Maria Sharapova  hits a forehand during her match against Richel Hogenkamp at Wimbledon. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

It was an unusual entrance for the 2004 title holder, Maria Sharapova. Because of the heat and humidity many of the fans that had come to court two(...)

 Maria Sharapova in action  in her second-round match against  Richel Hogenkamp at Wimbledon. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Maria Sharapova strolled into the third round of Wimbledon with a routine 6-3 6-1 win over outclassed debutant Richel Hogenkamp. The 2004 champion wa(...)

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Glyn Kirk

First days and even first weeks can be like a procession of champions tramping down the wannabes. The top seeds and celebs took comfort from that on (...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia shakes the hand of Johanna Konta of Britain after winning their first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The former Wimbledon champion, Maria Sharapova, advanced to the second round against the British No2, Johanna Konta, who was unable to translate her r(...)

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic won the WTA Eastbourne International tennis tournament in Eastbourne. Photograph: Getty Images

Eastbourne may not carry the glamour or freight of Wimbledon. But as the sea breeze rippled the flags over the Grand Slam warm-up event last week it w(...)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a pratice session prior to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The Wimbledon winners this this year will get €2,650,820.96 each. Being equal opportunity employers, the prize money awarded to the men’s and women(...)

Andy Murray is the number three seed for Wimbledon 2015. Photograph Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The Wimbledon seeding system is peculiar to the All England Club but few will be surprised to see Rafa Nadal placed at 10th when the tournament gets u(...)

Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova returns the ball to Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic during the women’s semi-finals at the  French  Open in Paris. Photo:  Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Lucie Safarova is through to the first Grand Slam final of her career as the Czech extended her remarkable run at the French Open with a surprise vict(...)

Serena Williams is through to the semi-finals of the French Open after a straight sets win over Sara Errani. Photograph: Afp

For a while on Wednesday, Serena Williams seemed ageless – and almost unfairly too powerful for her opponent, as she beat the Italian Sara Errani 6-1,(...)

 An object was falling onto spectators in the stands as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France plays against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their quarterfinal match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros. Photo: EPA

Swirling winds caused mayhem and chaos at Roland Garros on Tuesday, with Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka emerging unscathed to set up a French O(...)