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Jul 5, 2014

Time to reflect for battered Bouchard

LONDON (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard finally had time to think what went wrong when she sat in the engraving room waiting for the roof to close before her opponent Petra Kvitova took the plaudits and received the Wimbledon women’s singles trophy.

The 20-year-old had hardly had time to catch her breath, let alone consider how to fight back, during a whirlwind 55-minute battering by the Czech sixth seed.

Jul 5, 2014

Tennis-Time to reflect for battered Bouchard

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard finally had time to think what went wrong when she sat in the engraving room waiting for the roof to close before her opponent Petra Kvitova took the plaudits and received the Wimbledon women’s singles trophy.

The 20-year-old had hardly had time to catch her breath, let alone consider how to fight back, during a whirlwind 55-minute battering by the Czech sixth seed.

Jul 4, 2014

Djokovic sets bar higher in search of Wimbledon glory

LONDON (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic has tackled innocence and now faces experience at Wimbledon after beating young pretender Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final against seven-times champion Roger Federer.

The Serb was in self-critical mood on Friday after he allowed Dimitrov, playing his first grand slam semi-final, to push him to four tense sets on Centre Court.

Jul 4, 2014

Djokovic downs Dimitrov in four-set thriller

LONDON (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic halted the grasscourt charge of talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Friday, beating the 11th seed 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(7) in an exhilarating see-saw contest to reach the Wimbledon final.

The six-times grand slam champion had to draw on all the experience gleaned in 23 major semi-finals to get the better of 23-year-old Dimitrov, who was on a roll after winning the pre-Wimbledon tournament at Queen’s Club and downing third-seeded champion Andy Murray in the quarter-finals.

Jul 4, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic downs Dimitrov in four-set thriller

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic halted the grasscourt charge of talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Friday, beating the 11th seed 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(7) in an exhilarating see-saw contest to reach the Wimbledon final.

The six-times grand slam champion had to draw on all the experience gleaned in 23 major semi-finals to get the better of 23-year-old Dimitrov, who was on a roll after winning the pre-Wimbledon tournament at Queen’s Club and downing third-seeded champion Andy Murray in the quarter-finals.

Jul 3, 2014

Cool and canny Bouchard takes success in her stride

LONDON (Reuters) – For a 20-year-old who has been playing on the main tour for barely two years, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is scarily confident and composed.

After pummelling third seed Simona Halep into submission 7-6(5) 6-2 in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday, Bouchard, who started 10 places behind her opponent in the rankings, was not surprised by her success.

Jul 3, 2014

Tennis-Bouchard controls her nerves to reach Wimbledon final

LONDON (Reuters) – Powerful Canadian Eugenie Bouchard overcame match-point jitters to claim an eventful 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over Romania’s Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-2 at Wimbledon on Thursday and reach a grand slam final for the first time.

The 20-year-old from Montreal harried and chased third seed Halep from the baseline, producing a series of forehand winners.

Jul 3, 2014

Bouchard controls her nerves to reach Wimbledon final

LONDON (Reuters) – Powerful Canadian Eugenie Bouchard overcame match-point jitters to claim an eventful 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over Romania’s Simona Halep 7-6(5) 6-2 at Wimbledon on Thursday and reach a grand slam final for the first time.

The 20-year-old from Montreal harried and chased third seed Halep from the baseline, producing a series of forehand winners.

Jul 3, 2014

Federer finds room for sentiment when friend becomes foe

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer finally blotted his copybook on Wednesday, dropping a set for the first time at this year’s Wimbledon before reaching the semi-finals with an emotional victory over friend and Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.

It is the ninth Wimbledon semi-final for the 32-year-old seven-times champion, who has been in imperious form on the grass this year, winning at Halle before steaming through five rounds at the All England Club.

Jul 2, 2014

New shoes please – Djokovic stumbles his way into semi-finals

LONDON (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic slipped and slid his way into the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday, overcoming Marin Cilic and the distractions of Henman Hill to win 6-1 3-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-2 with the help of a new pair of shoes.

The Serbian former champion began efficiently against the lofty Croat, rattling through the first set in 27 minutes on a sunny but subdued Court One.