Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Former basketball player Yao Ming of China and actor Bill Murray at the start of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewis Hamilton to be named sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards in Shanghai, the first time (...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after beating  Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the final of the Brisbane International. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Tennis round-up: US Open champion Marin Cilic has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a shoulder injury, the world number nine said on Satur(...)

 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(...)