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Jun 26, 2013

Tennis-Wimbledon courts under scrutiny after injury ‘black day’

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Second seed Victoria Azarenka called on Wimbledon organisers to examine the state of the courts after joining a growing list of players to withdraw from the grasscourt grand slam because of injury on Wednesday.

The Belarussian took a bad fall in her first-round match on Monday on what she called a slippery Court One and her knee failed to recover in time for Wednesday’s match against Flavia Pennetta as she became one of eight players to pull out so far.

Jun 25, 2013

Roanic ready to serve up some aggression

LONDON (Reuters) – Big-serving Canadian Milos Roanic delivered 19 aces on his way to the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday and promised plenty more as he seeks to live up to his billing as one to watch.

The 22-year-old, whose height of nearly two meters gives him an advantage with his serve even without the attention he has given to developing it, easily beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-4 6-3 6-3 to set up a meeting with Dutchman Igor Sijsling.

Jun 25, 2013

Tennis-Roanic ready to serve up some aggression

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Big-serving Canadian Milos Roanic delivered 19 aces on his way to the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday and promised plenty more as he seeks to live up to his billing as one to watch.

The 22-year-old, whose height of nearly two metres gives him an advantage with his serve even without the attention he has given to developing it, easily beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-4 6-3 6-3 to set up a meeting with Dutchman Igor Sijsling.

Jun 25, 2013

Del Potro offers hope for men’s chasing pack

LONDON (Reuters) – Juan Martin del Potro provided some encouragement for the rest of the chasing pack in the men’s game at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Apart from single triumphs by the Argentine and Britain’s Andy Murray, the trio of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won every one of the last 33 slams.

Jun 25, 2013

Tennis-Del Potro offers hope for men’s chasing pack

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Juan Martin del Potro provided some encouragement for the rest of the chasing pack in the men’s game at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Apart from single triumphs by the Argentine and Britain’s Andy Murray, the trio of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won every one of the last 33 slams.

Jun 24, 2013

Sharapova returns to business after Williams row

LONDON (Reuters) – Third seed Maria Sharapova moved on from her weekend spat with Serena Williams by returning to her day job on Monday and earning a 7-6(5) 6-3 win over Kristina Mladenovic in a tricky first round match at Wimbledon.

The Russian had been embroiled in a conflict with Williams after a magazine interview with the world number one that included a reference the reporter interpreted as an attack on Sharapova’s relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov.

Jun 24, 2013

Tennis-Sharapova returns to business after Williams row

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Third seed Maria Sharapova moved on from her weekend spat with Serena Williams by returning to her day job on Monday and earning a 7-6(5) 6-3 win over Kristina Mladenovic in a tricky first round match at Wimbledon.

The Russian had been embroiled in a conflict with Williams after a magazine interview with the world number one that included a reference the reporter interpreted as an attack on Sharapova’s relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov.

Jun 24, 2013

Azarenka overcomes shock and pain to progress

LONDON (Reuters) – Second seed Victoria Azarenka fought through the pain barrier after a nasty fall that left her in shock to beat Maria Joao Koehler 6-1 6-2 and reach the Wimbledon second round on Monday.

The Belarussian had cruised through the first set against the Portuguese world number 106 and was one point away from going 2-0 up in the second when she slipped behind the baseline while trying to reach a shot and almost did the splits.

Jun 24, 2013

Tennis-Azarenka overcomes shock and pain to progress

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Second seed Victoria Azarenka fought through the pain barrier after a nasty fall that left her in shock to beat Maria Joao Koehler 6-1 6-2 and reach the Wimbledon second round on Monday.

The Belarussian had cruised through the first set against the Portuguese world number 106 and was one point away from going 2-0 up in the second when she slipped behind the baseline while trying to reach a shot and almost did the splits.

Jun 14, 2013

Soccer-Man City eye trophies with Pellegrini appointment

MANCHESTER, England, June 14 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s wealthy owners have entrusted Manuel Pellegrini with fulfilling their ambitions of a packed trophy cabinet, appointing the former Malaga manager as the successor to the sacked Roberto Mancini on Friday.

Expectations are high at silverware-hungry City, where runners-up places in the Premier League and FA Cup did not cut the mustard last season, while chief executive Ferran Soriano has said the target is five trophies in the next five years.

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      "I have been on the Reuters sports desk since 2006, before that was on the world desk and have also been a general news correspondent in Moscow. I report on sport in the north of England and also sub copy on all sports."
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