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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(...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts during her women’s singles quarter-final match at the French Open against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. Photo: Christophe Archambault/Getty Images

Three grand slam champions adorn the women’s semi-finals at Roland Garros – as well as the best player in the world, Simona Halep. The Romanian is pla(...)

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams face each other in the fourth round of the French Open. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

It will be Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova at a Grand Slam tournament, but don’t think that today’s meeting at Roland Garros will be business (...)

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates victory during the ladies singles third round match against Julia Georges of Germany at the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Serena Williams wasted little time ramping up her rivalry with Maria Sharapova after setting up a French Open fourth-round meeting with her old foe. (...)

Serena Williams celebrates after victory over Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during their women’s singles second round match on day five of the Roland Garros 2018 French Open. Photo: Christophe Archambault/Getty Images

Serena Williams came from a set down to book her place in the third round of the French Open. The 36-year-old, who says her black bodysuit makes her (...)

 Rafael Nadal during his match against Dominic Thiem at the Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has lost his world No 1 ranking after suffering a quarter-final defeat by Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Masters. Thiem, who lost (...)

Maria Sharapova: bowed out to Naomi Osaka of Japan in the first  round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

Naomi Osaka beat five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open. In a first meeting betwe(...)

Alexander Krushelnitsky failed a preliminary drugs test after winning bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Russian curling medallist who failed a preliminary drugs test on Sunday has left the Winter Olympics as the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s anti-(...)

Alexander Krushelnytsky (right) and Anastasia Bryzgalova during the medal ceremony for the Curling Mixed Doubles. Photograph: EPA

A Russian athlete who won a bronze medal in curling at the Winter Olympics here has failed a preliminary doping test, putting in jeopardy his medal an(...)

Maria Sharapova has struggled with her fitness since her return to play in April. Photograph: Getty Images

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week’s Dubai Championships with an arm injury. The 30-year-old struggled physically after her comeback from a (...)

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