Serena Williams of the U.S. and Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia talk after Diatchenko retired from their match during the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Diatchenko appeared severely hobbled from the start, unable to move well, and retired in the second set. Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Serena Williams, as befits the grand dame of tennis, began the pursuit of a calendar grand slam with a regal swat on the first evening of the 2015 US (...)

Serena Williams leaves court with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her victory in the women’s singles against Garbine Muguruza. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

Almost before she had finished her centre court twirl and well practiced wave, Serena Williams was moving on. Before she had left the All England Club(...)

Channing Tatum attends the Amsterdam premiere of Magic Mike XXL on July 1st. Photograh: Michel Porro/Getty Images

If you’ve seen a bus this week you’ve probably seen an advertisement for Magic Mike XXXL. This is the unsatisfactory sequel to a misunderstood 2012 fi(...)

Roger Federer is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon after beating Australia’s Sam Groth in four sets. Photograph: Afp

Pomp and circumstance launched Wimbledon’s sporting Saturday with a host of stars announced to adoring crowds, before Centre Court’s real king Roger F(...)

Serena Williams’ Australian Open victory was her 19th singles title. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

Serena Williams can break Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles despite being five short at an age when most players have retired, accordin(...)

Sir Elton John called for a boycott of fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana after he said the designers labelled children born through IVF “synthetic”. The songwriter who has two children with his husband David Furnish angrily rebuked the Italian pair for criticising same-sex families and the use of fertility treatment. Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sir Elton John has called for a boycott of fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana after he said the designers labelled children born through IVF “synthetic”.(...)

Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

‘It’s inconceivable to think that Maria Sharapova could lose to anybody 16 times in a row, it’s impossible,” the BBC’s John Lloyd told Sue Barker befo(...)

Andy Murray  speaks at a press conference at the 2015 Australian Open. After winning his semi-final match Murray spoke out against those who had criticised his decision to hire Amélie Mauresmo as a coach.   Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

“Hopefully, one day people won’t look at gender when they hire a coach,” Martina Navratilova, all-round tennis legend and coach of Poland’s Agnieszka (...)

Serena Williams is  now just three grand slams short of Steffi Graf’s record after she beat Maria Shrapova in straight sets to win her sixth Australian Open title. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 16 matches to claim a 19th grand slam title in the Australian Open on Saturday.(...)

Eugenie Bouchard: was invited to perform a twirl by a reporter in an interview on court following her straight sets victory over Kiki Bertenson at  the Australian Open. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Eugenie Bouchard had no idea the man with the microphone in his hand and mischief in his heart would ask her to “do a little twirl” to show off her o(...)