A spectator sleeps at Margaret Court Arena as s Garbine Muguruza and  Johanna Konta played their  second round match until after 3am at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP

Johanna Konta became the last of eight British players to leave the 2019 Australian Open, and in the most bizarre circumstances, sharing the record f(...)

Serena Williams celebrates her victory over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty

Serena Williams eased to victory over Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open while Simona Halep survived another scare to jo(...)

 Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open. Photograph: AP

Serena Williams made a ruthless start to her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-0 6-2 victory over unseeded German Ta(...)

Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg with the Ballon d’Or. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

It should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration. Because what a player to c(...)

 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus returns to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their first-round match at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova slumped out of Wimbledon in the first round on Tuesday, beaten by inspired world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Be(...)

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in action during her march to the final  year at Wimbledon in 2014.

The longer the interview went on, the more it seemed that nothing was going to elicit an interesting answer from Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian had wa(...)

A general view inside Centre Court as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays his men’s  quarter-final match against Marin Cilic of Croatia last year.  Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The stage is set. The actors primed. At Wimbledon everything has been Championship ready since last Saturday. The grass has been trimmed to precisely (...)

  Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the AEGON Classic in Birmingham and Wimbledon qualifying because of a muscle tear. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from Wimbledon qualifying due to a muscle injury she sustained at the Italian Open in Rome last month. Sharapova, who (...)

Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard entry for the French Open. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/Afp

The French decision, a stunning one, not to award Maria Sharapova a wildcard entry to the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros sets up the A(...)

On Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, said Maria Sharapova would not be getting a wildcard entry into the French Open. Photo: Claudio Onorati/EPA

Maria Sharapova has had to fight for virtually every point in her tennis career, every break in her curiously combative life, whatever the misguided p(...)

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