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Anna Kournikova provided blueprint for success not guide for glamorous failure | Tumaini Carayol | Sport

Anna Kournikova with Martina Hingis in 1999

“You lost here today, sum up your day at Wimbledon,” asked a stuttering voice from behind the BBC camera. A few hours earlier, Anna Kournikova had fallen in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002. She was ranked 55, her career plunging into a spiral as the media lapped up …

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My favourite game: Venus Williams v Lindsay Davenport, 2005 Wimbledon final | Tumaini Carayol | Sport

Venus Williams jumps for joy

Before there was ever Serena Williams, there was Venus. These days it can be easy to forget that, removed as we are 12 years from Venus’s seventh and last slam triumph, at Wimbledon in 2008. As Serena has risen from star to cultural icon, Venus continues to compete but she …

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Abuse victims demand USA Gymnastics acknowledge a woman’s worth | Tumaini Carayol | Sport

Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former US team coordinators

At the end of last month Simone Biles logged into Twitter and highlighted the absurdity of the current chapter of her life. As she travelled to a USA Gymnastics training camp in order to continue preparations for the Olympic year in which she will compete for USAG and for whom …

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Maria Sharapova’s celebrity was divisive but built a brand for life | Tumaini Carayol | Sport

Maria Sharapova announces she had failed a drug test in 2016.

The first time Maria Sharapova arrived at the top level of professional tennis she was introduced to the world as a “babe”. Sharapova had been drawn to face Ashley Harkleroad, another blonde youngster thrust into the spotlight on the perceived strength of her looks, in the first round of Wimbledon …

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