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Serena Williams seeks to cap remarkable comeback year

Published on Oct 22, 2012 8:29 AM
2012 US Open women's singles champion Serena Williams of the US, poses with the championship trophy in Central Park September 10, 2012, the morning after her victory over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Serena Williams may silence some of her remaining critics if she caps a tremendous comeback year by regaining the title at the WTA Championships which start at the Sinan Erdem arena on Tuesday.

Having won Wimbledon and the US Open, and an Olympic singles gold medal for the first time in the last few months, Williams is unofficial favourite to deny top-seeded Victoria Azarenka and second-seeded Maria Sharapova at the women's tour's season-end event.

The 31-year-old Williams has achieved all this despite the blood clots in her lungs which endangered her life and contributed to a 12-month absence during 2010 and 2011.

Nevertheless dissent has been articulated, notably at the influential magazine Sports Illustrated, at suggestions that the American legend should win the WTA Player of the Year award for a third time in five years.

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