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July 6, 2000 | By Ashley McGeachy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They are the sisters Williams, Venus Ebone Starr and Serena, and today they will meet in the semifinals of the most prestigious tournament in tennis: Wimbledon. The All England Club, polite and notoriously proper, will be buzzing when they take Centre Court. Fulfilling the prophecy of their coach and father, Richard, fifth-seeded Venus and eighth-seeded Serena have vaulted to center stage. Their overpowering ground strokes, superior conditioning, and booming serves routinely make their opponents appear inadequately fit, even weak.
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June 29, 2000 | By Ashley McGeachy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sometimes the most brilliant gems at Wimbledon get tucked away on an obscure court, away from the Duke and Duchess of Kent's view in the royal box at Centre Court. Anna Kournikova might have played on Court 1 again yesterday, but her loss to Anne-Gaelle Sidot was not nearly as thrilling as what transpired on Court 14 and had the players at the All England Club buzzing. Jeff Tarango and Paul Goldstein, both Americans who played collegiate tennis at Stanford, stepped on the remote court to little fanfare.
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July 4, 1997 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Boris Becker put his arm around the shoulders of Pete Sampras and whispered in Sampras' ear. Sampras jerked his head a little and looked into Becker's eyes. Becker whispered again, and Sampras shook his head. It had been a brave performance by Becker against the world's best tennis player. Becker had tried over and over to get his serve past Sampras' octopus reach and failed more than he had succeeded. In the end, Sampras beat Becker, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4, in a Wimbledon quarterfinal yesterday.
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June 25, 1993 | by Bill Conlin, Daily News Sports Columnist
You can't say that on Centre Court. But tennis players raised in the John McEnroe generation have been hollering all the fineable words this fortnight. Not only on Centre Court, but on Courts 1 through 17. There have been audible obscenities, oedipal obscenities, even edible obscenities. Goran Ivanisevic, the sport's new Eddie Murphy, was fined $1,000 for this marvelously creative bit of scatology during his first-round victory over Jonathan Stark. "Mr. Ivanisevic shouted at the linesman, 'Fluff, Fluff You' etc. as per linesman and umpires report," tournament referee Alan Mills wrote in assessing the fine.
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July 5, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
After five consecutive days of rain delayed play here, the debate of whether a roof should be erected over Centre Court has been renewed. But professor Bernard Neal, a structural engineer who is a member of the Committee of Management of the championships, says a retractable roof would be the only option, and that is probably not feasible because of problems with storing the roof when it's not in use. "You'd not be playing in a natural environment"...
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June 28, 2001 | By Ashley McGeachy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Imagine a Briton knocking off the king of Wimbledon. Yesterday, it almost happened. Pete Sampras avoided what would have been the biggest upset in tennis ever, staving off Barry Cowan, the 265th-ranked player in the world who needed a wild card to play Wimbledon. After nearly three hours and 290 points, Sampras won, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-3. "I'm quite relieved I got through it," Sampras said afterward. ". . . I never felt I was in danger of losing, but I felt like in the closing stages of the match, if it was 4-all or 5-all, anything could happen.
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June 28, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
A day after three of the tournament's biggest names were beaten, top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt and Venus Williams restored some order at Wimbledon yesterday, moving into the third round with straight-set wins. Also advancing was No. 4 Tim Henman, who revved up his latest bid to become the first British player to win the men's title since Fred Perry in 1936 by beating Australian qualifier Scott Draper , 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court. There were however, some upsets, and even a breach in security at the All England Club.
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July 1, 1991 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the price of 10 pounds and the patience to queue up overnight in the rain, British folks of all sorts could walk onto the grounds of the All England Club and do the wave at Wimbledon yesterday. For the first time in the tournament's 105-year history, Wimbledon tickets were sold on a first-come, first-served basis. This probably would not work at the U.S. Open in New York, but here a maid from Putney, an auto worker from Ealing, a group of schoolchildren from Wimbledon village - 24,894 people in all - took advantage of a historic occasion and moved single-file past uniformed guards and onto the lawns they'd seen only on television.
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July 1, 1990 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
An hour before the first match of the tournament is played, there is no more beautiful sight than Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. The grass is fresh and springy. When the clean British breeze kicks up, the smell is of summer, sweet and healthy. This, you think, is the way tennis is supposed to be played. But the first heavy step defending champion Boris Becker takes on Centre Court leaves a heavy impression on the baseline. The second tears up a piece of the carefully groomed turf.
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June 26, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Eighty-one matches were scheduled at the All England Lawn Tennis Club yesterday. Two were completed. Such was life at a watery Wimbledon, where the best-laid plans were wrecked by dreary weather. Wimbledon came dangerously close to not having any matches - they call it a "rain off" - for only the 28th time in history (since 1877). But the skies that had been cloudy all day cleared slightly late in the afternoon. And Monica Seles and Rachel McQuillan started play on Centre Court at 6:04 p.m., Greenwich time, of course.
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July 9, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - From the lawns of Wimbledon to the lochs of Scotland, all of Britain can celebrate. Andy Murray made it possible yesterday, winning his country's hallowed tennis tournament to become the first British man in 77 years to raise the trophy at the All England Club. Yes, this was history, and Murray's 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Novak Djokovic was a fitting close to nearly eight decades of British frustration in its own back yard: A straight-setter, yes, but a hard-fought, 3-hour, 9-minute affair filled with long, punishing rallies and a final game that may have felt like another 77 years, with Murray squandering three match points before finally putting it away after four deuces.
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July 9, 2013 | By Eddie Pells, Associated Press
LONDON - From the lawns of Wimbledon to the lochs of Scotland, all of Britain can celebrate. Andy Murray made it possible Sunday, winning his country's hallowed tennis tournament to become the first British man in 77 years to raise the trophy at the All England Club. Murray's 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia was a fitting close to nearly eight decades of British frustration in its own backyard. The hard-fought, 3-hour, 9-minute affair was filled with long, punishing rallies and a final game that may have felt like another 77 years, with Murray squandering three match points before finally putting it away after four deuces.
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July 7, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Novak Djokovic might win Wimbledon this year. Juan Martin del Potro will not. No matter how it ends, both men will always have their spot in one of the most memorable matches in the storied history of the All England Club. Slugging back and forth over a semifinal-record 4 hours, 43 minutes of backbreaking tennis yesterday, top-seeded Djokovic emerged with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory to move one win away from his seventh major title. "One of the most epic matches I've played in my life," Djokovic said.
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June 26, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Back in her comfort zone on Centre Court, Serena Williams delivered an overpowering statement: When her serve is steaming, she's the woman to beat at Wimbledon. Putting aside her recent comments that led to a couple of apologies and a brief spat with Maria Sharapova, Williams looked every bit the five-time champion. She began her Wimbledon title defense with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. "For me, it's the greatest moment for a tennis player, to walk out on Centre Court," Williams said after her first match at Wimbledon since winning the Olympic gold medal there last year.
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June 24, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
LONDON - As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat, Serena Williams sounded contrite and composed. Well-rehearsed, too. Williams even managed to crack herself up with a couple of jokes during her news conference at Wimbledon as the defending champion, where the primary topic was hardly her 31-match winning streak or her bid for a sixth title at the All England Club or her injured sister Venus' absence from the field. Instead, more than half the questions at Sunday's session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis' oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article - and Maria Sharapova's surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.
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November 19, 2012
The Discovery Handicap Aqueduct, Race 8 - Post 3:43 $150,000 (Grade G III), 3 y.o., 1 1/8 miles 1. Guilt Trip. . . Javier Castellano. . . 3-1 2. Adirondack King. . . Jeremy Rose. . . 15-1 3. Stephanoatsee. . . Junior Alvarado. . . 6-1 4. Called to Serve. . . Joel Rosario. . . 7-2 5. Our Entourage. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 6-1 6. Willy Beamin. . . Alan Garcia. . . 7-5 John Servis always had high hopes for Adirondack King. That belief may be about to pay off. I loved his last race when second in the Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park.
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July 6, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Lashing a tournament-record 24 aces at up to 120 m.p.h., and doing plenty of other things well, too, four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams overpowered secon-seeded Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 7-6 (6), on Thursday to reach her seventh Wimbledon final. On Saturday, the 30-year-old Williams will try to become the first woman at least that age to win a major tournament since Martina Navratilova, who was 33 when she won Wimbledon in 1990. "The older I get, the better I serve, I feel," Williams said.
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July 5, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Thanks to a bit of advice from her big sister and a bunch of aces from her big serve, Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon semifinals. With two more victories, Williams will be holding a Grand Slam trophy for the first time in two years. As the thud of racket against ball reverberated under the closed Centre Court roof, Williams smacked 13 aces at up to 120 m.p.h. and overpowered defending champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5, in the quarterfinals Tuesday at the All England Club.
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June 29, 2012 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Rafael Nadal bumped into his unknown and unheralded opponent as they headed to a break between games. Perhaps it was incidental contact. During the previous changeover, Nadal had stood and barked at the chair umpire, complaining about being distracted by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol while serving. Later, Nadal shook his head and frowned when a Wimbledon official explained that, with light fading and the second-round match heading to a fifth set, they would need a 45-minute break to close the retractable roof and turn on the lights at Centre Court.
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June 29, 2012 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Roger Federer gave Prince Charles a bow, then gave Fabio Fognini a royal thumping. With the Prince of Wales visiting Wimbledon for the first time since 1970, the Swiss star was at his best Wednesday and beat Fognini, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Federer, a six-time winner at the All England Club, won 37 of 41 points on his first serve and 21 of 23 points at the net against Fognini, an Italian ranked 68th. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall sat in the first row of the Royal Box as Federer walked onto Centre Court for the day's first match.
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