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George Groves beats Baker Barakat with second round TKO in Germany

Groves continues winning record by easily overcoming Barakat with second round TKO

, George Groves has now matched that tally in the last fortnight following his second-round stoppage victory over Baker Barakat in Germany.

The 24-year-old super middleweight beat Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena two weeks ago and made light work of his Syrian opponent on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz's world title rematch with Arthur Abraham in Magdeburg.

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

Groves will target the winner of that clash later in the year after starring as chief support to Carl Froch's mouthwatering rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25.

The Londoner, who has now won all 18 of his professional contests, was on top from the first bell, peppering Barakat to the head and body before a left uppercut had the 32-year-old wobbling.

The bell came to his rescue on that occasion but a knockdown in the second session, followed by a further flurry of blows, forced the referee to step in.

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Groves, who recently left Frank Warren to join rival promoter Eddie Hearn, immediately looked forward to a world title challenge.

'It was a good fight,' he said. 'He wasn't at the level I'm used to but I put in a good performance and didn't make any mistakes.

'I'm the No 1 contender with the WBO and was supposed to fight Stieglitz last year but I had to pull out through injury.'

Nottingham Forest have sacked Frank Clark, Mark Arthur and Keith Burt

Ruthless Forest owners wield axe with long-serving Clark shown exit alongside Arthur and Burt

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:23 GMT, 17 January 2013

Nottingham Forest have sacked chief executive Mark Arthur, director of recruitment Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark from their roles at the club.

Clark featured in Forest's 1979 European Cup-winning side during his four years as a player, and then returned to manage at the City Ground in 1993.

In 2011 he was appointed chairman of the club, and he has described the decision to get rid of him as 'a real shock.'

Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest

Shocked: Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest

Burt ends a seven-year association with the Championship outfit, having played a key role in Sean O'Driscoll's extensive summer recruitment drive.

O'Driscoll was dismissed as manager following Forest's 4-2 Boxing Day victory over Leeds, making way for Alex McLeish.

When contacted to confirm reports of his exit, Clark said: 'Yes that's true, yes. I don't want to say any more about it, for obvious reasons, but that is true.

'It's a shock, it's certainly a shock. Right out of the blue – a real shock.'

Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll

Wholesale changes: Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll

Alex Ferguson wants investigation into Zeki Fryers Tottenham move

Furious Fergie calls for investigation into Tottenham move for ex-United kid Fryers

, but talks broke down over a 6million compensation fee for Under 23 players.

Are they buying him as an impact sub or will we see him appear in the first team

If, as predicted, Gareth Bale is sold in the summer, then they will need a player to fill in the gaps. Fryers could be their man.

How much did Spurs get him for

Tottenham are spending around 3m on Fryers, including a contract for 20,000-a-week.

Is he actually any good

Some praise him as ‘the next Ashley Cole.’ And having made appearances for England Under 16s, Under 17s and Under 19s, it suggests our national team certainly think he is.

Arthur Samuel

Sport dominates Twitter talk in 2012 with help from dancing Boris Johnson

Sport dominates Twitter talk in 2012 (with a little help from dancing Boris Johnson)

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16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012

A bumper year for sport has been confirmed by twitter results that show that seven out of the top 10 highest spikes in conversation on the social media website are related to sport.

The results are based on data that measures the number of UK tweets sent per second.

Here are the top 10 according to twitter’s official UK blog: ‘

1. Olympics: David Cameron, Samantha Cameron and Boris Johnson dancing together at the Olympic closing ceremony (Sunday, August 12)

Stop right now: Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Samantha Cameron dance to Spice Girls during the Olympic Closing Ceremony

Stop right now: Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Samantha Cameron dance to Spice Girls during the Olympic Closing Ceremony

2. Euro 2012: England vs Italy, England lose on penalties (Sunday, June 24)

3. X Factor: James Arthur and Ella Henderson in bottom two, Ella voted off (Sunday, November 18)

4. Olympics: Bolt wins the Men’s 100 Metres Olympic final (Sunday August 5)

Bolt saw off competition from compatriot Yohan Blake in London to retain the 100m and 200m Olympic titles he won in Beijing

Bolt saw off competition from compatriot Yohan Blake in London to retain the 100m and 200m Olympic titles he won in Beijing

5. Olympics: Mr Bean’s Chariots of Fire sketch in the Opening Ceremony (Friday, July 27)

6. X Factor: Rylan and Kye deadlock (Sunday, November 4)

7. Euro 2012: England vs Sweden, Theo Walcott’s goal to bring England level at 2-2

Walcott's strike against Sweden helped England top Group D in Euro 2012 but Roy Hodgson's men lost in the quarter finals to Italy on penalties

Walcott's strike against Sweden helped England top Group D in Euro 2012 but Roy Hodgson's men lost in the quarter finals to Italy on penalties

8. X Factor: Gary Barlow storms off X Factor as Carolynne Poole was voted off in favour of Rylan (Sunday October 7)

9. Euro 2012: England vs France, Joleon Lescott’s goal put England up 1-0 (Monday June 11)

10. Champions League: Man City vs Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal put Real 3-2 ahead, ultimately resulting in a victory (Tuesday September 18)

It was a year that saw some extraordinary firsts for twitter. In May, footballer Eden Hazard (@HazardEden10) revealed that he was joining Chelsea exclusively via his twitter feed, writing: ‘I’m signing for the champion’s league winner’.

Hazard signing for Chelsea

Twitter saw more than 700,000 #PrayforMuamba messages in support of footballer Fabrice Muamba (@FMuamba) when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch in March of this year: ‘Pray for fab god willing he will pull through #PrayForMuamba.’

After his Olympic success, Usain Bolt (@usainbolt) said he wanted a trial at Manchester United… And Rio Ferdinand (@RioFerdy5) stepped in to help, only on Twitter.

Usain Bolt and Rio Ferdinand talk about a football trial

Chelsea also announced that they had sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo on twitter, before also confirming Sportsmail on twitter that they were replacing him with Rafa Benitez.

Twitter Chelsea sack Di Matteo and hire Benitez

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

Vote for Sanctuaire as big Nicholls hope for Sandown has the X Factor

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20:18 GMT, 7 December 2012

The people at ITV will have you
believe that all this weekend's fireworks are reserved for the X Factor
final but, for National Hunt fans, there are two explosive chasers at
Sandown today for whom that description fits adroitly.

Both Sprinter Sacre and SANCTUAIRE
(Sandown, 3.05) boast the star quality that X Factor finalists can only
dream of, although the progression through the series of favourite James
Arthur does in a way mirror that of Sanctuaire.

tale of the tingle tape

Peter Scudamore's view

The Tingle Creek Chase provides the clash between Sanctuaire and Sprinter Sacre that we’ve been waiting for since the Spring and, with both unbeaten over fences, something has to give. My worry is the ground is going to play a part. Jockey Peter Buchanan, who landed the big race yesterday on Bold Sir Brian, described conditions on Sandown’s chase course as ‘hard-work ground’.

The big two have both had breathing operations in the past. You can never be totally confident how they will react in arduous going.
I’d also be concerned that the ground will negate the immense jumping of Sprinter Sacre. He is a horse with natural spring in his legs. His technique last year was outstanding and some of his leaps spectacular.

His defeat of Cue Card at the Cheltenham Festival was a piece of form to drool over. He has already shown the potential to be not only the most exciting steeplechaser in training but also the best pound for pound across the distance spectrum. Despite my concerns I can’t desert the Nicky Henderson-trained favourite.

A troubled soul at the start of the
series, the talented Arthur has prospered due to a strict regime of
rehearsal and training and much the same can be said of the headstrong
Sanctuaire

It is only in the past 12 months that trainer Paul Nicholls and his team has managed to resolve the physical and mental issues that were stopping his charge from ascending the chasing tree.

The result has been three unblemished chasing victories by an aggregate margin of 74 lengths, two of which were achieved at today's venue.

It is those front-running demolitions that Sanctuaire's supporters will put their faith in as he bids to see off the imposing claims of Sprinter Sacre.

Nicky Henderson's hot favourite is yet to taste defeat over fences.

A six-length defeat of Cue Card in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival looks all the more creditable given the runner-up's subsequent efforts.

However, Sanctuaire's experience of the tricky Sandown fences could prove decisive in springing a mini surprise.

Boxing: Ali Adams banned for two years after testing positive for steroids

Drug cheat heavyweight Ali banned for two years after taking steroids

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11:35 GMT, 4 October 2012

Shamed British heavyweight boxer Ali Adams has been suspended for two years after testing positive for steroids.

The Iraqi-born fighter tested positive for stanozolol following his four-round defeat to former Olympic champion Audley Harrison at the Brentwood Centre in May – and now won't return to the ring until June 2014.

Banned: Ali Adams tested positive for steroids following his defeat to Audley Harrison in May

Banned: British heavyweight Ali Adams tested positive for steroids following his defeat to Audley Harrison in May (below)

Defeat: Adams was stopped in the fourth round by Sydney 200 Olympics champion Harrison in Essex

UK Anti-Doping legal director Graham Arthur says the positive finding resulted from 'a targeted, intelligence-led test'.

Adams, has a record of 13 wins, four defeats and a draw, contended the stanozolol may have come from medication he was using for a neck injury.

But Arthur says stanozolol 'is banned at all times in sport, there is no reason for it to be found in an athlete's system.'

Andy Murray homecoming in Dunblane

Welcome home, champ! Murray arrives in Dunblane celebrate US Open title and Olympic gold medal

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 16 September 2012

'Overwhelmed' Andy Murray admitted he is still coming to terms with winning his first grand slam title, as he returned to Dunblane on Sunday.

The newly crowned US Open champion began his career at the town's tennis club and returned on Sunday afternoon to celebrate his success this summer.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Murray beat Novak Djokovic in a time of four hours and 54 minutes to be crowned US Open champion and end Britain's 76-year wait for a men's Grand Slam singles title.

Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane

Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane

Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane

The win in the Arthur Ashe Stadium at
Flushing Meadows emulated Fred Perry's 1936 achievement and capped a
special year for the 25-year-old Scot, who won gold at the Olympic Games
after he beat Roger Federer in the final – a rematch of this year's
Wimbledon final where the Swiss triumphed.

Murray also won Olympic silver in the mixed doubles competition with Laura Robson.

'It's overwhelming and I've never had anything like that before,' Murray
told Sky Sports News, after around 15,000 people came to celebrate his
return.

Man's best friend: Murray even had his face licked by a dog

Man's best friend: Murray even had his face licked by a dog

Man's best friend: Murray even had his face licked by a dog

'I think it [the US Open win] will sink in over the next couple of days.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind since the match with all the stuff the
day after and travelling back, then all the stuff today with so many
people.

'It's been a bit overwhelming and I think it will take a few days.

'I dreamt three days after Wimbledon that I had won Wimbledon and I woke up and was absolutely gutted that I hadn't.

Golden moment: Murray poses next to the gold-painted postbox in Dunblane

Golden moment: Murray poses next to the gold-painted postbox in Dunblane

Golden moment: Murray poses next to the gold-painted postbox in Dunblane

'The other day I woke up after sleeping on the sofa and I was questioning whether it [the US Open win] actually happened.

'It was when I woke up and realised I had actually won the US Open that it all started to sink in.'

Murray's walkabout in the town overran by an hour after he decided
against travelling on the bus with his family and friends and instead
spent time signing autographs and meeting his fans.

Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday

Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday

Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday

Murray's mother Judy, who travelled on the bus decorated by children
from Dunblane Primary school, said: 'I'm absolutely amazed. I thought it
was going to be mobbed but I didn't realise it was going to be as
mobbed as this.

'It's wonderful for Andy to come back and share the success of the summer with people of the town.

'Coming back to your roots and the town you grew up, he always gets such
amazing support whenever he plays but particularly when he's in a
final. It's amazing.'

Andy Murray forged US Open win over long hard years – Martin Samuel

Olympic spirit Andy forged maiden Grand Slam win over long years

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UPDATED:

01:40 GMT, 11 September 2012

Olympic legacy Yes, in part. Yet to argue, as some will, that Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam title merely on the high of his gold medal from 2012 does great credit to the Games, but great disservice to the man.

This was a triumph earned over years, not a few brilliant weeks. Murray clawed his way to it, point by point, set by set, match by brutal match. It was a victory forged as much by heartbreak and despair as gilded discs and days of national celebration.

While Britain revelled one last time in the passing parade, Murray focused in near-solitude and prepared for the match of his life. Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and all his fellow Olympians could not help him now. This was his to win alone.

The champion: Andy Murray shows off the US Open trophy after he secured victory against Novak Djokovic

The champion: Andy Murray shows off the US Open trophy after he secured victory against Novak Djokovic

Britain's Andy Murray poses with the trophy after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic

Britain's Andy Murray (right) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic hold their trophies

So if Murray had gone out on Arthur Ashe court armed only with the warm glow of Britain’s Olympic summer and a little extra confidence, he would not have stood a prayer. Chancers don’t against Novak Djokovic.

He doesn’t care about your gold medal. He doesn’t even care who you beat to claim it. He has won more tennis matches than any other player in 2012. He has won six Grand Slam titles. He won three last year and two this year. Show us your medals may be a challenge in football, but in tennis it means squat.

This sport has its own podium and Djokovic knows where he stands on it. Higher than you, for all your precious metal.

So it wasn’t some vague Olympic spirit that took Murray, at last, to the pinnacle. It was personal resolve of the kind that ushers a man from a Celtic backwater to become US Open champion. It was that determination that earned Murray his gold medal: it wasn’t the medal that suddenly made Murray a champion.

Disbelief: Murray celebrates a truly epic victory after a near five-hour clash with Djokovic

Disbelief: Murray celebrates a truly epic victory after a near five-hour clash with Djokovic

Disbelief: Murray celebrates a truly epic victory after a near five-hour clash with Djokovic

He has been edging closer for years now. He reached a first final, then a second, then a third, lost each one to love. Then he took a set from Roger Federer in his fourth. Still lost. And many people thought it would never happen.

That this was his burden, to be not quite good enough. Yet those that know, those that face him across the net, never agreed. They knew that with every anguished defeat, Murray looked stronger, played better, got nearer. And some of his rivals are aging, and others are injured and all are due an off day, surely just once, and then it was going to be his turn.

Meanwhile, Murray applied the finishing touches. He recruited Ivan Lendl as his coach, tweaked his playing style a little, refocused his psychological approach. And it all added up. And then he won his gold medal. And then he won his Grand Slam.

If it was as simple as sprinkling Olympic fairy dust, then it would not have been so damnably difficult. There would not have been 55 shot rallies, and 22 point tie-breaks, and nearly five hours and comeback after comeback when Djokovic appeared beaten. He would not have responded to going two sets down by taking the third 6-2. He would not have broken back in the last.

Fighter: Djokovic battled back from two sets down and contributed hugely to a brilliant final

Fighter: Djokovic battled back from two sets down and contributed hugely to a brilliant final

Fighter: Djokovic battled back from two sets down and contributed hugely to a brilliant final

There would not have been those moments when Djokovic played brilliant, bravura tennis to win a point — a measly point — before turning to the crowd with a triumphalist roar as if his life depended on it.

If winning a Grand Slam was the work of some golden lucky charm, the first set would not have taken one hour and 27 minutes to complete, and more than two of the first 11 points of the match would have gone with serve.

This was a brutal, exhausting contest, sapping strength, physical and mental. Yet what of worth in sport is secured any other way

So the manner of this victory was immense, epic, the match of anything we have seen in this remarkable summer for British sport. In many ways, for all the bleary-eyed caffeine-chugging wrecks that will be at workplaces around Britain this morning, it was better this way.

Britain's Andy Murray flips his racket while playing against Serbia's Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts against Novak Djokovic

Ups and downs: Murray experienced an emotional rollercoaster during his win over Djokovic

Epic: The rallies between the two players were staggering as they went toe-to-toe

Epic: The rallies between the two players were staggering as they went toe-to-toe

Had Murray won in straight sets, his detractors — and they remain strangely large in number — would have argued that Djokovic was simply off the boil. That it was somehow easy. That Nadal was crocked, and Federer already eliminated, and Murray somehow fluked an unmerited victory.

Now they must accept that he is, undoubtedly the greatest British tennis player of the post-war era, and probably any other. The way Djokovic battled back from two sets down showed this monster was very much alive. Indeed, going into the last set, the monster was on the rampage.

It is testament to Murray’s fortitude, to his determination and a talent that he strives to refine every day that he won this match. So, yes, Olympic spirit, 10 per cent; Ivan Lendl 20 per cent; but sacrifice, grit and the sheer bloody brilliance of Andy Murray every last drop of the rest.

This was his moment, his triumph, and on one very special night in New York, he became a one-man legacy.

US Open 2012: Britain"s Liam Broady beaten in boys" final

Broady falls in US Open boys' final but a bright future calls

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20:53 GMT, 9 September 2012

Liam Broady got close, but on Sunday
night he failed to emulate Andy Murray and last year’s winner Oliver
Golding when he narrowly lost the final of the US Open junior event.

The 18-year-old from Stockport,
playing in what was his last age group tournament, went down 6-2, 2-6,
7-5 to Wimbledon boys’ champion Filip Peliwo of Canada before a large
crowd in the shadow of the giant Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Disappointment: Liam Broady went down in three sets

Disappointment: Liam Broady went down in three sets

Now he sets off on the hard and uncertain slog to make the difficult transition from a successful junior career, which also saw him make the Wimbledon junior final of 2011, into the higher ranks of the professional game.

Broady could have made it a dream departure if he had taken a break point at 4-4 in the decider against the kind of hardworking baseliner who will try to block his ambitions as he attempts to climb the foothills of the ATP Tour.

Golding is a measure of how hard that will be. He is reckoned to be progressing well since his triumph here twelve months ago, but after playing a full senior schedule in the past twelve months is still only at 500 in the full world rankings.

Delight: Filip Peliwo celebrates victory

Delight: Filip Peliwo celebrates victory

‘I’m going to play in Futures level
events and hopefully I will be back here before too long playing in the
qualifying for the main event, but I know it’s going to be tough,’
Broady said.

‘I only changed my serving technique after Wimbledon and I’ve changed my
forehand as well so it hasn’t been easy. But I came here wanting to win
the tournament. When I got to the Wimbledon final I was just happy to
be there.

‘I got myself in a rut after that and wasn’t putting in enough hard
work, but I’m doing that now,’ added Broady, who has since joined the
Lawn Tennis Association system and moved to London after deliberately
opting out.

On Saturday Yorkshire’s Kyle Edmund teamed with Federico Silva of
Portugal to win the boys’ doubles event, further adding to the recent
successes of British juniors on the boys’ side.

Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka in US Open final

Serena keeps her cool to hold off world No 1 Azarenka and claim fourth US Open title

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23:42 GMT, 9 September 2012

Serena Williams staged a brilliant
fightback to win her 15th grand slam singles title at the US Open in a
thrilling final against world No 1 Victoria Azarenka.

The fourth seed dominated the first
set but Azarenka fought back superbly and served for the match in the
decider only for Williams to reel off four games in a row to win 6-2 2-6
7-5.

Star and stripes: Serena Williams

Star and stripes: Serena Williams

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka

Jumping for joy: Serena celebrates (above) before being floored (below)

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka

It was a fourth Flushing Meadows crown for the 30-year-old American, who looked amazed as she lay flat on her back on Arthur Ashe Stadium before going to celebrate with her friends and family.

'I honestly can't believe I won,' she said at the post-match ceremony. 'I really was preparing my runners-up speech. She's playing so great. I'm really shocked and so happy to have gotten so far.'

Azarenka was gracious in defeat, and said she would leave Flushing Meadows with no regrets.

'At the moment it's tough, but Serena deserved to win,' the 23-year-old said. 'She showed how true a champion she is. I'm just honoured standing with such a champion here.

'I definitely gave it all today and stepping out of this court today I will have no regrets.'

For Williams it was also redemption of a kind after last year's final defeat by Sam Stosur, which was marred by an altercation between Williams and umpire Eva Asderaki over a hindrance call, for which she was later fined.

High point: Serena Williams

High point: Serena Williams

Shock and roar: Victoria Azarenka produced a spirited fightback

Shock and roar: Victoria Azarenka produced a spirited fightback

Williams is only the world No 4
but she was a clear favourite going into the match after a stellar
summer that included her fifth Wimbledon title and two Olympic gold
medals.

The 30-year-old, meanwhile, had beaten Azarenka in nine of their 10
previous meetings and had dropped only 19 games on her way to the final.

Williams had not had the toughest path, playing only one player in the
top 10, while Azarenka had had to battle her way past Stosur and Maria
Sharapova, but the American looked in supreme form as she blasted her
way through the first set.

But the tables turned completely in the second set as Williams began to
make errors and Azarenka, who won her first grand slam title at the
Australian Open as part of a brilliant opening to the season,
capitalised.

Not since Steffi Graf beat Monica Seles in 1995 had there been a
three-set women's final, and this one was now very much in the balance.

The intensity from both women was there for all to see and Azarenka, one
of the sport's great fighters, did very well to stave off two break
points in the second game.

On the slide: Williams struggled after impressive start

On the slide: Williams struggled after impressive start

Colourful: US singer Redfoo of the group LMFAO in the stands

Colourful: US singer Redfoo of the group LMFAO in the stands

She got her reward in the next game when Williams hooked a backhand just
wide to hand the lead to her opponent for the first time in the match.

Azarenka had not lost a three-set match all year and she looked a lot
more solid than Williams, whose unforced error count was well into the
30s.

But the American is also a natural-born battler and she broke back in a
lengthy fourth game with two huge forehands, letting out a scream that
was as long as it was loud.

Williams sent down one ace at 125mph but she always seemed liable to
falter at any moment and it was Azarenka screaming when four errors from
her opponent gave her the lead back at 4-3.

Williams smacked her racquet on the ground in frustration as an Azarenka
shot hit the baseline to prevent the fourth seed breaking back and
suddenly the Belarusian had a 5-3 lead.

High point: Azarenka hits a return

High point: Azarenka hits a return

Pure delight: Serena celebrates victory

Pure delight: Serena celebrates victory

But she could not serve it out, Williams breaking back to the delight of
the American crowd and in particular her sister Venus watching in the
stands.

The 30-year-old was moving her feet much better and the next time Azarenka served it was to stay in the match.

Williams was a woman on a mission and, although Azarenka came up with a
superb volley to keep her at bay, it was only temporary, and she took
her second match point when the world number one fired a backhand long.