Winner’s Venus Williams of the United States and Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic pose with their trophies after the  WTA Elite Trophy final in Zhuhai, China. Photograph: AP Photo

Former world number one Venus Williams scraped past Karolina Pliskova to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday, the American claiming her third title of (...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Wu Di of China at the China Open in Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Rafael Nadal had his serve broken four times by one of his former ball boys before progressing to the second round of the China Open. The world number(...)

Johanna Konta of Great Britain reacts after defeating Simona Halep of Romania at the Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

Johanna Konta claimed the biggest scalp of her blossoming career by beating world number two Simona Halep at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China. (...)

Serena Williams recovered from a set down to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round of the US Open. Photograph: Reuters

Serena Williams and Marin Cilic both survived third round scares on Friday to keep their U.S. Open title defences on track but there was no escape for(...)

Serena and Venus Williams are to meet each other in the fourth round. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

If a mindset can be borrowed from another player, Andy Murray could do worse than glancing at how Roger Federer defused an explosive Sam Groth. Even w(...)

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Glyn Kirk

First days and even first weeks can be like a procession of champions tramping down the wannabes. The top seeds and celebs took comfort from that on (...)

 Andy Murray in action against Facundo Arguello of Argentina on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground while Andy Murray’s growing love of clay blossomed as both posted easy first-ro(...)

Venus Williams  hits a return against  Agnieszka Radwanska during their  match at the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph:  Mal Fairclough/AFP/Getty Images

Venus Williams will face a player she inspired to take up tennis after reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2010 in the Australian Open. (...)

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(...)

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(...)