Month: July 2016

Tennis: Radwanksa scrapes through against injured opponent

Agnieszka Radwanska avoided becoming the second of the top three women’s seeds to lose at Wimbledon on Thursday, beating Croatia’s Ana Konjuh 6-2 4-6 9-7 after her opponent took a tumble and needed treatment in the penultimate game. Konjuh, ranked 103rd in the world, had three match points herself but, with the contest poised at 7-7 and 40-15 on Radwanska’s serve, the Croat stepped on a ball she was chasing and rolled her right ankle, collapsing at the chairs in tears. Konjuh played on, heavily strapped, but with her movement limited, the third-seeded Pole held her nerve to claim the…

Venus accuses Wimbledon of sex discrimination over court schedule

By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) – Venus Williams accused Wimbledon officials of discriminating against its women champions and wants “equality” when it comes to scheduling matches on its two biggest showcourts. After two days of rain created a backlog of matches, the five-times Wimbledon champion was sent to the 782-seater Court 18 on Thursday, an arena once labeled “a parking lot” by former world number one Jelena Jankovic. While in 2008 Jankovic had fumed she “needed a helicopter” to reach the smallest of Wimbledon’s six showcourts, Williams kept smiling as she delivered her message to the most famous of tennis…

Tennis-Regal Murray hurries into round three

(Adds details, quotes) By Pritha Sarkar LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Andy Murray produced the kind of imperious form that has propelled him into two grand slam finals this year as he beat Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun 6-3 6-2 6-1 in the Wimbledon second round on Thursday. Lu, the son of a chicken farmer, ruffled a few feathers on Centre Court when he jumped out to a 2-0 lead before extending it to 3-1 in the opening set. From 3-2 up in the second set, Murray won seven games on the trot as Lu struggled to find a way to keep…

Tennis-Venus accuses Wimbledon of sex discrimination over court schedule

By Pritha Sarkar LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Venus Williams accused Wimbledon officials of discriminating against its women champions and wants “equality” when it comes to scheduling matches on its two biggest showcourts. After two days of rain created a backlog of matches, the five-times Wimbledon champion was sent to the 782-seater Court 18 on Thursday, an arena once labelled “a parking lot” by former world number one Jelena Jankovic. While in 2008 Jankovic had fumed she “needed a helicopter” to reach the smallest of Wimbledon’s six showcourts, Williams kept smiling as she delivered her message to the most famous…