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Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final Sunday to retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title, while Rafael Nadal eased by Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 for his fifth title since returning from a knee injury.
Serena won her 14th straight match in Charleston with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Venus Williams — the most one-sided result in the sisters' long, intense rivalry.
The 11-time Grand Slam champion feels encouraged about his comeback from injury after the past week, when he finally felt he could move freely. He dominated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, the world's fourth-ranked player, to win the Mexican Open on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal wasn't too worried about playing on a hard court Monday night.
Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The flashbulbs will surely go off as fans watch how Serena Williams moves around on that sore back and ankle at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Michelle Obama says people worried about youth gun violence have to do more than simply tell children they care about the problem and then wind up "going to these funerals and mourning with these kids when there's still work to do."
Imagine students learning their ABCs while dancing, or memorizing multiplication tables while doing jumping jacks.
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Dubai Championships because of a lower back injury.
Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Dubai Championships on Tuesday because of a bone bruise in her right foot.
Sloane Stephens lost in the first round of the Dubai Championship on Monday, the latest setback for the rising American star who reached the Australian Open semifinals.
Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to the second-ranked Williams on Monday but extended her current winning streak to 14 matches, including her second Australian Open title. More importantly, she may have turned around what has been a one-sided rivalry against Williams.
Serena Williams spent most of the past week downplaying the prospect of returning to the top of the rankings. Then it happened and she couldn't hold back the tears.
The 15-time Grand Slam winner will replace top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in next week's rankings after coming from a set down to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open.
A day after regaining the No. 1 ranking, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to reach the Qatar Open final. Williams has beaten Sharapova 10 straight times.
"I always respect Victoria. I think she's a really good player. Obviously she's so consistent and she plays well," Williams said.
"I'm definitely not happy, but I'm No. 1," she said, smiling. "It was such a long journey, and after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the (WTA) Championships, I thought, I just don't think I can win anymore. I don't know what it takes to be No. 1. So it was awesome to come here and achieve that goal."