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 defeated in Eastbourne

Venus Williams' hopes of securing a title on her return from injury were ended today as she was beaten by Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter-finals of the AEGON International at Eastbourne.

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

Beware the wounded Williams sisters

The queens of the grass courts are finally fit after months on the sidelines and they have just one aim for Eastbourne and Wimbledon – winning

Look who's back: Elusive Williams sisters reappear

Serena's decision to join Venus in next week's Eastbourne field is also excellent news for Wimbledon

Andy Roddick tired of US tennis questions

Andy Roddick, understandably, is rather tired of hearing the question, in one form or another: What's wrong with U.S. tennis?

Whatever happened to American's tennis superstars?

With no US players in either world top 10 for the first time, Paul Newman asks what went wrong – and if the decline is terminal

US struggles to fill Williams void

American women's tennis is being given an insight into the future in Miami this week – and the signs are not encouraging. The absence of the Williams sisters through injury is serving only to underline the lack of up-and-coming talent.

Editor-At-Large: Schools should teach the three Rs: reading, writing and reality

Politicians made young people so many promises – education, education, education – and yet a whole generation has ended up with very little. Latest figures show that nearly a million people under 25 are unemployed. Even worse, 600,000 haven't worked since leaving school.

Does Venus' first retirement signal end of the Williams era?

Venus Williams insisted that she still had plenty of tennis left in her, but there was an inescapable feeling here yesterday that the women's game was approaching the end of an era.

Injury forces Venus Williams out of Australian Open

Venus Williams bowed out of the Australian Open tonight but insisted she had "peace of mind" after giving her all against Andrea Petkovic.

Murray: 'I thought someone was giving birth' in Venus match

Andy Murray said on Twitter that he had "never heard so much noise in a tennis match" while Ross Hutchins, his Davis Cup colleague, said Venus Williams was "making noises that I didn't think were possible".

Venus Williams survives Australian Open scare

Venus Williams narrowly avoided a second-round exit at the Australian Open today after battling back to overcome a leg injury and Czech opponent Sandra Zahlavova.

Where did all the American contenders go?

The US Open will begin with little hope of a home champion – and few young talents on the horizon. Paul Newman finds out why

Net Gains: Absent Venus should take a leaf out of her own book

The timing of Venus Williams' fine for not attending a press interview on Wednesday could hardly have been more appropriate considering her new book had been released 24 hours earlier. The subject of the tome? Interviews with 50 people about the importance of sport in their lives.

Serena Williams triumphs on Groundhog Day

Centre Court crowd grow tired of American sisters' domination as world No 1 blows away Russian to retain crown
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee