Kevin Garside

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Tara Moore hits a forehand to Vera Zvonareva

Wimbledon 2014: Tara Moore misses chance of glory as Vera Zvonareva rallies to win epic tie

Oh Tara, so close and yet … (yes, you can fill in the rest yourselves). This is Wimbledon and Tara Moore is British, so a first-round exit complete with the heroically maddening denouement conforms absolutely to convention, and a little, perhaps, to the wholehearted template set by her mentor, the late Elena Baltacha.

Madison Keys during her straight sets demolition of Monica Puig

Wimbledon 2014: Madison shows she holds the keys to a golden future

The big-serving American demolished Monica Puig 6-3, 6-3 in little more than an hour
Venus Williams stretches for a return in her hard-earned first-round win over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flora

Wimbledon 2014: Careworn Venus Williams feels happy ‘just to keep going’

At 34, and with almost $30m (£17.5m) in prize-money banked, Venus Williams is excused the requirement to gush on sunny days at Wimbledon. Even so, a smile here and there would be nice.

Sergiy Stakhovsky, of Ukraine, celebrates beating Roger Federer last year

Wimbledon 2014: Roger Federer slayer Sergiy Stakhovsky is on another run

Stakhovsky beat Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-3 6-3

Sloane Stephens

Wimbledon 2014: Sloane Stephens slumps to first round defeat

Great hope of American tennis continues difficult spell

Peter Odemwingie celebrates scoring the winner

Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina reaction: Peter Odemwingie brings delight to Africa with Nigeria winner

1-0 win sees another African team excelling in Brazil

A smiley Rory Mcilroy during practice

World Cup factor led Rory McIlroy to pick Ireland for the 2016 Rio Olympics

The world No 6 represented the Republic as an amateur

Martin Kaymer holds the trophy after his US Open triumph

Martin Kaymer win US Open 2014: German golfer eases through lap of honour to claim second major crown

German adds US Open title to US PGA honours after rebuilding game following tumble down the rankings

Martin Kaymer setting the pace

US Open 2014: Martin Kaymer in the driving seat, but Justin Rose could still retain crown

Last year's winner knows he needs 'a special round of golf' to catch German

From left to right: Shane Lowry, of Ireland, Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Stadler, of the United States

US Open 2014: De Jonge’s 70 cuts insulting pairings pick down to size

How does one put this without causing offence? Here goes. Brendon de Jonge shoved the brazen insults of the US Open pairings committee where the sun don’t shine with a second-round 70 that kept him in the bunch behind leader Martin Kaymer.

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