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Pliskova in convincing victory over sluggish Williams

World number three Karolina Pliskova believes her experience playing on the Singapore Indoor Stadium's slower court was the catalyst for a crushing straight sets victory over Venus Williams on Sunday. Pliskova, playing in her second consecutive WTA Finals, overwhelmed a sluggish Williams from the get-go to record a 6-2, 6-2 victory in a one-sided match lasting just one hour and 13 minutes. Williams was making her debut in Singapore after reaching the WTA Finals for the first time since 2009, when it was played in Doha.…

Serena Williams knocked out of Wimbledon by Cornet

LONDON: Top seed Serena Williams' challenge for a sixth Wimbledon singles title fizzled out with a shock 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by France's Alize Cornet on Saturday. The 32-year-old American was untroubled in the first set but her game disintegrated as 25th seed Cornet took control in front of a stunned crowd on Court One. Persistent rain at the All England Club meant only two games were possible when play started and when the players returned four hours later it was Williams who looked determined to make up for lost time with…