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Wimbledon Roof Shut Mid-Match for First Time

Multi-million dollar top closed amid rain

(Newser) - Wimbledon got a chance to use its new Center Court roof today when it was shut for the first time during a match, Reuters reports. The referee decided to close the lid—eight minutes to shut it, another 20-30 to get the air conditioning up to speed—as Dinara Safina... More »

Venus Going for Title No. 6 at Wimbledon

(Newser) - Wimbledon kicks off Monday with Venus Williams looking for a sixth title (and third consecutive) at a venue she’s come to rule, USA Today reports. “When she talks about Wimbledon, the tenor of her voice changes,” says Billie Jean King, whose Wimbledon total Williams would tie. “... More »

Tennis Elite No Longer Sees Red Over Clay

(Newser) - Clay has long been the red-headed stepchild of the tennis world, with top pros like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Pete Sampras almost taking pride in never winning a French Open. The term “clay-court specialist” was a veiled insult. Now, though, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is a clay-court... More »

Top-Seeded Ivanovic Upset at Wimbledon

Straight-sets win for China's Zheng, ranked No. 133 in world

(Newser) - Top-ranked Ana Ivanovic was upset today by Zheng Jie of China in the third round at Wimbledon. Ivanovic lost 6-1, 6-4 to Zheng, who entered the Centre Court match ranked No. 133. Ivanovic earned the No. 1 ranking after a victory at the French Open. The 20-year-old Serbian player had... More »

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