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Jun 19, 2014

A decade on, insatiable Sharapova seeks Wimbledon No.2

LONDON (Reuters) – When a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova lit up Wimbledon 10 years ago to win the title it was the launch pad to her becoming the world’s wealthiest sportswoman and an international tennis brand.

Yet despite the millions of dollars earned in prize money, endorsements and now a confectionary brand, the 27-year-old Russian’s hunger for victory remains insatiable.

Jun 19, 2014

Preview: A decade on, insatiable Sharapova seeks Wimbledon No.2

LONDON (Reuters) – When a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova lit up Wimbledon 10 years ago to win the title it was the launch pad to her becoming the world’s wealthiest sportswoman and an international tennis brand.

Yet despite the millions of dollars earned in prize money, endorsements and now a confectionary brand, the 27-year-old Russian’s hunger for victory remains insatiable.

Jun 19, 2014

Tennis-A decade on, insatiable Sharapova seeks Wimbledon No.2

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – When a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova lit up Wimbledon 10 years ago to win the title it was the launch pad to her becoming the world’s wealthiest sportswoman and an international tennis brand.

Yet despite the millions of dollars earned in prize money, endorsements and now a confectionary brand, the 27-year-old Russian’s hunger for victory remains insatiable.

Jun 19, 2014

Wimbledon stage set for returning hero Murray

LONDON (Reuters) – When Andy Murray walks into Wimbledon on Monday to begin what he hopes will be the successful defense of his title he may be feeling a little lighter than usual at this time of year.

Ever since assuming the role of Britain’s flag bearer at the All England Club from perennial semi-finalist Tim Henman, Murray has shouldered the huge weight of expectation heaped on him by a nation desperate to celebrate a men’s singles champion.

Jun 19, 2014

Preview – Wimbledon stage set for returning hero Murray

LONDON (Reuters) – When Andy Murray walks into Wimbledon on Monday to begin what he hopes will be the successful defence of his title he may be feeling a little lighter than usual at this time of year.

Ever since assuming the role of Britain’s flag bearer at the All England Club from perennial semi-finalist Tim Henman, Murray has shouldered the huge weight of expectation heaped on him by a nation desperate to celebrate a men’s singles champion.

Jun 19, 2014

Tennis-Wimbledon stage set for returning hero Murray

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) – When Andy Murray walks into Wimbledon on Monday to begin what he hopes will be the successful defence of his title he may be feeling a little lighter than usual at this time of year.

Ever since assuming the role of Britain’s flag bearer at the All England Club from perennial semi-finalist Tim Henman, Murray has shouldered the huge weight of expectation heaped on him by a nation desperate to celebrate a men’s singles champion.

Jun 16, 2014

Ace at Queen’s, now can Dimitrov be king of Wimbledon?

LONDON (Reuters) – When Grigor Dimitrov grasped the Queen’s Club trophy after winning the Aegon Championships on Sunday a quick glance at the names engraved on its plinth might have given him goose bumps.

In edging past Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in a gripping contest the 23-year-old Bulgarian, long-regarded as a future grand slam champion, etched his name alongside some of the greatest exponents of the grasscourt arts.

Jun 16, 2014

Tennis-Ace at Queen’s, now can Dimitrov be king of Wimbledon?

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – When Grigor Dimitrov grasped the Queen’s Club trophy after winning the Aegon Championships on Sunday a quick glance at the names engraved on its plinth might have given him goose bumps.

In edging past Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in a gripping contest the 23-year-old Bulgarian, long-regarded as a future grand slam champion, etched his name alongside some of the greatest exponents of the grasscourt arts.

Jun 9, 2014

Murray hints at gentler approach with new coach Mauresmo

LONDON (Reuters) – Brad Gilbert was hired to turn a fledgling Andy Murray into a physical powerhouse, while the Scot turned to Ivan Lendl for some of the ruthless streak that made the Czech-born American a multiple grand slam champion.

At different stages of his career both worked wonders for Murray as he broke into the upper echelons of men’s tennis and then, after some close shaves, delivered two grand slam titles and an Olympic gold.

Jun 9, 2014

Relieved Australian Tomic earns first win in five months

LONDON (Reuters) – After five months seemingly stuck in quicksand Bernard Tomic’s career took a step in the right direction with a morale-boosting victory on the lush Queen’s Club turf on Monday.

The 21-year-old, once tipped to become Australia’s next flag bearer, had not won a main tour match since January but edged past American Tim Smyczek in the first round of the Aegon Championships – the traditional warmup for Wimbledon.