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Serena seals her 20th Slam!

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June 6, 2015

  Serena Williams dropped her racquet on the Roland Garros clay, stretched her arms skywards, and savoured the moment she sealed her 20th Grand Slam. Though we witnessed a superb second-set comeback from Lucie Safarova, and a break in the very first game of the third, you always felt Serena would find a way. FEROCIOUS […]

What Can Be Done About Murray’s Mindset?

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First of all, you have to salute Novak Djokovic for beating Andy Murray yet again, and in doing so ending the Brit’s hopes of taking a Grand Slam he hasn’t won before. The 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 scoreline tells the basic story. The first two sets were ridiculously easy for Djokovic. So was the […]

Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without Americans!

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June 5, 2015

Try to imagine Wimbledon over the years without Americans. It just wouldn’t have been the same, would it? Rebellious, glamorous or utterly brilliant, the Americans always add something – and that’s why we can’t wait to welcome them. ICONIC So many of Wimbledon’s most iconic moments have involved Americans. John McEnroe yelling ‘you cannot be […]

Street-fighter Stan’s Sucker Punch

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If you see poetry in a sucker-punch set up by a true street-fighter, this really was a match to admire. Stan Wawrinka saved sixteen break points to show his fighting spirit – but that wasn’t the most remarkable feature of his intriguing performance. ASSAULT No, the timing of his assault in the all-important third was […]

Surely Only Illness Can Deny Serena Now?

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June 4, 2015

Once again, Serena Williams needed to come from behind. Once more she found the strength when the cause seemed beyond her. Timea Bacsinszky seemed to have such freedom of movement, to show such fearlessness in her stroke-play, that when she took the first set 6-4 and more than held her own in the early games […]

Rafael Nadal Loses At Roland Garros

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June 3, 2015

For the first time in 40 matches and only the second time in ten years, Rafael Nadal lost a tennis match at Roland Garros. The superb Spaniard had won here for the last five years and yet he finally met his match in Novak Djokovic, the world number won who hasn’t lost now in 27 […]

Federer Falls To Whirlwind Wawrinka

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June 2, 2015

The poetic power of Stan Wawrinka was too much for Roger Federer, whose best tennis seemed to be carried away on a forceful Parisian wind. ‘I’ve beaten a friend,’ said Wawrinka, a poignant remark given their relatively recent falling out. Federer, the world’s favourite player will now start looking forward to Wimbledon, his best chance […]

How Long Can Comeback Queen Serena Keep Doing This?

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June 1, 2015

So she did it again. For the third successive match at Roland Garros, Serena Williams struck back from a set down to come through in three. IRREPRESSIBLE On this occasion, Sloane Stephens, her fellow African-American, was the victim of that irrepressible Williams will to win. Even though the younger woman had blitzed the first set […]

SHARAPOVA CRASHES OUT BUT RUTHLESS ROGER IS THROUGH

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A moment of complacency can finish you at Roland Garros, just as surely as a bout of illness. So it was for Gael Monfils, who was 40-0 up in the first game when he resumed his match against Roger Federer at one set all. CASUAL Monfils decided to attempt a casual drop-shot to complete that […]

Robinsons, Slazenger and Other Wimbledon Partners

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May 28, 2015

Here’s a fun exercise in brand-spotting: at Wimbledon 2015, see how many logos or advertisements you can spot. Aside from select products supplied by Wimbledon’s official suppliers you are unlikely to find any. Despite being one the world’s most popular events, Wimbledon takes a distinctly ‘less is more’ approach to advertising. It’s not by accident but […]

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