The Sport Matrix: Monday 1 April 2013

Di Canio handed Sunderland reins in place of O'Neill

Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off court after shaking hands at the net after his straight victory against Somdev Devvarma

Miami Masters: Novak Djokovic sets up Tommy Haas clash

Maria Sharapova ousts fellow Russian Elena Vesnina

Serena Williams

Serena Williams allays ankle fears with straight forward victory

American advances at the Australian Open

Serena Williams

Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams suffer scares before progressing at the Australian Open

Tournament favourite Williams appeared to hurt ankle

Serena Williams returns a shot to Maria Sharapova during their final tennis match of the WTA Championships in Istanbul

Serena Williams reels off another rapid fire victory over rival Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams continued her good run of form against Maria Sharapova, beating the Russian in straight sets to win the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Maria Sharapova hits out on her way to the French Open final

Sharapova stands between Errani and fairytale triumph

Sara Errani arrived at the French Open having won just one match in her five previous appearances here and having never beaten a top-10 player in 28 attempts. Tomorrow she will play in her first Grand Slam final thanks to a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory over the world No 6, Sam Stosur, who yesterday became the 24-year-old Italian's third successive top-10 victim.

Zvonareva ready for battle with nemesis

She is No 2 in the world and played in two Grand Slam finals last year but Vera Zvonareva could still walk down most streets unnoticed. The 26-year-old Russian was beaten by Kim Clijsters in the final here 12 months ago and is already through to this week's quarter-finals thanks to a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Sunday night.

Simona falls flat after giving Serena a scare

Defending champion Serena Williams proceeded to the third round yesterday, but was still a long way from her formidable best, dropping the first set against the Romanian Simona Halep. There was no weeping when she finally prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, as there had been after her first-round victory, but her father Richard was eager to cast some perspective on her progress. Following the emergency surgery earlier this year to remove a blood clot in her lungs, he said that "whether she ever wins again or loses every match she plays, I'm just thanking God that she is alive".

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.

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.

Clijsters and Henin set for latest episode in Belgian rivalry

The careers of Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters have followed intertwining paths ever since the two Belgians first faced one another, aged nine and eight, in a junior tournament in Ostend.

Henin edges closer to the missing jewel in Grand Slam crown

There were times yesterday when Justine Henin might have cast her mind back three years to her last appearance at the All England Club. The then world No 1 was an overwhelming favourite to win her 2007 semi-final against Marion Bartoli, particularly after coasting through the first set in 22 minutes and breaking serve in the opening game of the second, but melted as quickly as a Belgian chocolate in the Centre Court sunshine. Henin's defeat was one of the most remarkable results in Wimbledon history and her only loss in a 42-match sequence from the start of the French Open to the end of the 2007 season.

Venus's risqué dress fashions a stir beyond the baseline

World No 2's lace outfit and skin-coloured underwear turn heads as American breezes into third round

Murray finds feet on clay with best display since Australian Open

Andy Murray has been insisting that he has not been concerned by his lack of victories on clay this season and the Scot showed at the Madrid Masters last night that there is little wrong with his current form. Murray recorded only his second win of the clay-court season when he beat Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-3. He now plays Romania's Victor Hanescu in the third round.

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