Roger Federer pratices with David Goffin ahead of the Australian Open. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Only a few days before the first ball is struck, the Australian Open resembles a shredded carcass. So ravaged are both draws, it is a taking a leap of(...)

Venus Williams is through to the Australian Open final, where she will face sister Serena,  after she beat  Coco Vandeweghe in the semis. Photograph: Epa/Tracey Nearmy

The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, once owned tennis as if it were a private business. On Saturday they will resume the partnership in the final (...)

Serena Williams celebrates her win over Johanna Konta during their singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open yesterday. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Serena Williams remained on course for her 23rd grand slam title by quelling the challenge of in-form Briton Johanna Konta 6-2 6-3 to reach the semi-f(...)

United States’ Serena Williams celebrates her win over Britain’s Johanna Konta during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Photo: Aaron Favila/EPA

Johanna Konta will console herself with the stark reality that she lost to a six-times champion here on a warm Wednesday afternoon, but she will know (...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova in action during her third round 6-3, 6-4 victory over Samantha Stosur of Australia in the French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph: Reuters.

Even when slightly out of sorts, Maria Sharapova is still the most formidable opponent in women’s tennis and Samantha Stosur, whose form swings lik(...)

Roger Federer serves during his match  against Bosnia’s  Damir Dzumhur  at the  French Open. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer continued his smooth progress at the French Open on Friday with a straightforward 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat of Bosnian Damir Dzumhur to reach t(...)

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia celebrates after beating Simona Halep of Romania during their women’s singles match at the French Open  in Paris. Photo: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

It is nearly eight months since Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, then 32, shocked tennis, New York and a host of people who had forgotten who she was by finishi(...)

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic  after loosing a point to Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka during their first round match for the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Joe Castro / EPA

When Heather Watson spoke about the crumbling hierarchy of women’s tennis, she was not being needlessly downbeat, just realistic.As results at the Au(...)

Venus Williams hits a return to Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain during their women’s singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Photograph: Reuters

Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka in life may be worlds apart. Ten years in age separates the two with Azarenka 24-years-old and Williams now a 34(...)