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The Beady Eye singer showed off his backhand – and a closely shaved new haircut – in the Hot Shots area of Melbourne Park

The Sport Matrix: Monday 20 January 2014

Eto’o’s hat-trick downs United and gives Moyes blues

Wimbledon 2013: It's Christmas for Serena Williams as major rivals Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka make early exit

Serena Williams must think it's Christmas. Already favourite to win a sixth Wimbledon singles crown, her odds tumbled dramatically after a day of carnage, which saw third seed Maria Sharapova top the list of casualties, albeit on foot, if only just.

Laura Robson hits a return during her second-round elimination by Serena Williams in the main stadium at the Italian Open

Laura Robson falls to power of Serena Williams but is not fazed by top billing

British 19-year-old puts up promising fight against world No 1 but eventually loses 6-2, 6-2

Laura Robson on her way to beating Venus Williams

Laura Robson delivers at last on promise to 'take down' Venus Williams

Briton beats Williams 6-3, 6-2 as she predicted when she was 14 years old. And next up it’s her world No 1 sister Serena...

Laura Robson of Great Britain plays a backhand in her match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica

Tennis coach Zeljko Krajan makes parting dig at Laura Robson after the pair split

The British number one has been accused of lacking maturity and commitment

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic suffers shock defeat to Bernard Tomic

Australian beats world number one in the Hopman Cup

An advert hoarding gives way as spectators surge to get an autograph from Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic in fitness scare ahead of Australian Open

Serb recovered well after limping off after victory

Safarova seals Fed for Czechs

Lucie Safarova crushed the former world No 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-1 today as the Czech Republic retained their Fed Cup title by beating Serbia 3-1 in Prague.

Marcos Baghdatis broke four rackets

Marcos Baghdatis rage goes viral on YouTube

Whack. Whack, whack, whack. Whack. Whack. Four broken racquets, $1,250 worth of fines and more than 200,000 hits on video sharing website YouTube was all it needed for Marcos Baghdatis to enter Australian Open folklore.

Maria Sharapova had no problem reaching round three

Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova progress at Australian Open

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claims her Australian Open chances have been enhanced rather than harmed by her gruelling three-set battle against Carla Suarez Navarro.

Andy Murray's mother Judy in talks with LTA over Fed Cup captaincy

Judy Murray is in talks with the Lawn Tennis Association over becoming the new Fed Cup captain, Press Association Sport understands.

Keothavong makes last four

British No 3 Anne Keothavong reached her seventh WTA Tour semi-final after beating Bibiane Schoofs in straight sets at the Luxembourg Open yesterday.

Dominant Serena Williams beats Azarenka

Serena Williams was dominant early and closed out a straight sets win over No. 4 seed Viktoria Azarenka 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Women's mentor Sears leaves LTA for Ivanovic

Nigel Sears, who has been a key figure behind the recent success of Britain's women, is leaving the Lawn Tennis Association in order to coach Ana Ivanovic.

Former champion Ana Ivanovic out of French Open

Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic was reduced to tears today wondering what had gone wrong after a first-round defeat at Roland Garros three years after winning the title.

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