It was Monday morning, the first day of spring, and from the west-facing corner of Beaumont Hospital, Vinny spied a cluster of daffodils enjoying a sprightly dance.

For his mid-morning visit, Vinny Fitzpatrick could see Angie had made an effort. She was sitting up in bed, her auburn locks were untied, and she’d a(...)

Germany’s  Angelique Kerber during the Australian Open women’s singles final against Serena Williams. Photograph: Lukas Koch/EPA

You cannot accuse Serena Williams of not providing fair warning. Only a few days ago, when Williams was reminded that she always had won the Australi(...)

Germany’s Angelique Kerber kisses the trophy after winning her final match against Serena Williams  at the Australian Open  in Melbourne. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

Angelique Kerber upset world number one Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to clinch the Australian Open on Saturday and become the first German to win a Gr(...)

 Andy Murray of Britain plays a backhand in his semi final match against Milos Raonic of Canada at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

If there is a tennis equivalent of hell, it surely is being dragged back to the scene of serial pain inflicted by a rival who is not only a week young(...)

Serena Williams trounced Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to reach the Australian Open final. Photograph: Epa

Serena Williams’ break from tennis at the end of last year to “just chill” appeared to have done her a world of good as the rejuvenated American bull(...)

Johanna Konta was beaten in straight sets by Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open semi-finals. Photograph: Epa

Johanna Konta did not lack for goodwill and support, even from her conqueror Angelique Kerber after losing her first – but possibly not last - grand s(...)

Serena Williams has now won her last 18 encounters with Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Afp

Serena Williams’ domination of the most one-sided rivalry in tennis continued as the American hammered Maria Sharapova to reach the Australian Open se(...)

Serena Williams beat Margarita Gasparyan to set up an Australian Open quarter-final date with Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Afp

Serena Williams is taking nothing for granted against Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals despite her dominant record against the Ru(...)

Victoria Azarenka is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Photograph: EPA

Victoria Azarenka believes overcoming depression and poverty has taken away the pressure to win a grand slam. Azarenka secured her place in the Austr(...)

In this photograph taken with a slow shutter speed Serena Williams of the US plays a backhand return during her women’s singles match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. Photograph: Getty Images

The defending and six-time champion Serena Williams is into the fourth round at the Australian Open after a 6-1, 6-1 win in 45 minutes over the 18-yea(...)