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LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - A cheerful Maria Sharapova hit top gear under a closed Centre Court roof at Wimbledon, comfortably winning 11 games on the trot to keep her bid for a second title on track, 10 years after she won her first.
LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova hit top gear under a closed Centre Court roof at a rain-hit Wimbledon as she won 11 games on the trot to cruise past American Alison Riske 6-3 6-0 to reach the fourth round on Saturday.
LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal has made a habit this week of giving himself a tough start and in Saturday's third round he again handed the first set to a lowly opponent before imposing himself at Wimbledon.
LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal, into the third round for the first time since 2011, will be hoping for an easier ride on the Wimbledon grass after two tough rounds when he meets Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Champion Andy Murray declared he was fighting fit after steaming into the last 16 of Wimbledon with another show of force on Friday, outclassing Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-3 6-2.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Wimbledon's grass claimed its most notable victim so far when the women's world number two Li Na exited the tournament on Friday and the lush lawns almost did for top men's seed Novak Djokovic, who took an agonising tumble.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - It was so late and so dark at Wimbledon that even Hawkeye went to sleep. It was just too bad a grumpy Tomas Berdych could not find a way to escape the nightmare scenario as he slumped to a 7-6(5) 6-4 7-6(6) third round defeat by Marin Cilic on Friday.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - American veteran Venus Williams played like the great champion she has been at Wimbledon on Friday but fell just short, losing a high-quality Centre Court slug fest against Petra Kvitova.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Fight to the last point is the mantra drilled into aspiring champions but Italian Fabio Fognini took a different approach in his five-set defeat by Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Friday.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Li Na's husband was granted an unexpected breather from his usual duties of "fixing the drinks and fixing the rackets" and "doing a lot of jobs" for his famous wife after the Australian Open champion suffered a shock third round exit at Wimbledon.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Former champion Lleyton Hewitt drew on every ounce of his Wimbledon experience in a typically gutsy performance as he went down fighting in the delayed second-round tussle with big-serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz, 10 years his junior.