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Instinct keeps Vondrousova one step ahead

PARIS (Reuters) - Backhands and forehands can be manufactured on the practice courts but no amount of coaching can arm a player with the natural instinct Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova has used to reach the French Open final.

Nadal's repeat bid in New York derailed by injury

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal tried to put a brave face on it but the defending U.S. Open champion could not hide his frustration after yet another physical setback denied him the chance to add to his haul of Grand Slam titles.

Unified Korea trounce Taiwan to reach hoops final

A JOINT Korean women’s basketball team slammed Taiwan 89-66 to reach the Asian Games final, helped by Las Vegas razzmatazz and some good, old, northern grit.

New-look Federer straight back in the old routine

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer caused a stir when he began his quest for a ninth Wimbledon title with a new logo on his chest but everything else looked familiar as he crushed Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-3 6-4 in glorious Centre Court sunshine on Monday.

Tennis - Zverev struggles past qualifier King

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alexander Zverev battled into the early hours of Tuesday to defeat a surprisingly troublesome Darian King 7-6(9) 7-5 6-4 at the U.S. Open.

Unseeded Ostapenko stuns Halep to win French Open title

PARIS (Reuters) - Maiden grand slam finals are meant to be suffocating experiences but Jelena Ostapenko laid waste to that theory as she blasted a barrage of winners past Simona Halep to win the French Open in audacious fashion on Saturday.

Crafty Cornet flummoxes Radwanska in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Using an armoury of delicate drop shots, Alize Cornet rode a tide of French support into the last-16 of Roland Garros on Saturday with a 6-2 6-1 win over Agnieszka Radwanska.

Party time in Bangkok as Leicester inch closer to title

BANGKOK (Reuters) - About 900 jubilant fans and employees of the Thai billionaire who owns Leicester City roared when the final whistle blew in their team's 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday that left them on the brink of winning the Premier League title.

Aussie 'Brainband' joins fight against concussion

SYDNEY (Reuters) - If a couple of Australians have their way, the days when an athlete can take a big hit on the field then groggily pick himself up and head back into the fray will soon be gone.

Kvitova overcomes Safarova for New Haven triumph

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Defending champion Petra Kvitova used a dominant serve to beat Lucie Safarova 6-7(6) 6-2 6-2 in their all-Czech final at the Connecticut Open on Saturday.