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Oct 8, 2014

Pietersen blames Flower for ‘choking’ England

LONDON (Reuters) – There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Flower, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him.

Forty-eight hours of Flower-bashing did not seem enough to satisfy Pietersen as even when he was asked about his so-called ‘back-stabbing’ team mates or the England and Wales Cricket Board’s desire to produce “choir boy” players, the 34-year-old turned the focus back to his nemesis-in-chief.

Oct 8, 2014

Cricket-Pietersen blames Flower for ‘choking’ England

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Fowler, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him.

Forty-eight hours of Flower-bashing did not seem enough to satisfy Pietersen as even when he was asked about his so-called ‘back-stabbing’ team mates or the England and Wales Cricket Board’s desire to produce “choir boy” players, the 34-year-old turned the focus back to his nemesis-in-chief.

Oct 8, 2014

Reuters Q&A – Pietersen the misunderstood maverick

LONDON (Reuters) – Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman – accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England.

But when the axe fell on his decade-long England career following last winter’s 5-0 Ashes humiliation, everyone involved in the gentleman’s game knew that the one thing Pietersen was not capable of was staying tight-lipped.

Oct 8, 2014

Pietersen the misunderstood maverick

LONDON (Reuters) – Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman – accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England.

But when the axe fell on his decade-long England career following last winter’s 5-0 Ashes humiliation, everyone involved in the gentleman’s game knew that the one thing Pietersen was not capable of was staying tight-lipped.

Oct 8, 2014

Reuters Q&A-Cricket-Pietersen the misunderstood maverick

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman – accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England.

But when the axe fell on his decade-long England career following last winter’s 5-0 Ashes humiliation, everyone involved in the gentleman’s game knew that the one thing Pietersen was not capable of was staying tight-lipped.

Jul 7, 2014

Becker gamble pays off for Djokovic

LONDON (Reuters) – When Novak Djokovic jumped on the super-coach bandwagon and hired Boris Becker, the appointment came straight out of left field and appeared to be a baffling one.

Three-times Wimbledon champion Becker had never shown any inclination towards coaching, was neck deep with his media and business commitments and as a classic serve-and-volleyer, his playing style could not have been more different to Djokovic’s baseline power game.

Jul 7, 2014

Tennis-Becker gamble pays off for Djokovic

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – When Novak Djokovic jumped on the super-coach bandwagon and hired Boris Becker, the appointment came straight out of left field and appeared to be a baffling one.

Three-times Wimbledon champion Becker had never shown any inclination towards coaching, was neck deep with his media and business commitments and as a classic serve-and-volleyer, his playing style could not have been more different to Djokovic’s baseline power game.

Jul 7, 2014

Dazzling Djokovic savours victory over Federer

LONDON (Reuters) – After almost four hours of mental torture, Novak Djokovic sank to his knees, crouched over the hallowed Wimbledon turf, plucked a blade of grass and put it in his mouth – never before had victory tasted so good.

It was a victory that he should have been celebrating almost an hour earlier, it was a victory that almost slipped through his sweaty fingers, it was a victory he had been craving for three years.

Jul 6, 2014

Tennis-Dazzling Djokovic savours victory over Federer

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – After almost four hours of mental torture, Novak Djokovic sank to his knees, crouched over the hallowed Wimbledon turf, plucked a blade of grass and put it in his mouth – never before had victory tasted so good.

It was a victory that he should have been celebrating almost an hour earlier, it was a victory that almost slipped through his sweaty fingers, it was a victory he had been craving for three years.

Jul 5, 2014

Tennis-Kvitova hands Bouchard royal thumping to win Wimbledon

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – Petra Kvitova produced a majestic performance to end Eugenie Bouchard’s hopes of becoming the first Canadian to win a grand slam title with a 6-3 6-0 win in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

Much had been made of Bouchard’s raw power and determination to triumph in what she calls the “Temple of Tennis” but the 20-year-old was unable to cope with sixth seed Kvitova’s more varied attacking style.