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 Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open. Photograph: AP

Serena Williams made a ruthless start to her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-0 6-2 victory over unseeded German Ta(...)

Serena Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she won her last Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Serena Williams was eight weeks pregnant during her 2017 Australian Open triumph and while she has failed to add to her tally of 23 Grand Slam titles,(...)

Roger Federer. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, w(...)

 Serena Williams argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan during their  US Open women’s singles final match in New York. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty

Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou expects on-court coaching to continue virtually unchecked at the Grand Slams despite the furore during las(...)

Usada,  still chasing a follow-up to their 2012  effort with Lance Armstrong, have snapped on the rubber gloves for real this time and set about cleaning up the cesspool of nonagenarian doping in sport. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

“January 4th 2019: Usada announced today that Carl Grove, of Bristol, Indiana, an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a public warning for h(...)

Serena Williams and Roger Federer take a selfie after their mixed doubles meeting in Perth. Photograph: Tony Ashby/AFP/Getty

Roger Federer emerged triumphant from a historic first meeting with Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday, but tennis was the true winner as tw(...)

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Serena Williams  plays a forehand return to  Kristyna Pliskova during their women’s singles first-round match at the French Open. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has given additional protection to the rankings of mothers returning to the tour after giving birth. Players who(...)

Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg with the Ballon d’Or. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

It should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration. Because what a player to c(...)

Ballon d’Or: Ada Hegerberg on stage with Martin Solveig and (left) David Ginola.  Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

It was the moment Ada Hegerberg, a 23-year-old Norwegian striker with Olympique Lyonnais, had dreamed of. She had just become the first woman to be aw(...)

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