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Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won this year’s French Open at the age of just 20. Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Why women’s tennis rankings need an overhaul

The unpredictability of women's tennis in 2017 should make us strongly question the performance of the official rankings – and not simply the players’ performance.
Is Nick Kyrgios too difficult – and different – to become an Australian hero? AAP Image/Joe Castro

‘Australian’ enough to be a hero?

Examining our sporting heroes reveals much about ideas of national identity and who is accepted.
Serena Williams has just surpassed Roger Federer’s record for matches won at Grand Slam tournaments. Reuters/USA Today Sports

Just how great a tennis player is Serena Williams?

Many commentators believe that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time – but that should be judged not just on Grand Slam wins.
The force on a triple jumper’s bones is 15 times their body weight. www.shutterstock.com

What exercise does to your bones

Studying how athletes' bones contort during exercise is helping scientists understand which exercise is best for maintaining healthy bones as we age.
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Taking her medicine: Maria Sharapova grand slammed

After a routine drug test at the Australian Open tennis tournament, Maria Sharapova tested positive to a banned substance, meldonium. Upon being notified of the result she called a press conference, accepting…
Maria Sharapova’s fundamental skill is the same whether she takes the banned substance meldonium or an allowed natural enhancer such as beetroot extract. AAP/Filip Singer

Sharapova, drugs and the nature bias

We have an intuitive bias against "artificial" drugs in favour of "natural" drugs, but that distinction is not only false, it is dangerous.

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