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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.

May 19, 2014

United turn to tried and tested in Van Gaal

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United returned to a tried and trusted trophy winner after an ill-fated adventure with David Moyes when announcing that Dutchman Louis van Gaal had been handed the job of reviving the club’s fortunes on Monday. The 62-year-old, who has masterminded league titles at some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and won the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam, will begin the re-building job at Old Trafford once he has finished national duties at the World Cup. Ryan Giggs, United’s record appearance holder, will work alongside him after his four-game stint in charge following the sacking last month of Moyes, who was given the chance on the back of a long and worthy, but success-starved, 11-year stint in charge of Everton.

“In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement that announced the Dutchman had signed a three-year contract and would start work after leading the Netherlands at the World Cup finals which start next month.

May 19, 2014

Soccer-United turn to tried and tested in Van Gaal

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Manchester United returned to a tried and trusted trophy winner after an ill-fated adventure with David Moyes when announcing that Dutchman Louis van Gaal had been handed the job of reviving the club’s fortunes on Monday.

The 62-year-old, who has masterminded league titles at some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and won the Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam, will begin the re-building job at Old Trafford once he has finished national duties at the World Cup.

May 15, 2014

Arsenal favourites for Cup, but wary of pitfalls

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal will need no reminder of the pitfalls in store for them at Wembley Stadium on Saturday where they will be favourites to beat Hull City in the FA Cup final and claim their first silverware for nine years.

Three years ago Arsene Wenger’s side were also expected to beat Birmingham City in the League Cup final but a late goal by Obafemi Martins after a calamitous defensive mix-up ruined the script and prolonged the fans’ suffering.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal favourites for Cup, but wary of pitfalls

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Arsenal will need no reminder of the pitfalls in store for them at Wembley Stadium on Saturday where they will be favourites to beat Hull City in the FA Cup final and claim their first silverware for nine years.

Three years ago Arsene Wenger’s side were also expected to beat Birmingham City in the League Cup final but a late goal by Obafemi Martins after a calamitous defensive mix-up ruined the script and prolonged the fans’ suffering.

Apr 29, 2014

Murray to be spared nightmare Wimbledon draw despite low ranking

LONDON (Reuters) – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray should be spared a horror draw at this year’s tournament despite his recent rankings slide, organizers said on Tuesday.

Murray, who became the first British man to win the men’s singles at the grasscourt grand slam for 77 years last July when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final, has sunk to eighth in the ATP rankings which at most tournaments determine seedings.