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Big-serving Querrey ousts No. 1 Djokovic

London — Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic was sent crashing out of Wimbledon by big-serving Sam Querrey on Saturday, shattering his dreams of securing the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years. The world number one, bidding for a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major, suffered his earliest loss at a Slam since the 2009 French Open. The 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) third round defeat also ended Djokovic’s Open era record run of 30 successive wins at the majors and his streak of having reached 28 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals. “Sam played a great match. His game was brutal and I was overpowered,” said the Serb, who added that he “wasn’t 100 percent healthy”. Djokovic, who completed a career Grand Slam at the French Open, refused to dwell on failing to become …

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Serena loses cool, but goes on to win

London — Dismayed at dropping the first set after being a single point from taking it, Serena Williams sat in her Centre Court sideline chair and cracked her racket against the turf once, twice, three times, four. Then she casually flung the racket, hurling it so far behind her that it landed in the lap of a TV cameraman filming her second-round match against 65th-ranked American Christina McHale. Williams recovered to force a third set, only to fall behind yet again Friday, perilously close to what would have been the six-time champion's earliest exit in 17 Wimbledon appearances. But as she herself declared afterward: "Mentally, no one can break me." Eventually, the top-ranked Williams did indeed come through, edging McHale 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 for a thrill-a-minute victory at a tournament so rain drenched …

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French Open champ falls in London

London — Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon last 32 Thursday while Serena Williams’ path to a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam was eased by a shock defeat for world number two Garbine Muguruza. Murray, the world number two and champion in 2013, crushed Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, hitting 31 winners and serving six aces. He will face Australian world number 67 John Millman for a place in the last 16. “There were a lot of close games in the first set, but once I managed to hang on there I settled down,” Murray said. Muguruza, the French Open champion and last year’s runner-up, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova, the world number 124, in just 59 minutes on Court One. It was the same arena where the 23-year-old Cepelova had defeated Simona …

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Serena posts 80th Wimby win

London — Defending champion Serena Williams racked up her 80th Wimbledon victory Tuesday while Andy Murray also raced into the second round before torrential rain wiped out almost half the program at the All England Club. World number one and six-time champion Williams, bidding for a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title, battled to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic, ranked at 148 in the world. She will face fellow American Christina McHale for a place in the last 32. “I would be lying if I said I feel fresh, but I don’t feel fatigue. I feel real hungry, super motivated, extremely ready to do the best,” said the American star, whose mother Oracene Price was watching from the front row of the Centre Court Royal Box. “I never underestimate any opponent. …

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Djokovic, Federer drawn to meet in Wimby semis

London — Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seven-time winner Roger Federer were on Friday drawn to meet in the semi-finals of this year’s Wimbledon which starts on Monday. World number one Djokovic, who is bidding to take another step closer to the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969, has defeated Federer in the last two finals at the All England Club. The draw means that second seed Andy Murray, the 2013 champion, was lined up for a semi-final against fourth seeded Stan Wawrinka. Three-time champion Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam with victory at the French Open earlier this month and now holds all four majors. It was his 12th career major and made him the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian and French Opens in the same year. The …

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Federer ousts Goffin to reach Halle semis

Halle, Germany — Roger Federer beat Belgium’s David Goffin 6-1, 7-6 (12/10) on Friday to reach the ATP Halle grass court semi-finals and move to within one win of an 11th appearance in the final. The Swiss world number three, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, is seeking a ninth title in the Wimbledon warm-up event and fourth in succession at the tournament. Top seed Federer will play Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s last four after the young German, 19, beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (11/9), 6-3. “I thought Zverev played well. He played a crucial huge first set,’’ Federer said. “Marcos should have won that but ended up losing it, the momentum goes Zverev’s way, one break and the match is over. So credit to Zverev for getting the job done. “He’s got a big serve, …

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Ex-tennis star’s son also rises

Matthew Castillejo Garcia, son of former national team standout and sports broadcaster Dyan Castillejo, is making waves in the local tennis circuit. Garcia, 13, took part in nine tournaments stretching back to February and won five titles, including Palawan Pawnshop, Henry Lee Memorial, Milo Technifiber, Alabang Age Group and Ninth First Juntaphil, and settled for runnerup honors in the four others. “He is enjoying his tennis run,” said Castillejo, who works as a sportscaster for ABS-CBN. In all, the young tennis player has won five 14-under age group titles and one under-16 plum. “Matthew started sports as a toddler taking up swimming, football, tennis, and golf,” said Castillejo.

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Sharapova appeals to CAS in doping case; ruling by July 18

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Maria Sharapova appealed her two-year doping ban to the highest court in sports on Tuesday, and an expedited ruling will be issued next month ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Sharapova filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to overturn or reduce the suspension imposed by the International Tennis Federation last week. The Russian tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, taking it before each match at that tournament even though the substance was banned at the start of 2016. CAS said both sides agreed to an "expedited procedure" that will allow the court to issue its ruling by July 18, at the latest. So if the suspension is thrown out, Sharapova would be eligible to compete at the Rio Games, …

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Maria to appeal 2-year doping ban

London – Russian superstar Maria Sharapova on Wednesday vowed to appeal a two-year doping ban which looks certain to end one of sport's most celebrated and high-profile careers. Sharapova, 29, tested positive for the controversial banned medication meldonium during January's Australian Open. A statement by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said “an Independent Tribunal” had “found that Maria Sharapova committed an anti-doping rule violation” and consequently had “disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 26 January, 2016”. Sharapova blasted the ban as “unfairly harsh” in a statement on her Facebook page. “While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,” fumed Sharapova. “The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I …

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Sharapova to appeal two-year doping ban

LONDON, June 8, 2016 - Maria Sharapova said on Wednesday she will appeal the two-year doping ban handed down to her by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for doping and which threatens to end her career. The 29-year-old tested positive for the controversial banned medication meldonium during January's Australian Open. ''While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,'' Sharapova wrote on her Facebook page. ''The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.''

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