Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev has been forced to publicly apologise for his slur against the Williams sisters. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev has been forced to publicly apologise for his slur against the Williams sisters, Serena and Venu(...)

Serena Williams of the US  poses with the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win the women’s final match of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, yesterday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

They did the cool thing, the classy thing, by bringing Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert out to embellish, or even to authenticate, the occasion of(...)

Serena Williams poses with the trophy after after defeating Caroline Wozniacki  to win the women’s  US Open title in New York. Photograph:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Serena Williams rescued her season with a lopsided victory over Caroline Wozniacki to win her 18th Grand Slam title in a US Open final that flirted (...)

Serena Williams  defeated Flavia Pennetta  to reach the US Open semi-final. Photograph:  Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Two-time defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6(...)

 Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates her victory over Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Petra Kvitova became the women’s Wimbledon champion for the second time in her career after a straight sets win over Canadian hopeful Eugenie Bouchard(...)

In a word......

Wimbledon. The name is derived from the Old English “Wunemannedune”, dating from about the 10th century and thought to mean Wynnman’s Hill. The final (...)

Roger Federer on his way to reaching the second round at the All England Club with a straight sets win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi on Court One. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

There was a time when nothing less than Centre Court would do. But sure-footed Roger Federer was denied the prince’s entrance yesterday. A sleight in (...)

 Former British number one Elena Baltacha died of liver cancer at the age of 30 early on Sunday morning, her family have announced.  Photograph:Sean Dempsey/PA

Tributes have poured in for the former British women’s number one tennis player Elena Baltacha who has died of liver cancer at the age of 30.The spor(...)

 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic  plays a forehand in his first-round match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during day one of the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round as the tournament favourites took centre stage on t(...)

Thomas Hitzlsperger  has become one of the few high profile sportsmen, and the first well-known German footballer, to publicly reveal that he is gay. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters.

Retired German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, dubbed Der Hammer, has earned widespread praise after becoming Germany’s first professional footballer (...)