Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Australian Open in a shock loss to Dominika Cibulkova

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova the latest big name to crash out of women's singles after defeat to Dominika Cibulkova

Sharapova followed Serena Williams in an early exit after 3-6 6-4 6-1 defeat

Andy Murray celebrates his Australian Open victory over Stephane Robert

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray progresses to quarter-finals despite dropping his first set of the tournament in win over Stephane Robert

Murray missed four match points in the third set before losing on a tie-break but recovered to claim the fourth and move into the last eight

Rafael Nadal progressed to the Australian Open quarter-finals with victory over Kei Nishikori

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal made to work for quarter-final berth in straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori

World Number One progressed 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) over the Japanese to move into the last eight

Victoria Azarenka breezed past Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open fourth round

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka breezes past Sloane Stephens to dispel memories of controversial victory last year

The defending champions looks in formidable form after cruising to a 6-3 6-2 victory

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

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

Australian Open 2014: Serena Williams shocked by Ana Ivanovic while Novak Djokovic powers on against Fabio Fognini

The American, gunning for her 18th Grand Slam title, struggled with a back injury

Blue wonder: Andy Murray is hot favourite to follow up his win against Feliciano Lopez and reach the quarter-finals

Australian Open 2014: Dostoyevsky fan Stéphane Robert books tie with Andy Murray

On his day, he can be as cultured on court as he is off it so Briton needs to beware 

Australian Open 2014: Caroline Wozniacki down and out but Rafael Nadal keeps up winning ways

When Caroline Wozniacki was world No 1, her critics always pointed to the fact that she had never won a Grand Slam title. Now that the 23-year-old Dane is heading out of the world’s top 10 it seems she does not even have it in her to make the quarter-finals any more.

Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the Australian Open after losing 4-6 7-5 6-3 to young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles on but it's the same old Grand Slam woes for Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki suffered her eighth consecutive Grand Slam exit before the quarter-finals in the 4-6 7-5 6-3 defeat by fast-improving young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

Jamie Murray (L) suffered from heat stroke following his victory with doubles partner John Peers (R) over Matt Reid and Luke Saville at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Jamie Murray blames heatstroke on oversleeping which hampered preparations for doubles match

Murray required several hours treatment following the first round victory after playing in extreme temperatures of over 40C

Victoria Azarenka takes a medical time-out during the 2013 Australian Open semi-final against Sloane Stephens

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka and Sloan Stephens set to do their talking on the court in repeat of controversial semi-final

Stephens was fighting back last year when Azarenka took a medical time-out which some suggested was tactical in order to break her opponents rhythm

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Sporting Heroes: Scott Draper driven to succeed in two sports

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Azarenka broke unseeded Yvonne Meusburger's serve twice in the first four games and was rarely troubled

Australian Open 2014: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova into fourth round

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka made it all look routine Saturday in defeating unseeded Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-0 in a third-round match at the Australian Open.

Federer was barely troubled by Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili, the world number 79

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer set for tougher tests after routine wins

Swiss faces French roadblock in last 16 encounter

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain