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WTA Charleston – Family Circle Cup: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams 6-1 6-2 in semi-final

Serena shows big sister Venus tough love with straight-sets thrashing in Charleston

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:54 GMT, 6 April 2013

Serena Williams demolished her older sister Venus 6-1, 6-2 in a one-sided semi-final at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

At times it was painful to watch, with Serena appearing uncomfortable with how she dismantled her sister – at one point not even challenging a ball that was called in when clearly wide – and the whole affair was over in 54 minutes.

Venus was constantly troubled by her serve, producing eight double faults, and it took until the third game of the second set for the former world No 1 to hold. Serena led applause for Venus after the match and chose to speak of her sister's return after a back injury which forced her withdrawal from March's Sony Open.

Thrashed: Serena Williams shakes hands with sister Venus after beating her 6-1, 6-2Thrashed: Serena Williams shakes hands with sister Venus after beating her 6-1, 6-2

Thrashed: Serena Williams shakes hands with sister Venus after beating her 6-1, 6-2

Speedy: Serena needed just 54 minutes to win on the clay in Charleston

Speedy: Serena needed just 54 minutes to win on the clay in Charleston

She said: 'It's really exciting…it's hard on our bodies. We're doing great and we were just excited that one of us was going to the final.'

It was the first time the sisters had faced each other since 2009 and while Serena has been in the ascendancy for some years, the first game gave no hint of the steamrollering to come.

Instead, Serena seemed to be going through the motions and her serve was not its usual formidable weapon, although the world number one held. A fierce cross-court shot gave Serena break point in the following game which had set the tone for the match with regards to Venus' serve, a double fault bringing up 2-0.

Outclassed: Venus had no answer to her younger sister and won just three games

Outclassed: Venus had no answer to her younger sister and won just three games

The younger sister was getting into her stride, a 110mph serve produced en route to 3-0 in contrast to Venus. Serena was quicker to everything and she moved to a 4-0 lead by passing Venus as she came into the net with a looping shot.

Venus finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth game when a fearsome forehand down the line gave Serena no chance.

However, Serena immediately broke back when Venus produced two successive double faults and she went on to win the set to love.

Rivalry: Serena and her sister faced each other for the first time since 2009

Rivalry: Serena and her sister faced each other for the first time since 2009

The crowd were urging Venus on but initially it had little effect as Serena took a 2-0 lead in the second. Venus held to the delight of the stands and she was certainly moving her sister around the court more, but the match was moving towards an inevitable conclusion.

The decisive break came in the seventh game as Venus netted with Serena going 5-2 up, and a long return saw her win to love.

Serena said: 'I felt great. I am really looking forward not only to tomorrow but the rest of the clay court season.'

Serena will meet Jelena Jankovic in the final after the Serbian beat unseeded Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-2 in a match lasting two hours eight minutes.

WTA Sony Open – Miami: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-3 6-0 in the final

Serena storms back to sink Sharapova in three sets and lift Sony Open title in Miami

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

20:14 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 30 March 2013

Serena Williams lifted her sixth Sony Open title after magnificently bouncing back to see off Maria Sharapova in the final in Miami.

The world No 1 was edged out in a tight first set but lost three games thereafter as she stormed to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and her 11th straight win over Sharapova.

The American has passed Steffi Graf's number of titles in this competition and became the oldest female champion at the tournament, while Sharapova has now been defeated in every one of her five final appearances in Miami.

Champion: Serena Williams holds the Sony Open trophy aloft in Miami

Champion: Serena Williams holds the Sony Open trophy aloft in Miami

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

History: The world No 1 became the oldest female winner of the tournament

Dominant: Williams beat Maria Sharapova (left) for the 11th time in a row

Dominant: Williams beat Maria Sharapova (left) for the 11th time in a row

After playing flawless tennis for an hour, Sharapova began to miss with her serve, and Williams dominated rallies with her power.

Sharapova built her lead by keeping Williams on the defensive, and she kissed the line with a winner on consecutive points to break for a 3-2 advantage in the second set.

But then came the turnaround. Williams began to capitalise on Sharapova's tentative second serve and broke back to love before taking advantage of two double faults by Sharapova to break again for a 5-3 lead.

Strong start: Sharapova edged ahead after winning a tight first set 6-4

Strong start: Sharapova edged ahead after winning a tight first set 6-4

Rampant: The American lost only 10 points in the final set to beat her Russian opponent

Rampant: The American lost only 10 points in the final set to beat her Russian opponent

Repeat: Williams became the first No 1 seed to lift the women's title in Miami since she won nine years ago

Repeat: Williams became the first No 1 seed to lift the women's title in Miami since she won nine years ago

Williams lost only 10 points in the final set and closed out the victory with a service winner.

'Maria definitely pushed me – she did a really great job today,' Williams said after he win.

'I look forward to our next matches – it's going to be really fun for the fans and for us and for everyone.'

Williams became the first No 1 seed to win the women's title since she was champion nine years ago.

Sharapova, who won the title in Indian Wells at the beginning of March, said: 'It's obviously been a really nice month.

'It's disappointing to end it like this but Serena played a great match and I'm sure we'll play a few more times this year.'

Australian Open 2013: Serena Williams beats Maria Kirilenko to face Sloane Stephens

Williams cruises past Kirlenko to set up mouthwatering clash against the youngster billed as the next Serena

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

10:42 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:51 GMT, 21 January 2013

Serena Williams was in fine fettle as she beat Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-0 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The American will face her compatriot Sloane Stephens who is competing in her first grand slam quarter-final after beating Bojana Jovanovski.

Serena landed close to 90 per cent of her first serves and knew herself how strong her performance was.

Flying: Serena Williams made light work of Maria Kirilenko at the Rod Laver

Flying: Serena Williams made light work of Maria Kirilenko at the Rod Laver

'I thought I played really well,' Williams told The Australian. 'I didn't expect to come out and play so well tonight.

'I
was like 'wow'. I saw I had like 95 per cent of first serves in the
first set and I thought: “Who is this girl” It's not me normally.'

Stephens
is the 'next big thing' in American tennis and the clash against Serena
will be intriguing. The 19-year-old beat Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to
set up the clash against her childhood hero.

Less than 60 minutes: Kirilenko struggled at the hands of Serena

Less than 60 minutes: Kirilenko struggled at the hands of Serena

Although she doesn't like being compared to Serena, there are similarities between the two.

Both have powerful serves and like playing from the baseline, for instance.

They get along well off of the court too, often texting each other. 'We just keep it goofy,' Stephens said. 'She’s like the goofiest person I know.'

Serena said of Sloane: 'I think she's playing great. We played just two weeks ago in Brisbane, she played unbelievably well.

'I think she is an incredible talent and I admire her too. It will be a tough match for me but I feel like I have nothing to lose.'

Tale of the tape

SERENA WILLIAMS

SLOANE STEPHENS

Age

31

19

Weight

155lbs

135lbs

Height

5'9″

5'7″

Birthplace

Saginaw, MI, USA

Plantation, FL, USA

World seeding

3

25

Serena v Sloane

SERENA WILLIAMS

SLOANE STEPHENS

WTA Singles titles

47

0

WTA Doubles titles

22

0

ITF Circuits singles titles

0

1

ITF Doubles titles

0

1

Prize money

$41,960,896

$694,995

Won/Lost Singles

558-108

108-77

Won/Lost Doubles

166-21

29-32

Serena throws her towel in to the sky

Serena throws her towel in to the sky

Australian Open 2013: Ekaterina Makarova beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4

More Melbourne magic from Makarova as she dumps out fifth seed Kerber

By
Jon Fisher, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

03:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

Ekaterina Makarova's love affair with Melbourne continued today as she made it through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with an impressive defeat of fifth seed Angelique Kerber.

Makarova's best run at a grand slam came here 12 months ago when she reached the last eight with a stunning upset of Serena Williams.

And she matched that achievement by playing the role of giantkiller once again on Rod Laver Arena, knocking out the German 7-5 6-4.

She's done it! Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber

She's done it! Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber

On top form: Makarova was at her best to see off Kerber in two sets

On top form: Makarova was at her best to see off Kerber in two sets

'It's an unbelievable feeling, I really like playing here,' the Russian said.

'I lost three times to Angelique last year, she is so good so I am very happy.'

Makarova went out to Maria Sharapova last year and the pair will clash again should the second seed beat Kirsten Flipkens later today.

Time for treatment: Kerber receives treatment during her defeat

Time for treatment: Kerber receives treatment during her defeat

Down and out: Kerber shows her emotion as she loses to Makarova

Down and out: Kerber shows her emotion as she loses to Makarova

'I hope I play Maria,' said Makarova. 'Last year I was surprised to reach that stage and I had so many thoughts in my mind. This year I will be ready to play a good game.'

Makarova was the more positive player throughout and held herself together after squandering a 5-2 first-set lead.

She broke for 6-5 and then served it out to edge ahead.

Kerber's chances of finding a route back into the contest were hampered by a back injury and a solitary break in the ninth game proved decisive.

Australian Open 2013: Serena Williams double bagel

Anything you can do, Maria… Serena survives injury scare to answer Sharapova's double-bagel with one of her own

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

03:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

Serena Williams overcame a right ankle injury to win her first match at the Australian Open 6-0, 6-0 against Edina Gallovits-Hall.

With the match just 19 minutes old and Williams leading 4-0, the 15-time major winner fell to the court awkwardly, clutching her right ankle.

Cruise control: Serena Williams eased through to the second round

Cruise control: Serena Williams eased through to the second round

She was helped to her court-side chair before having her ankle heavily taped by a WTA trainer.

The third-seeded Williams, attempting to win her third consecutive major title, returned to the court to win the next four points and the game, then held service to take the opening set before again receiving treatment.

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

Fright: Williams was forced to have treatment for an injury to her right ankle during the first set

She also dominated the second set, allowing the Romanian player to win just six points.

Rodger Federer meets Pele in Brazil

Gifts for the great: Pele and Federer swap shirts as they meet in Brazil

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 11 December 2012

One legend met another as tennis star Roger Federer and former Brazil great Pele rubbed shoulders over the weekend.

Federer went to Pele's residence in Brazil to exchange gifts with one of the finest players in football history.

Pele was given a signed tennis shirt with a personal message from Federer, while in return he offered a signed 1960s-era blue Brazil shirt.

Exchange: Pele and Roger Federer swap gifts and then engage in a warm embrace (below)

Exchange: Pele and Roger Federer swap gifts and then engage in a warm embrace (below)

Hugs: Pele and Federer

Federer in a Brazil shirt

Football or tennis Federer with an over-sized tennis ball

It's gone to his head! Federer kicks an over-size tennis ball (right) at the Gillette Federer tennis exhibition

'I love playing tennis and today one of the greats of the game dropped by to say hello,' Pele wrote on his Twitter page.

'Roger Federer, you are a champion on the court and in life.'

Federer said on Facebook: 'Today I had the great honour of meeting the legendary Pele.'

He is in South America to play in the Gillette Federer tennis exhibition tournament.

The Sao Paulo competition also
involves Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams and
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, among others.

Just for fun: Federer and Tommy Haas of Germany share smiles

Just for fun: Federer and Tommy Haas of Germany share smiles

On the ball

Balls in hand: Federer

Caroline Wozniacki pokes fun at Serena Williams

Oh, I say! Serena is the butt of Wozniacki's joke during exhibition match in Brazil

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 8 December 2012

Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki uses some extra padding on Saturday as she has a little fun at Serena Williams' expense during an exhibition match in Brazil.

The 22-year-old Dane was beaten 6-2, 7-6 by Maria Sharapova but enjoyed plenty of banter with the crowd including boyfriend Rory McIlroy.

Butt no, butt yeah, butt no: Caroline Wozniacki impersonates Serena Williams

Butt no, butt yeah, butt no: Caroline Wozniacki impersonates Serena Williams

Wozniacki said: 'I really love the crowd here, they're open and they have a lot of fun.'

The joke was not lost on Williams, also in Sao Paulo to promote the 2016 Games.

She tweeted: 'Do they make Brazilian bikinis for, um, well, me'.

Bikini babe: Serena Williams took ribbing in good humour

Bikini babe: Serena Williams took ribbing in good humour

Laura Robson: I won Junior Wimbledon at 14 and everyone assumed I"d be beating Serena the very next day

I won Junior Wimbledon at 14 and everyone assumed I'd be beating Serena the very next day

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UPDATED:

21:20 GMT, 17 November 2012

Laura Robson passed her driving test a year ago but she has been behind the wheel just once since then and, while she has won almost 200,000 in prize money this year alone, she does not own a car and makes do with a monthly allowance from her father.

At 18, she remains steadfastly grounded despite her rise towards the upper echelons of the game, an ascent accelerated by her success in becoming Britain's first woman tennis player to make the final of a WTA event in 22 years.

Laughing all the way to the bank: But Laura Robson is still paid only a monthly allowance by her father

Laughing all the way to the bank: But Laura Robson is still paid only a monthly
allowance by her father

But if her transition from Junior
Wimbledon champion at 14 to her current status just outside the world's
top 50 players has been slow and at times painful, Robson is quick to
point out just how big a leap she has had to make in those four years.

'I think everyone assumes that, if you win Junior Wimbledon, you can beat Serena Williams the next day,' said Robson last week.

'That's just not realistic. 'It's a
really tough transition from junior tennis to professional tennis and I
think it takes a strong person to do it. There are not a lot of juniors
that have come through to the top in the last few years.'

To underscore Robson's point,
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, the teenager from Thailand she beat in the 2008
Junior Wimbledon final, struggled to make a meagre pay cheque in a
small event in India a week ago and, while Robson stands at No 53 in the
world, Lertcheewakarn is ranked at 207.

While Robson's childhood friends were
starting university courses this autumn, probably fearful of the day
when they must repay their student loans, she has been cementing her
place in the tennis public's consciousness – and boosting her bank
balance.

Not that she has access to the money.

'Absolutely, not!' said Robson. 'My dad's not stupid – the money is completely off limits.'

Off limits: Robson's father looks after her finances

Off limits: Robson's father looks after her finances

Her father, Andrew, an executive with Shell, manages his daughter's growing fortune.

'At the end of the season, he was nice enough to give me a bonus,' she said.

Her cash windfall was spent almost immediately on a shopping expedition.

In all, Robson has won nearly
350,000 in a carefully-nurtured career that took flight from the day
she won Junior Wimbledon in 2008.

Photographs of her cuddling the
trophy were published on the front page of almost every newspaper the
next morning and her triumph made the news bulletins on every TV
channel.

But the other side of success was
spelled out to her recently during a visit to the financial advisor her
father has brought in to watch over her burgeoning bank account.

'When we had a meeting at the bank
the other day, I was told that 30 per cent of footballers end up
bankrupt,' Robson explained.

Looking to the future: Robson is savvy with her money

Looking to the future: Robson is savvy with her money

'I think my dad is being very
cautious; not that I would ever go crazy. You just have to be aware that
it's a short career and do as much as you can to save for as long as
possible.

'I am not overly interested in what I
am worth because I don't get to spend it anyway. But I am becoming more
involved. Dad wanted to wait until I was 18 or interested in what to do
with what I earn. I have become interested, so I'll keep going to
meetings and learn from them.'

Despite the temptations to spend her
earnings, she does not possess any credit cards, has just one debit
card in her bag – and no inclination to move out of the family home in
Wimbledon.

'I like my mum's cooking too much to want to leave for a few years yet,' she said.

Her father may be planning for her
financial welfare but it is her mother, Kathy, a former professional
basketball player in Australia, where Laura spent the first 18 months of
her life, who has been visibly most supportive on the circuit.

Proud moment: Robson and Andy Murray display their Mixed Doubles Olympic silver medals

Proud moment: Robson and Andy Murray display their Mixed Doubles Olympic silver medals

Today, Robson and her mother will
leave for a warm weather training camp at Chris Evert's tennis academy
in Boca Raton, Florida.

They will fly out – economy class –
with her Croatian support team of coach Zeljko Krajan, fitness trainer
Dejan Bojanovic and hitting partner Mislav Hizak, who are all on her
payroll. Robson met Krajan at the Olympics at Wimbledon this summer,
where she won a silver medal with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.

In Florida, Robson will build on her
team's hard, uncompromising boot camp, which has just wound down at the
National Tennis Centre at Roehampton.

But she will return in time for her
first Christmas at home for five years – and the opportunity to get the
better of older brother Nicholas during festive family board games.

'If I play any game against my brother, it gets quite ruthless,' said Robson.

'I used to cheat at Monopoly all the time.'

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to meet in WTA Championship final

Serena and Sharapova set for season-ending showdown in Istanbul

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 27 October 2012

Serena Williams will meet Maria Sharapova in Sunday's final of the WTA Championships after both players secured straight-set wins in Istanbul.

Williams sent out an ominous warning as she stormed into her fifth season-ending final by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.

Sharapova was more troubled as she overcame Victoria Azarenka, who confirmed she would finish the year as the top ranked women's player, 6-4, 6-2.

Eyes on the prize: Serena Williams is in her fifth season-ending final

Eyes on the prize: Serena Williams is in her fifth season-ending final

Despite Sharapova's impressive success the No 2 seed is set to go into the final as the underdog after Williams took full advantage of a visibly tired Radwanska.

The Pole was involved in the longest-ever WTA Championship match on Friday when she confirmed her semi-final place in a three hour, 29-minute epic with Sara Errani.

'I probably had an idea she was tired,' Williams, who had a long exchange with Radwanska at the net after the match, told www.wtatennis.com.

'I just told her that it was awesome she played so well and played through another match, after playing a good eight hours. It was really inspiring for me.'

Russia with love: Maria Sharapova stands in Serena's way of glory

Russia with love: Maria Sharapova stands in Serena's way of glory

Radwanska, 23, admitted she was out on her feet.

'Those last two matches really killed me,' she said. 'Especially that I didn't have the day off, and especially that surface – it's very sticky, so three and a half hours is a lot.

'I really tried today and I really wanted to run, but my legs just didn't. This is the kind of tournament where you have to be fit every match to win.

'I was trying, but Serena played too fast. I couldn't do anything.'

Sharapova, the 2004 winner, had lost her previous two matches with Azarenka but proved too strong despite knowing she could not topple the Belarusian from the top of the year-end rankings.

The Russian will face a tough task in the final, however, with Williams having won her past 12 matches against top-four players.

Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and elite women in glamorous photoshoot in Turkey

Here come the girls! Sharapova, Serena, Kvitova and Co bring the glamour to WTA event in Turkey

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UPDATED:

10:08 GMT, 22 October 2012

We're used to seeing them dressed in sportswear and drenched in sweat after battling their way through two or three gruelling sets of tennis, but the top-ranked ladies on the WTA Tour show they can really dazzle off-court.

The elite women players have gathered in Istanbul for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships and took centre stage at the glitzy launch party ahead of the start of the action which begins on Tuesday.

World No 1 Maru Sharapova was joined by Serena Williams, Li Na, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani at the event's draw ceremony in Istanbul.

Smile! From left to right: Li Na, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani

Smile! (From left to right) Li Na, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova,
Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska
and Sara Errani

There was time for pictures as the girls had their make-up done and then they posed for the photographers as they made their grand entrance in front of the world's press.

The ladies have been split into two groups for qualifying with the best making it through to battle it out in the semi-finals then final to land the prestigious title.

Williams returns to the event with the Wimbledon and US Open titles, plus the Olympic gold medal to her name, yet has no chance of finishing the year as the No 1 in the world.

Williams has not played since beating top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in the final of the US Open in September and her sparse schedule is one of the reasons she won't have a chance of overtaking the Belarusian despite dominating the major events in the second half of the year.

Say cheese! The girls pose for photos before the event - then take shots of each other (below)

Say cheese! The girls pose for photos before the event – then take shots of each other (below)

Say cheese! The girls pose for photos before the event - then take shots of each other (below)

Azarenka needs only two wins in the
elite, eight-player WTA Championships in Istanbul to end 2012 as No 1.
Williams and Azarenka have been drawn into the same round-robin group when play starts on Tuesday.

'I don't really care who I play, when
I play, as long as I can play,' Williams said. 'I'm really happy to be
here. I'm on the Red side with Victoria, it'll be good.'

Angelique Kerber of Germany and Li Na of China complete the Red Group.

French Open champion and
second-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia headlines the White Group, with
former Wimbledon champion and last year's winner in Istanbul, Petra
Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Sara
Errani of Italy completing the bracket.

Since losing to Williams in the US
Open final, the last of the four Grand Slams of the year, Azarenka has
won 13 straight matches and has held the No 1 ranking for 34 weeks.

Room with a view: Sharapova and Serena (below) pose for the cameras before the

Room with a view: Sharapova and Serena (below) pose for the cameras before the event in Istanbul

Room with a view: Sharapova and Serena (below) pose for the cameras before the

The Belarusian won the Australian Open in January and five more titles this year.

'Every match here is tough. I
obviously have great champions in the group. It's tough no matter what.
It's challenging, definitely, but I'm looking forward to it,' said
Azarenka, who lost last year's Istanbul final to Kvitova.

Williams has played a curtailed schedule because of injuries and illness but she holds a 10-1 career record against Azarenka.

The American is ranked No 3 in the world, but she holds a 9-1 record this year against the other seven finalists in Istanbul.

Williams has only twice finished the
year as No 1 – in 2002 and 2009. She has played in the season finale
six times and won twice, in 2001 and 2009, her final appearance at the
event.

Hair we go: Sara Errani is attended to while Marion Bartoli smiles for the camera ahead of the event in turkey

Hair we go: Sara Errani is attended to while Marion Bartoli smiles for the camera ahead of the event in turkey

Final touches: Radwanska has her makeup applied at the Oriflame Style Suite before the draw ceremony

Final touches: Radwanska has her make-up applied at the Oriflame Style Suite before the draw

Her record this year is 53-4, with
her only losses coming to Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round of the
Australian Open, to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals in Miami, to
Virginie Razzano in the first round of the French Open and to Kerber in
the quarterfinals in Cincinnati.

Sharapova briefly held the No 1 ranking after winning the French Open.

'When you're coming to the
Championships you pretty much know what you're going to get in terms of
the level of the group,' the Russian said.

'With the field we have this year, I
think every match no matter what group you're in is going to be pretty
tough from the get go.'

Centre of attention: The tennis stars line up for the cameras before being interviewed at the draw ceremony

Centre of attention: The tennis stars line up for the cameras before being interviewed at the draw ceremony (below)

Centre of attention: The tennis stars line up for the cameras before being interviewed at the draw ceremony