Sport All smiles: China’s Li Na celebrates with her second Grand Slam trophy

Chinese proves too strong for debutant finalist in winning Australian Open at the third attempt

Wimbledon 2013: Johanna Konta joins first-round exodus of British players

Johanna Konta joined the first-round exodus of British players at Wimbledon despite a battling performance against 16th seed Jelena Jankovic.

Wimbledon 2013: Rufus the Hawk clears pigeons as record crowds queue up

Record crowds lined up for day one of the 2013 Wimbledon tennis championships on Monday as action got underway early on Centre Court with pigeon-scarer, Rufus the hawk, clearing away pesky bird life and forecasts for a dry day.

Maria Sharapova has her own range of sweets called Sugarpova

Wimbledon 2013 branding: Sugarpova sweets and branded blister patches

The All England Lawn Tennis Club prides itself on its sponsor-free stands. But sponsors such as Rolex, Robinsons, Evian and others still manage to get themselves noticed on court, via sponsored scoreboards and fridges. As do the banks and sportswear brands paying to be on players’ kits.

Pair-shaped: Sharapova watches boyfriend Dimitrov who allegedly had an affair with Williams who is allegedly now with Mouratoglou

Wimbledon 2013: Maria Sharapova plays the mixed-up doubles

She takes on Serena Williams in a battle of the (alleged) ex-boyfriends

Laura Robson

Wimbledon 2013: Laura Robson faces daunting Maria Kirilenko tie

Laura Robson will have to build on her reputation as a big-game player if her Wimbledon journey is to stretch beyond the first round next week.

Billie Jean King at Wimbledon. She had spent more than a decade fighting for greater equality for women before calling the meeting that led to the WTA’s formation

Forty years on, how Billie Jean King led the revolution that propelled women to greater equality

The road to fairer prize money and a higher profile began in a London hotel room back in 1973

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.

Serena Williams was in no mood to hang around at Roland Garros

French Open 2013: Serena Williams forces rivals to fight for her scraps

The reshaping of women's tennis into a three-division competition is gathering pace. The French Open semi-finals here underlined how far Serena Williams has stretched clear of all her rivals, while the two women beneath her in the world rankings continue to fight over the scraps from her table. While Williams destroyed Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 in just 46 minutes, Maria Sharapova fought toe-to-toe with Victoria Azarenka for more than two hours before winning 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the final for the second year in succession.

Serena Williams was in no mood to hang around at Roland Garros

Serena Williams thrashes Sara Errani to reach French Open final

Maria Sharapova will have to end a nine-year losing streak against Serena Williams if she is to take home a second successive French Open title.

Maria Sharapova reacts after reaching the French Open final

French Open 2013: Maria Sharapova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach final for second year in a row

The defending champion benefited from a rain break at the end of the second set

Victoria Azarenka

French Open: Victoria Azarenka faces Maria Sharapova in first semi-final at Roland Garros

Third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ended Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko's stern resistance 7-6(3) 6-2 to claim her maiden French Open semi-final spot on Wednesday.

Maria Sharapova celebrates after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open

French Open: Maria Sharapova survives first-set wipe-out against Jelena Jankovic to reach semi-finals

The Russian will play Victoria Azarenka 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

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal cruised into the French Open quarter-finals

French Open: Rafael Nadal enjoys latest of many happy returns in Paris

Spaniard celebrates birthday by reaching last eight at Roland Garros

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

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West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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How to Get Away with Murder

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

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Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink