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Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates her victory over Karolina Pliskova  at the Australian Open in Melbourne.  Osaka won, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/The New York Times)

If Naomi Osaka goes on to add the Australian Open title to the debut Slam title she won in Flushing Meadows four months ago, she might spare a passing(...)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates her victory over Karolina Pliskova. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty

Naomi Osaka kept her hopes of winning back-to-back grand slam titles alive by dispatching Serena Williams’ conqueror Karolina Pliskova to reach the Au(...)

 Maria Sharapova of Russia and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark shaking hands at their  Australian Open match. Photograph: . EPA/Lukas Coch

Maria Sharapova is having a hard time, bless her. Now, don’t jump to conclusions. We can’t all have a heartwarming comeback like Petra Kvitova, who li(...)

 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(...)

 Serena Williams during her match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Photograph: PA

Painful recent memories will ensure Serena Williams does not get ahead of herself despite now being the hot favourite to triumph in New York for a rec(...)

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(...)

  Australian Nick Kyrgios   returns a shot against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in a second-round match on day four of the  US Open. Photograph: Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyrgios was involved in more controversy during a 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 6-0 victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert, although this time he was not the cen(...)

Novak Djokovic  takes a break from the heat while playing against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary during their Day 2 match in New York. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

A second day of stifling heat and humidity caused havoc at the US Open on Tuesday, prompting tournament organisers to implement special rules to provi(...)

 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus returns to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their first-round match at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova slumped out of Wimbledon in the first round on Tuesday, beaten by inspired world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Be(...)

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