Robin Scott-Elliot

Robin Scott-Elliot is a Sports News Correspondent for The Independent.

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Venus Williams stretches for a return in her hard-earned first-round win over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flora

Wimbledon 2014: Venus Williams beats Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor to equal Virginia Wade's 75th win

On Wednesday afternoon Venus Williams will take on Kurumi Nara of Japan in the second round of the women’s singles, a match secured via an opening day victory in three bruising sets against Spain’s hard-hitting Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. It will be the elder Williams 88th singles outing at Wimbledon, taking her above Virgina Wade and will mean only three women and one man have played more matches here in the open era.

Chile’s Alexis Sanchez steers the ball past Sergio Busquets during the victory over Spain

World Cup 2014: Chile’s stocky ‘rebels’ are not afraid of anyone

Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli oversaw five wins from six during the World Cup qualifying stage

Thomas Mueller celebrates on his way to a hat-trick

World Cup 2014: Lanky and lazy, but Thomas Müller provides killer instinct for Germany

“Eins, zwei, drei, vier!” was Der Tagesspiegel’s happy take on Germany’s perfect start to the World Cup. Bild, the country’s best-selling tabloid, was more bullish. “This,” it declared, “is going to be our World Cup.” And if it is going to be the Nationalmannschaft’s World Cup then it is set to be one German player’s tournament in particular. Thomas Müller, added Bild, has the “killer gene”.

Marc Wilmots with his Belgium squad

World Cup 2014: How Marc Wilmots got Belgium back together

Belgium open their World Cup campaign against Algeria

Adrian Chiles has been swept up by the early mood in Brazil
England’s Chris Jordan in action during the Sri Lanka first innings yesterday

England v Sri Lanka: Jordan looks the part from the off but Plunkett made to wait

The field was set back, three men stationed deep on the leg side, the ball was banged in short and England’s batsmen tumbled into the trap. One by one they fell.

Cameroon’s Idrissou Mohammadou (left) in action in a friendly against Paraguay last month

World Cup 2014: Whatever happened to Africa’s winners?

It’s 14 years since Pele’s prediction of a side from the continent lifting the World Cup was supposed to come true

The President of Uefa Michael Platini (left) is marshalling European federations against his former ally Sepp Blatter

Michel Platini says Fifa president Sepp Blatter is 'not good for football'

Michel Platini, one of football’s most powerful men, chose the opening day of the World Cup to publicly withdraw his support from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, declaring that the sport’s troubled governing body required a “breath of fresh air”.

Head coach Vicente Del Bosque of Spain gives instructions to his players GET

World Cup 2014: Spain ready to beat history of holders' failure

Italy were bottom of their group in 2010, France did not score in 2002 but, writes Robin Scott-Elliot, Vicente Del Bosque’s side are capable of bucking that trend

Bradley Wiggins (pictured) says he wants to take some of the pressure off Chris Froome in this year’s Tour de France

Commonwealth Games 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins among strong English cycling team

The multiple Olympic gold medallist is not expected to ride in this year's Tour de France

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
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The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
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It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
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Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
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Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
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