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 Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her defeat to Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles finals at the US Open.  Photograph:   Jaime Lawson/Getty Images

The venerable boxing trainer Cus D’Amato used to say that emotion, particularly fear, is like fire. If you make it work for you, then it can cook your(...)

  Serena Williams celebrates winning her quarter-finals against Camila Giorgi on Tuesday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

There has been a hard won changing of attitude towards Serena Williams over the 20 years she has been playing at Wimbledon. At first the braided hair(...)

 Roger Federer  serves against Adrian Mannarino  during their men’s singles fourth-round match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Less a dramatic battle on Centre Court than 16 minutes of something resembling performance art, Roger Federer’s first set against Adrian Mannarino was(...)

Serena Williams celebrates after beating Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 in their women’s singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

If anyone doubted Serena Williams was worth consideration as a winner of this tournament for an eighth time – let alone the 25th seeding that has caus(...)

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(...)

Emma Stone as “Billie Jean King” and Steve Carell as “Bobby Riggs” in Battle of the Sexes. Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon

There are dark themes of misogyny, gender inequality, homophobia, and discrimination underpinning the new film from the directors of Little Miss Sunsh(...)

Billie Jean King was ferried to the court on a throne fit for Cleopatra, carried by four shirtless hunks from Rice University. She defeated Riggs in three sets to claim the $100,000 winner-takes-all purse.

Billie Jean King was ferried to the court on a throne fit for Cleopatra, carried by four shirtless hunks from Rice University. Bobbie Riggs came in on(...)

Tennis player Serena Williams and fiance Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian have welcomed a baby girl. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, the first child for the former world number one tennis player, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou said on T(...)

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 (...)

Helen Shields, president of Fitzwilliam Tennis Club. She is the first female president of the club in its long history. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Just inside the lobby of Fitzwilliam Tennis Club is a striking and slightly confounding image. It is a photograph of Lena Rice, the Tipperary woman wh(...)

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