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Agnieszka Radwanska extended the best winning streak of the year to 11 matches as she rolled into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu on Wednesday.
Four-time Olympian Venus Williams walked off Wimbledon's cozy Court 2 gleefully waving her fist as fans chanted, "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
For Serena Williams, the low point came in early 2011, when she spent hours laying around her home, overwhelmed by a depressing series of health scares that sent her to the hospital repeatedly and kept her away from tennis for 10 months.
Serena Williams wins with so much more than serving, of course.
Judging by results this year, Serena Williams shouldn't be considered the favorite among the four remaining women at Wimbledon.
U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur won the final five games of the rain-delayed match for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Galina Voskoboeva at the Family Circle Cup on Friday.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland has dismissed Croat coach Borna Vikic, three days after winning the Sony Ericsson Open.
Petra Kvitova is closing in on another landmark at the Australian Open, seven months after her first Grand Slam title.
Marion Bartoli of France kept her chances of qualifying for the WTA Championships alive on Thursday after she beat Ksenia Pervak of Russia 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup.
Water seeped up onto a court at the U.S. Open for the second straight day but the match didn't have to move this time.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won her first tournament title in more than three years with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Vera Zvonareva in the Mercury Insurance Open final on Sunday.
Flavia Pennetta moved into the semifinals of the Mercury Insurance Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Samantha Stosur on Friday.
"I can play even better," said Radwanska, who lost the Wimbledon final to Serena Williams last year. "I didn't really expect I could win that many matches in a row, and hopefully I can keep going."
"So many aces," said Radwanska, whose two-week total was 16, "and I couldn't do much about it."