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Defeat, but hope for Baltacha's future

Elena Baltacha's Australian Open ended in defeat here today but the 25-year-old Briton could take plenty of encouragement from her performance.

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.

The Ten Best Tennis Rackets

We're in the middle of Wimbledon fortnight - so if you're game for a set yourself, our guide to ace rackets could serve you well.

The Nick Townsend column: It is black and white – Ince has tough job ahead

Right move for the guv'nor but there is a long way to go before he – or anyone else – can be classed as a great English manager

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Dossier: Serbia's run of aces is simply a freak

Coaching Report: Ana Ivanovic (Serb) v Rossana De Los Rios (Para) Centre Court

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.

Sharapova takes care of business to complete return to the top

Maria Sharapova is only seven months older than Ana Ivanovic, but Saturday's Australian Open final might have been a contest between a veteran and a novice. Sharapova did not play at her best but did not need to. In her own words, her 7-5, 6-3 win was all about "taking care of business".

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