Baines seeks to capitalise on Cole’s England absence
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Sunday 29 March 2009
Wednesday 18 February 2009
Dinara Safina must have thought things could only get better after her humiliating 59-minute defeat to Serena Williams in last month’s Australian Open final. Yesterday, however, the Russian gave a performance she regarded as worse than her Melbourne mismatch and was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by France’s Virginie Razzano in the second round of the Barclays Dubai Championships.
Tuesday 17 February 2009
Jamie Murray has been left out of Great Britain's Davis Cup team for next month's tie against Ukraine, with fellow doubles specialist Ross Hutchins getting the nod instead.
Sunday 01 February 2009
Jamie Murray is on the other side of the world playing in Zagreb, but Britain’s No 1 doubles player would no doubt have been interested to hear the result of the mixed doubles final here today. It proved rather a one-sided contest, with Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi beating Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram 6-3, 6-1.
Friday 23 January 2009
Amelie Mauresmo does not find herself outgunned by many opponents, but for an hour yesterday the former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion had to fight a rearguard action. Mauresmo recovered to beat Elena Baltacha 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the women's singles second round, but her 25-year-old opponent took justifiable pride in her performance.
Thursday 08 January 2009
Friday 19 December 2008
It is unlikely that any of the obituaries of Richard Rhys, the ninth Baron Dynevor, will present him as an establishment outsider, perhaps even a victim of the class system. Being born into a distinguished aristocratic family which Burke's Peerage traces back to the reign of Henry II and, according to some sources, being a direct descendant of the King of Wales is hardly the stuff of misery memoirs. Yet the life of Lord Dynevor, a gentle and generous man who died recently at the age of 73, is a reminder of how double-edged privilege can be.
Tuesday 14 October 2008
It has been a long season and Jamie Murray has all but had enough. "I'm ready to stop for the year," the 22-year-old Scot said here yesterday after partnering his brother Andy in a 6-4, 6-3 defeat by Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra in the Madrid Masters. "The last couple of months have been quite hard. I've not won a whole lot of matches."
Wednesday 24 September 2008
Great Britain will face Ukraine at home in Europe/Africa Zone Group I of the Davis Cup next year. Britain were included among the seeded nations for yesterday's draw in Madrid, giving them a bye past the first round of ties to be staged in March.
Friday 19 September 2008
Alex Bogdanovic, who meets Jürgen Melzer here in today's opening rubber of Britain's Davis Cup tie against Austria, should be grateful to Patricio Cornejo. But for the 64-year-old Chilean, who lost all eight of his singles matches at Wimbledon, Bogdanovic would share with Russia's Andrei Chesnokov the worst record in the Open era at the All England Club. The British No 2 has been given wild cards for the last seven years and lost on each occasion, winning only three sets in the process.
Thursday 04 September 2008
Having spent most of his professional life in the shadow of his brother, Jamie Murray will upstage Andy for the second time at the US Open here today. Fourteen months after becoming the first Murray to win a Grand Slam title when he lifted the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown with Jelena Jankovic, Jamie plays in his second major final when he partners Liezel Huber against her women's doubles partner, the Zimbabwean Cara Black, and India's Leander Paes, on the main show court in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Saturday 30 August 2008
Six months ago Anne Keothavong could hardly have imagined being on the same court as Elena Dementieva. In the US Open here last night, however, the British No 1 gave the Olympic champion the sort of stringent examination she could barely have expected from a 24-year-old who broke into the world's top 100 only this summer.
Monday 11 February 2008
Home Davis Cup defeats are as rare as vegetarian restaurants in these parts and from the moment Andy Murray pulled out of the British team to play Argentina here this weekend John Lloyd and his team were dead meat. "The bottom line is that with Andy in the side we're a World Group team," Roger Draper, the Lawn Tennis Association's chief executive, admitted before the start of yesterday's play. "Without him we're not."
Sunday 03 February 2008
Thursday 31 January 2008
Britain's chances of progressing beyond the first round of the Davis Cup's elite World Group were dealt a hammer blow yesterday when Andy Murray pulled out of next week's tie against Argentina in Buenos Aires. The British No 1 has a knee injury and has been advised not to risk aggravating it.
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