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Jun 9, 2014

Tennis-Relieved Australian Tomic earns first win in five months

LONDON, June 9 (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.

May 31, 2014

Clinical Froch knocks out Groves to retain titles

LONDON (Reuters) – Carl Froch landed the punch of his life to knock out George Groves in the eighth round and retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in front of an 80,000 sell-out crowd at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The grizzled 36-year-old, in his 12th world title fight, exploded his right glove flush on to the chin of fellow Briton Groves late in the round to end the contest in brutal fashion.

May 22, 2014

Serena peaking in time for French Open, says Evert

LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams can match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slam titles and is favorite to take another step towards that milestone at next week’s French Open, according to fellow American Chris Evert.

World No. 1 Williams, 32, has 17 singles majors on her CV and if she retains her French Open title she would join Evert and Martina Navratilova in second place on the list.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Serena peaking in time for French Open, says Evert

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Serena Williams can match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slam titles and is favourite to take another step towards that milestone at next week’s French Open, according to fellow American Chris Evert.

World No. 1 Williams, 32, has 17 singles majors on her CV and if she retains her French Open title she would join Evert and Martina Navratilova in second place on the list.

May 22, 2014

Bartoli happy to be on the outside looking in

LONDON (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will enjoy the French Open from the safety of a television commentary box this year, free from the pressure loaded on the shoulders of the home brigade.

Bartoli, who announced she was retiring shortly after winning Wimbledon last year, played in 13 consecutive French Opens but mostly it was a tale of woe until a run to the semi-finals in 2011 where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Bartoli happy to be on the outside looking in

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will enjoy the French Open from the safety of a television commentary box this year, free from the pressure loaded on the shoulders of the home brigade.

Bartoli, who announced she was retiring shortly after winning Wimbledon last year, played in 13 consecutive French Opens but mostly it was a tale of woe until a run to the semi-finals in 2011 where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.

May 22, 2014

Williams in the mood for French Open title defense

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Six different champions in the last six years suggests that tipping a French Open women’s champion is something of a lottery, but those backing world No.1 Serena Williams are surely investing wisely.

The American powerhouse claimed a second Roland Garros crown last year – 11 years after her first – and warmed up for the defense of her crown by winning the Rome title on Sunday, dropping just one set and 22 games all week.

May 22, 2014

Rivals eye chinks in Nadal’s claycourt armor

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Say it quietly but some chinks are appearing in the suit of armor Rafael Nadal usually wears on a claycourt as the Spaniard sets his sights on a ninth French Open title.

By his high standards the 28-year-old Spaniard has suffered a mediocre season on Europe’s red dust courts so far and one or two players, chiefly Novak Djokovic, will arrive in Paris with genuine title hopes.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Williams in the mood for French Open title defence

May 22 (Reuters) – Six different champions in the last six years suggests that tipping a French Open women’s champion is something of a lottery, but those backing world No.1 Serena Williams are surely investing wisely.

The American powerhouse claimed a second Roland Garros crown last year – 11 years after her first – and warmed up for the defence of her crown by winning the Rome title on Sunday, dropping just one set and 22 games all week.

May 22, 2014

Tennis-Rivals eye chinks in Nadal’s claycourt armour

May 22 (Reuters) – Say it quietly but some chinks are appearing in the suit of armour Rafael Nadal usually wears on a claycourt as the Spaniard sets his sights on a ninth French Open title.

By his high standards the 28-year-old Spaniard has suffered a mediocre season on Europe’s red dust courts so far and one or two players, chiefly Novak Djokovic, will arrive in Paris with genuine title hopes.