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Jul 1, 2013

Murray survives mini-scare to reach Wimbledon’s last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – Andy Murray suffered a mini crisis of confidence and faced his first tiebreak of the tournament but recovered his nerve and timing to beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 7-6(5) 6-1 on Monday and take his regular berth in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

With Laura Robson bowing out earlier in the day, number two seed Murray assumed his usual position as singles flag-bearer for the home country and he duly triumphed on a sun-drenched Centre Court against the 31-year-old making his 13th Wimbledon appearance.

Jul 1, 2013

Tennis-Murray survives mini-scare to reach last eight

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Andy Murray suffered a mini crisis of confidence and faced his first tiebreak of the tournament but recovered his nerve and timing to beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 7-6(5) 6-1 on Monday and take his regular berth in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

With Laura Robson bowing out earlier in the day, number two seed Murray assumed his usual position as singles flag-bearer for the home country and he duly triumphed on a sun-drenched Centre Court against the 31-year-old making his 13th Wimbledon appearance.

Jul 1, 2013

British women’s drought hits 30 years as Robson falls

LONDON (Reuters) – Laura Robson began the second week of Wimbledon looking to become the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals since 1984 but took just over 90 minutes to depart in tears as she was beaten in straight sets by Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Monday.

Robson, 19, awoke to newspaper stories predicting fame, riches and good odds of a future grand slam title but in a ragged, error-strewn display she was dispatched 7-6(6), 7-5 by the big-serving 36th-ranked Kanepi who reached the quarter-finals for the second time.

Jul 1, 2013

Tennis-British women’s drought hits 30 years as Robson falls

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Laura Robson began the second week of Wimbledon looking to become the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals since 1984 but took just over 90 minutes to depart in tears as she was beaten in straight sets by Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Monday.

Robson, 19, awoke to newspaper stories predicting fame, riches and good odds of a future grand slam title but in a ragged, error-strewn display she was dispatched 7-6(6), 7-5 by the big-serving 36th-ranked Kanepi who reached the quarter-finals for the second time.

Jun 28, 2013

Robson delivers rare success for British women

LONDON (Reuters) – Home favorite Laura Robson was the toast of Wimbledon again on Friday as the 19-year-old reached the third round for the first time, five years after being dubbed the “next big thing” in British women’s tennis.

By this stage of the tournament the only British female presence is usually the ball girls but Robson, who won the junior Wimbledon title as a 14-year-old, was given the unexpected honor of playing on Center Court after her match was postponed by rain on Thursday.

Jun 28, 2013

Tennis-Robson delivers rare success for British women

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Home favourite Laura Robson was the toast of Wimbledon again on Friday as the 19-year-old reached the third round for the first time, five years after being dubbed the “next big thing” in British women’s tennis.

By this stage of the tournament the only British female presence is usually the ball girls but Robson, who won the junior Wimbledon title as a 14-year-old, was given the unexpected honour of playing on Centre Court after her match was postponed by rain on Thursday.

Jun 27, 2013

No Center-Court slips as Del Potro storms through

LONDON (Reuters) – Giant Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro moved sure-footedly into the third round of Wimbledon with a ruthlessly impressive straight-sets Center Court win over American-turned Canadian Jesse Levine on Thursday.

The 6ft 6ins (1.98m) eighth seed, seeking a second grand slam title after his 2009 U.S. Open success, won 6-2 7-6(7) 6-3 with a display of crushing power but also showed an athletic balance on the lush grass that caused so many problems on Wednesday.

Jun 27, 2013

Tennis-No Centre-Court slips as Del Potro storms through

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Giant Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro moved sure-footedly into the third round of Wimbledon with a ruthlessly impressive straight-sets Centre Court win over American-turned Canadian Jesse Levine on Thursday.

The 6ft 6ins (1.98m) eighth seed, seeking a second grand slam title after his 2009 U.S. Open success, won 6-2 7-6(7) 6-3 with a display of crushing power but also showed an athletic balance on the lush grass that caused so many problems on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013

Rugby-Lions test slots up for grabs as Gatland weighs his options

LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) – Three days ago, a depressed Rory Best was contemplating watching the British and Irish Lions series on TV. Now he has a great chance of claiming the starting hooker’s jersey such is the fluid nature of selection on such a short, sharp tour.

The Irishman was called up on Sunday to replace Dylan Hartley, who was banned for abusing a referee, and it would not be surprising to find Best edging out Wales’s Richard Hibbard and Tom Youngs of England for the number two jersey in the first of the three tests against Australia on June 22.

May 25, 2013

Hartley’s Lions hopes hanging by a thread

LONDON (Reuters) – England hooker Dylan Hartley looks set to lose his British and Irish Lions place after being sent off for calling the referee a cheat in Saturday’s English Premiership final in which his Northampton team were beaten 37-17 by Leicester.

The incident, at the end of the first half in front of almost 82,000 fans at Twickenham, was the first red card in a Premiership final but Hartley has claimed his expletive-led accusation was aimed at Tom Youngs, his opposite number and rival for the Lions jersey, and not referee Wayne Barnes.

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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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