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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.

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.