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Despite all the pre-tournament doom and gloom, Roy Hodgson's men have managed to string together three good performances against difficult opposition which left them top of their group - meaning they avoided a quarter-final clash with Spain. A solid defensive display earned a draw against France, a courageous fight back secured three points against Sweden and a Wayne Rooney header was enough for victory in a stadium dominated by home supporters. Although England have not set the world alight with their style of play they are slowing rolling on and if they can put in another organised display against Italy people might just dare to dream.

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Serena Williams faces Victoria Azarenka semi-final

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash at Wimbledon as both women powered through their quarter-final matches under the Centre Court roof today.

Angelique Kerber wins all-German Wimbledon tie against Sabine Lisicki

Angelique Kerber won the all-German battle with Maria Sharapova's conqueror Sabine Lisicki to reach her first Wimbledon semi-final.

Victoria Azarenka routs Ana Ivanovic to advance at Wimbledon

Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka cruised into the Wimbledon quarter-finals by routing former top-ranked Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-0 today on Centre Court.

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Heather Watson is a
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Heather Watson: Hero or Villain?

She may have lost resoundingly to the world No 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of Wimbledon on Friday, but young, personable Heather Watson is already well on her way to becoming a firm Wimbledon favourite.

Golden girl Shvedova achieves perfection

Three weeks after appearing in the French Open final, Italy's Sara Errani was on the receiving end as unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova made history on Court Three yesterday. Shvedova, who won her third-round match 6-0 6-4, became the first woman in the Open era to win a perfect "golden set" as she took the first 24 points of the match.

SW19 Diary: Rosol Czechs into Centre Court unnoticed

How did Lukas Rosol prepare for his big moment against Rafa Nadal on Thursday? The giant Czech settled into a seat by the baseline on Centre Court to watch Andy Murray play and get a first taste of the court so he had an idea of what to expect when his turn came.

Sharapova struggles through against Hsieh Su-wei at windy Wimbledon

World number one Maria Sharapova struggled with her serve at a wind-blown Wimbledon on Friday before overcoming Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei 6-1 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

SW19 Diary: Robson disappointed to miss goldenballs

The fallout from David Beckham's non-selection for the Olympics reverberated through SW19. What, Laura Robson was asked, did she think of Goldenballs being left out? At first Robson, who will be part of Team GB, looked baffled – which was fair enough given she's an 18-year-old tennis player. But then she jumped in. "I'm disappointed," she said, with a grin. "he's not going to be joining us in the Olympic Village. I won't be able to stalk him."

Gilles Simon claims top men back him over equal pay

Gilles Simon today refused to back down from his claim that men in tennis deserve higher prize-money than women and claimed to have widespread locker-room support.

Sharapova pictured preparing for her second round match

Maria Sharapova stuggles past Tsvetana Pironkova at Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova survived a Wimbledon scare as she fended off Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets.

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Sabine Lisicki accuses opponent Bojana Jovanovski of excessive grunting

Sabine Lisicki accused opponent Bojana Jovanovski of grunting so loudly it handed her an advantage in their Wimbledon tussle.

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