Category Archives: Wimbledon

DRAGON WINS, MURRAY FORCED TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR

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LONDON – The centuries old tale of St George and the Dragon is a popular item in this town. After all, the heroic George is the patron saint of England, and dragons keep their distance. Anyway, yesterday seemed perfect for an updated re-run. The local tennis Cathedral called Wimbledon was jammed with 14,979 parishioners, and …

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YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE BIRDIES AT WIMBLEDON

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LONDON – “Where are those Williams sisters?” a Wimbledon ticket-holder asked me yesterday. They lost in the fourth round, I replied. “So what?” the guy, an American, persisted. “They’re as much a part of this place as strawberries, ivy and the Pimm’s Cups.  It should be like our baseball with designated hitters.  Just insert them …

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TOO MUCH BOUNCING, BARTOLI RUNS OUT OF GAS

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LONDON – They should call her “The Bouncer.” No, she doesn’t throw unruly patrons out of saloons. Although she did eject a dangerous character – Sister Serena — from the big playroom called Centre Court.  That victory on Monday got her into the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and startled the usual gatherings of 14, 979 with her …

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EVERY GIRL NEEDS A BASKETBALL PLAYER

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LONDON – Does every girl need a basketball player? Helps with the rebounds apparently, painting a ceiling or scoring on the old boardinghouse reach.  Anything needing a necessary stretch.  But get a good one. A professional. That’s what Maria Sharapova did, and it seems to be working well for the ex-champ, who glided into Wimbledon’s …

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RAFA DEFENDS HIS 2008 TITLE, WINS EASILY

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LONDON – Federer and Venus got beat.  So did Roddick, Djokovic, Henin and Clijsters.  Wimbledon upsets to be sure, but not the most startling reversals as the aged tennis tournament faded away for another year. Caught up in the most incredible upset of the fortnight was none other than that veteran performer – Jupiter Pluvius. Surely you …

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS ADD SPICE TO WOMEN’S TOUR

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LONDON – If they had been shooting at each other in a Western, one of the antagonists might have threatened, “This country ain’t big enough for both of us.” The country in question is tiny Belgium.  Not much cactus, sagebrush or prairie there, but the firing was fierce as they tried to drive one another …

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A SURREAL DREAM, THE MATCH THAT WILL NOT END

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LONDON – Shall we call it “The Johnny and Nico Show”?  Two young guys skipping about on a grassy stage of an outdoor theatre called Wimbledon, and hoping “you’ll tune in again tomorrow because we ain’t finished yet.” So here are American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, a soap opera in short pants, playing …

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