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The sporting week ahead (09/06/13)

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French Open 2013: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win title

Serena Williams cemented her status as far and away the best player in women's tennis by winning a second French Open title 11 years after her first.

Maria Sharapova celebrates a semi-final win over Victoria Azarenka

Maria Sharapova: Forget history, I’m gunning for Serena Williams in French Open final

It is the sort of head-to-head record that might send a player on to the court believing the match was already lost, but Maria Sharapova insisted yesterday that she would not be thinking about the past when she faces Serena Williams in the final of the French Open here this afternoon.

Andy Murray practises serving as coach Ivan Lendl looks on at Queen’s yesterday

Andy Murray: I’m not match tough after the pain of French Open

Pulling out of the French Open was one of the toughest decisions Andy Murray has ever made, but the  26-year-old Scot said yesterday that watching Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fighting toe-to-toe for more than four and a half hours in Paris confirmed that he had made the right call.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 6 June 2013

<b>Healy could be sent home for biting</b>

Andy Murray is expecting to make a decision on whether to play in the French Open later this week

Andy Murray confident of appearance at Queen's Club next week

The British number one had to miss the French Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga enjoys the moment of victory yesterday

French Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wows home crowd by smashing awful Roger Federer

The Frenchman progresses to the semi-finals

Serena Williams pictured during her quarter-final victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova at the French Open

French Open: Serena Williams extends winning streak to reach semi-finals

The American will play Sara Errani for a place in the final

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at French Open: Home favourite takes confidence from previous victories

The pair meet in the quart-finals at Roland Garros today

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 4 June 2013

O’Driscoll to lead Lions in Perth

Germany's Tommy Haas hits a return to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny

French Open: Tommy Haas becomes oldest man to reach quarter-finals since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open

The 35-year-old German dropped just five games against Mikhail Youzhny

Annabel Croft

Matt Butler: Look out, Wimbledon, Mats Wilander's about to ride into town

View From The Sofa: Game Set and Mats, British Eurosport

People wait on the Philippe Chatrier central court as rain stops play on day five of the French

French Open: Rain continues to disrupt play at Roland Garros

The weather in Paris has been awful

Andy Murray is expecting to make a decision on whether to play in the French Open later this week

Andy Murray admits he can be 'fairly boring' following comments by Ernests Gulbis

Gulbis accused the entire top four of lacking character

Bernard Tomic in action in Paris before retiring injured

French Open 2013: Bernard Tomic in limbo as all the Slams ban his father following head butt

Australian retires from French with injury while his dad and coach is suspended over butting

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?