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Sharapova discusses her wedding, traits and Italian words after victory at the Rome Open

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome – Maria Sharapova survived a stern test on Campo Centrale as she faced Christina McHale to open up play in Rome and eventually came up trumps with a 7-5, 7-5 victory. The match was closer than the score line intended but Sharapova was pleased with her early challenge and […]

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Verdasco and Lopez ousted in an all-Spanish affair at the Rome Open

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows By Lisa-Marie Burrows Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome – The orange courts of Rome served up some high quality tennis this afternoon with two matches containing two same-country battles. Fernando Verdasco was vying to knock out another higher-ranked compatriot this week after his defeat over Spanish No.1 Rafael Nadal in Madrid, whilst on Court […]

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Serena Williams crowned champion at the Madrid Open

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – The new world No.6 Serena Williams stormed to victory against world No.1 Victoria Azarenka with a dominating 6-1, 6-3 victory that lasted only 64 minutes to win yet another title to add to her collection of 41. Azarenka and Williams stepped out on court under the blazing sun […]

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Azarenka and Williams set up final clash at the Madrid Open

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – World No.1 Victoria Azarenka recorded her sixth victory this year against Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 to progress to her sixth final this year where she will meet Serena Williams after she defeated qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6, 6-0. The Belarusian has reached the final for the second year running, […]

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Novak Djokovic loses at the Madrid Open and says ‘no blue clay’

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – It was evident when walking into the press room that Novak Djokovic was not a happy man. He clearly felt that his loss was due to the courts, claiming he ‘wants to forget this week as soon as possible and move onto the real claycourts.’ When the notion […]

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Happiness for Serena Williams and disappointment for Fernando Verdasco at the Madrid Open

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – It was a tale of two different halves in Madrid today, as without a shadow of a doubt, the prize for best press conference this week has to go to the enigmatic Serena Williams who defeated Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 and the saddest of the day so […]

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Del Potro downs Dolgopolov for a place in the semis at the Madrid Open

May 28, 2012

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Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – Juan Martin Del Potro had a straightforward day out on Stadium 3 today against Alexandr Dolgopolov recording a 6-3, 6-4 victory in front of a full crowd. The Argentine fired his serves and hit weighty forehands to pull the Ukrainian from side to side throughout their encounter, but after the match, […]

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Rafael Nadal: If I lose it’s not because of the courts

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – Popstars draw people into their concerts, football teams have supporters cheering them on and Rafael Nadal draws in the crowd at La Caja Mágica – and there were few seats left in the giant Manolo Santana stadium whilst the ‘King of Clay’ was playing against Nikolay Davydenko. The […]

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Dolgopolov talks about life, fun and football

May 28, 2012

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By Lisa-Marie Burrows Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – After a busy day on court with a singles match win and a defeat in his doubles match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, world No.20 Alexandr Dolgopolov was kind enough to have a chat with Tennis Grandstand about how he relishes the sport he lives, his lack of passion for […]

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Sharapova slides her way into the third round in Madrid

May 28, 2012

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Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid – Maria Sharapova was the first to open up play at La Caja Mágica on Tuesday and ousted Klara Zakopalova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to progress comfortably into the third round. Throughout the match the Russian No.2 seed showed her all-court brilliance during their encounter and despite admitting in the press […]

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