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 Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson during their second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP

Former Australian Open winner Maria Sharapova continued her marauding form by handing out a 6-2 6-1 thrashing to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson  to se(...)

Roger Federer. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, w(...)

Serena Williams  plays a forehand return to  Kristyna Pliskova during their women’s singles first-round match at the French Open. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has given additional protection to the rankings of mothers returning to the tour after giving birth. Players who(...)

Maria Sharapova is out of the US Open after she was beaten in straight sets by Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

Maria Sharapova’s long-unbeaten record in night session matches at Flushing Meadows was ended in the fourth round by Carla Suarez Navarro. Sharapova(...)

Lesia Tsurenko (L) beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty

The women’s tournament is without its top two seeds heading into the third round after Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki joined Simona Halep(...)

 A spectator on horseback waves a French flag as the pack rides during the eighth stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France  between Dreux and Amiens, northern France. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

Charlie Sheen isn’t the first figure to spring to mind in relation to the Tour de France. But the famously louche Hollywood actor once uttered a line (...)

Roger Federer: he will be 37 in August but is   bidding to claim a remarkable ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Since Roger Federer first won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon in 2003 there have been four different champions. The monoliths of Federer, Rafa Na(...)

Serena Williams will start her bid for an eighth Wimbledon title next weekat the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Serena Williams, the seven-time champion who could not defend her Wimbledon title last year as she was preparing for the birth of her first child in S(...)

Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates by lifting the trophy after winning the final of the French Open  against Sloane Stephens of the United States at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Already number one in the world, Simona Halep proved she could be a Grand Slam champion, too. After losing her first three major finals, Halep defeate(...)

Sloane Stephens plays a backhand return to Madison Keys during their women’s singles semi-final match on day twelve of the French Open. Photo: Thomas Samson/Getty Images

It is testimony to the depth of their friendship that Sloane Stephens’s perfectly shaped backhand down the line to put Madison Keys out her misery and(...)

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