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Tennis: Serena reaps benefits as close rivals slip up

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Serena Williams clinched the year-end World No. 1 ranking and also a place in the semifinals of the WTA Finals without venturing into the court, yesterday. – Reuters
Williams seals Number One ranking and place in semis; Sharapova and Ivanovic bow out despite winning; Wozniacki thumps Kvitova, allowing Radwanska to advance

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