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  • Straight-sets victory so sweet for Victoria AzarenkaStraight-sets victory so sweet for Victoria Azarenka
    No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka makes up for last year's frustrations with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
  • A champion at last, Marion Bartoli wins Wimbledon titleA champion at last, Marion Bartoli wins Wimbledon title
    France's Marion Bartoli won the Ladies' Singles title when she beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court
  • Murray reaches second Wimbledon final in emphatic fashionMurray reaches second Wimbledon final in emphatic fashion
    No. 2 seed Andy Murray has beaten No.24 seed Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to make it into Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic.
  • Sense of destiny drives 'Bina Boom Boom'Sense of destiny drives 'Bina Boom Boom'
    Sabine Lisicki may be allergic to grass but that doesn't stop her loving Wimbledon and relishing the prospect of playing her first Grand Slam final on Centre Court.
  • Agnieszka Radwanska's court craft not enoughAgnieszka Radwanska's court craft not enough
    Radwanska's consistency and court craft were not enough to beat Sabine Lisicki's pace and power, with the Pole losing 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 in a rollercoaster Wimbledon semi-final.
  • Janowicz hopes to continue his 'unbelievable' WimbledonJanowicz hopes to continue his 'unbelievable' Wimbledon
    Jerzy Janowicz has a word for what is happening to him at the 2013 Championships - "unbelievable".
  • Unorthodox Marion Bartoli takes it all in her strideUnorthodox Marion Bartoli takes it all in her stride
    Indomitable, hyperactive Frenchwoman knows what it takes to reach a Ladies' Singles final and will bring her uniquely energetic style to earning a repeat against Kirsten Flipkens.
  • Marion Bartoli does it her wayMarion Bartoli does it her way
    It is beyond dispute that Marion Bartoli is a tennis player with a difference but her 6-4, 7-5 quarter-final victory over Sloane Stephens was a strange affair, even by the French woman's unusual standards.
  • Jerzy Janowicz sets up all-Polish quarter-finalJerzy Janowicz sets up all-Polish quarter-final
    After five marathon sets on Court 12, the big-serving Jerzy Janowicz played his part in setting up the first all-Polish Grand Slam quarter-final by defeating Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
  • Kaia Kanepi ends Laura Robson's magnificent run Kaia Kanepi ends Laura Robson's magnificent run
    Laura Robson's superb run at The Championships came to an end when she was beaten in straight sets by Estonian Kaia Kanepi 7-6, 7-5.
  • Routine day at the office for Serena WilliamsRoutine day at the office for Serena Williams
    Japan's Date-Krumm managed to stretch the third-round match to over an hour as Williams filed another win 6-2, 6-0.
  • Fernando Verdasco overpowers erratic Ernests GulbisFernando Verdasco overpowers erratic Ernests Gulbis
    Ernests Gulbis, conqueror of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is never in the hunt as Fernando Verdasco wins in straight sets on No.3 Court.
  • Andy Murray cruises through to last 16Andy Murray cruises through to last 16
    Britain's Andy Murray is through to the fourth round of The Championships after another straight-sets victory, this time over Spain's Tommy Robredo
  • Kaia Kanepi rediscovers spark to oust Angelique KerberKaia Kanepi rediscovers spark to oust Angelique Kerber
    No.7 seed Angelique Kerber is bundled off the victory path by the Estonian six-footer Kanepi 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in a big-hitting thriller on No.2 Court.
  • Injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga exits early against GulbisInjured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga exits early against Gulbis
    The No.6 seed was forced to retire at the end of the third set of his second round match against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, when he was losing 3-6 6-3 6-3.
  • History repeats as Petra Cetkovska upsets Caroline WozniackiHistory repeats as Petra Cetkovska upsets Caroline Wozniacki
    Caroline Wozniacki, the ninth seed, became another of the contenders for the ladies’ singles title to lose early at The Championships 2013, beaten 6-2, 6-2 on No.2 Court by qualifier, Petra Cetkovska.
  • Li Na wins the battle of the wounded kneesLi Na wins the battle of the wounded knees
    China’s Li Na cruised into the second round of the Ladies’ Singles by defeating Michaella Krajicek in a match that was more closely contested than the 6-1, 6-1 scoreline showed.
  • 126th Championships Review126th Championships Review
    The most significant fact to emerge from the 2012 Championships was that both The Gentlemen's and Ladies' Champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, were over 30 years old.
  • Murray's time will surely come despite bitter defeatMurray's time will surely come despite bitter defeat
    Andy Murray erased the Bunny Austin 1938 mark of being the last British man to reach a Wimbledon final, but was beaten in four sets by Roger Federer, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
  • The Thirteenth Day: the daily previewThe Thirteenth Day: the daily preview
    History is certain to be made on Centre Court this afternoon as an eagerly-anticipated Gentlemen's Singles Final brings The Championships 2012 to a thrilling climax.
  • Radwanska has honour in defeat to SerenaRadwanska has honour in defeat to Serena
    Agnieszka Radwanska's first Grand Slam final may have ended in defeat but the Polish 23-year-old staged a remarkable fight back against Serena before being outplayed.
  • The Twelfth Day: the daily previewThe Twelfth Day: the daily preview
    As if she wasn't a clear enough favourite already to win her fifth Wimbledon Ladies' Singles title today at The Championships 2012, Serena Williams was offered an additional boost.
  • Below-par Djokovic succumbs to rejuvenated FedererBelow-par Djokovic succumbs to rejuvenated Federer
    Novak Djokovic lost his Gentlemen's Singles title at the 2012 Championships today - and to a great extent it was his own fault. That was the Serb's assessment of his 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat.
  • The Eleventh Day: the daily previewThe Eleventh Day: the daily preview
    If you are talking statistics, the line-up for today's Gentlemen's Singles semi-finals at the 2012 Championships is near-perfect, since four of the tournament's top five players are involved.
  • The Tenth Day: the daily previewThe Tenth Day: the daily preview
    Today's semi-finals of the Ladies' Singles will provide a new face for Saturday's final and possibly a new champion. But don't tell Serena Williams that.
  • The Ninth Day: the daily previewThe Ninth Day: the daily preview
    Anyone of a betting inclination would have been resigned to short odds that the quarter-finals of this year's Championships would include the defending champion and world No.1.
  • Mayer blows away GasquetMayer blows away Gasquet
    German Florian Mayer beat 18th seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in a contest that had been carried over from the previous evening. He now faces Novak Djokovic in the last eight.
  • The Eighth Day: the daily previewThe Eighth Day: the daily preview
    As the eight survivors line up for today's quarter-finals of the Ladies' Singles at The Championships 2012, the feeling grows that Wimbledon may be poised to welcome a new champion.
  • The Seventh Day: the daily previewThe Seventh Day: the daily preview
    This is the day reckoned by many to be the best of The Championships, when the fourth round of both the Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles are played.
  • Giantkiller Rosol brought down to earthGiantkiller Rosol brought down to earth
    Lukas Rosol, the man who beat Rafael Nadal in the biggest shock of the Championships, failed to get past the third round when he was beaten by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-3, 7-6.
  • Ruthless Kvitova notches another bagelRuthless Kvitova notches another bagel
    Czech Petra Kvitova showed why she is the reigning Wimbledon Ladies' Champion with her 6-1, 6-0 destruction of fellow left-hander Varvara Lepchenko in just 53 minutes to reach the last 16.
  • The Sixth Day: the daily previewThe Sixth Day: the daily preview
    The hurricane of unstoppable tennis which hastened Rafael Nadal’s departure late on Thursday evening fits neatly into the famous old saying that it is an ill wind which blows nobody any good.
  • The Fifth Day: the daily previewThe Fifth Day: the daily preview
    He is not even the No.1 in his own homeland (that honour belongs to Santiago Giraldo) but you can bet that sombreros are being raised back in Colombia to Alejandro Falla.
  • Fish pushed to the limit by WardFish pushed to the limit by Ward
    Mardy Fish, playing in his first tournament since having treatment for a heart condition, could not have asked for more searching proof of his health than a five-set four-hour battle with James Ward.
  • Kerber goes from strength to strengthKerber goes from strength to strength
    Angelique Kerber's year gets better by the minute. The No.8 seed delighted a packed Court 18 with a sterling display in defeating Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-3.
  • The Fourth Day: the daily previewThe Fourth Day: the daily preview
    Having dismissed with impressive ease the first round challenge of Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Murray moves into a part of the Gentlemen's Singles at the 2012 Championships today.
  • Federer delivers royal command performanceFederer delivers royal command performance
    In the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Switzerland's own version of royalty, Roger Federer, chose Centre Court to offer a regal exhibition against Fabio Fognini.
  • The Third Day: the daily previewThe Third Day: the daily preview
    There was a stirring of excitement when the draw was made last week for the Gentlemen's Singles at the 2012 Championships as the names of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut appeared adjacent to each other.
  • Focused Tsonga sees off HewittFocused Tsonga sees off Hewitt
    In the end, the wild card which got him into The Championships 2012 was not enough for Lleyton Hewitt.
  • The Second Day: the daily previewThe Second Day: the daily preview
    Having revelled in a rain-free opening session at The Championships 2012, fingers are firmly crossed for more of the same as the first rounds of the two singles tournaments move towards completion.
  • Powerful Li quick off the markPowerful Li quick off the mark
    There was an undemanding opening to The Championships for Li Na when she needed just an hour and five minutes to see off Ksenia Pervak, of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-1.
  • Lendl's new challengeLendl's new challenge
    It can safely be assumed that Ivan Lendl's renowned single-minded approach will have made a noticeable impression on Andy Murray.