Li Na  wipes her tears during a news conference announcing her retirement in Beijing succumbing to the effect of long-term knee injuries. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

A teary-eyed Li Na said on Sunday she has no regrets about her retirement and the Chinese trailblazer was confident her country will produce more Gran(...)

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(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark wipes her face during her women’s singles tennis match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon.  Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki became the latest big name to crash out of Wimbledon as she fell to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Czech play(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts after breaking serve during her women’s singles match against Ana Konjuh of Croatia. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Tennis needs big statements. It requires individuals break into and upset the settled hierarchies. It demands character and that players introduce sp(...)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki celebrates a point in her match against Croatia’s Ana Konjuh during day five of  Wimbledon. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Caroline Wozniacki raced into the fourth round of Wimbledon and then declared: “I’m not a victim”. The former world number one ended the run of(...)

Petra Kvitova serves to Mona Barthel of Germany in their second round match at Wimbledon yesterday. Photograph: EPA

On the big screen on Henman Hill – Murray got the trophy, Henman keeps the hill – they showed old footage of Petra Kvitova beating Maria Sharapova in(...)

Andy Murray posing with Rufus the Hawk, a raptor that keeps unwanted birds from flapping around the courts.

A front page picture in a London newspaper yesterday had Andy Murray posing with Rufus the Hawk, a raptor that keeps unwanted birds from flapping arou(...)

 Marin Cilic  serves during his men’s singles match against Novak Djokovic  at the  French Open in Paris. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ran into a spot of bother at the French Open, dropping a set each and needing over three hours to reach the fourth r(...)

 Defending champion Serena Williams goes full stretch in an attempt to return to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza during their second round tie at Roland Garros yesterday. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

The French Open slid towards anarchy on the fourth day. The defending champion and world number one Serena Williams is out, as is her sister, Venus, (...)

Li Na: “In my mind I didn’t have any idea how to play the match.” Photograph: EPA

Li Na helped set an unwanted record by crashing out in the first round at Roland Garros yesterday. Second seed Li’s 7-5 3-6 6-1 loss to Kristina Mlade(...)