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My first tennis competitor was my brother He's two years older than me, and as he was always that bit better, I would lose, and sulk for the rest of the day. It's the reason I kept playing – I needed to beat him. I was 11 when I started winning, and it was worth the wait. I was just more competitive and took training more seriously than he did. Now that he doesn't play tennis any more we have a much better relationship.

Laura Robson

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Watson and Edmund get home fires burning

The paths they have each taken have been very different, but for leading British players all routes lead to only one destination come the end of June. Wimbledon starts in six days and for many of the home competitors the genteel charm of Devonshire Park here on the Sussex coast is a final stopping point en route to the grand stage of the All England Club.

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Heather Watson faces tough task to find form at Eastbourne

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Twenty four hours after he talked about his dream of playing at the All England Club, Kyle Edmund learned yesterday that he had been handed a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday week.

Roger Federer set up Tommy Haas duel by inflicting double bagel

Roger Federer, the world No 3,  whitewashed German wildcard Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0 in just 39 minutes today to set up a Halle Open semi-final today with defending champion Tommy Haas, a  rematch of last year’s final.

Maria Sharapova celebrates a semi-final win over Victoria Azarenka

Maria Sharapova: Forget history, I’m gunning for Serena Williams in French Open final

It is the sort of head-to-head record that might send a player on to the court believing the match was already lost, but Maria Sharapova insisted yesterday that she would not be thinking about the past when she faces Serena Williams in the final of the French Open here this afternoon.

Andy Murray practises serving as coach Ivan Lendl looks on at Queen’s yesterday

Andy Murray: I’m not match tough after the pain of French Open

Pulling out of the French Open was one of the toughest decisions Andy Murray has ever made, but the  26-year-old Scot said yesterday that watching Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fighting toe-to-toe for more than four and a half hours in Paris confirmed that he had made the right call.

Serena Williams was in no mood to hang around at Roland Garros

French Open 2013: Serena Williams forces rivals to fight for her scraps

The reshaping of women's tennis into a three-division competition is gathering pace. The French Open semi-finals here underlined how far Serena Williams has stretched clear of all her rivals, while the two women beneath her in the world rankings continue to fight over the scraps from her table. While Williams destroyed Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 in just 46 minutes, Maria Sharapova fought toe-to-toe with Victoria Azarenka for more than two hours before winning 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the final for the second year in succession.

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