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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi in their women’s singles first round match on the first day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. Photo: Getty Images

It probably wouldn’t register as a scare on the Wimbledon scale of nearly upsets. But as insecure first matches on Centre Court go, last year’s beaten(...)

World number one  Novak Djokovic uses an umbrella as he checks out the conditions at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Fans spent more time looking at the murky Parisian sky then watching tennis yesterday as French Open organisers were accused of “not caring about the (...)

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland: “He kept me under pressure permanently. I kept running after the score. You can’t really relax.” Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka dazzled the moment he walked on to a gloomy Philippe Chatrier Court wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt but his play o(...)

Germany’s  Angelique Kerber during the Australian Open women’s singles final against Serena Williams. Photograph: Lukas Koch/EPA

You cannot accuse Serena Williams of not providing fair warning. Only a few days ago, when Williams was reminded that she always had won the Australi(...)

Johanna Konta is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Photograph: Epa

Johanna Konta had to conquer nerves she thought she had long buried to beat the Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 22 minutes in Me(...)

Victoria Azarenka is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Photograph: EPA

Victoria Azarenka believes overcoming depression and poverty has taken away the pressure to win a grand slam. Azarenka secured her place in the Austr(...)

Johanna Konta of Great Britain reacts after defeating Simona Halep of Romania at the Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

Johanna Konta claimed the biggest scalp of her blossoming career by beating world number two Simona Halep at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China. (...)

Flavia Pennetta  kisses the US Open trophy after beating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci  in the US Open 2015 women’s single final. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Storm clouds were gathering overhead and the wind was kicking up as Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci walked off the court together, having played the(...)

Flavia Pennetta of Italy celebrates after defeating compatriot Roberta Vinci in their women’s singles final match at the US Open. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Flavia Pennetta claimed a first grand slam singles title with a 7-6(4) 6-2 win over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian US Open final on Satur(...)

Serena Williams of the US leaves the court after being defeated by Roberta Vinci of Italy during their 2015 US Open Women’s singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images

There is not a sentient being in this city or any other who would have predicted that two Italians in their early thirties would contest the US Open w(...)

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