Serena Williams Can Reclaim No. 1 Ranking, Kvitova and Keys Say

Serena Williams attended a dinner for the Novak Djokovic Foundation last week in Milan. She pulled out of Wuhan and next week’s China Open in Beijing with a shoulder injury. (Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams may have lost the No. 1 ranking, it’s way too early to write her off yet, two of her main rivals said.

It has been a lean year by Williams’ lofty standards, with two grand slam finals defeats and one win at Wimbledon.

The American, who turned 35 this week, has been upstaged on the court by German’s Angelique Kerber, who stunned her at the Australian Open and sealed the No. 1 spot by clinching her first US Open title earlier this month. Williams had been No. 1 for a record-tying 186 weeks. . . .

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Serena Williams' coach targets 30 grand slams despite 'very bad season'

Serena Williams

(CNN)Despite her 35th birthday fast approaching and niggling injuries possibly shelving what's left of her 2016 season, Serena Williams still retains grand career ambitions, according to her longtime coach.

Remarkably, the American tennis star has been set a target of 30 career singles grand slams.

"I know people are going to be very much focused on the 23rd (grand slam), I'm more focused on the 30th," Patrick Mouratoglou, who has been coaching Williams since 2012, told CNN at the unveiling of his new tennis academy on the French Riviera.

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World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua likes 'turning men into boys' as Joseph Parker enters his radar

Anthony Joshua with Manager

World boxing champion Anthony Joshua says he enjoys watching opponents "turn from a man to a boy" in the ring as he starts to set his targets on rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker.

The big Brit has started a 10-week training camp ahead of his November 26 IBF title defence in Manchester.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is set to reveal the opponent on September 26.

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Ghana now second best in Africa in latest FIFA Rankings

Black Stars of Ghana in training

Ghana has overtaken Ivory Coast to become Africa’s second best side in the latest ranking released by FIFA on Thursday.

The Black Stars, who have 749 points, overtook the Elephants (748 points) on the global and continental ranking to occupy the 35th place in the global ranking even though the two countries did not play any competitive matches in the month under review.

Ghana will now set their sights on gaining the first place in Africa as leaders Algeria in 32nd position (with 781 points) are just three places above.

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Team Commey to protest verdict of last Friday’s bout

Richard Commey

Accra, Sept 13, GNA – The management of Richard Commey, is set to lodge a protest with the International Boxing Federation (IBF) over the split decision that ensured Commey’s defeat to Robert Easter Jr, in the IBF Lightweight World title fight last Friday.

Lawrence Carl Lokko, coach of Commey, told the GNA Sports that, the result was not a true reflection of the fight and they have been pondering over it and will file a protest with the IBF to seek redress.

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Paul Pogba celebrates Muslim festival with former Manchester United and Juventus team mate Patrice Evra

Paul Pogba was criticised for his role in Manchester United's defeat to Man City CREDIT: BPI

Paul Pogba has taken time out of his Premier League weekend preparations to celebrate the Muslim holiday, Eid Al-Adha.

The Manchester United midfielder is a practising Muslim and joined fellow France international and former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in marking the September festival.

Pogba was criticised for his anonymous performance in United's derby defeat to Manchester City on Saturday but the 23-year-old looked in good spirits in a video posted to his Instagram page.

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Usain Bolt gives up on setting new world records: ‘It’s all beyond me now’

Usain Bolt holds the world records in the 100 and 200 metres, with both recrods set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. Phil Noble / Reuters

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has said he does not expect to break anymore world records as his illustrious athletics career enters its final stages.

Bolt, 30, last month completed his Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles in Rio for a third successive Games.

It was at the first of those Games, at Beijing 2008, that Bolt stormed to his first pair of world records of 9.69 seconds in the 100m and 19.30 seconds in the 200m...

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Russian hackers leak Simone Biles and Serena Williams files

Simone Biles' confidential medical data has been released

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has condemned Russian hackers for leaking confidential medical files of star US Olympic athletes.

Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and teenage gymnast Simone Biles.

A group calling itself "Fancy Bears" claimed responsibility for the hack of a Wada database.

After the leak, Ms Biles said she had long been taking medicine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The hacker group had accused her of taking an "illicit psycho-stimulant", but she said she had "always followed the rules".

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