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2006-06-22 08:17:37

By Clare Fallon EASTBOURNE (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters set up a semi-final appointment at the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with impressive wins on Thursday. French Open champion Henin-Hardenne beat Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6-2 6-4 while Clijsters needed just 44 minutes to defeat Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-1 in difficult, windy conditions at the Wimbledon warm-up event. Friday's semi-final between the two Belgians will be their first meeting since...

2006-06-21 09:23:09

By Clare Fallon EASTBOURNE (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo's Wimbledon preparations hit the buffers on Wednesday when she lost her first match at the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament to French Fed Cup team mate Nathalie Dechy. The world number one was outplayed on a windy day at the English seaside, losing 3-6 6-2 6-3. "It's always difficult to beat one of your best friends but it is the first time I have beaten the active world number one player so it is a special win," said Dechy....

2006-06-20 21:03:26

By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) - Memories of triumph and disaster will swirl in the mind of Martina Hingis when she returns to Wimbledon for the first time in five years next week. The checkered career of the 25-year-old Swiss, who is back on tour after a three-year break, has seldom been more black and white than at the All England Club. In 1997 Hingis became the youngest Wimbledon champion in the professional era when, aged 16 years and nine months, she overcame Czech Jana...

2006-06-20 14:39:17

Corrects in fourth paragraph age on next birthday to 21 By Clare Fallon EASTBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova survived a tough first outing on the Eastbourne grass to beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama 1-6 6-1 6-2 on Tuesday. Kuznetsova, the fourth seed, became the first woman into the quarter-finals of the $600,000 Wimbledon warm-up event. A first-round bye appeared to have done the Russian few favors. Sugiyama, 30, was 4-1 up before Kuznetsova even began to fight back...

2006-06-20 10:32:52

By Clare Fallon EASTBOURNE (Reuters) - Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova survived a tough first outing on the Eastbourne grass to beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama 1-6 6-1 6-2 on Tuesday. Kuznetsova, the fourth seed, became the first woman into the quarter-finals of the $600,000 Wimbledon warm-up event. A first-round bye appeared to have done the Russian few favors. Sugiyama, 30, was 4-1 up before Kuznetsova even began to fight back and the Japanese took advantage of a double fault to take...

2006-06-10 11:28:40

By Bill Barclay PARIS (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne finished off the most dominant Roland Garros campaign in over a decade by repelling Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-4 to retain her French Open title on Saturday. Not since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario's 1994 triumph had the women's champion won the claycourt grand slam without dropping a set in the tournament. Ironically, Spaniard Sanchez-Vicario has been advising Kuznetsova but the Russian's lack of consistency on Saturday...

2006-06-10 10:19:34

PARIS (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne won her third French Open title when she defeated Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-4 on Saturday. The Belgian fifth seed, who also won the tournament in 2003 and 2005, joined Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles as the only women to have won back-to-back titles at the claycourt grand slam in the professional era. She also became the first player since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1994 to win the crown without...

2006-06-10 09:56:45

PARIS (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne won the women's French Open title with a 6-4 6-4 win over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final on Saturday. The Belgian won her third Roland Garros crown.

2006-06-10 09:19:11

PARIS (Reuters) - Defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne won the first set 6-4 against Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open final on Saturday. The Belgian, seeded fifth, wrapped it when Kuznetsova netted a forehand after 50 minutes. Henin-Hardenne, who also won the tournament in 2003, broke in the first game with a forehand winner on her second chance. She then held serve before breaking again in the fifth when the 2004 U.S. Open champion double-faulted to...

2006-06-09 21:06:45

PARIS (Reuters) - Justine Henin-Hardenne is firm favorite to win her third French Open title in four years and in doing so erase the disappointment of her Australian Open nightmare on Saturday. The Belgian, who retired from the Melbourne Park final against Amelie Mauresmo due to illness in January, tackles doughty Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the showpiece match of the claycourt grand slam. "It was a hard moment in my career," Henin-Hardenne said. "I have yet to bury it. (Today) I...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.