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Stanislas Wawrinka victory at the Australian Open signals chinks in strength of 'traditional' top four

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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First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

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Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
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Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

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The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?