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

Nick Bollettieri: Murray has extra firepower to dodge cagey Croat's bullets

Another round and another step up for Andy Murray. Ivan Ljubicic is a cagey old pro, he's done his court time and knows his game, although there is something that doesn't add up with the Croat.

Robson gets stamp of approval from Serena

Serena Williams identified Laura Robson as a player with the complete package as she talked up Britain's teenage tennis prodigy yesterday. Robson achieved the rare feat for a 17-year-old of winning a match in the main draw at Wimbledon when she beat Germany's Angelique Kerber in the first round.

Centre Court snub angers Serena

Defending champion hints at conspiracy as Williams sisters are shunted to No 2 Court while elite men stay put

Serena Williams battles to comeback win

Serena Williams has warned Wimbledon chiefs she deserves the same treatment as the top men after being kept off Centre Court and Court One again.

Tearful Serena wobbles but regroups

According to its proprietor, the reigning champion's "butt is way softer than normal" this time round. But perhaps that is no bad thing, when you are flying by the seat of your pants.

Serena Williams victorious on Wimbledon return

Serena Williams was forced to dig deep as she opened the defence of her Wimbledon title with a three-set victory over the spirited Aravane Rezai on Centre Court.

Normal service is resumed as Venus dazzles once again

Even a rusty saw can perform an amputation, and Venus Williams duly made short work of some of the more tenuous delusions that have preceded her return to her favourite theatre of operations. She took exactly an hour to hack her way past an obligingly limp first-round opponent, Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-1. So much for the notion that even the Williams sisters, who have divided nine of the past 11 titles between them, might have ceded the pack a dangerous start this time.

Zvonareva suffers first-round scare

Last year's Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva survived a first-round scare to defeat promising young American Alison Riske 6-0 3-6 6-3 this afternoon.

Serena: I'm not the type to stop. I always knew I'd play on

There have been times in Serena Williams' career when the tennis world wondered whether it had seen the last of her. The 13-times Grand Slam champion, however, said on her return here yesterday that she had never contemplated leaving a sport that she has dominated for most of the last decade.

Bartoli beats elements to set out green credentials

France's world No 9 takes title-winning form into wide open draw

Another winning return by Serena the comeback queen

Serena Williams made a return to competition yesterday fitting of her reputation as the game's ultimate comeback queen. Nearly a year after playing her last match and just three months after coming off what she had described as her "death bed", Williams lost the first five games to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the Aegon International at Eastbourne before recovering to complete a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Comeback queen Serena finishes in the pink following an off-colour start to slimline return

The Williams sisters are back. Not back to their best just yet but maybe not that very far away from it. Anyone who made the mistake of writing off Serena at the 2007 Australian Open when, out of condition and overweight, she lumbered through early rounds before springing to life will be loathe to repeat the mistake.

How a pedicure left Serena on her 'death bed' wondering, 'Why me?'

An introspective Williams – who returns to action today – talks about the sliced foot that nearly ended her career

Williams sisters return as double act after frustrating months on sidelines

Despite having barely played this year, Venus Williams is confident of making a splash this week

Serena Williams to return at Eastbourne

Serena Williams, the dominant force in women's tennis for the past decade, will return to action after nearly a year's absence at next week's Wimbledon warm-up event in Eastbourne, she said today.

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