Sport Laura Robson pictured after her defeat to Li Na

British number one unable to repeat memorable victory

Ivan Dodig relishing chance to take on Andy Murray at US Open

However Ivan Dodig fares against Andy Murray in their second round match at the US Open tonight, one thing the Croatian will not lack is desire.

Fifth seed Sam Stosur defeated at Wimbledon

A miserable Wimbledon for Australia was complete today when fifth seed Sam Stosur became the biggest casualty so far at this year's Championships.

Maria Sharapova makes it through and into the final

Maria Sharapova to meet Victoria Azarenka in Australian Open final

Maria Sharapova avenged her defeat in the Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova with a gutsy three-set victory over the Czech in the last four of the Australian Open today.

World number one Caroline Wozniacki went through to the third round of the Australian Open today with a hard-fought 6-1 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Anna Tatishvili.

Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters win through to third round

World number one Caroline Wozniacki believes parallels can be drawn between the mental approach required in tennis and golf having observed boyfriend Rory McIlroy at close quarters.

Victoria Azarenka in a hurry at Australian Open

Victoria Azarenka led a quintet of leading players in cruising into the second round of the Australian Open today.

Laura Robson made 32 unforced errors in her defeat to Anabel Medina Garrigues

Laura Robson and James Ward progress towards Australian Open

Laura Robson and James Ward both progressed through the final round of Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne but fellow Brit Naomi Broady fell in the second round.

High-jumper Tia Hellebaut is back after giving birth

London Eye: Tia sets the bar high after pregnant pause

It could be the mother of all Olympic comebacks. When Tia Hellebaut announced she was pregnant in December 2008 – four months after her historic victory in the women's high jump final at the Beijing Olympics – she said she had fulfilled everything she had ever wanted to in track and field and would be hanging up her spikes to concentrate on motherhood.

Petra Kvitova, the 21-year-old Czech champion of Wimbledon is part of a rising young generation

Kvitova closes on No 1 ranking with fine finish

Petra Kvitova's memorable year ended in perfect fashion here yesterday when the 21-year-old Czech won the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in her first appearance at the season-ending event. Kvitova's 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka in the final gave the Wimbledon champion her sixth title of the year and ensured that she would rise to No 2 in today's updated world rankings list.

It's all America's fault, says Kim in rare interview

Kim Jong-il called on the United States to end its "aggression" towards North Korea, in a rare interview published yesterday. North Korea's reclusive leader also told Itar Tass, the Russian state-owned news agency, that his country was ready to restart talks on the North's nuclear programme, in what the agency said was the eccentric dictator's first interview in nine years.

Revitalised Williams ready to face all-comers

Serena Williams is ranked No 27 in the world, lost in the fourth round of the only Grand Slam event she has played in the last year and pulled out of her last tournament before the US Open with a toe injury. If the fact that the 29-year-old American is the overwhelming favourite to win the title here says much about the vacuum at the top of the women's game it is also a reflection of her extraordinary ability to come back from adversity.

Two-time champion Kim Clijsters pulls out of US Open

Two-time defending champion Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the US Open after failing to recover from a stomach muscle injury.

Injured Clijsters' US Open title defence at risk

Kim Clijsters could miss out on the chance to defend her US Open title later this month after retiring against Zheng Jie at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The Belgian was a set up when she withdrew with a stomach problem.

Open draw boosts women's appeal

A lack of firm favourites is producing the most fascinating Wimbledon Ladies' singles in recent history

Kim Clijsters withdraws from Wimbledon

Women's second seed Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a foot injury, tournament organisers announced today.

Hewitt and Clijsters reunited by injury

Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters, who were once engaged, are both rated doubtful to play at Wimbledon next week after aggravating long-standing injuries yesterday.

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