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

Win or lose, a black day will dawn

New Zealand start as huge favourites. Woebetide them if they come up short

Draw opens up for Serena after Sharapova stunned by Pennetta

Serena Williams was already a hot favourite to win the US Open and the odds on the American grew even shorter last night when Maria Sharapova was beaten in the third round by Italy's Flavia Pennetta. Sharapova, who lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, was Williams' most likely challenger for the title, though you would never have guessed it from this ragged display.

Serena Williams impresses on US Open return

Serena Williams returned to the scene of her most infamous moment and swatted aside Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-1 6-1 to wrap up the second day's play at the US Open.

Where are all the American champions?

The US is facing its longest wait for a new Agassi or Sampras – the time has come to cast net wider

McCaw's ominous All Blacks wallop Wallabies

New Zealand 30 Australia 14

Serena Williams targeting return to world no 1

Serena Williams has only played a handful of matches since her comeback from foot surgery and a life-threatening illness, but that won't deter her from attempting to reclaim the top spot as soon as possible.

Conquerors of the Williams sisters bow out as Kvitova stakes claim

Even when they are no longer here, the Williams sisters cast a long shadow. Yesterday, both the women who had the temerity to send them home found they had inadequate reserves to deal with their next opponents.

Lisicki enjoys centre stage to make her thunderous advance

With her vivid joys and dreads, Sabine Lisicki is not just emerging as a plausible winner of this tournament. For the breakthrough she made yesterday – a quarter-final defeat of Marion Bartoli, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 – resembled an early bloom of springtime, of some overdue renaissance in the women's game.

'Devastated' Williams sisters rue double loss

Their exit from the tournament, without a set between them yesterday, at least demonstrated that the women's game is not quite the turkey shoot it might have seemed, had one of them gone on to a tenth title in 12 years. But it was always a bit ambitious, to expect Serena and Venus Williams to perceive that bigger picture themselves. Asked to do so, Serena was withering. "Yeah, I'm super happy I lost," she said. "Go, women's tennis."

Serena Williams stunned by Bartoli

Serena Williams was sent tumbling out of Wimbledon as her bid to complete a hat-trick of titles came to an end at the hands of French ninth seed Marion Bartoli.

Bartoli uses bust-up with her parents to earn Serena meeting

The relationship between female players and their fathers who coach them can be an uneasy one. Marion Bartoli and her father, Walter, are as close as any family team on the tour, but even their relationship was put to the test on Saturday. Furious at losing the first set against Flavia Pennetta, Bartoli told both her parents to leave the court. Their departure seemed to have the desired effect as the world No 9 rallied to win 5-7, 6-4, 9-7 after a three-hour marathon and earn a fourth-round meeting today with Serena Williams.

Serena shows she is the big noise

Defending champion rediscovers her power serve and underlines her threat to No 1 seed Wozniacki

Head of WTA 'disappointed' by Serena's Court 2 exile

The head of the women's tour has expressed her "disappointment" over the scheduling at Wimbledon that saw Serena Williams, the defending champion, exiled to Court 2 for her second round match on Thursday.

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".

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