Croatia’s Petra Martic will be the highest-ranked player at the Palermo Ladies Open. File photograph: Getty Images

A handful of prominent late withdrawals may have taken some of the sheen off the Palermo Ladies Open but the importance of the claycourt event is not (...)

Germany’s Angelique Kerber looks on after losing her first-round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova at the  French Open at  Roland Garros. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber’s French Open challenge lasted little over an hour as she was sent packing by Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova (...)