Serena roars back in Madrid

Serena Williams produced a battling display yesterday to overcome thigh and back injuries and beat Vera Dushevina at the Madrid Open, recovering from a set and a match point down to win 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.

Jankovic shuts out Venus to reach semis

Jelena Jankovic destroyed the prospect of an all-Williams semi-final at the Italian Open by blitzing Venus 6-0, 6-1 in Rome last night.

Williams into last four on Roman return

Serena Williams easily dispatched Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-4 as she continued to gather momentum on her return from injury by reaching the last four of the Italian Open.

Clijsters progresses in Australia

Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters was among the seeds to progress to the women's singles third round at the Australian Open in Melbourne today.

Henin issues warning ahead of return

Former world No.1 Justine Henin says she has matured during her 20-month break from tennis and can be a better player when she makes a return to the sport next week.

Nadal crushed by Cilic in China semi-final

World number two Rafa Nadal's comeback came to a shuddering halt today when he was crushed 6-1 6-3 by Croatian Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of the $6.6m (£4.1m) China Open.

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.

Dementieva continues Russian roulette

If it were not for the strawberries, cream and Pimms, Elena Dementieva might begin to think she was competing in her domestic championship. Russia's Olympic champion has already faced two compatriots this week and has a third lined up.

Wimbledon women's round-up: Hantuchova calls the tune to destroy Zheng rhythm

The scale of the task so bravely essayed by Laura Robson on Monday was put in encouraging perspective yesterday when Daniela Hantuchova beat last year's semi-finalist, Zheng Jie, 6-3, 7-5.

Sharapova just happy to be back

Fit-again former champion insists it is too early to talk of winning tournaments

South stunned by grunting prodigy

British women's No 3 capitulates to Portuguese 16-year-old at French Open

Big brother doubles up in effort to grab spot in the limelight

Twelve months after winning Britain's first title at SW19 in 20 years, Jamie Murray is looking for a repeat.

Jonah Bloom: When this man speaks, New York sits up and listens

As editor of the Manhattan-based weekly 'Advertising Age', Jonah Bloom is about as influential an Englishman as you'll find in the city. Richard Gillis hears his pitch

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