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Jul 9, 2015

Tennis-Spain’s Muguruza edges Radwanska to reach final

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1996 as Agnieszka Radwanska was left to rue a botched Hawkeye challenge in the final game of her 6-2 3-6 6-3 Centre Court defeat on Thursday.

After an enthralling duel full of momentum shifts the 21-year-old Muguruza was serving for the match at 5-3 when at deuce she hit a deep drive that Poland’s Radwanska scrambled back before stopping to challenge after hearing shouts of “out” from her coaching team in the stands.

Jul 8, 2015

Magnificent Gasquet halts top four charge to semis

LONDON (Reuters) – Just as the top four men’s seeds seemed set to contest the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in 20 years, dashing Frenchman Richard Gasquet fired a broadside of backhands straight through the script on Wednesday.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, seven-times title holder Roger Federer and home hope Andy Murray all kept to their side of the bargain with straight sets wins. But Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, the French Open champion, let the side down.

Jul 8, 2015

Tennis-Magnificent Gasquet halts top four charge to semis

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Just as the top four men’s seeds seemed set to contest the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in 20 years, dashing Frenchman Richard Gasquet fired a broadside of backhands straight through the script on Wednesday.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, seven-times title holder Roger Federer and home hope Andy Murray all kept to their side of the bargain with straight sets wins. But Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, the French Open champion, let the side down.

Jul 8, 2015

Murray stays in fast lane to cruise past Pospisil

LONDON (Reuters) – Early in the third set of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon quarter-final against Canadian Vasek Pospisil the Centre Court scoreboard flashed a message warning of the impending shutdown of the London Underground.

As the capital prepared for strike-induced gridlock, however, home hope Murray stayed in the fast lane through the men’s draw, winning a rain-interrupted match 6-4 7-5 6-4 to reach his sixth All England Club semi-final where seven-times champion Roger Federer awaits.

Jul 8, 2015

Tennis-Murray stays in fast lane to cruise past Pospisil

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Early in the third set of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon quarter-final against Canadian Vasek Pospisil the Centre Court scoreboard flashed a message warning of the impending shutdown of the London Underground.

As the capital prepared for strike-induced gridlock, however, home hope Murray stayed in the fast lane through the men’s draw, winning a rain-interrupted match 6-4 7-5 6-4 to reach his sixth All England Club semi-final where seven-times champion Roger Federer awaits.

Jul 8, 2015

Sharapova manning barricades to halt Serena march

LONDON (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova would have done well not to have watched Serena Williams out-slug Victoria Azarenka in a Wimbledon quarter-final of extraordinary quality on Wednesday.

The Russian fourth seed is blocking Williams’ path to an eighth Wimbledon final and judging by the way the American bludgeoned her way past Azarenka after losing the first set, she will need to reinforce the barricades with everything at her disposal, then hope the 33-year-old has an off day.

Jul 8, 2015

Preview: Sharapova manning barricades to halt Serena march

LONDON (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova would have done well not to have watched Serena Williams out-slug Victoria Azarenka in a Wimbledon quarter-final of extraordinary quality on Wednesday.

The Russian fourth seed is blocking Williams’ path to an eighth Wimbledon final and judging by the way the American bludgeoned her way past Azarenka after losing the first set, she will need to reinforce the barricades with everything at her disposal, then hope the 33-year-old has an off day.

Jul 8, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova manning barricades to halt Serena march

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova would have done well not to have watched Serena Williams out-slug Victoria Azarenka in a Wimbledon quarter-final of extraordinary quality on Wednesday.

The Russian fourth seed is blocking Williams’ path to an eighth Wimbledon final and judging by the way the American bludgeoned her way past Azarenka after losing the first set, she will need to reinforce the barricades with everything at her disposal, then hope the 33-year-old has an off day.

Jul 7, 2015

All smiles as Serena downs Azarenka to reach semis

LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon semi-final after subduing inspired former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the best women’s match of the tournament so far on Tuesday.

Both players came out with music pumping through headphones and they proceeded to deliver a high-powered slugfest on the Centre Court grass as Williams hit back to win 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Jul 7, 2015

Tennis-All smiles as Serena downs Azarenka to reach semis

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – Serena Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon semi-final after subduing inspired former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the best women’s match of the tournament so far on Tuesday.

Both players came out with music pumping through headphones and they proceeded to deliver a high-powered slugfest on the Centre Court grass as Williams hit back to win 3-6 6-2 6-3.