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  • Dominant Serena beats Sharapova at Australian Open for 19th Slam
    Dominant Serena beats Sharapova at Australian Open for 19th Slam

    A dominant Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game's legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) triumph means the American world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go clear second on the all-time Open-era Grand Slam winners' list, three behind Steffi Graf.

  • Tennis-Williams overpowers Sharapova to win 19th grand slam

    * Williams wins sixth title at Melbourne Park * American now has 19 grand slam titles * Continues unbeaten streak against Sharapova (Adds quotes) By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Top seed Serena Williams fought off a barking cough to clinch her 19th grand slam singles title with a 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final on Saturday. Williams's sixth title at Melbourne Park moved her into a tie with fellow American Helen Wills Moody in third on the all-time list after she joined Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert on 18 at last year's U.S. Open.

  • Spurs star Duncan sues financial adviser for fraud in Texas court

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - NBA superstar Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $1 million in damages against a longtime friend and financial adviser the basketball player says cheated him in his investments. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in a Texas court against Atlanta businessman Charles Banks, who Duncan said he met during his 1997-98 rookie season in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.

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