Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the women’s singles final at the 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Reuters.

Serena Williams made her professional debut on a practice court at Club Avantage in Quebec City on October 29, 1995. With an estimated 50 people on ha(...)

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(...)

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.(...)

Serena Williams is through to the Australian Open final, where she will play Maria Sharapova, after a straight sets win over Madison Keys(Photograph: William West/Getty Images)

Serena Williams overcame a spirited challenge from fellow American Madison Keys to become the oldest Australian Open finalist in the open era on Thurs(...)

Serena Williams (right) shakes hands with Dominika Cibulkova after winning their women’s singles quarter-final in Melbourne yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Serena Williams moved one match closer to making more tennis history at the Australian Open, but her bigger struggle might be just getting out of bed(...)

Stan Wawrinka  celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori to progress to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. (Photograph: REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Men’s champion Stan Wawrinka avenged a tough defeat to Kei Nishikori at last year’s U.S. Open while an ill Serena Williams remained on track for her (...)

Novak Djokovic stretches to hit a backhand return during his match against    Gilles Muller  at  the Australian Open in  Melbourne. Photograph:  Lukas Coch/EPA

Novak Djokovic ensured seven of the top eight seeds reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after overcoming Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in M(...)

Eugenie Bouchard was asked by reporter Ian Cohen to “do a little twirl” and show off her outfit for TV cameras and the crowd at the Australian Open in Melbourne this week. Photograph: William West/AFP Photo

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 ou(...)

 Serena Williams reacts  after winning a point in her second round match against Vera Zvonareva.   Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Serena Williams was reluctant to discuss suggestions of sexism at the Australian Open after a male on-court interviewer sparked outrage by asking some(...)

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(...)