There was a tinge of extra emotion on Centre Court as Venus Williams bowed out for what might be the last time

Wimbledon 2014: Sun is setting on Venus Williams after being eclipsed by Petra Kvitova

If there was an extra touch of emotion in the standing ovation accorded to Venus Williams as she exited Centre Court and the women’s singles, it was surely tinged by the notion that there may possibly be no more days in the sun there – or even under the roof. For two and a half hours, the five-time Wimbledon singles winner had gone head to head while conceding 10 years to the sixth seed Petra Kvitova, who emerged from the fiercest of contests triumphant by  5-7, 7-6, 7-5. 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Jimmy Wang to set up a fourth-round match with Novak Djokovic

Wimbledon 2014: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the mood to take on top seed Novak Djokovic

The gift of a towel to a spectator was a nice touch by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after smashing the ball into her torso. The next prize he must claim for himself, and that is the scalp of No 1 seed Novak Djokovic.

Cash condemned the All England Club over their all-white policy, saying it “has absolutely gone ridiculous”

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Is it wrong to ask to look at a woman’s underwear? Pat Cash thinks so and so, unsurprisingly, do female players at Wimbledon. Cash opened fire on the All England Club over their all-white policy, which has been reinforced for this year. The former champion said the policy “has absolutely gone ridiculous” and claimed that some players had been told to “change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them” while another had to change blue underwear because it showed through when they got “sweaty”.

Former Junior Wimbledon champion Eugenie Bouchard has the game for the big stage

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This is not a tournament that favours safety-first – look how well Lisicki does here

Andy Murray in action during his victory over Roberto Bautista

Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray makes short work of Spaniard Roberto Bautista

Champion in explosive form to brush aside world No 23 in straight sets and set up meeting with 6ft 8in Anderson

Pat Cash clambered into the crowd following his win against Ivan Lendl at Wimbledon in 1987

Wimbledon 2014: New staircase puts stop to winners' traditional scramble up the stands

It is the hurdle that a Wimbledon champion must negotiate between hitting the winner in the final and raising the trophy: picking their way through the crowd, scrambling over the roof of the commentary box and embracing their family and friends.

Dylan with his owner, Sergeant Martin Proctor, who both retired at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2014: Dylan the bomb-sniffing labrador bows out after eight years

He's one of the longest-serving police dogs at Wimbledon, and has 27 offspring in the family trade

South Africa's Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon 2014: Combustible Fabio Fognini fails to set up date with Andy Murray

The Italian was beaten by South Africa's Kevin Anderson who is now the man that lies in wait for the defending champion

Novak Djokovic tumbles during his victory over Gilles Simon

Wimbledon 2014: Novak Djokovic survives scare after Boris Becker roll backfires

The Serb beat Gilles Simon in straight sets despite an injury scare after taking a tumble

Andy Murray walks out to start a practice session on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray v Roberto Bautista Agut match preview

A look ahead to the third round match in the men’s singles

Protection racket: When Djokovic steps out in front of the crowd he is stony-faced

Wimbledon 2014: Novak Djokovic v Gilles Simon match preview

A look ahead to the third round match in the men's singles

Naomi Broady during day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

Wimbledon women forced to play without bras following all-white clampdown

Some female players had been introducing colour to outfits with bright underwear

Andy Murray

Wimbledon 2014: Order of play for Friday 27 June - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in Centre Court action as third round gets underway

Djokovic faces a difficult tie against Gilles Simon before Murray takes centre stage to face Roberto Bautista-Agut

A biopic about Seve Ballesteros is to recieve backing from Andy Murray

Wimbledon 2014 Diary: Andy Murray gets into the movies by backing new biopic on Seve Ballesteros

The tennis player and hotelier Andy Murray has added another business string to his bow – movie mogul. Of sorts. Murray has “invested” in the new film about the life of Seve Ballesteros which is released Friday.

Jonathan Marray won the men’s doubles title in 2012

Wimbledon 2014: Jonathan Marray gets back in the money on his return

The doubles champion of two years ago is through to the second round

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