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

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Andy Murray's bouncing balls take etiquette to extreme

New shorts please for Andy Murray! The Scottish star dropped two points during his match against Marcos Baghdatis at Wimbledon on Saturday, due to spare balls falling out of his pocket.

Unseeded Shvedova achieves golden set at Wimbledon

It was a record-breaking day for women at Wimbledon today.

Wimbledon Diary: £14,500: Nice work if you can get it

Not sure what the Tories' bash-the-benefits brigade would have made of Potito Starace's efforts yesterday. The 30-year-old Italian was the first to depart this year's Championships, retiring hurt 59 minutes into the day. His 10 games against Ryan Sweeting earned him £14,500 as a first-round loser, which is not a bad hourly rate.

Wales name unchanged side for Australia clash

Wales have named an unchanged side for their third Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

Ryan Jones returns to Wales line-up for second Test against Australia

Former captain Ryan Jones is one of four changes to Wales' line-up for their second Test against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

Ireland debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick in New Zealand

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has rung the changes for the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick.

Wales name squad to take on Australia

Wales will head into the first of their three Tests against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday with 11 of the starting XV that clinched Grand Slam glory against France in March.

Marion Bartoli suffers in front of her home crowd yesterday

Bartoli disappoints home faithful in a wide-open year

To find five different men who have won recent Grand Slam singles titles you have to go back to the start of 2005, when Marat Safin won the Australian Open. Since then the honours have been shared by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro, who gatecrashed the big three's private party three years ago at the US Open.

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John Isner could not make it through another five sets victorious

New low for US men's tennis as John Isner falls in Melbourne

Two five-set contests in three days proved too much for John Isner on Friday and his exit left the United States without a single man standing in the last 16 of the Australian Open for the first time since 1973.

Sam Stosur said after her first-round defeat: 'I'm very close to crying'

Hewitt heartens locals but Stosur loses out to nerves

Some things never change in Australian tennis. Lleyton Hewitt can usually be relied upon to put his fans through the wringer, while the weight of local expectations always sits heavily on the shoulders of Sam Stosur, the best Australian woman player for 30 years.

Munster's Paul O'Connell finds his way blocked by the Scarlets

Priestland's miss lets Munster off the hook

Munster 19 Scarlets 13

<p>1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill</p>
<p>£20, granta.com</p>
<p>Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.</p>

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1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill

£20, granta.com

Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.

Awesome Serena determined to end traumatic year on a high

If Serena Williams does not win the US Open here next weekend it will be one of the biggest surprises in the sport since Tim Henman's great grandmother shocked Wimbledon by becoming the first woman to serve overarm at the All England Club 110 years ago.

Dominant Serena Williams beats Azarenka

Serena Williams was dominant early and closed out a straight sets win over No. 4 seed Viktoria Azarenka 6-1, 7-6 (5).

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