Maria Sharapova  congratulates Anastasija Sevastova after she was knocked out of the US Open by the 16th seed. Photograph: John G. Mabanglo/EPA

For four matches in a row at this US Open a player ranked 146 in the world has appeared exclusively on the main court, Arthur Ashe, while lamely prote(...)

Germany’s  Angelique Kerber during the Australian Open women’s singles final against Serena Williams. Photograph: Lukas Koch/EPA

You cannot accuse Serena Williams of not providing fair warning. Only a few days ago, when Williams was reminded that she always had won the Australi(...)

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(...)

Munster’s Doug Howlett is tackled by Scott Waldrom of New Zealand in their 2008 match: “I don’t think I felt more alive in a match.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Every wannabe David, with understandable trepidation, is already lining himself up against a rugby Goliath. New Zealand against Namibia. Australia (...)

Flavia Pennetta  kisses the US Open trophy after beating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci  in the US Open 2015 women’s single final. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Storm clouds were gathering overhead and the wind was kicking up as Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci walked off the court together, having played the(...)

Flavia Pennetta of Italy kisses the US Open trophy after defeating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in their US Open 2015 women’s single final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center. Photograph: Getty Images

Flavia Pennetta won her first grand slam singles title over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian US Open final on Saturday then added one more s(...)

Flavia Pennetta of Italy celebrates after defeating compatriot Roberta Vinci in their women’s singles final match at the US Open. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Flavia Pennetta claimed a first grand slam singles title with a 7-6(4) 6-2 win over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian US Open final on Satur(...)

Serena Williams of the US leaves the court after being defeated by Roberta Vinci of Italy during their 2015 US Open Women’s singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images

There is not a sentient being in this city or any other who would have predicted that two Italians in their early thirties would contest the US Open w(...)

Flavia Pennetta of Italy celebrates after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their US Open quarter-final match at Flushing Meadows in New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Petra Kvitova could not hold off the disciplined quarter-final challenge of Flavia Pennetta in the most demanding conditions at the US Open in Flushin(...)

Carolina Wozniacki  is out of the US Open after she was beaten 6-4 5-7 7-6 by Petra Cetkovska. Photograph: Afp

Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki spurned four match points as she crashed out of the US Open second round in a final set tie-break against Petra Cetkovs(...)

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