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

Court on camera: Venus and Serena Williams with their father Richard

Tennis is sexy as film-makers discover that the sport is more than just whacking balls

New documentaries contrast the remarkable story of the Williams sisters with the ‘unflashy’ lifestyle of Britain’s world No 2

Laura Robson returns to eventual winner Caroline Wozniacki

French Open: Laura Robson's hopes turn to dust as Caroline Wozniacki prevails in Paris

Perhaps it had all been too good to be true. In the absence of the injured Andy Murray, the stage had been set for Laura Robson to become the focal point of British attention here at the French Open, but for once the 19-year-old failed to deliver. While a 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Caroline Wozniacki was a fair reflection of the two players' rankings – the 22-year-old Dane sits 27 places higher than the Briton at No 10 in the world – there could be no escaping the sense that this was a missed opportunity.

Laura Robson hits a return during her second-round elimination by Serena Williams in the main stadium at the Italian Open

Laura Robson falls to power of Serena Williams but is not fazed by top billing

British 19-year-old puts up promising fight against world No 1 but eventually loses 6-2, 6-2

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 May 2013

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Angelique Kerber defeats Venus Williams at the US Open

Sixth seed Angelique Kerber continued her winning streak against the Williams sisters with a dramatic victory over Venus on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Physical miss-match makes Serena win sadly predictable

The old boxing cliche has it that a big good 'un will always beat a good little 'un; and in boxing there are different weight divisions supposedly preventing serious mismatches.

The physical miss-match pitted a middleweight against a featherweight, and the outcome looked sadly predictable; feathers tend to be blown away, and that seemed likely to
be the fate of Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (pictured)

Radwanska no match for champion

The old boxing cliché has it that a big good 'un will always beat a good little 'un; and in boxing there are different weight divisions supposedly preventing serious mismatches.

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.

Wilmbledon order of play

All courts noon start except Centre and No 1 (1pm)

Medical condition forces Venus to pull out

Venus Williams withdrew from the US Open before her second-round match against Germany's Sabine Lisicki last night after revealing that she is suffering from an auto-immune disease. The 2000 and 2001 champion, who has been troubled by health problems for the last year, said she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, a medical condition that affects her energy levels and causes fatigue and joint pain.

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

One way or another a Brownlee looks likely to win the triathlon

Forget the Milibands, triathletes Alistair and Jonny are the really remarkable brothers – because when the going gets tough, they help each other

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.

'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."

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