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Federer, Nadal skip Rogers Cup

Toronto — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have pulled out of the Rogers Cup, leaving the Toronto tournament without three of the world’s top four men's tennis players. Tennis Canada announced the withdrawals Tuesday, a day after Wimbledon champion and world No. 2 Andy Murray said he would not defend his Rogers Cup title this year. No. 3 Federer is coming off a run to the semifinals at Wimbledon, where he lost in five sets to Canada's Milos Raonic. Fourth-ranked Nadal has not played since withdrawing from the French Open after suffering a wrist injury. The tournament begins with the start of qualifying on Saturday.

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Table tennis bet to carry PH flag in Rio

Ian Lariba of table tennis will carry the Philippine flag and the country’s medal hopes in the Rio Olympics, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said yesterday. Being one of the youngest athletes among the 12 Olympians, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. also paid tribute to table tennis’ breakthrough entry into the Olympics as a primary reason. “We’ve never had one Olympic athlete from table tennis,” said Cojuangco. Lariba, who secured the Rio berth last April in a qualifying event in Hong Kong, was stunned but ecstatic over her selection. “First time I will carry the Philippine flag and I feel very privileged and humbled,” said Lariba, a Financial Management student at La Salle. The opening ceremonies will be held on Aug. 5 with Lariba leading the way of a lean delegation whose athletes will …

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PH Cuppers bow to Taiwanese

Jeson Patrombon blew away a hot start as he suffered a mental lapse in the second set that all but ended the Philippine Davis Cup’s bid of returning to the elite Group I. The country’s former top junior player was on the verge of a two-set advantage before turning ice cold that left many heartbroken following his 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-1 loss to Chen Ti in the first reverse singles match of their Asia Oceania Zone Group II second round tie at the Philippine Columbian Association claycourt in Paco, Manila. Patrombon, who replaced Francis Casey Alcantara in this first reverse singles, was leading 5-1 in the second set but fell into a maze of errors allowing the veteran Taiwanese to snatch the win, and the momentum. Chen then dominated the match, catching …

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Britain moves ahead as rains hit Davis Cup

Paris — Defending champions Great Britain shrugged off the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to lead their Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia on Friday as heavy rain brought havoc to the tournament. Kyle Edmund eased past Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in Belgrade before the scheduled second singles rubber was postponed until Saturday. In Pesaro, torrential rain delayed the start of the quarter-final between Italy and Argentina by three hours. When they did get under way Federico Delbonis defeated veteran Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3). The scheduled second singles rubber of the day between Fabio Fognini and Juan Monaco was pushed back to Saturday. In Trinec, meanwhile, the Czech Republic and France were tied 1-1 after the opening rubbers as both number-two players beat the team leaders. World number 78 Lukas Rosol …

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Gonzales starts PH bid vs Taiwanese

Fil-Am Ruben Gonzales hopes to concoct the antidote the Philippine Davis Cup team badly needs as he spearheads the country’s campaign against Taiwan at the start of their Asia Oceania Zone Group II second round tie today at the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) claycourt in Paco, Manila. The Filipinos are hard-pressed to duplicate their 5-0 whitewash of the Kuwaitis in the first round last March as Taiwan has far deeper bench. The Taiwanese, for one, are coming off a 4-1 win over the Malaysians and will meet the Filipinos knowing they have beaten the hosts in their last three meetings. That streak of setbacks should be shattered if they want to get back in the elite Group I cast. Nominated as the No. 2 player of the team, Gonzales battles Taiwan’s No. 1 Ti …

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This Wimby’s for me, says Murray

London — Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon championship was for his country. This one was for Andy Murray. Dulling big serves with quick-reflex returns, conjuring up daring passing shots and playing impressively mistake-free tennis all the while, Murray beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) on Sunday for his second trophy at the All England Club and third Grand Slam title overall. In 2013, Murray famously ended Britain’s 77-year wait for one of its own to win the men’s final at Wimbledon, a quest that became burdensome. Now he wanted a victory to end his personal rut of three consecutive losses in major finals, including at the Australian Open in January, and French Open last month. “It is different. I feel happier this time. I feel more content this time. I feel like this was …

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Tennis: Graf hails ‘incredible’ Serena

Steffi Graf hailed Serena Williams for an "incredible performance" in matching her long-standing Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam wins. Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Graf's German compatriot Angelique Kerber at the All England Club on Saturday. "What an incredible performance by Serena at Wimbledon," Graf wrote on her Facebook page. "Such a gift to all sport fans who get to continue to watch her add to an already amazing career #22!!! "Also, well done to Angelique making Germany so proud with her talent and fighting spirit!" Men's world number one Novak Djokovic, who saw his title defence end in a shock third-round defeat to Sam Querrey, also tweeted his congratulations. The Serb concentrated on the number 22 rather than the American's age of 34. "@serenawilliams loves being 22. So young and successful. Well done Rena!" …

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Serena dominates Kerber, matches Graf’s Slam mark

London — Serena Williams insisted she was not focused on No. 22. Said she wouldn't discuss it. Kept coming close without quite getting it. Now she finally has it. And so she can flaunt it. Williams lifted both arms overhead and raised two fingers on each hand right there on Centre Court to show off the magic number after winning her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title by beating Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, in the Wimbledon final on Saturday. “Definitely had some sleepless nights, if I'm just honest, with a lot of stuff,” Williams said. “My goal is to win always at least a Slam a year. It was getting down to the pressure.” She pulled even with Steffi Graf for the most major championships in the Open era, which began in 1968. Now Williams stands behind …

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Williams shares world record with Graf

Serena Williams wins her seventh Wimbledon title in straight sets against Angelique Kerber of Germany (7-5, 6-3) in Saturday's finals. BBC Sport, in its Twitter account, posted that William's 22nd grand slam win equals that of current record-holder Steffi Graf.    "Game, set and Championship Serena Williams" She wins her seventh #Wimbledon title in straight sets. pic.twitter.com/nTi3uMrFHZ — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 9, 2016  

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Williams wins 7th Wimbledon title, 22 overall

Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title and 22nd major overall by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 on Centre Court. The top-seeded Williams won her first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon last year. Since then, she lost in the U.S. Open semifinals and in the final of the Australian and French Opens. Kerber, who beat Williams in the Australian Open final, was playing for her second major title.

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