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

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Serena forced into top gear to tame Sharapova

Those ingrates to whom the miracle of the Williams sisters has lost its freshness will have been especially vexed that Maria Sharapova, one of the only females in the species competent to interrupt their duopoly here, should be flung into the path of Serena as early as the fourth round. By the same token, the seeding committee will be the toast of those privileged yesterday to witness what would have made a pretty good final.

Serena brushes Sharapova aside

Serena Williams is through to the quarter-finals after beating Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

Hawk-eyed Sharapova sets up rematch

Maria Sharapova has reached the last 16, but on the evidence of this match – against a dogged unseeded opponent – she will have to up her game when she meets the defending champion, Serena Williams, in the next round. The Russian is recovering her form after the shoulder surgery in 2008 that necessitated the rebuilding of her serve, but had a stuttering start to her match against the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and opened with a double fault.

Chris McGrath: Sharapova hints at earlier glories in regal progress

Over on Centre Court, they had to make do with the monarch. Here on Court One, we had an authentic princess of sport. Mind you, there were times when Maria Sharapova's 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Ioana Raluca Olaru had its own ceremonial quality, straying between the ritual and the perfunctory. Such, however, are the familiar hazards of the women's tour these days, above all on this surface. By dusk, indeed, Serena Williams would annihilate Sharapova's compatriot, Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 6-1, in 47 merciless minutes.

SW19 Diary: Serena match proves too hot for Queen to handle

The SW19 Diary can reveal that an apparently bizarre and potentially explosive decision by the scheduling committee about today's play on Centre Court is not as bizarre as it first appears. The powers that be have decided not to put the defending champion Serena Williams on the main showcase court on the day that the Queen visits for the first time in 33 years. And they have decided this despite Serena having talked publicly and at length about her glee at the monarch's visit, and how she has been working on her curtsy.

Serena wins her shouting match as the crowd rallies behind Larcher de Brito

Twelve months ago Michelle Larcher de Brito was all but public enemy No 1 as the traditionalists lined up to lambast the latest serial grunter in women's tennis. The squeals were just as loud on Centre Court yesterday, but by the end of her 6-0, 6-4 first-round defeat to Serena Williams the 17-year-old from Portugal had performed the remarkable feat of winning over the home crowd.

Serena safely through at Wimbledon

Serena Williams does not care much for first-round dramas, especially at Wimbledon.

My Life, by Serena Williams

The World No 1 and top seed to win her fourth Wimbledon singles title, at 28 Serena Williams has not done badly for a kid who started off practising to the sound of gunfire in the Los Angeles ghetto, spent her early playing years in the shadow of her elder sister Venus, and was plagued by low self-esteem.

Serena on her best behaviour for SW19

Nine months after her foul-mouthed outburst at a US Open line judge cost her a fine of $82,500 (about £56,000), Serena Williams is promising to be on her best behaviour when Wimbledon starts next week.

Serena Williams stunned by Stosur

Samantha Stosur today added a second modern great to her list of French Open scalps after an epic quarter-final victory over world number one Serena Williams.

Serena endures a dizzy spell before beating bug

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Serena races into the third round

Serena Williams gave herself plenty of recovery time for the third round of the French Open by racing through today's postponed clash with Julia Goerges.

Blues out to conquer European foothills for Wales

Welsh rugby can be as volatile as an Icelandic volcano field but ice-cool Dai Young will be forgiven for blowing his top today if he becomes the first Welsh coach to win a European title. The Cardiff Blues will face Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon for the Amlin Challenge Cup in front of a fiercely partisan 50,000 crowd at Marseille's Stade Velodrome. Even for a side who have experienced peaks and troughs to rival the Welsh valleys, this is their Everest.

Henin heads for familiar terrain on the clay of Roland Garros

Three years after she carried her tennis bag out of Roland Garros for the last time, Justine Henin made an emotional return yesterday to her favourite stadium in the world.

Jelena Jankovic: 'I feel light, almost like a butterfly on the court again'

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