Ana Ivanovic

Baltacha edged out in Thailand

The British No 1 Elena Baltacha missed out on a place in the last eight of the Pattaya Open in Thailand yesterday after a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat by the Chinese sixth seed, Peng Shuai.

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.

Big occasion proves too much for stricken Safina

Dinara Safina has had to grow used to the jibes from the likes of Serena Williams. Ever since becoming world No 1 earlier this year the Russian has been fielding questions about whether she deserves that status given that she has never won a Grand Slam tournament.

Ivanovic crashes out to Grand Slam novice

Winning her first Grand Slam tournament was meant to be the making of Ana Ivanovic, but the 20-year-old Serb's summer went from bad to worse last night when she was knocked out of the US Open by a qualifier. Julie Coin, a 25-year-old Frenchwoman playing in her first Grand Slam tournament, beat the world No 1 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. It was the earliest exit by a top women's seed here since tennis went open 40 years ago.

Coe plans to return home for father's funeral

Sebastian Coe, who learnt when he arrived here on Saturday that his father, Peter, had died after a short illness, will go back home for the funeral before returning to China for the closing ceremony.

Henin's desert dominance comes to an end in gruelling contest

It took five tournaments and 18 matches to achieve but an opponent finally got the better of Justine Henin at the Barclays Dubai Championships here last night. Francesca Schiavone, a 27-year-old Italian, was the unlikely giant-slayer as Henin suffered her first defeat at the Aviation Club.