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French Open: Maria Sharapova is bookies' favourite for the Grand Slam event

French Open: Maria Sharapova is bookies' favourite for the Grand Slam event

Maria Sharapova was installed as the bookmakers` joint favourite to capture the French Open on Friday despite the Russian star not even being guaranteed a place in the season`s second Grand Slam event.

Tennis great Ilie Nastase sorry for Serena Williams `chocolate with milk` remarks

Tennis great Ilie Nastase sorry for Serena Williams `chocolate with milk` remarks

The comments last Friday prompted outrage from Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam winner, and messages of support from the world of tennis and beyond.

Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam winner, promises to be back on court after baby's birth

Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam winner, promises to be back on court after baby's birth

Serena won her record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January -- where she beat her elder sister Venus in the final.

Maria Sharapova's comeback: Players unhappy as promoters drool over profit margins at Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova's comeback: Players unhappy as promoters drool over profit margins at Stuttgart

World number five Simona Halep, the fourth seed in Stuttgart, also believes that handing Sharapova a wildcard sends completely the wrong signal.

Serena Williams, Nadia Comaneci blast Ilie Nastase for 'racist', 'sexist' remark during Fed Cup

Serena Williams, Nadia Comaneci blast Ilie Nastase for 'racist', 'sexist' remark during Fed Cup

Nastase was overheard by a journalist commenting on Williams`s unborn child -- who will be mixed race as her fiance is white -- on Friday, saying: "Let`s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?"

Ilie Nastase banned from Fed Cup after controversial racial slur over Serena Williams' unborn baby

Ilie Nastase banned from Fed Cup after controversial racial slur over Serena Williams' unborn baby

"The ITF has launched an investigation into this matter as well as previous comments made by Mr Nastase during the week. The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind."

World No. 1 Serena Williams eyes challenge of post-baby comeback

World No. 1 Serena Williams eyes challenge of post-baby comeback

Williams won the 2009 and 2010 Australian and Wimbledon crowns but stepped on broken glass in a Munich restaurant in July and missed almost a full year due to a pulmonary embolism.

Serena Williams expecting first baby, to return back to pro tennis in 2018: Spokeswoman

Serena Williams expecting first baby, to return back to pro tennis in 2018: Spokeswoman

Williams, the world`s highest paid female athlete, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December.

20 Weeks: Serena Williams appears to hint at pregnancy with cryptic message

20 Weeks: Serena Williams appears to hint at pregnancy with cryptic message

In December she announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site.

Injured Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells, Miami Open

Injured Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells, Miami Open

"I have not been able to train due to my knees and am disappointed I cannot be there. I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive. I look forward to being back as soon as I can."

Resurgent Venus Williams says no end in sight to playing career

Resurgent Venus Williams says no end in sight to playing career

The American former world number one`s on-court form has been nothing short of remarkable considering she was diagnosed in 2011 with the debilitating Sjogren`s syndrome.

Andy Murray, Serena Williams lead latest ATP, WTA rankings

Andy Murray, Serena Williams lead latest ATP, WTA rankings

Serbian Novak Djokovic came in second in ATP rankings with 9.735 points, followed by Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

Dubai Championships: Angelique Kerber hammers Ana Konjuh in straight sets, storms into semis

Dubai Championships: Angelique Kerber hammers Ana Konjuh in straight sets, storms into semis

The 29-year-old will first have to get by Elina Svitolina, on course for her own breakthrough into a first-time top 10 ranking if she can win the event.

Dubai Championships: Angelique Kerber beats Monica Puig in straight sets; moves step closer to no.1 ranking

Dubai Championships: Angelique Kerber beats Monica Puig in straight sets; moves step closer to no.1 ranking

The top seeded German, who held the top WTA spot in 2016 before Serena Williams took back in September could regain the number one ranking if she wins the Gulf event on Saturday.

Qatar Open: Angelique Kerber crashes out of Doha after losing to Russia's Daria Kasatkina

Qatar Open: Angelique Kerber crashes out of Doha after losing to Russia's Daria Kasatkina

It was the second time this year that Kerber has lost to the 19-year-old Russian, after at the Sydney International last month.

Australian Open: Serena Williams surpasses Steffi Graf to claim 23rd Grand Slam title

Australian Open: Serena Williams surpasses Steffi Graf to claim 23rd Grand Slam title

The 35-year-old, who equalled Graf`s mark of 22 at Wimbledon last year, now stands just one behind the all-time 24 won by Margaret Court.

AUS Open, Women's Singles Final, PREVIEW: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams

AUS Open, Women's Singles Final, PREVIEW: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams

Serena holds a 6-2 edge in the major deciders, with a 16-11 win-loss record overall against sister Venus Williams

Australian Open: Serena defeats LucicBaroni in semis, sets up an all-Williams final against sister Venus

Australian Open: Serena defeats LucicBaroni in semis, sets up an all-Williams final against sister Venus

Serena, who last played Lucic-Baroni at 1998 Wimbledon, when they were both 16, applauded the Croatian by saying, "She inspires me."

Australian Open 2017:  Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeats Karolina Pliskova, enters grand slam semis after 18 years

Australian Open 2017: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeats Karolina Pliskova, enters grand slam semis after 18 years

she made the 1999 Wimbledon semis as a 17-year-old, she has been waiting 18 years for another crack at a Grand Slam last four.

Australian Open: Serena Williams cruises into semi-final with straight sets win over Johanna Konta

Australian Open: Serena Williams cruises into semi-final with straight sets win over Johanna Konta

The American is gunning for a record 23rd Grand Slam title to surpass Steffi Graf and a return of the number one world number ranking.