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2006-07-04 10:07:56

LONDON (Reuters) - Second seed Kim Clijsters reached her second Wimbledon singles semi-final on Tuesday, beating China's Na Li 6-4 7-5. The Belgian looked to be in cruise control when she led by a set and a break against China's first grand slam quarter-finalist but was made to scrap all the way. From 0-2 in the second set the powerful Chinese 27th seed hit a purple patch to win the next five games and held a set point when serving at 5-3 but hit a backhand long. The U.S. Open...

2006-07-04 08:21:25

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Two players will stand out from a crowd of familiar faces on women's quarter-finals day at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Li Na, the first Chinese player to reach a grand slam quarter-final, faces Belgian Kim Clijsters in the second match on Center Court. Over on court one France's 26-year-old Severine Bremond, ranked 129th in the world, has the daunting task of taking on French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne. It would be a major shock if either...

2006-07-03 14:09:03

By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) - Li Na created tennis history for China at Wimbledon on Monday while the United States departed from the singles with its tail firmly between its legs. British hopes of a first men's champion since 1936 also evaporated in the searing sunshine when Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis brushed aside Scottish teenager Andy Murray in the fourth round. Men's champion Roger Federer, second seed Rafael Nadal and women's top seed Amelie Mauresmo advanced easily to the...

2006-07-03 11:30:53

By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) - Li Na created history for China at Wimbledon on Monday while the United States departed from the singles with its tail firmly between its legs. British hopes of a first men's champion since 1936 also evaporated in the searing sunshine when Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis brushed aside Scottish teenager Andy Murray in the fourth round. Li, 24, overcame Czech 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova 4-6 6-1 6-3 to become China's first grand slam singles...

2006-07-03 11:00:59

By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) - Li Na created history for China at Wimbledon on Monday while the United States departed from the singles with its tail firmly between its legs. British hopes of a first men's champion since 1936 also evaporated in the searing sunshine when Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis brushed aside Scottish teenager Andy Murray in the fourth round. Li, 24, overcame Czech 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova 4-6 6-1 6-3 to become China's first grand slam singles...

2006-07-02 22:08:53

By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) - In-form Australian Lleyton Hewitt and British teenager Andy Murray will try to set up an intriguing quarter-final meeting at Wimbledon when they play their fourth round matches on Monday. Hewitt, the 2002 champion who won the pre-Wimbledon Queen's Club event, plays 23rd seed David Ferrer, one of a record three Spaniards in the last 16. Murray, fresh from his third-round upset of Andy Roddick, takes on Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of...

2006-06-30 15:19:20

By Bill Barclay LONDON (Reuters) - Asian tennis flexed its muscles at Wimbledon on Friday when China's Li Na and Japan's Ai Sugiyama upset Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis respectively in the third round. China's Li became the first player from the world's most populous nation to reach the last 16 of the Wimbledon singles thanks to a 3-6 6-2 6-3 win over Russian fifth seed Kuznetsova, this year's French Open runner-up. Hingis's return to the All England Club after a five-year...

2006-06-30 13:08:28

LONDON (Reuters) - Number two seed Kim Clijsters moved effortlessly into the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday with a 6-3 6-2 victory over China's Jie Zheng. The Belgian, who won last year's U.S. Open after being a grand slam runner-up four times, put paid to Jie Zheng's Wimbledon chances with some solid serving and pinpoint accuracy in their baseline rallies. In the first set, the world number two raced to a 5-2 lead before dropping her serve. But she broke right back to...

2006-06-28 15:18:00

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champions Roger Federer and Venus Williams dazzled their opponents in the London sunshine as Wimbledon's big hitters strutted their stuff on Wednesday. Federer oozed class and authority against British nearly-man Tim Henman on Center Court, chastening his friend and four-times semi-finalist 6-4 6-0 6-2 in a one-sided second round match. Williams uncoiled her long limbs for the first time this year on grass, dismantling fellow American...

2006-06-28 12:36:42

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Holder Venus Williams, world number one Amelie Mauresmo and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova began their Wimbledon campaigns in convincing fashion on Wednesday, dropping just three games between them. Monday's rain meant the high-powered trio had to wait longer than expected to stride out on the plush All England Club lawns, but they came out firing on all cylinders, as did former men's champions Lleyton Hewitt who thrashed Italian Filippo Volandri....


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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