Serena Williams serves during her first-round women’s singles match against Francesca Schiavone. Williams defeated Schiavone 6-0, 6-1. Photograph: Uli Seit/The New York Times

Rafa Nadal made an ominous return to the US Open last night while the sister act of Serena and Venus Williams shared the spotlight as the last grand s(...)

Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their singles  match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Maria Sharapova was dumped out of Wimbledon by world number 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito on Wednesday.The former champion fumed about the grass surfa(...)