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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.


Great Britain's Andy Murray during practice

Andy Murray told to be fast out of the blocks by Ivan Lendl at Wimbledon

If ever there was a bad time for Andy Murray to lose focus at the start of a grand slam tournament it surely arrives on Centre Court on Tuesday when, in front of his returning coach, Ivan Lendl, he plays Liam Broady, one of four British wild cards in the men’s draw and ranked 235 in the world. Murray would probably have to emigrate – to Scotland.

Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

Last Briton out of women’s singles as Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Tara Moore

And then there were none. It has not quite been a week – and a decent chunk of that has been lost to rain – but British interest in the women’s singles was ended in the Friday gloaming at Wimbledon. Tara Moore, the last of six home players in the draw, was defeated by the veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in a rollercoaster encounter 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

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.