Sport Laura Robson pictured after her defeat to Li Na

British number one unable to repeat memorable victory

Li looking good to take maiden Grand Slam win for China

China has broken through many sporting barriers over the last two decades but the world's most populous nation has yet to produce a Grand Slam champion. Li Na is hoping to change all that. The 28-year-old world No 11 reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the second year in succession here yesterday and has good reason to believe she can improve on her performance of 12 months ago.

Murray in scintillating form for rematch with unorthodox Dolgopolov

The only time that Andy Murray has played Alexandr Dolgopolov was five years ago in a Davis Cup tie at the Odessa Lawn Tennis Club in a quiet suburb of the Black Sea resort. Murray won in straight sets in front of a few hundred spectators who had to dodge packs of stray dogs on their way into the tiny club. The clay court was surrounded by trees and the players cleared away leaves before the start of play.

Natalie Haynes: These sportswomen know how to hit men right where it hurts

For years, women's tennis has laboured under accusations of being boring.

Henin's hopes evaporate in the Melbourne heat

Justine Henin’s hopes of repeating her memorable run to the final of last year’s Australian Open evaporated in the heat of another day of glorious sunshine here today. The 28-year-old Belgian was the second favourite to win the title, behind her compatriot Kim Clijsters, but was outplayed by a rejuvenated Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won their third-round match 6-4, 7-6.

Clijsters unworried by rematch with Petrova

Kim Clijsters, the favourite to win the women's singles title here at the Australian Open, has a chance tomorrow to erase the memory of her biggest defeat in a Grand Slam tournament. For the second year in succession the 27-year-old Belgian faces a third-round meeting with Russia's Nadia Petrova, who 12 months ago crushed her 6-0, 6-1.

Pregnant? Me? Clijsters' verbal volley at TV pundit's text

It is a lesson many of us learn sooner or later: don't write anything in a text message or an email that would be embarrassing if made public. For Todd Woodbridge, a former Wimbledon doubles champion turned tennis pundit, that lesson came yesterday in front of a packed stadium. And a worldwide TV audience.

Ivanovic and Jankovic heading home after 2nd round exits in Australia

Serbia’s men hold the Davis Cup and it was not so long ago that their women were also threatening to rule the world. Ana Ivanovic, French Open champion in 2008 and three times a Grand Slam finalist, and Jelena Jankovic, beaten in the US Open final the same year, both had spells on top of the world rankings. After two rounds of this year’s Australian Open, however, both are on their way home.

Clijsters offers sympathy to Safina after whitewash win over Russian

The contrasting directions in the careers of "Aussie Kim" and "Aussie Ana", two of the crowd favourites at the Australian Open, were underlined by their performances here yesterday.

Kim Clijsters routs former No 1 Dinara Safina

Kim Clijsters crushed fellow former world number one Dinara Safina in an embarrassingly one-sided first-round meeting at the Australian Open today.

Clijsters reopens old doubts after crashing to Li defeat in final

Kim Clijsters will start the Australian Open here next week as favourite to win the year's opening Grand Slam event but the 27-year-old Belgian's confidence might just have taken a knock with her 7-6, 6-3 defeat by China's Li Na in the final of the Sydney International yesterday.

Ward makes damp exit as weather hits build-up

The rain is nothing like it has been in the flood-hit state of Queensland but bad weather in other parts of the country is starting to affect players' preparations for the Australian Open, which starts here on Monday.

Wozniacki philosophical following shock defeat

World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki shrugged off defeat in her first competitive match of the year at the Sydney International yesterday, saying she would be ready to go at the Australian Open next week.

Murray aims to roll back the clock Down Under

Andy Murray was due to play his first match of the year in the small hours of this morning at the Hopman Cup in Perth but the world No 4's focus is firmly fixed on a bigger prize. Just as he did 12 months ago, Murray is using the mixed team event as his main preparation for the Australian Open, which begins in a fortnight's time.

Nadal and Clijsters win press prize

Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters have won the International Tennis Writers Association's top awards.

Clijsters finishes season on a high but Wozniacki ends up at the summit

Caroline Wozniacki ended the year as the world No 1 but it was Kim Clijsters who left Doha with the title at the WTA Championships yesterday. The 27-year-old Belgian, who also won $1.45m (£900,000) in prize money, beat Wozniacki 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a final of rapidly changing fortunes.

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