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(...)

 Serena Williams in action on Thursday in the  US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The US Open runs until September 11th. Photograph: Daniel Murphy/Epa

The milestones continue to whizz past for Serena Williams, who is running out of records to break and history to rewrite as she approaches the busine(...)

With the new roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rafael Nadal serves to Andreas Seppi. Photograph: AP

Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic admits he fell victim to cramp and nerves after he endured a shock defeat to qualifier Ryan Harrison at the US Open. (...)

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have been enjoying themselves winding McIlroy up from Rio.

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan’s selfies with some of the planet’s largest sporting names are, just like they were in London, among the Olympic highl(...)

Fergal McCarthy, wife Christine and son Dash with their Kombivan Applejack in Kilcunda

Cursing loudly and repeatedly at the mercurial gear stick of a hired VW Kombi van was perhaps not the dream start I had imagined to our retro Austral(...)

 Rory McIlroy  and Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 Masters par-three competition. Photograph: Getty

Rory McIlroy has revealed he will skip the traditional par-three competition at the Masters this year, with the aim of summoning some of the spirit of(...)

Serena Williams says Maria Sharapova “showed a lot of courage” in taking responsibility for her failed drug test. The 21-time major champion said Tuesday she “hoped for the best” for Sharapova, a day after the Russian star revealed she failed a test the day she lost to Williams at the Australian Open in January. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Serena Williams said of her great opponent Maria Sharapova that she “showed a lot of courage” in taking responsibility for her failed drug test. The (...)

Johanna Konta is the first British woman to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals since 1983. Photograph: Getty

Johanna Konta keeps chipping away at tennis history and a three-set victory over the tough Russian Ekaterina Makarova here on Monday evening put her a(...)

Serena Williams beat Camila Giorgi in straight sets in the Australian Open first round. Photograph: EPA

Serena Williams shrugged off her knee injury and lack of match practice to beat Italian Camila Giorgi in the first round of the Australian Open. The(...)

Rory McIlroy has praised the calming influence of his new fiancee Erica Stoll. Photograph: Getty

He will understandably never make public comparisons between fiancees but Rory McIlroy’s citing of the “calming presence” of Erica Stoll seems pertine(...)

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