Andy Murray: decided he wasn’t  ready to return at Wimbledon after a long absence due to hip surgery. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Hours before Andy Murray pulled out of this year’s championships, he spoke of the difficulty of coming back into a competitive tennis environment. Fo(...)

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(...)

 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia celebrates victory following  her French Open semi-final win over  Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland  at Roland Garros. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Title favourite Simona Halep will face newcomer Jelena Ostapenko in the women’s French Open final on Saturday. After Ostapenko celebrated her 20th bi(...)

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko celebrates defeating Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in their French Open quarter-final encounter. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Rain and wind scudded through Paris on day 10 of the 2017 French Open, punching a three-hour hole in the schedule, but it was worth the wait for the c(...)

Novak Djokovic: “I threw a racket on the ground and it slipped and almost hit the line umpire. I was lucky there.” Photograph: Stephan Mueller/EPA

The French Open was lambasted as “one big circus” by Tomas Berdych yesterday as soggy weather once again exasperated players seeking a foothold in the(...)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal serves  to Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis during their  second round match at the Roland Garros. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

A dominant Rafael Nadal reached one career milestone on Wednesday but the nature of the Spaniard’s passage through the early rounds suggests his eyes(...)

Serena Williams celebrates after winning her match against Victoria Azarenka  at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Two of the most iconic figures of the game took a rattling yesterday, one verbal, the other physical. Both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova advance(...)

Serena Williams of the U.S.A. celebrates after winning her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Serena Williams out-slugged Victoria Azarenka to set up a frosty Wimbledon semi-final with Maria Sharapova and keep her calendar grand slam bid firmly(...)

Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova returns the ball to Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic during the women’s semi-finals at the  French  Open in Paris. Photo:  Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Lucie Safarova is through to the first Grand Slam final of her career as the Czech extended her remarkable run at the French Open with a surprise vict(...)

Serena Williams is through to the semi-finals of the French Open after a straight sets win over Sara Errani. Photograph: Afp

For a while on Wednesday, Serena Williams seemed ageless – and almost unfairly too powerful for her opponent, as she beat the Italian Sara Errani 6-1,(...)