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

Venus Williams joins sister in shock exit

Venus Williams followed sister Serena out of Wimbledon after her 6-2 6-3 defeat by Tsvetana Pironkova ended American involvement in the women's singles.

Zvonareva falls by the wayside as Pironkova exacts sweet revenge

The 23-year-old Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova delivered yesterday's big upset in the women's singles draw, knocking out the Russian second seed Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-3 on Court Two, to exact revenge for her defeat in last year's three-set semi-final.

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Swiss enjoys first time under Centre Court roof with straight-sets win over Mannarino

Nick Bollettieri: Thanks, with all my heart, for letting me be part of Team Williams

If I never do anything further in tennis, you made my life so special in so many ways

Venus Williams through after breathtaking drama

Five-time champion Venus Williams rallied from a set down to beat Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm in a match of breathtaking drama under the roof on Wimbledon's 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.

O'Brien fails to live up to billing on new stage

Whatever green shoots might be perceived elsewhere, the first use of the new show court here yesterday proved mournfully consistent with the British sport's exorbitant dependence, for the time being, on Andrew Murray.

Nick Bollettieri: Can Serena win the title? Holy cow! Of course... she's Serena

A question for you guys: what is it about Serena Williams and Wimbledon? It's something I can't explain. No way. Nobody can. It's a mystery why she loves it here so much – I'm not sure even she can explain it. But she sure does. Absolutely. This is her place.

Venus Williams wins opening round match

Venus Williams, who played at Eastbourne last week after an injury layoff of nearly five months, looked right at home in winning 6-3, 6-1.

Monday 20 June: Today's order of play

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Serena Williams: Designs on the prize

It sometimes seems as if her fashion interests mean more to her than tennis. But not when Wimbledon comes around

Veteran Venus casts long shadow

The young or those who are new to tennis might assume that the Venus Rosewater Dish, which is presented to the women's champion, is named after one of Wimbledon's most prolific winners.

'At times when we won everything it was too boring'

A humbler Serena tells Clive White how the Williams are more valued after their absence

Venus' return blown out by Hantuchova

It is doubtful whether Daniela Hantuchova flounced back into the locker room at Devonshire Park and proudly proclaimed, "No one beats Daniela Hantuchova 11 times in a row", as Vitas Gerulaitis was supposed to have done after ending a run of 16 consecutive defeats to Jimmy Connors.

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