Greg Heakes Sobs turned to lobs as Dinara Safina stormed into the quarter-finals of the US Open, defeating German Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5 6-0.
From the close proximity of a shared hotel couch, her minders keeping a discreet distance, Victoria Azarenka's eye contact is as direct as her answers. This is the year-end world No.
Peter Hanlon Through no fault of her own, the Dane occupies an odd place in the game.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova has joined third seed Victoria Azarenka in the French Open quarter-finals as both posted routine fourth round wins.
Ed Jackson The Sydney International's Russian revolution has begun, with in-form pair Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina cruising into the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Marat Safin withdrew from an eight-man exhibition tournament at Kooyong, the former home of the Australian Open, and was replaced by Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia.
Ed Jackson Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua admitted she's struggling to cope with heightened expectations after a disappointing exit from the Sydney International.
Darren Walton Dinara Safina is thankful to still have her brother around but says she can do without his help as she sets about claiming the world No.1 tennis ranking.
Ed Jackson Serena Williams has survived a massive scare to reach the second round of the Sydney International with a tense three-set win over local hope Samantha Stosur.
Justin Chadwick The Slovak Republic has won a third Hopman Cup in Perth, beating Russia 2-0 in the final of the mixed teams tennis tournament.
Justin Chadwick Russia secured a berth against Slovakia in the Hopman Cup final with a 2-1 tie win over France on Thursday night.
Big-serving Australian left-hander Chris Guccione has been awarded the third and final men's wildcard for next week's Sydney International.
Adrian Warren Tennis superstar Serena Williams has declared herself over a hamstring problem and primed for another assault on a fourth Australian Open crown.
James Blake's bid for a third Hopman Cup title will have to wait after the United States slumped out of contention with a 2-1 loss to Germany on Wednesday.
Justin Chadwick A bruised and battered Marat Safin declared he "won the fight" that left him sporting two black eyes and an injured thumb from an altercation in Moscow.
Justin Chadwick Lleyton Hewitt will be hoping it's a case of fourth time lucky when he teams up with Casey Dellacqua to contest the 21st Hopman Cup, which starts on Saturday.
Darren Walton Lleyton Hewitt's make-or-break season gets underway in Perth on Saturday as the world's tennis stars chase grand slam glory and $35 million in riches.
Rising tennis star Casey Dellacqua has secured a place in the main draw for the Sydney International next month.
Former No.1 Amelie Mauresmo will join the world's top four women in a star-studded line-up at the Medibank International in January.
Richard Eaton Venus Williams made certain of reaching the last four of the WTA Championship with a landslide 5-7 6-1 6-0 victory over sister Serena Williams in Doha.