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Author: Ted

Wimblemund 2015 – Day 8, The March Of Capitalism

Serena Williams (USA) bt. Venus Williams (USA) 6-4, 6-3 Novak Djokovic (RS) vs. Kevin Anderson (ZA) 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4 – play suspended, bad light There was a moment during the first set of Novak Djokovic’s yet-to-be-completed fourth round match with South Africa’s giant Kevin Anderson when Peter Fleming, commentating for the BBC, said “I can guarantee you that Novak isn’t having fun out there”. If this is true then you have to start to wonder why the hell any of us are bothering. Enjoying it or not, should Djokovic complete his fightback this afternoon, his half of the...

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A Final Word On The 2015 Women’s World Cup

I’ve never hidden my dislike for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), to give the 2015 Women’s World Cup winners their full title. And I’m not about to start now. The best team, if not necessarily the “right” team, won after coming good at the right time in an ultimately enjoyable tournament in Canada. But I couldn’t stomach their post-match celebration (or, for that matter, another minute of Jonathan bloody Pearce – see below). They had let it be known long ago that they believed they had a “score to settle” after losing 2011’s final to Japan on...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 7, oot!

Jelena Jankovic (RS) bt. Petra Kvitova (CZ) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Andy Murray (GB) bt. Andreas Seppi (I) 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 Roger Federer (CH) bt. Sam Groth (AUS) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 Eyesight, knowledge of the rules of the game of tennis and a three-word vocabulary seem to be the only necessary qualifications to be a tennis line judge. Additional facets of both character and experience are, obviously, going to prove ultimately advantageous but those initial three things are definitely the prerequisites. Quite why so many of the line judges at every tennis tournament seem to fall so short...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 6, Power Play

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt. Milos Raonic (CDN) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-3 Richard Gasquet (F) bt. Grigor Dimitrov (BG) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Serena Williams (USA) bt. Heather Watson (GB) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 It was the Commonwealth Games on Court 2. An Australian and a Canadian playing one another at Britain’s All England Club. What better advertisement could there be for peace and harmony? Actually, there being an Australian player involved, there was very little peace in evidence, although with the lure of Bernard Tomic playing on Centre Court the Australian Fanatics seemed fewer in number. Harmony was in fairly short supply...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 5, The Non-Surprise Result

Andy Murray (GB) bt. Robin Haase (NL) 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 James Ward (GB) bt. Jiri Vesely (CZ) 6-2, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 Dustin Brown (D) bt. Rafael Nadal (E) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 There comes a time in every great champion’s life when their early departure from a major tournament ceases to be particularly worthy of note. Rafael Nadal isn’t there quite yet, but at Wimbledon at least he is starting to look like he is getting there. Yesterday marked the fourth successive year that he has been knocked out in the first week at the All-England Club, each time to...

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