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Aug 12, 2015

Tennis-Bouchard stays positive despite another early exit

TORONTO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard was hailed as the new face of women’s tennis just 12 months ago but the Canadian’s downward spiral continued on Tuesday with a humbling 6-0 5-7 6-2 loss to Swiss Belinda Bencic in the opening round of the Rogers Cup.

Home fans had come out in force to cheer on the 21-year-old but had little reason to get excited as the error-prone Bouchard fell at the first hurdle for the eighth time in 10 tournaments.

Aug 11, 2015

Williams shakes off rust, rolls ahead at Rogers Cup

TORONTO (Reuters) – Serena Williams needed a set to shake off some hard court rust then rolled to 2-6 6-3 6-0 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and into the third round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Playing her first match of the North American hard court swing after pulling out of last week’s event in Stanford with a sore right elbow, Williams played a ragged opening set in which she was broken four times while firing four double faults.

Aug 11, 2015

Tennis-Williams shakes off rust, rolls ahead at Rogers Cup

TORONTO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Serena Williams needed a set to shake off some hard court rust then rolled to 2-6 6-3 6-0 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and into the third round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Playing her first match of the North American hard court swing after pulling out of last week’s event in Stanford with a sore right elbow, Williams played a ragged opening set in which she was broken four times while firing four double faults.

Aug 11, 2015

Lisicki routs Venus Williams at rain-hit Rogers Cup

TORONTO (Reuters) – After a long rain delay Germany’s Sabine Lisicki made quick work of Venus Williams, strolling into the second round of the Rogers Cup on Monday after routing the American 6-0 6-3.

Rain wiped out most of the opening day action but play finally resumed on the Toronto hardcourts late in the evening following a nine-hour wait with Williams and Lisicki walking out onto a near empty center court.

Aug 11, 2015

Tennis-Lisicki routs Venus Williams at rain-hit Rogers Cup

TORONTO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – After a long rain delay Germany’s Sabine Lisicki made quick work of Venus Williams, strolling into the second round of the Rogers Cup on Monday after routing the American 6-0 6-3.

Rain wiped out most of the opening day action but play finally resumed on the Toronto hardcourts late in the evening following a nine-hour wait with Williams and Lisicki walking out onto a near empty centre court.

Aug 10, 2015

Serena’s U.S. Open buildup begins with questions

TORONTO (Reuters) – Serena Williams was in superb form as she began her U.S. Open buildup with an entertaining effort highlighted by a couple of cheeky returns and a few clear winners at a rainy Rogers Cup on Monday.

Williams will not actually launch her North American hard court campaign until Tuesday or Wednesday against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, so all of Monday’s action took place in a posh VIP lounge where the world number one took questions from the media.

Aug 10, 2015

Tennis-Serena’s U.S. Open buildup begins with questions

TORONTO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Serena Williams was in superb form as she began her U.S. Open buildup with an entertaining effort highlighted by a couple of cheeky returns and a few clear winners at a rainy Rogers Cup on Monday.

Williams will not actually launch her North American hard court campaign until Tuesday or Wednesday against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta, so all of Monday’s action took place in a posh VIP lounge where the world number one took questions from the media.

Jul 28, 2015

‘Dead in water’ U.S. swimming team expects slow start in Kazan

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – USA Swimming was rubbing its hands with glee when it announced a squad packed full of gold medal winners and record breakers for the 2015 world championships, but that was a year ago and the team that lands in Kazan may need time to fire on all cylinders.

Twelve months can be an eternity in the pool and while Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte take huge reputations to Russia, the form they were in then and where they are now are likely to be poles apart.

Jul 28, 2015

‘Dead in water’ U.S. team expects slow start in Kazan

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – USA Swimming was rubbing its hands with glee when it announced a squad packed full of gold medal winners and record breakers for the 2015 world championships, but that was a year ago and the team that lands in Kazan may need time to fire on all cylinders.

Twelve months can be an eternity in the pool and while Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte take huge reputations to Russia, the form they were in then and where they are now are likely to be poles apart.

Jul 28, 2015

Swimming-’Dead in water’ U.S. team expects slow start in Kazan

July 28 (Reuters) – USA Swimming was rubbing its hands with glee when it announced a squad packed full of gold medal winners and record breakers for the 2015 world championships, but that was a year ago and the team that lands in Kazan may need time to fire on all cylinders.

Twelve months can be an eternity in the pool and while Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte take huge reputations to Russia, the form they were in then and where they are now are likely to be poles apart.