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Venus Williams rolls back the years to beat Yaroslava Shvedova at Wimbledon

Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

It is 19 years since Venus Williams first played at Wimbledon, an opening step on the path to what has been an incredible career. Almost two decades on, the 36-year-old is back in the semi-finals here for the first time in seven years, an achievement which in many ways is every bit as good as any of the five titles she has pocketed here along the way.

Dominika Cibulkova’s wedding in doubt after beating Agnieszka Radwanska

Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

It is not every day that a bride-to-be breaks into a broad smile while confessing it would be a “dream come true” if her wedding was cancelled. But Dominika Cibulkova, a 27-year-old from Slovakia, has better reason than most to hope her special day this Saturday is postponed. Because it will mean she is playing in the Wimbledon ladies’ final.


Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros - Garbine Muguruza of Spain poses with her trophy Place de la Concorde

Garbiñe Muguruza hastens into role as Serena Williams’ heir apparent

Many players dream of winning grand slam titles but, in an era dominated by Serena Williams, few women have had a look in. Garbiñe Muguruza’s stunning 7-5, 6-4 victory against the American in the French Open final on Saturday not only gave the women’s game a new champion but someone who at 22 may just be the heir apparent to Williams’s throne.