Madrid final

Maria Sharapova recovered from a woeful start and fought back to overwhelm rising talent Simona Halep 1-6 6-2 6-3 in the Madrid Open final and claim her 31st career title on Sunday.