Serena Williams: can overtake  Steffi Graf as the most decorated women’s singles player in the professional era if she wins the Australian Open in Melbourne.  Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

For the last few years the main question regarding the women’s draw at the Australian Open has been who or what can prevent Serena Williams from addin(...)

 Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles final at the  US Open in New York. Photograph:  Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA

“I think it’s a beginning,” Angelique Kerber said in September 2011 after her very unexpected run to the US Open semi-finals was over. On Saturday, (...)

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(...)

Angelique Kerber brought the dream run of 17-year-old CiCi Bellis to an abrupt halt. Photograph: Richard Perry/New York Times

If CiCi Bellis’ charmed US Open run suggested a player ready to compete at the tour level, then Friday night’s one-sided defeat to the world’s second-(...)

Serena Williams’s Olympics are over after she was beaten in straight sets by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. Photograph: Reuters

An unpredictable Olympic tennis tournament claimed its biggest scalp of all as Serena Williams crashed out in the third round of the women’s singles. (...)

Was there ever any doubt about who Serena Williams would follow more closely, Steffi Graf or Martina Navratilova? It was Navratilova’s 18 grand slam m(...)

 Serena Williams celebrates winning her 22nd Grand Slam title after  victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Her chase for a place in history lasted for over six months this year and almost that long in 2015. But in the end it took Serena Williams just one ho(...)

Serena Williams: “I prefer the words ‘one of the best athletes of all time’.” Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

For a player whose last Wimbledon title came 20 years ago against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Steffi Graf may have an influence on both Serena Williams(...)

Angelique Kerber beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 to win a place in the Wimbledon final against  Serena Williams. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

By the end of semi-finals day tennis didn’t intrude for so long. Serena Williams’s win over Elena Vesnina was one of those dazed occasions that sucked(...)

 Germany’s Angelique Kerber  celebrates her win over Venus Williams in their semi-final match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Angelique Kerber proved to be the ultimate party-pooper as she ended the run of the five-times champion Venus Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 victory to reac(...)

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