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Serena survives Watson scare, Venus up next!

Heather Watson came, she saw and she fell agonizingly short. The 23 year old from the small island of Guernsey produced the best tennis of her young professional career and was two points away from beating arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time, however, world no.1 Serena Williams produced her best tennis when her back was against the wall, digging deep to pull off an incredible 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the match of the tournament at Wimbledon so far this year.

At one stage Serena appeared to be cruising into the fourth round, up 6-2, 4-3 against the young Brit, but Watson produced a dramatic comeback, rattling off 6 games in a row to win the second set and pull ahead 3-0 in the third with a double break in hand.

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Nadal beaten by qualifier at Wimbledon, Murray & Federer cruise into Round 3

rafael_nadalTwo time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal's summer of discontent shows no sign of abating as the legendary clay-courter followed up his dismal outing on the red stuff at Roland Garros with an early second round exit on the green green grass of Wimbledon.

Nadal, a winner here in 2008 and 2010, was ranked a lowly 10th coming into the Championships, and looked nothing like the champion he once was, going down in four sets to German qualifier Dustin Brown, ranked outside the top 100.

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Kvitova opens Wimbledon defence in style, Halep and Bouchard ousted

It was a day of mixed fortunes for the top women's tennis players in the world at Wimbledon with defending champion Petra Kvitova kicking off what traditionally used to be ladies day at Wimbledon.

Kvitova, a two-time champion at Wimbledon and widely regarded as the only person who can stop Serena Williams' quest for a Calendar Grand Slam, was in awesome form on her return to SW 19.

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Federer, Nadal and Murray begin Wimbledon campaign with easy wins

roger_federer3Three former Wimbledon champions with varying levels of success were in action on Day 2 at Wimbledon with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all booking safe passage for themselves into round 2 of The Championships.

Federer showed what a good week in Halle can do a former champions form, dismissing the challenge of world number 88 Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in a little over an hour. Federer should get a bit more of a work out in the second round when he squares off against big serving American Sam Querrey.

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Serena, Venus power into Round 2 at Wimbledon

serena_williamsA decade back, Venus Williams was the most dominant force at Wimbledon, winning the third of her five titles at the Championships in 2005 and looking absolutely impervious. Now 35 year old and without a major title in 7 years, Venus is considered an also ran at SW 19. Try explaining that to young Madison Brengle though.

The 25 year old American was treated to a grass court tennis lesson by the elder Williams sister, who produced a thumping 6-0, 6-0 victory in just 42 minutes to remind everyone watching just what a great player she once was.

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Djokovic opens Wimbledon campaign with comfortable win

World no.1 Novak Djokovic, chasing his third Wimbledon title after triumphs in 2011 and 2014, cruised into the second round of the Championships with a routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Djokovic, who had skipped the traditional warm-up events ahead of Wimbledon, showed a little bit of a ring rust as he made some uncharacteristic errors, but still had more than enough in his locker to ease past the 2012 Wimbledon quarter-finalist in Kohlschreiber.

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David Ferrer pulls out of Wimbledon

david_ferrer33 year old Spanish veteran David Ferrer, seeded 8th, has pulled out of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships due to an elbow injury that he has been nursing for a few weeks.

While injuries are rarely good news, one player likely to be celebrating Ferrer's withdrawal is 28 year old Briton James Ward, who was scheduled to go up against Ferrer in the opening round. Now instead of taking on one of the world's best players, Ward will square off against Italy's Luca Vanni, a lucky loser from the qualifying rounds.

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