Serena Williams is through to the second round of the Australian Open after she beat Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets. (Photograph: William WestGetty Images)

Serena Williams was dragged into a second set scrap by unheralded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck but put down the minor threat with some powerful serving(...)

Serena Williams serves during her first-round women’s singles match against Francesca Schiavone. Williams defeated Schiavone 6-0, 6-1. Photograph: Uli Seit/The New York Times

Rafa Nadal made an ominous return to the US Open last night while the sister act of Serena and Venus Williams shared the spotlight as the last grand s(...)

Marion Bartoli of France trains on a practise court at the Wimbledon.   Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Marion Bartoli completes her journey from rock bottom to the most prestigious match in women’s tennis tomorrow when she steps out on Centre Court to (...)

Sabine Lisicki after her win over Agnieszka Radwanska. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

It was a give and take match. Sabine Lisicki took and then she gave. She then gave again and finally took. Nobody, not even the German knew whether sh(...)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts as she defeats Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in their women’s semi-final  at the Wimbledon. Photograph:   Toby Melville/Reuters

Marion Bartoli reached her second Wimbledon final as the biggest day of Kirsten Flipkens’ career ended in a heavy defeat.Runner-up to Venus Williams (...)

Sabine Lisicki to play Agnieszka Radawanska in Wimbledon  semi-final.

Sabine Lisicki has played today’s Wimbledon semi-final opponent Agnieszka Radawanska just twice before with the head to head standing at 1-1. But they(...)

Ireland’s Conor Niland after his defeat to France’s Adrian Mannarino on day two of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

As Britain counts the cost of not having women tennis players in the latter stages of the championships one of the constant questions asked here is wh(...)