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Williams, Li into second round at China Open
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Williams, Li into second round at China Open

Sep 30 2013, 5:00am CDT | by IANS

Beijing, Sep 30 (IANS) World No.1 Serena Williams and local-favourite Li Na both powered into the second round with easy wins while third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was given an early scare at the China Open tennis here.

Beijing, Sep 30 — World No.1 Serena Williams and local-favourite Li Na both powered into the second round with easy wins while third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was given an early scare at the China...

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Williams, Li into second round at China Open

Sep 30 2013, 5:00am CDT | by IANS

Beijing, Sep 30 (IANS) World No.1 Serena Williams and local-favourite Li Na both powered into the second round with easy wins while third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was given an early scare at the China Open tennis here.

Beijing, Sep 30 — World No.1 Serena Williams and local-favourite Li Na both powered into the second round with easy wins while third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was given an early scare at the China Open tennis here.

Williams, a former China Open champion, was barely troubled by her Russian opponent Elena Vesnina, needing only an hour and 25 minutes to wrap up the opening round win Sunday, reports Xinhua.

"She serves really well, I just had to be ready for everything," said Williams, who broke Vesnina five times in the match.

The American had a stellar season winning nine titles, including two Grand Slams, and she has secured the WTA year-end No.1 ranking with still two months' competitions remaining on the calendar.

"I definitely feel like I have a target. Whether I'm No.1 or No.10, I feel like my opponents lift their game against me. I think it's good. And I also think that's one of the reasons it helped me to be able to develop as well," added Williams.

Chinese No.1 Li also had an easy time in the opening round, playing against her long-time friend Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. The world number five used an hour and 30 minutes to defeat Hantuchova 6-0, 6-4 .

"I think I have pretty good start of the match until 4-love in the second set. But at this level I can not do this, to relax a little bit. You can see the score in second set. If I was relaxing, I just gave my opponent more chances to come back," said Li.

Radwanska, however, battled for more than two hours to make it past Stefanie Voegele 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

After dropping the first set, the Polish tennis star faced some tricky moments early on in the next two sets.

She faced break points in her first two service games of the second set, and actually lost serve in the first game of the third. But she stayed cool, calm and collected through it all and got her nose in front again every time, eventually making it past the Swiss in two hours and 14 minutes.

"The first match is always tricky, especially because each week we have different conditions, different courts and different balls," Radwanska said afterwards.

"I needed this match just to feel the rhythm."

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New York Marathon 2014: Final Results, Finishing Times and More

Nov 3 2014 6:00am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Kenyan runners Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany won the 2014 New York City Marathon, but the real winners were all the runners who somehow managed to survive brutal conditions on a blustery New York day to finish a grueling 26.2-mile race. Kipsang ran his first-ever New York City Marathon and now has another title to add to his championships from Berlin and London. He finished with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 59 seconds, b ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year-old former No. 1 ranked pla ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year-old ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year-old former No. 1 ranke ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year-old former No. 1 ranked player ...
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Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon in impressive time

Nov 2 2014 4:28pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki was thrilled with her first marathon. The tennis star ran the 26.2 mile course in just under 3 hours, 27 minutes — a few minutes ahead of her desired time. She originally had hoped to come in under 4 hours and quickly adjusted her goal to 3:30 during the race. So when she crossed the line and saw her time she was ecstatic. "The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience," the 24-year ...
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Emotional Serena Williams greets Caroline Wozniacki at New York City finish line

Nov 2 2014 1:29pm CST | Source: Washington Post Sports

When Caroline Wozniacki crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon, her great, good friend was waiting for her. Serena Williams was emotional as she greeted Wozniacki, who should try marathoning if she ever decides that tennis isn’t her thing. Despite never having run a distance longer than 13 miles and devoting most of her summer to working on her tennis game, Wozniacki went out and ran ...
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(Video) Serena Williams Sticks Camera In Caroline Wozniacki’s Face, Seconds After Danish Star Finishes New York Marathon!

Nov 2 2014 1:19pm CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki completed her first ever New York Marathon on Sunday. Upon reaching the finish line, the exhausted Dane was greeted by Serena Williams, who stuck a video camera in her face. Caroline and Serena are very close friends. They went to watch the New York Rangers together on Saturday night, just six days after Serena beat Caroline 2-6 6-3 7-6 at the WTA Championships in Singapore. SEE MORE: World's 40 Hot ...
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New York Marathon 2014: Top Celebrities Expected to Race in NYC

Nov 2 2014 7:00am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Maybe celebrities really aren’t just like us. After all, how many of “us” could find the time to train for and run the New York City Marathon while balancing life in the spotlight? A large number of celebrities will do just that on Sunday at the 44th edition of the event. Between the diverse course that covers all five of New York City’s boroughs to the more than 130 bands that are scheduled to perform along the route, runners and s ...
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(Image) Classy Serena Williams Hosts Caroline Wozniacki In New York, Just Days After Beating Her In Singapore

Nov 1 2014 8:50pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Serena plays the perfect host to her great rival in NYC. Tennis stars and best friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were reunited on Saturday night. SEE MORE: World's 40 Hottest Female Tennis Players. (Images) Designer Venus Williams Models Dresses: Is Former World Number One Tennis’s Most Stylish Woman? (Image) Tennis Queen Serena Williams Looks Beautiful As She Shoots Underwear Commercial. The last time the two were together was a week ago, when Serena beat Caroline in a ...
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