Agnieszka Radwanska

Madrid Masters: Laura Robson lets victory slip through her fingers

Drama tends to follow Laura Robson wherever she plays and the 19-year-old Briton's latest tournament ended in typical fashion in Madrid. Robson, who was attempting to win a place in the quarter-finals of a WTA Premier event for the first time, led Ana Ivanovic 5-2 in the final set but went on to lose 5-7, 6-2, 7-6.

Victoria Azarenka pulls out of the Dubai Duty Free Championships

Victoria Azarenka has won all her 17 matches this year, but the season is already taking its toll on the new world No 1. Having injured an ankle en route to winning the Qatar Open last weekend, the Australian Open champion today pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free Championships here just hours before she was due to play her first match, against Julia Goerges.

Diplomatic solution as Peer receives wild card into Dubai event

The very idea of an organisation here in the United Arab Emirates choosing to invite an Israeli to take part in a sporting event is highly improbable, given that there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries. The idea of such an invitation being extended to an Israeli once at the centre of a furore that threatened the future of one of the UAE's most important competitions might have seemed even more unlikely – but exactly that scenario is being played out here at this week's Dubai Duty Free Championships.

Cold comfort for Wozniacki as battle to take over top spot heats up

It would hardly have felt like consolation at the time, but at least Caroline Wozniacki could take one positive from her 6-3, 7-6 defeat by Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open yesterday. The 21-year-old Dane's exit from the tournament means that, for the moment at least, she will not have to answer questions about whether she deserves to be world No 1 when she has yet to win a Grand Slam tournament.

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Hawk-eyed Sharapova sets up rematch

Maria Sharapova has reached the last 16, but on the evidence of this match – against a dogged unseeded opponent – she will have to up her game when she meets the defending champion, Serena Williams, in the next round. The Russian is recovering her form after the shoulder surgery in 2008 that necessitated the rebuilding of her serve, but had a stuttering start to her match against the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and opened with a double fault.

Baltacha rallies to avoid 6-0, 6-0, but still slides out

When Elena Baltacha lost the first set to Agnieszka Radwanska without winning a game yesterday she recalled the experience here last year of her predecessor as British No 1, Anne Keothavong, who was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Dinara Safina.