Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has become the latest star to pull out of the Melbourne tournament. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Two-time champion and former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka has become the latest star to pull out of the Australian Open. The 28-year-old won in 2012(...)

Germany’s  Angelique Kerber  celebrates match point against Shelby Rogers of the United States in their third-round match at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

World number one Angelique Kerber and fellow title hopefuls Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska survived major scares to reach the fourth round(...)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova during their fourth-round match at the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova (...)

United States’ Venus Williams celebrates after defeating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: Aaron Favila/AP

The first Australian Open quarter-final started at brunch for Melburnians, supper time for Americans, but in the end Venus Williams had Anastasia Pavl(...)

With the new roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rafael Nadal serves to Andreas Seppi. Photograph: AP

Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic admits he fell victim to cramp and nerves after he endured a shock defeat to qualifier Ryan Harrison at the US Open. (...)

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during her fourth round match against Poland’s Agnieszka Radawanska at Wimbledon. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The first week is when they trickle through the draw, the second week when they are flushed out into the open as it moves from a crowded space to just(...)

US player Serena Williams has been ‘flirting with calamity and powerfully dominant’  at Wimbledon. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

In an unguarded moment last week, Heather Watson chirped that women’s tennis results are “all over the place”. She said it in the context of people w(...)

Maria Sharapova has been named on   Russia’s tennis team for the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Maria Sharapova is one of four Russian players named to compete in women’s singles at the Olympics in Rio, even though she has been suspended from com(...)

Germany’s Julia Görges serves against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during the women’s second round match at the French  Open at  Roland Garros in Paris. Photo:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The pre-tournament shortlist of favourites for the French Open women’s crown continues to shrink and for a while it looked as though the name of top s(...)

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(...)

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