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2006-08-13 02:14:30

By Mark Lamport-Stokes CARSON, California (Reuters) - The prospect of a dream Los Angeles Open final between top seed Maria Sharapova and twice champion Serena Williams evaporated on Saturday when both players were upset in the semi-finals. A fatigued Sharapova, chasing a second successive WTA Tour title, went down 7-5 6-2 to fellow Russian Elena Dementieva while Williams, playing her third event of the year because of a knee injury, lost 6-4 6-3 to Serbian Jelena Jankovic. The...

2006-07-09 10:42:34

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal kept alive his hopes of a first Wimbledon title on Sunday when he won a third set tiebreak after Roger Federer had opened a two-set lead. Federer blew Nadal away in the first set, taking it 6-0 in 24 minutes, before nudging the second on a tiebreak after battling back from a break down. The Swiss world number one took out the frustration of his French Open final defeat by Nadal in devastating fashion as he became the first man since...

2006-07-09 09:54:47

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer edged close to a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday, opening a 6-0 7-6 lead against Spain's Rafael Nadal in the final. The Swiss, looking to become only the third man to win four straight titles here in the professional era, blazed through the first set in 24 minutes but was given a scrap in the second. Federer took out the frustration of his French Open final defeat by Nadal in devastating fashion as he became the...

2006-06-30 08:43:18

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - When long-haired teenager Andre Agassi made his Wimbledon debut in 1987 he won just five games in his first round defeat by Henri Leconte and could barely disguise his contempt for the All England Club traditions. Now, nearly two decades on, another bandana-wearing upstart, Spain's Rafael Nadal threatens to bring down the final curtain on Agassi's magical relationship with the grasscourt grand slam that he eventually grew to love. Nadal, 20, has...

2006-06-28 08:23:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova marked her return to her favorite hunting ground at Wimbledon by thrashing Israel's Anna Smashnova 6-2 6-0 in the first round on Wednesday. The 2004 champion signaled her title aspirations by condemning Smashnova to her 10th first-round exit here in 12 visits. Russian Sharapova, 19, opened her campaign a day later than expected because of Monday's rain but wasted little time in outclassing her opponent with bludgeoning groundstrokes and claimed the...

2006-05-09 11:38:56

(Please read in first para ... on Tuesday. Corrects day of the week) Corrected repeat follows ROME (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal began his bid for back-to-back Rome Masters titles when he edged out fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya 6-1 2-6 6-2 on Tuesday. Nineteen-year-old Nadal will equal Guillermo Vilas's 1977 record of 53 consecutive wins on clay if he successfully defends his title this week. The French Open champion took advantage of an error-strewn start by Moya to race...

2006-05-09 11:44:41

ROME (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal began his bid for back-to-back Rome Masters titles when he edged out fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya 6-1 2-6 6-2 on Tuesday. Nineteen-year-old Nadal will equal Guillermo Vilas's 1977 record of 53 consecutive wins on clay if he successfully defends his title this week. The French Open champion took advantage of an error-strewn start by Moya to race through the first set in just over half an hour. Former world number one Moya hit back, finding the...

2006-03-05 20:42:10

By Matthew Cronin LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - James Blake recorded a shock 7-5 2-6 6-3 win over top seed Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Tennis Channel Open on Sunday. American Blake relied on big forehands, pinpoint service returns and solid net play to defeat the Australian for the first time in seven attempts. "I'm happy to finally get a win against one of the best players of all time," the fifth seed told reporters after scooping his fifth career title. "It was big hurdle. We had...

2005-10-09 08:01:00

By Barry Wood FILDERSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport claimed the 50th singles title of her career on Sunday when she defeated Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-2 6-4 in the final of the Filderstadt Grand Prix. The victory by Davenport denied third-seeded Mauresmo her 400th career singles victory. The two women met in last year's final when Mauresmo retired after the first set. The top-seeded Davenport has now won five titles this year, following victories in Dubai, Amelia...

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2005-09-10 09:25:00

Humans are heading back to the Moon. Tennis, anyone? NASA -- They call him the "Rocket Man." Tennis pro Andy Roddick holds the world's record for fast serves: 155 mph. By the time opponents realize where the ball is going, very often, it's already gone. Ace! Roddick's serve is much-feared around the US Open, which began this week in New York. His groundstrokes are like rockets, too. And, believe it or not, that can be a problem. Balls hit so hard want to go long, flying straight out the back...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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