The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 29 June 2011

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Nick Bollettieri's A-Z of SW19

Q is for the queen of Wimbledon, Martina Navratilova. She won nine singles titles on the grass. Add in seven doubles and four mixed doubles crowns and you can see why she reigns supreme.

R could be for rain but I like to be positive so let’s say roof. It has already come in useful – there wouldn’t have been too much to keep us busy yesterday if it hadn’t been for the Centre Court roof. MORE

Button eager for Silverstone glory

Jenson Button is desperate to Claim a podium finish at the British Grand Prix for the first time in his Formula One career. “You always want to do well in front of your home crowd,” he said yesterday. MORE

Murray: Work, not luck, wins titles ...

Andy Murray believes that luck will not decide this year’s Wimbledon champion. “To me, the people that are the best prepared and put the work in deserve to be there and to win,” he said as he prepared for today’s quarter-final against Feliciano Lopez. MORE

... but winner of US Open says good luck

Golfer Rory McIlroy met Andy Murray yesterday, and pledged his support to the British No 1. “We’re all behind him and, hopefully, he can win his first Grand Slam,” said the Irish winner of the US Open. “He’s playing awesome. He looked great yesterday.” MORE

Lisicki through to meet Sharapova

German Sabine Lisicki, 21, beat Marion Bartoli yesterday, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 in the quarter-finals and will play former champion Maria Sharapova in the semi-final tomorrow. The other semi-final will be between Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka. MORE

Nadal fit to face Fish today

Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final against Mardy Fish today, after getting the all-clear after an MRI scan on a foot injury sustained on Monday. Nadal has won the title on his last two SW19 appearances and is on an 18-match winning streak there. MORE

Chelsea still in Neymar hunt

Chelsea remain keen on Santos’s teenage sensation Neymar, amid claims from Sao Paulo that five European clubs had met his contract’s £40m buyout clause. Chelsea are interested in the 19-year-old and agent Pini Zahavi is trying to close the deal. MORE

King picks Sydney over Warrington

Matt King will return to Australia with South Sydney, leaving Warrington after four years rather than take up an extra year’s option. “Matt has had his time in England and he wants to come home,” said the Souths chief executive, Shane Richardson. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Maria Sharapova yesterday reasserted the aura and nerve of her 2004 Wimbledon triumph, as she spectacularly demolished Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-1 in 60 minutes with some ferociously maintained brilliance. MORE

Anderson seals easy England win

England won the first one-day international against Sri Lanka last night, dominating a rain affected match to triumph by a margin of 110 runs. In Alastair Cook’s first home game as England one-day captain, England lost the toss and were inserted at the Oval. After Cook’s swift departure, rain led to a long postponement, and the game was reduced to 32 overs for each side. England reached 229, with the loss of eight wickets. Craig Kieswetter scored 61 from 56 deliveries and Eoin Morgan crafted a typically inventive 45 from 35 balls. Sri Lanka were set 232 from their 32 overs but once they were cut down to 15 for four they had little chance. Sanath Jayasuriya, playing his last ever international, was caught at point off Tim Bresnan for two. There was a late rally, as Lasith Malinga and Suraj Randiv put on 52 for the ninth wicket, but the visitors were all out for 121. James Anderson was the star bowler, with four wickets for 18 from his five overs. MORE

Durham face tight chase in vital game

Durham require another 154 runs to beat Lancashire at Liverpool in a crucial game at the top of the County Championship First Division. Durham are 27 for 3 chasing 181, although Paul Collingwood is still in overnight. Kyle Hogg took two wickets. MORE

Woods praises McIlroy’s swing

Tiger Woods believes Rory McIlroy’s swing is better than his was at the same age. “Rory’s is definitely better than mine was,” Woods said, before suggesting that he would not play at the Open: “I’m going to come back when I’m 100 per cent.”

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