Sport Laura Robson pictured after her defeat to Li Na

British number one unable to repeat memorable victory

Nadal stranded after rain hits Flushing Meadows

After 10 days of clear weather, rain and winds swept through Flushing Meadows Thursday, tossing the US Open's final weekend into disarray and stranding Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez in the midst of their quarter-final.

Love and kisses as Nadal makes last eight

Rafael Nadal's pleasure at reaching the US Open quarter-finals here on Tuesday night was such that he was even happy to share his joy at beating Gaël Monfils with an intruder who had run on to the court. Three months after a fan tried to place a hat on Roger Federer's head during the French Open final, another spectator breached courtside security as Nadal changed his shirt following his 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win.

Clijsters secures place in last four as Oudin aims to join her

Thank goodness for Kim Clijsters and Melanie Oudin. The women's game has been in the doldrums of late, but the 26-year-old Belgian and the 17-year-old American have been front-page news here at this year's US Open.

Soderling first in last eight after Davydenko limps out

Robin Soderling, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open three months ago, continued his impressive summer here yesterday when he became the first man to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open. The big-hitting world No 12 was leading Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 when the Russian retired with what he described as a muscle problem in his left thigh.

Clijsters hits heights to send Venus crashing

The American teenager Melanie Oudin has been the woman here wearing shoes with the word "believe" imprinted on them, but after Kim Clijsters' victory last night over Venus Williams there will hardly be a player with more reason for self-confidence at the US Open than the 26-year-old Belgian.

Clijsters marches on after shaky start

It was comeback day here at the US Open yesterday. Kim Clijsters maintained her promising form after more than two years out of the game by beating Marion Bartoli, while Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam match since going out of the French Open earlier this summer. The Spaniard, who is returning after injury, beat Richard Gasquet, another player making his comeback after an enforced absence.

Nadal seals easy win on his return

Spaniard in fine form as he makes short work of Gasquet in US first round

Rejuvenated Clijsters completes mother of all comebacks

It was as though she had never been away. Four years after her last appearance at Flushing Meadows, Kim Clijsters strode back into Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday and powered to a thumping 6-1, 6-1 first-round victory over Viktoriya Kutuzova on the opening day of the US Open.

Preview to the US Open

The US Open is underway on Monday, with Andy Murray bidding for his first Grand Slam title and Roger Federer looking for an historic sixth in a row.

Murray punishes erratic Davydenko

Andy Murray made short work of Nikolay Davydenko to book his place in the semi-finals of the Masters series event here last night.

Nadal's comeback eased by Ferrer injury

Rafael Nadal's first singles match after a lengthy injury lay-off ended abruptly here late on Wednesday night when the Spaniard's Davis Cup team-mate David Ferrer retired hurt during their second-round encounter at the Montreal Masters.

Clijsters defies long lay-off

Former world No 1 who took two-year break cruises into third round in Cincinnati

Murray blows away the cobwebs to beat Chardy

Andy Murray began his hard-court campaign with a workmanlike 6-4, 6-2 win over Frenchman Jérémy Chardy to ease into the third round of the Montreal Masters yesterday.

Clijsters coasts to 'amazing' comeback victory

The former women's world No 1 Kim Clijsters surprised herself with her victorious comeback to the game late on Monday night – but not her fellow players. After a two-year break in which time she married and gave birth to her first child, the Belgian beat world No 13 Marion Bartoli of France, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

Kim Clijsters: ready for the mother of all comebacks

After two years away from tennis, the former world No 1 is returning to the pro tour – with a baby daughter to keep her busy. Paul Newman on a special set of parental challenges
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