Carolina Wozniacki  is out of the US Open after she was beaten 6-4 5-7 7-6 by Petra Cetkovska. Photograph: Afp

Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki spurned four match points as she crashed out of the US Open second round in a final set tie-break against Petra Cetkovs(...)

Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their second round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York. Adrees Latif/Reuters

If this were a fight, it might have been called off before a blow had been landed. But Kiki Bertens, a smiling, 23-year-old Dutch qualifier who looked(...)

Fearghal O’Nuallain: ‘He understood from an early age that his time here was finite and he wanted to do and have as much as he could,’ said a close friend

Fearghal O’Nuallain (34), adventurous geography teacher at St Paul’s Academy, Abbey Wood, London Louis Armstrong’s voice warmed the chill of a (...)

Kenneth Killeen: ‘In the case of Whiplash, which reinforces the stereotypical view of jazz, that’s not good’

In the ever-bulging calendar of festivals offering musical gratification, a unique programme is likely to grab the attention. So you would imagine (...)

Happy ever after: Dustin Hoffman as Mr Hoppy and Judi Dench as Mrs Silver

There’s an uneasy moment in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC One, Thursday) when Dustin Hoffman appears and you’re afraid that for the next 90 minutes you (...)

A couple of weeks ago I took my first ever London bus journey. Ok, not quite on a par with scaling Kilimanjaro or going sky diving (two on the buck(...)

Siobhan and Aisling Devine from Coolock, Dublin, at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on O’Connell Street, Dublin. A New York Times journalist found Dublin “rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Dublin is a “newly energised city” with “an abundance of artisan offerings” and “literary spirit”, according to a New York Times journalist living in (...)

Lotte Lenya: nothing else can quite hit the same spot of her voice, and, although you know this, you keep on wanting other performers to generate the same frisson. Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

The music of Kurt Weill was something I knew before I knew that I knew it. Who hasn’t heard Mack the Knife? The song may be from an opera, but it has (...)

Participants of the Krewe of Zulu parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators; a reveller parades through the French Quarter. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

After the feast comes the famine. It’s the day after Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the city is muted. They call it Trash Wednesday, as the move(...)

Lady Valerie Goulding of the Central Remedial Clinic: her charity work was recognised in 1977 when taoiseach Jack Lynch appointed her to the Seanad

Lady Valerie Goulding, mother of Central Remedial Clinic chairman Hamilton Goulding, was a founder and later the major driving force behind the clini(...)