Sport Serena Williams reacts during her defeat by Ana Ivanovic at the Australia Open on Sunday

Williams admitted that she has thought about ending her absence from the March tournament having purposely avoided it after alleged heckling and racial abuse

The Sport Matrix: Monday 20 January 2014

Eto’o’s hat-trick downs United and gives Moyes blues

The courts at the Australian Open are so hot that you can boil an egg on the surface.

Australian Open 2014: Eggs frying on court, spectacular thunder storms and extreme heat - just another day in Melbourne

Play was suspended for four hours due to the extreme conditions

Wales captain Sam Warburton has been named in the squad for the Six Nations despite missing the last few weeks through injury

Six Nations: Warren Gatland includes injured trio Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies and Gethin Jenkins in 32-man squad

Davies is not expected to return until March at the earliest while Warburton has been sidelined in recent weeks

Defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka came through in straight-sets against Johanna Larsson to move into the second round

Australian Open: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka joins Caroline Wozniacki in reaching the second round

Azarenka defeated Johanna Larsson 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 while Wozniacji breezed past Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0 6-2

Leigh Halfpenny says: 'We really need to put out a statement' as they take on southern hemisphere teams

Wales v South Africa: Leigh Halfpenny stays humble despite winning ‘Oscar’

As of Monday, Leigh Halfpenny is officially the world’s greatest rugby player, duly crowned at the sport’s equivalent of the Oscars in Paris. He is also quite possibly the most unassuming.

Flushing Meadows

US Open 2013: Order of play on day three

Andy Murray begins defence of his crown

Defending champions Serena Williams and Andy Murray pose ahead of next week’s US Open

US Open 2013: Andy Murray the celebrity in need of star performance

Draw relatively kind for Scot but he must handle the pressures of being defending champion

Marion Bartoli celerbrates her Wimbledon title after defeating Sabine Lisicki

Wimbledon 2013: Marion Bartoli crushes Sabine Lisicki to claim Wimbledon title

The Frenchwoman defeats the 23 seed in just 81 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title

Wimbledon 2013: Odds on Women semi-finalists reaching last four was 33,379-1

The four are bidding for a place in Saturday's final this afternoon

Agnieszka Radwanska: would be the first Pole to win a Grand Slam

Wimbledon2013: It’s the ladies semi-final countdown

Struggling to know who to cheer on now most of the top seeds have fallen? Pick your winner with our girls guide

Wimbledon 2013: Agnieszka Radwanska stumbles before crossing line

Radwanska remains the highest surviving seed, at No 4

Laura Robson keeps her eye on the ball yesterday as she prepares to face Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi on Court One this afternoon

Wimbledon 2013: The hopes of a nation... Britain's Laura Robson eases home pressure by escaping favourite status

Laura Robson has been learning to cope with fame ever since she won the girls' title here five years ago, but the 19-year-old Briton's celebrity status will reach a new peak if she beats Kaia Kanepi here on Court One this afternoon.

Djokovic v Haas
Serena Williams

Wimbledon 2013: Serena Williams aims for sixth All England Club title and 17th grand slam

If trying to stop Serena Williams was not hard enough for the rest of the Wimbledon field, the defending champion has got a secret weapon in her corner.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform