Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

Laura Robson suffers disappointing defeat in Japan

The Brit lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm

Power games; Novak Djokovic (left) and Andy Murray resume hostilities in the final of the Australian Open

Australian Open prize money increases by £1.7m

The tournament follows the other Grand Slams

End of the road for David Nalbandian as he retires with shoulder injury

Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian has announced his retirement from tennis, citing a shoulder injury as the reason behind his decision.

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

Serena Williams certain to finish year top of world rankings

It will be the third time the American has turned the year as world number one

LTA announce new chief executive

Mike Downey joins from Tennis Canada

Serena Williams poses with her trophy

US Open 2013: Serena Williams’ verdict on a year when she won two Slams: ‘I’m a little bit disappointed’

World No 1 admits to being ‘a little crazy’ in not relishing her fifth US Open triumph

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

US Open: Serena Williams claims 17th Grand Slam with victory over Victoria Azarenka

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.

US Open: Novak Djokovic subdues fiery Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka, after titanic, see-saw battle

Serena dismisses comparisons with greatest players of all time as she bids for 17th Grand Slam title

Pink lady: Serena Williams has not lost a set in the US Open and is the clear favourite to win today’s final

US Open: 'Just' Williams ready for next chapter

Serena dismisses comparisons with greatest players of all time as she bids for 17th Grand Slam title

US Open 2013: Slam record still stands for Frank Sedgman

Frank Sedgman, one of the  all-time greats of Australian tennis, was just waking up at his home in Melbourne yesterday when he received a text from his daughter to let him know that his 62-year-old record was still intact.

US Open: 'I lost today in straight sets, so that's disappointing. But the year has been a good one': Andy Murray keeps quarter-final defeat in perspective

Andy Murray did not hide his disappointment at going out of the US Open, but the Scot tried to keep his quarter-final defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka in perspective.

US Open: Andy Murray crashes out as Swiss No 2 Stanislas Wawrinka comes of age

There was a time when Andy Murray had to get used to his Grand Slam dreams being dashed by Swiss opposition, but tonight it was Stanislas Wawrinka rather than Roger Federer who ended the Scot’s defence of his US Open title. The Swiss No 2, who has long lived in the shadow of his compatriot, finished Murray’s run here with a crushing 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory in a depressingly one-sided quarter-final.

US Open 2013: Stanislas Wawrinka issues warning to Andy Murray ahead of quarter-final

The Swiss claims to be in the form of his life

Roger Federer pictured in his defeat at the US Open

US Open 2013: Roger Federer admits he 'self-destructed' in shock fourth round defeat to Tommy Robredo

The former world number one had been dreaming of a sixth US Open title

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