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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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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