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Wimbledon 2013: Maria Sharapova battles past Kristina Mladenovic and dodges enquiries about her private life

Maria Sharapova had refuge from enquiries about her private life on Centre Court but the former Wimbledon champion was asked plenty of questions by her first-round opponent Kristina Mladenovic before edging through to round two.

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

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