Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her win over Serena Williams during their WTA Finals  match in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters.

Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world No1 Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. Against Simona Halep, she was served up a differe(...)

Serena Williams of the US  poses with the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win the women’s final match of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, yesterday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

They did the cool thing, the classy thing, by bringing Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert out to embellish, or even to authenticate, the occasion of(...)

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia serves to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their US Open quarter-final match  in New York. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova reached the first Grand Slam singles semi-final of her career with victory over two-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azaren(...)

Catherine Bellis of the United States reacts after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women’s singles first round match on Day Two of the 2014 US Open. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Fifteen-year-old American wild card Cici Bellis stunned Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the biggest upset of the US Open so far. Bellis(...)

 Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates her victory over Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Petra Kvitova became the women’s Wimbledon champion for the second time in her career after a straight sets win over Canadian hopeful Eugenie Bouchard(...)

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in action during her semi-final win over Simona Halep. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Wimbledon continued to enjoy the rise and rise of Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. On the hottest day so far and with a new face to contest the final agains(...)

 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada after winning her Ladies’ Singles semi-final match against Simona Halep of Romania. Photograph:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Eugenie Bouchard continued her relentless march to the top of the women’s game by defeating Simona Halep to reach her first grand slam final at Wimbl(...)

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard after her 6-3, 6-4 win over Angelique Kerber of Germany in their quarter-final game at Wimbledon yesterday. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Eugenie Bouchard’s ‘breakout’ year has become quite a thing of beauty. The junior player of two years ago has blossomed and maintained the top half o(...)

Angelique Kerber  hits a return during her women’s singles quarter-final against Eugenie Bouchard. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The new golden girl of tennis, Eugenie Bouchard, reached the Wimbledon semi-finals this afternoon with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Angelique Kerber. The 20-ye(...)

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates during her  fourth-round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at Wimbledon. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Oh. I. Say. Now Maria Sharapova, the favourite, is gone, too. In a women’s competition distinguished by shock results – with incredulity only fraction(...)