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 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(...)

Defending champion Andy Murray could meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Andy Murray will begin his Wimbledon title defence against either a qualifier or lucky loser and has been drawn in the same half as French Open champi(...)

Maria Sharapova arrives on court for her first round game at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart. Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

When the clock struck midnight here, Maria Sharapova’s interminable wait was finally over. An outcast no more, the gates to the world of tennis were o(...)

Angelique Kerber: favourite to beat Karolina Pliskova, even though she mysteriously lost her way in her last big final at the  Olympics. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Serena Williams is struggling with a leg injury that threatens to curtail her season as well as with darker forces that seem to be eating away at her(...)

Serena Williams trounced Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to reach the Australian Open final. Photograph: Epa

Serena Williams’ break from tennis at the end of last year to “just chill” appeared to have done her a world of good as the rejuvenated American bull(...)

Serena Williams has announced her withdrawal from next week’s China Open in Beijing and the WTA Finals in Singapore, ending her season. Photograph: Getty Images

World number one Serena Williams has opted to pull out of the WTA Finals and end her season early following a roller coaster campaign that has taken (...)

Flavia Pennetta of Italy kisses the US Open trophy after defeating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in their US Open 2015 women’s single final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center. Photograph: Getty Images

Flavia Pennetta won her first grand slam singles title over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian US Open final on Saturday then added one more s(...)

Roger Federer volleys a return in his semi-final with Stan Wawrinka at the  U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Federer won, 6-4, 6-3- 6-1 and will face Novak Djokovic in the final. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

The final of the 2015 US Open men’s singles will be contested between the best player of all time and the best player of this time when Roger Federer (...)

Serena Williams of the US leaves the court after being defeated by Roberta Vinci of Italy during their 2015 US Open Women’s singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images

There is not a sentient being in this city or any other who would have predicted that two Italians in their early thirties would contest the US Open w(...)

The Williams sisters embrace after Serena’s three set win over Venus in the US Open quarter-finals. Photograph: Reuters

The woman policing the gangway that leads down to the media seats on Arthur Ashe glanced at a stadium TV screen, and whispered, “I like Venus.” It was(...)

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