Tennis: Seles wins first title of the year

Monica Seles, the former world No 1, last night captured her first title of 1997, rallying from a set down to beat Lindsay Davenport, the defending champion, in the final of the WTA Tour tournament in Los Angeles.

Seles attacks soft-porn quality of tennis coverage

Monica Seles, the former world number one female tennis player, has attacked the media's "obsession" with lascivious images of young players.

Tennis: Courier gives glimpse of his old form

Jim Courier, of the United States, hammered the second-seeded Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Infiniti Open in Los Angeles.

Tennis: Hingis hits high notes in defeat of Maleeva

Martina Hingis, the world No 1, crushed Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva 6-1, 6-2 in 50 minutes in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic at Palo Alto, California.

Tennis: Wimbledon '97 - Sparkling Sampras reigns supreme

The Centre Court streaker this year was Pete Sampras. Cedric Pioline barely had a look in. Sampras wrapped up his fourth singles title in 94 minutes, 16 minutes less than it took Martina Hingis to win her first, years ahead of time.

Do you prefer your Sicily with or without mobsters?

In Sicily local politicians are up in arms over the fact that German tour operators are now selling Mafia tours to holidaymakers. Basically, this involves shipping in tourists specifically to see Mafia-related sights, including not only locations of prominent Mafia killings but also mocked up displays of Mafia get-togethers, no doubt with the odd sadistic beating thrown in for added realism.

Queen Martina II

Martina Hingis became the youngest player to win the Wimbledon women's singles title this century when she defeated Jana Novotna on Centre Court yesterday. Hingis, the Czech-born Swiss who will not be 17 until 30 September, triumphed 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The world No1 is second in the list of youngest Wimbledon champions to Lottie Dod, who won the title in 1887 aged 15.

Wimbledon `97: Supreme Sampras puts Woodbridge out to grass

There was a small historic moment on the Centre Court yesterday. Pete Sampras's serve was broken by Australia's Todd Woodbridge, a feat last performed by Sweden's Mikael Tillstrom in the first round, many rain delays ago.

Wimbledon `97: QUOTES OF THE DAY

He threw his racket and didn't get a warning. I got a warning for nothing. A peeved Nicolas Kiefer after his defeat yesterday.

Wimbledon '97: QUOTES OF THE DAY

That's it for me. This is my last time at Wimbledon. I feel it's a good moment to go. Boris Becker retires from Grand Slams.

Henman through to quarter-finals

Tim Henman ensured that there would be two Britons in the men's quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 1961 when he took 36 minutes to to wrap up victory over Richard Krajicek yesterday in a match held over from Tuesday evening. The Number 14 seed took the fourth set to win 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Wimbledon `97: Hannah's manner full of promise

Richard Edmondson sees a 15-year-old British girl add to the feelgood factor

Wimbledon '97: Sampras leads the advance of big guns

Before we become totally carried away with Henmania and the Rusedskian rave, it is worth remembering that we have in our midst the reigning champion, the raining champion and the non-raining champion.

Banks attacks `tennis porn'

The Sports Minister, Tony Banks, yesterday attacked the coverage of women's tennis as "sexist" and urged the media to "concentrate more on women's tennis abilities rather than their underwear and figures". "It is appalling the way so much of women's tennis is treated like soft porn," he said.

Hingis has all the trappings of a teenage champion

Martina Hingis, at 16 the youngest ever world No 1 tennis player - here sporting a replica costume and racquet of the 1887 Wimbledon champion Lottie Dod in front of the new No 1 court at the All England Club - will attempt over the next fortnight to become the youngest player to win a Wimbledon singles title since Dod (left) won in 1887, at the age of 15 years and 285 days, writes John Roberts.
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