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Serena Williams to miss Australian Open

Melbourne -- Australian Open officials announced Thursday that five-time champion Serena Williams had withdrawn from the first major tennis event of 2011.

Williams told tournament director Craig Tiley she had not fully recovered from foot surgery this summer. She has not competed since winning the title at Wimbledon in July.

"Serena is a great champion and we will miss her in January," Tiley said in announcing the withdrawal. "We send her our very best wishes for a speedy recovery."

Williams has reached the finals of the Australian Open five times and has won every one of them. She won the last two Australian titles as well as
in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Serena Williams return set for next week

Linz, Austria -- World No. 1 Serena Williams, who hasn't played competitive tennis since winning Wimbledon, said Thursday she'll return to tournament play next week in Austria.

Williams announced she would participate in the Generali Ladies Linz tournament, a $220,000 event in Austria that begins Monday. She is also expected to participate in the WTA Championships in Qatar the last week of October and the Fed Cup final Nov. 6-7 in San Diego when the United States goes against Italy.

Williams hasn't played competitive tennis since she cut a foot on broken glass, an injury that required surgery, shortly after winning Wimbledon.

Her announcement about Austria comes one day after Venus Williams said a leg injury would keep her out action for the rest of the year.

S. Williams is No. 1 but not at U.S. Open

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Serena Williams is ranked No. 1 among the world's women's tennis players but an injury will keep her from being on the court in New York for the U.S. Open.

Williams is recovering from a foot injury that required surgery following her singles championship win at Wimbledon. She also won the Australian Open this year.

That leaves the focus of the women's draw in the U.S. Open, which begins Monday and has the women's singles final scheduled for Sept. 11, on last year's finalists -- world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and third-ranked Kim Clijsters. Clijsters defeated Wozniacki in last year's Open final.

Serena Williams to return for Tokyo event

Tokyo -- World No. 1 women's tennis player Serena Williams said she will return to competitive tennis in late September at a tournament in Tokyo.

Williams last week withdrew from the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 30, because of a cut on her right foot that required surgery. She hasn't played in a WTA event since winning at Wimbledon.

She suffered the injury shortly after winning the July 3 Wimbledon final but was able to play in a July 8 exhibition against Kim Clijsters. A week later Williams had surgery for the injury and was advised to skip the U.S. Open.

Williams is 25-4 this year and won the Australian Open in addition to Wimbledon.

Injured Serena Williams skipping U.S. Open

New York -- Serena Williams, the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, won't play in this year's U.S. Open because of her cut foot, tournament officials said Friday.

"We regret that Serena Williams is unable to play the U.S. Open and wish her a speedy recovery," tournament Director Jim Curley said in a statement. "She will be missed, but the tournament is about the competition and the players on the court.

This year's U.S. Open will be a memorable event, as it has been every year."

Williams, 28, needed surgery after cutting her right foot on broken glass in a restaurant in July and hasn't played since.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner has won the U.S. Open three times, most recently in 2008.

S. Williams cuts foot, to undergo surgery

St. Petersburg -- U.S. tennis star Serena Williams said Saturday she will miss three upcoming events after cutting her foot on broken glass.

Williams said she will undergo surgery soon after sustaining the injury at a restaurant.

"I'm so upset I won't be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery," she said. "I can't wait to get back on the courts."

The world's top-ranked female player will miss events in Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal, but appears to be on course to return in time for the U.S. Open.

The injury comes after she won her 13th Grand Slam and fourth Wimbledon title this month.

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Serena Williams defends Wimbledon crown

London -- Serena Williams breezed past Russian Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, to successfully defend her Wimbledon title Saturday.

Williams, the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, laid claim to her fourth Wimbledon championship and 13th overall Grand Slam title, needing just 68 minutes to down the 21st-seeded Zvonareva, who was appearing in first-ever major tourney final.

Serena Williams defeated her older sister Venus in last year's All-England Club finale.

Zvonareva takes on Williams at Wimbledon

London -- Vera Zvonareva is hoping to follow in the Grand Slam title steps of Francesca Schiavone but world No. 1 Serena Williams is waiting in the way.

Williams will be looking to defend her Wimbledon championship and collect her 13th major tournament singles title when she plays Zvonareva in the women's final Saturday.

It is the first time Zvonareva, ranked No. 2, reached the finals of a major tournament. But she only needs to look a month back to see that the long wait can be worth it.

S. Williams, Zvonareva in Wimbledon final

London -- Defending champion Serena Williams won in straight sets Thursday and advanced to the finals at Wimbledon for the third consecutive year.

Williams, the No. 1 ranked woman player in the world, defeated Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. She will be seeking her fourth Wimbledon singles title Saturday when she plays 21st-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

Zvonareva earned her first Grand Slam finals slot with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova.

Williams suffered an early service break against Kvitova but that was the only time she dropped serve. Williams had a relatively lower number of winners (19) but only committed 14 unforced errors.

S. Williams, Sharapova win, will meet

London -- Defending champion Serena Williams will take on Maria Sharapova in the fourth round at Wimbledon after both won their matches Saturday.

Williams defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 7-5 in a third-round match Saturday, connecting for 19 aces.

The American star cruised through the first set in 18 minutes. She encountered a bit more difficulty in the second frame but still managed to fire 14 aces and collect 25 winners to down the Slovak.

Sixteenth-seeded Sharapova, meanwhile, dispatched Czech Barbora Zahlavova 7-5, 6-3 in another third-round match. She now advances to meet Williams in a rematch of their 2004 Wimbledon final. The two have met eight times, with Williams holding a 5-2 career edge.