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Jul 3, 2015

Nadal loss sends shockwaves round Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacular halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova all cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories as the tournament meandered serenely through its fourth balmy day.

Jul 2, 2015

Big guns continue to fire at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters in the men’s and women’s game continued apace at Wimbledon on Thursday as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories.

The early exits of women’s third seed Simona Halep and number seven Ana Ivanovic and the injury withdrawal of men’s number five Kei Nishikori have been the only blips in an otherwise untroubled march to the third round for the big guns.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Big guns continue to fire at Wimbledon

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters in the men’s and women’s game continued apace at Wimbledon on Thursday as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories.

The early exits of women’s third seed Simona Halep and number seven Ana Ivanovic and the injury withdrawal of men’s number five Kei Nishikori have been the only blips in an otherwise untroubled march to the third round for the big guns.

Jul 1, 2015

Sharapova has serve meltdown, but wins easily

LONDON (Reuters) – A routine second-round Wimbledon victory would not normally live long in the memory of Maria Sharapova but she might preserve a small space for a bizarre cameo in Wednesday’s match when she served three successive double faults to lose serve to love.

Though she was never troubled by Dutch world number 123 Richel Hogenkamp in her 6-3 6-1 victory, Sharapova’s serve was ragged all day as she sprinkled eight double faults and repeated re-tosses among crushing forehand winners.

Jul 1, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova has serve meltdown, but wins easily

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – A routine second-round Wimbledon victory would not normally live long in the memory of Maria Sharapova but she might preserve a small space for a bizarre cameo in Wednesday’s match when she served three successive double faults to lose serve to love.

Though she was never troubled by Dutch world number 123 Richel Hogenkamp in her 6-3 6-1 victory, Sharapova’s serve was ragged all day as she sprinkled eight double faults and repeated re-tosses among crushing forehand winners.

Jun 30, 2015

Nadal fires early warning to the big guns

LONDON (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal might have been condemned to a lowly 10th seeding at Wimbledon but he remains a floater everyone will want to avoid after getting his campaign off to an impressive start with a straight-sets dismissal of Thomaz Bellucci on Tuesday.

The twice champion, who has slipped down the sport’s pecking order after 18 months of injury and below-par performances, showed glimpses of his power and determination in a 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over Brazil’s Bellucci on a sun-drenched Number One Court.

Jun 30, 2015

Tennis-Nadal fires early warning to the big guns

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal might have been condemned to a lowly 10th seeding at Wimbledon but he remains a floater everyone will want to avoid after getting his campaign off to an impressive start with a straight-sets dismissal of Thomaz Bellucci on Tuesday.

The twice champion, who has slipped down the sport’s pecking order after 18 months of injury and below-par performances, showed glimpses of his power and determination in a 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over Brazil’s Bellucci on a sun-drenched Number One Court.

Jun 30, 2015

Umbrellas up at Wimbledon – to keep the sun off

LONDON (Reuters) – As is so often the case, the weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year.

Afternoon temperatures were expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) — considerably higher on court — and the public address announcers were busy warning fans to drink water, apply sunscreen and wear hats.

Jun 30, 2015

Tennis-Umbrellas up at Wimbledon – to keep the sun off

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – As is so often the case, the weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year.

Afternoon temperatures were expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) — considerably higher on court — and the public address announcers were busy warning fans to drink water, apply sunscreen and wear hats.

Jun 29, 2015

Tennis-Healthy Sharapova back firing on all cylinders

LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – When Maria Sharapova miserably exited the French Open four weeks ago it was to a soundtrack of her coughing but the trademark scream was back at full volume on Monday when she blew past Briton Johanna Konta in the first round at Wimbledon.

Having returned to the United States to rest and recover from a virus that contributed to her fourth-round defeat by Czech Lucie Safarova, Sharapova looked revitalised as she triumphed 6-2 6-2 in the sunshine of Centre Court.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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