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Jul 3, 2015

Tennis-Once an idol, now an enemy; Watson eyes Serena and rivals

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Serena Williams once featured among Heather Watson’s bedroom posters but after the Briton almost ran her idol out of Wimbledon on Friday, the game’s big hitters are now in her sights on court.

Watson, ranked 59th, was twice just two points away from sending shockwaves around the All England Club by knocking out the five-times champion in front of a rapturous home crowd but eventually came up short losing 6-2 4-6 7-5 in the third round.

Jul 3, 2015

Serena survives almighty Watson scare to advance

LONDON (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams survived an almighty scare at Wimbledon on Friday, battling back to beat Britain’s Heather Watson in three sets and stay on course for a 21st grand slam title.

Williams, who has lifted this year’s Australian and French Open titles, was forced to dig deep in front of a raucous home crowd after an error-strewn showing against the superb Watson, recovering from 3-0 down in the final set to win 6-2 4-6 7-5.

Jul 3, 2015

Tennis-Serena survives almighty Watson scare to advance

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams survived an almighty scare at Wimbledon on Friday, battling back to beat Britain’s Heather Watson in three sets and stay on course for a 21st grand slam title.

Williams, who has lifted this year’s Australian and French Open titles, was forced to dig deep in front of a raucous home crowd after an error-strewn showing against the superb Watson, recovering from 3-0 down in the final set to win 6-2 4-6 7-5.

Jul 3, 2015

Frenchman Gasquet sends poor Dimitrov home at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – France’s Richard Gasquet eased into the last 16 at Wimbledon on Friday, comfortably winning a battle of the backhands with misfiring Bulgarian 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

No. 21 seed Gasquet, who had won his previous four matches against last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist, came through 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court to head into the second week at the All England Club for the first time since 2012.

Jul 3, 2015

Tennis-Frenchman Gasquet sends poor Dimitrov home at Wimbledon

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – France’s Richard Gasquet eased into the last 16 at Wimbledon on Friday, comfortably winning a battle of the backhands with misfiring Bulgarian 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

No. 21 seed Gasquet, who had won his previous four matches against last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist, came through 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court to head into the second week at the All England Club for the first time since 2012.

Jul 2, 2015

Qualifier Brown hammers Nadal out of Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) – Two-times champion Rafa Nadal’s appalling recent run at Wimbledon continued on Thursday as he crashed out in the second round after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.

The Spaniard, who has slipped down the sport’s pecking order and was seeded 10 after a year of injury and below-par performances, fell 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 as Brown, ranked 102 in the world, unleashed a barrage of thunderous serves and ground strokes, mixed with clever drop shots to seal a shock victory.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Qualifier Brown hammers Nadal out of Wimbledon

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Two-times champion Rafa Nadal’s appalling recent run at Wimbledon continued on Thursday as he crashed out in the second round after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.

The Spaniard, who has slipped down the sport’s pecking order and was seeded 10 after a year of injury and below-par performances, fell 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 as Brown, ranked 102 in the world, unleashed a barrage of thunderous serves and ground strokes, mixed with clever drop shots to seal a shock victory.

Jul 2, 2015

Wildcard Ward joins Murray in Wimbledon third round

LONDON (Reuters) – British wildcard James Ward battled past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic on Thursday to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time, delighting a vociferous home crowd.

The 6-2 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 victory on a sun-baked Court Two moved Ward into the top 100 and meant Britain had more than one man in Wimbledon’s third round for the first time since 2002, after his rather more celebrated compatriot Andy Murray also went through.

Jul 2, 2015

Tennis-Wildcard Ward joins Murray in Wimbledon third round

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – British wildcard James Ward battled past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic on Thursday to reach the third round of Wimbledon for the first time, delighting a vociferous home crowd.

The 6-2 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 victory on a sun-baked Court Two moved Ward into the top 100 and meant Britain had more than one man in Wimbledon’s third round for the first time since 2002, after his rather more celebrated compatriot Andy Murray also went through.

Jun 30, 2015

Tesco seeks fresh start with suppliers who survive cull

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Suppliers to Tesco can
expect a better deal from Britain’s biggest supermarket chain as
it tries to sustain a tentative revival — providing their wares
survive a cull that is removing thousands of products from
shelves.

Last week Tesco enjoyed the first fruits of a radical
shake-up of its 3,000 British suppliers as new deals and changes
to product ranges helped to feed price reductions that drove
better than expected quarterly sales.

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