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Indian Wells: Elena Vesnina beats fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to win title

Indian Wells: Elena Vesnina beats fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to win title

For Kuznetsova, it was a third disappointment in as many finals at Indian Wells, this one coming a decade after she fell in back to back finals in 2007 and 2008.

Elena Vesnina ousts Venus Williams to set up semi-final clash with Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wells

Elena Vesnina ousts Venus Williams to set up semi-final clash with Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wells

She'll play Kristina Mladenovic for a place in the final after the French player's 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over former world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

Indian Wells Masters: Elema Vesnina shocks favourite Angelique Kerber in fourth-round

Indian Wells Masters: Elema Vesnina shocks favourite Angelique Kerber in fourth-round

Russia's 14th-seeded Vesnina toppled the second-seeded German 6-3, 6-3 to book a quarter-final meeting with seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams

BNP Paribas Open: Angelique Kerber in 4th round; Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska out

BNP Paribas Open: Angelique Kerber in 4th round; Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska out

Venus Williams saved three match points in her opening match but the 12th seed faced no such drama in her 6-4 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

India Wells Open: Venus Williams beats Jelena Jankovic in a close match

India Wells Open: Venus Williams beats Jelena Jankovic in a close match

Williams next faces Czech Lucie Safarova, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 winner over American Coco Vandeweghe

Resurgent Venus Williams says no end in sight to playing career

Resurgent Venus Williams says no end in sight to playing career

The American former world number one`s on-court form has been nothing short of remarkable considering she was diagnosed in 2011 with the debilitating Sjogren`s syndrome.

Fed Cup: Serena Williams, Venus Williams to skip first round tie against Germany

Fed Cup: Serena Williams, Venus Williams to skip first round tie against Germany

US captain Kathy Rinaldi announced her squad on Wednesday for the best-of-five match tie which doesn't include the Williams sisters.

Australian Open: Serena Williams surpasses Steffi Graf to claim 23rd Grand Slam title

Australian Open: Serena Williams surpasses Steffi Graf to claim 23rd Grand Slam title

The 35-year-old, who equalled Graf`s mark of 22 at Wimbledon last year, now stands just one behind the all-time 24 won by Margaret Court.

AUS Open, Women's Singles Final: As it happened...

AUS Open, Women's Singles Final: As it happened...

Serena defeated sister Venus Williams to lift her 7th Australian Open and 23rd Grand Slam title.

AUS Open, Women's Singles Final, PREVIEW: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams

AUS Open, Women's Singles Final, PREVIEW: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams

Serena holds a 6-2 edge in the major deciders, with a 16-11 win-loss record overall against sister Venus Williams

Aus Open 2017: Venus Williams fights back to beat CoCo Vandeweghe, advances into second Australian Open final

Aus Open 2017: Venus Williams fights back to beat CoCo Vandeweghe, advances into second Australian Open final

Williams, who last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2009 (Wimbledon), will now take on the winner of another women's semi-final between her sister Serena Williams and miraculous former prodigy Mirjana Lucic Baroni.

Australian Open 2017:  Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeats Karolina Pliskova, enters grand slam semis after 18 years

Australian Open 2017: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeats Karolina Pliskova, enters grand slam semis after 18 years

she made the 1999 Wimbledon semis as a 17-year-old, she has been waiting 18 years for another crack at a Grand Slam last four.

Aus Open '17:  Coco Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final, defeats Garbine Muguruza in striaght sets

Aus Open '17: Coco Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final, defeats Garbine Muguruza in striaght sets

Vandeweghe now faces Venus Williams for a place in Saturday`s final after later battled past Russia`s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two sets.

Australian open 2017: Venus Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, enters first semi-final in 14 years

Australian open 2017: Venus Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, enters first semi-final in 14 years

Venus also became oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi since a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

Australian Open 2017, Day 7: Top seeds Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber crash out; veterans Roger Federer, Venus Williams in quarters

Australian Open 2017, Day 7: Top seeds Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber crash out; veterans Roger Federer, Venus Williams in quarters

Murray was stunned by 50th-ranked serve-and-volley specialist Zverev before Kerber tamely succumbed to Vandeweghe.

Australian Open, Day 5: Andy Murray, Roger Federer masterclass wows

Australian Open, Day 5: Andy Murray, Roger Federer masterclass wows

Murray and Federer had both watched from afar on Thursday as Djokovic, the defending champion and six-time winner, suffered a stunning defeat to 117th-ranked Denis Istomin.

Australian Open: Classy Venus Williams beats Chinese DuanYingying, cruises into fourth round

Australian Open: Classy Venus Williams beats Chinese DuanYingying, cruises into fourth round

Seven-time Grand Slam winner will next play either Australian hope Ashleigh Barty or German qualifier Mona Barthel.

Australian Open 2017, Day 3: Andy Murray in a hurry; Nick Kyrgios booed in stormy defeat

Australian Open 2017, Day 3: Andy Murray in a hurry; Nick Kyrgios booed in stormy defeat

Tennis legend John McEnroe said Kyrgios`s lack of effort was a "black eye for the sport".

Australian Open 2017: Venus Williams beats Stefanie Voegele in straight sets, cruises into third round

Australian Open 2017: Venus Williams beats Stefanie Voegele in straight sets, cruises into third round

Williams, the oldest player in the women`s draw at 36, will next play either Duan Yingying or Varvara Lepchenko.

Auckland Classic: Lauren Davis beats Ana Konjuh in final to claim maiden WTA title

Auckland Classic: Lauren Davis beats Ana Konjuh in final to claim maiden WTA title

At 1.57 metres (5ft 2in), Davis is one of the smallest players but she more than compensated for her lack of height with her speed around the court.