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Jason Stoltenberg began his preparations for Wimbledon in perfect style with a straight sets victory in the final of the Surrey Grass-Court Championships. Stoltenberg, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, defeated his fellow Australian Sandon Stolle 7-6, 6-4 to collect the trophy at Surbiton. The No 1 seed, ranked 37 in the world, will now continue his warm-up next week at Queen's before he attempts to match his last four appearance in 1996 when he lost to eventual winner, Richard Krajicek. The final, played in a blustery wind, hinged on the tie-break in the first set when Stolle missed several chances to open up an advantage.

Three British players, Sam Smith of Essex, Shirli-Ann Siddall from Bournemouth and Lucie Ahl from Exeter, have been given wild cards into the main draw at the DFS Women's Classic at the Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, next week.

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