Jenny Claffey, who has just launched her career as a tennis pro, wants to be the first Irish woman after Lesley O'Halloran in 1989 to play at Wimbledon. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Two or three hours on court for tour events and four or five hours for five-set Grand Slam matches makes tennis an endurance sport as much as one o(...)

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(...)

Serena Williams  leaves court with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her victory over Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon singles final. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serena Williams kept her calendar year Grand Slam alive on Centre Court with a straight sets 6-4, 6-4 win over Spain’s Garbine Muguruza for her sixth (...)

Williams has played in 251 Grand Slam matches to Muguruza’s 20. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Any concept of a fairytale ending for Garbiñe Muguruza will be as welcome in Serena Williams’ camp as Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov turning up a(...)

Serena Williams plays a forehand against Maria Sharapova during the women’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photograph: Julian Feeney/Getty Images.

The old adage of John McEnroe’s close friend, the late Vitas Gerulaitis, was a slim dream to cling to for Maria Sharapova to make it to another Wim(...)

 Serena Williams plays a backhand return in her semi-final match against Maria Sharapova at  Wimbledon. Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Maria Sharapova, saddled with history and a ball-toss that rebelled her every impulse, suffered for an hour and 19 minutes in the glare and heat of Ce(...)

Serena Williams serves during her quarter-final against Victoria Azarenka. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

The grunting issue isn’t done with. It brought out the diva in Serena Williams after her quarter-final win over Victoria Azarenka. She was asked if (...)

Serena Williams celebrates after winning her match against Victoria Azarenka  at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Two of the most iconic figures of the game took a rattling yesterday, one verbal, the other physical. Both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova advance(...)

Novak Djokovic in action against Kevin Anderson during their resumed fourth round match at Wimbledon: the Serb was relieved to win. Photograph: Seán Dempsey/EPA

Not one for small gestures, Novak Djokovic hunkered down and with his fingers planted a kiss on the damp grass of number one court. He knew it, Kevin(...)

Serena Williams of the U.S.A. celebrates after winning her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Serena Williams out-slugged Victoria Azarenka to set up a frosty Wimbledon semi-final with Maria Sharapova and keep her calendar grand slam bid firmly(...)