“At the start of the week if I’d thought I’d be playing three two-set matches and making the semi-finals I would be pretty happy with that,’ said Sharapova after her defeat.“You are never sure what level you are going to come onto the court with, but I feel this is a great base with which I started here.” Sharapova’s 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Mladenovic guaranteed her a ranking outside the top 200, meaning she is not immediately eligible for a place in the qualifying round of Roland-Garros.Her father Nigel is head of women’s tennis in Britain and has been involved in the game all his life, so Kim appreciated the demands the profession placed on Murray.

Yet Kim was credited with having played a significant role in improving Murray’s image and appearance over the past 18 months.

She encouraged him to abandon his shaggy-dog look in favour of a sharp, modern haircut.

Having seen his own parents, Judy and Will, divorce when he was a teenager, Murray stressed: ‘I work better in a relationship.‘At the end of the day, especially if I’ve lost a match, I don’t like talking about tennis, so it’s nice to have someone to talk to about other stuff.

‘As I have got older, having gone through my parents’ divorce, it has become important to me to work hard at having a successful relationship. 'Tennis is important to me, but it’s not the most important thing. The job obviously matters, but what goes on off the court is bigger.’ Kim, who is studying English at Brighton University, was Murray’s first serious girlfriend.

Tennis star Andy Murray has ended his four-year relationship with student Kim Sears.

Kim, 21, has moved out of the £5million mansion they shared in Surrey and returned home to her parents.That’s some way short of her principal rival Serena Williams, who has been World No 1 on eight occasions for a total of 218 weeks.Iconic is one word to use when talking about the Clermont Twins. You cannot deny the infectious influence these two lovely ladies posses.This past weekend, they graced our feed with the Yeezy Season 6 release.As we scrolled down our Instagram feeds, thirsty for more, they did not fail to deliver. Stormi, like Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress Donald Trump has been accused of having an affair with.Her face became familiar to millions of tennis fans worldwide, especially at Wimbledon, where TV cameras picked up the emotion written on her face as she cheered him from the stands. Both Andy and Kim are saddened that the relationship is over, but they mutually felt it was time for them to part.