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 Serena Williams celebrates winning a point against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova during their women’s singles semi-final match. Photograph: Getty Images

A match away from title number eight and if Serena Williams showed a hint of slowing down it wasn’t on show as she broke into a canter against unseede(...)

 Ashleigh Barty: “It is always a goal to try and be the best. It’s ultimately why we train, why we compete and play, but for it to happen in this way has been amazing.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty

Two years ago Australian Margaret Court came out with a view that would redefine her to the millions, who did not know of her record 24 Grand Slam win(...)

Rafael Nadal celebrates after he secured his 12th French Open title. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty

Rafael Nadal blew through the final of the French Open like a hurricane on Sunday, idling briefly to give Dominic Thiem false hope, before winning his(...)

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the French Open. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Ashleigh Barty crowned her comeback to tennis with a first grand slam singles title by beating Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova at the French Open. (...)

Serena Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she won her last Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Serena Williams was eight weeks pregnant during her 2017 Australian Open triumph and while she has failed to add to her tally of 23 Grand Slam titles,(...)

 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(...)

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