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 Ashleigh Barty: “It is always a goal to try and be the best. It’s ultimately why we train, why we compete and play, but for it to happen in this way has been amazing.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty

Two years ago Australian Margaret Court came out with a view that would redefine her to the millions, who did not know of her record 24 Grand Slam win(...)

Roger Federer poses for photographs as he celebrates winning the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final against Marin Cilic. Photo: Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images

If the year was distilled down into a couple of tennis-shaping events it was Serena Williams having a baby and defying time and Roger Federer undergoi(...)

Jana Novotna, who won 16 Grand Slam titles, died of cancer and was surrounded by her family when she peacefully passed away. Photo: Gerry Penny/EPA

Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna was a true winner but it was the misfortune of the brilliant Czech, who died on Monday aged 49, to always be recalled (...)

Jana Novotna after winning the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 1998. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/Getty

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died aged 49. The WTA announced the news on Monday morning in a Twitter post. The statement read: “It is (...)

Martina Navratilova gets a hug from Chris Evert  after beating her in the final of the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon in 1978. Photograph: Rob Taggart/Central Press/Getty Images

For decades, women’s tennis was blessed with first-name-basis rivalries that remain etched in the public’s consciousness. But as tennis fans salivate (...)

Romania’s Simona Halep returns the ball to Russia’s Darya Kasatkina during their third-round  match at the French Open at  Roland Garros  in Paris. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Title contender Simona Halep pulled through against young pretender Daria Kasatkina in a French Open rollercoaster on Saturday, winning 6-0 7-5 after(...)

Serena Williams en route to her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January. Photograph: Getty Images

Serena Williams, the best women’s tennis player of this era and one of the world’s most prominent athletes, has confirmed that she is pregnant and ex(...)

 Serena Williams (R) of the USA holds her trophy after defeating her sister Venus Williams (L) in their women’s Singles final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament. Photograph: Made Nagi/EPA

Serena Williams was utterly unaware that a victory Saturday night would put her back at world No. 1. Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou did all he could t(...)

Serena Williams hugs her sister Venus after winning the women’s singles final of the Australian Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Serena Williams pushed sentiments aside in an emotion-charged 6-4 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to win the Australian Open on Saturday and a record 23rd(...)

 Venus  and Serena Williams: the sisters  have not played against each other since the 2015 United States Open, when Serena won, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Whatever about the outcome, all of the things you might associate with a Grand Slam final, passion, determination, aggression and a willingness to des(...)

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