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Jul 7, 2015

Serena fights off Azarenka, targets Sharapova

LONDON (Reuters) – The heavy hitting shook the ground and the volume would have raised the Centre Court roof, had it been closed, as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka traded blows like a couple of prizefighters at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

A women’s tournament that has seen title contenders fall feebly on the All England Club lawns, finally witnessed two grand slam champions going toe-to-toe in a thunderous encounter befitting the final, rather than the second Tuesday.

Jul 7, 2015

Tennis-Serena fights off Azarenka, targets Sharapova

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – The heavy hitting shook the ground and the volume would have raised the Centre Court roof, had it been closed, as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka traded blows like a couple of prizefighters at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

A women’s tournament that has seen title contenders fall feebly on the All England Club lawns, finally witnessed two grand slam champions going toe-to-toe in a thunderous encounter befitting the final, rather than the second Tuesday.

Jul 6, 2015

Evidence mounting that Wawrinka belongs to elite

LONDON (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka still refuses to talk about himself as a member of tennis’s elite but the evidence in favor of that argument is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

On Monday the barrel-chested Swiss produced calm and authoritative tennis, plus occasional brilliance, to beat dangerous Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 6-4 and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Jul 6, 2015

Tennis-Evidence mounting that Wawrinka belongs to elite

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka still refuses to talk about himself as a member of tennis’s elite but the evidence in favour of that argument is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

On Monday the barrel-chested Swiss produced calm and authoritative tennis, plus occasional brilliance, to beat dangerous Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 7-6(6) 6-4 and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Jul 6, 2015

CoCo and Keys make it three Americans in last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys proved that when it comes to American tennis there is life beyond the Williams sisters as both reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday.

As 33-year-old Serena was beating sister Venus on Centre Court to stay on track for a calendar year Grand Slam, Vandeweghe used her powerful game to drastic effect to beat Czech sixth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6(1) 7-6(4).

Jul 6, 2015

Tennis-CoCo and Keys make it three Americans in last eight

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys proved that when it comes to American tennis there is life beyond the Williams sisters as both reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday.

As 33-year-old Serena was beating sister Venus on Centre Court to stay on track for a calendar year Grand Slam, Vandeweghe used her powerful game to drastic effect to beat Czech sixth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6(1) 7-6(4).

Jul 5, 2015

Nervous Brailsford still welcomes testing Tour start

ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dave Brailsford admitted Sunday’s incident-packed second stage of the Tour de France had been a nervy one for strategists but the Team Sky boss said it was great for the sport.

Just like last year in the hills of Yorkshire, the peloton has not been allowed to ease its way into the Tour with some gentle looseners.

Jul 5, 2015

Clouds already hanging over Nibali after stormy day

ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – By the time Vincenzo Nibali reached the sanctuary of his team coach, it was a beautiful summer’s evening, but a stormy second stage had already left a cloud over his hopes of following up last year’s Tour de France victory.

The Italian lost a chunk of time to Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, two of his big rivals to wear the yellow jersey in Paris on July 26, after a dramatic 166km sweep through the flatlands of southern Netherlands.

Jul 5, 2015

Wimbledon? It’s elementary dear Watson

By Martyn Herman

(Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of the All England Club, an army of employees from one of the world’s technology giants are teaching a computer named Watson to master tennis.

Seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer can relax though. A silicon-chipped cyborg is not about to wreak havoc on his beloved Centre Court.

Jul 5, 2015

Tennis-Wimbledon? It’s elementary dear Watson

July 5 (Reuters) – Deep in the bowels of the All England Club, an army of employees from one of the world’s technology giants are teaching a computer named Watson to master tennis.

Seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer can relax though. A silicon-chipped cyborg is not about to wreak havoc on his beloved Centre Court.