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Nadal Beats Murray In Semi

Wimbledon 2010 Rafael Nadal delivered the performance of a seven-time Grand Slam champion to end Andy Murray’s hopes of reaching his first Wimbledon final. Murray had hoped to become the first British man since 1938 to reach the final but Nadal was stronger in the key moments as he won 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The [...]

SLTA Gear Up For March Nz Tie

With more than a 100-year tradition, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is world tennis’ premier team competition, as well as the largest annual event of its kind. The symbol of this prestigious event is the impressive silver Davis Cup trophy, donated by Harvard student Dwight Filley Davis back in 1900. It was initially confined to [...]

Williams And Henin Set To Renew Fierce Rivalry

The Australian Open showdown between Serena Williams and Justine Henin is more than a dream final between defending champion and comeback queen. It marks the re-birth of one of the fiercest rivalries in modern tennis on a stage where the stakes could not be higher. Despite a long rivalry stretching back over a decade, Saturday’s [...]

‘Unexceptional’ Federer Issues Warning To Murray

Roger Federer played down his destruction of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the Australian Open final as “not exceptional”, then cheekily reminded Andy Murray of the weight of British expectation ahead of their title bout. “I’m happy. I played solid. I didn’t play exceptional. I did enough and I’m through. It’s nice,” the world number one [...]

Australian Open Champion Rafael Nadal Into Fourth Round

Defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-2 2-6 7-5 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber. The second seed’s serve was put under pressure and he needed some inventive shots to win in three-and-a-half hours. Fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro survived some anxious moments before beating [...]

Clijsters Falls To Petrova While Henin Marches On

Kim Clijsters suffered a humbling third round defeat while Justine Henin narrowly avoided the same fate on an intriguing day at the Australian Open. Clijsters, one of the favourites to win the title, was blasted off court by 19th seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 6-0 6-1 in only 52 minutes in Melbourne. The result shocked the [...]

Sudantha Refuses, Paldano Accepts Davis Cup Job

By T.M.K. Samat Sudantha Soysa has declined to coach Sri Lanka’s Davis Cup squad, citing his inability to give the commitment the task demands. And veteran George Paldano is to take on the four-month-long job. Soysa’s thumbs-down to what is currently the most important job going in local tennis is surprising, hinting a conflict between [...]

Sri Lanka Choose Clay For Nz Davis Cup Tie

By T.M.K Samat Sri Lanka is to play its opening 2010 Group Two Davis Cup tennis tie on clay courts next year, and not as was expected, on the recently-laid hard courts. In 2006 the SLTA invested Rs. 2.5m. to convert the surface of six of the 14 courts at Green Path to hard, just [...]

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