McIlroy's absence dominates talk at Scottish Open

Associated Press GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — All the talk at the Scottish Open is about a player who isn't even here this week.

  • Kyrgios stunned by criticism back home, … Reuters - 2 hours 22 minutes ago
    Kyrgios stunned by criticism back home, …

    Nick Kyrgios has been stunned by the ferocity of criticism levelled at him over his behaviour at Wimbledon and has called on his fellow Australians to show him respect even if they cannot love him. The 20-year-old said he had contemplated walking away from the game he admits he does not "love" after being hammered in the media, both traditional and social, in the wake of his fourth round loss to Richard Gasguet at the All England Club. Olympic swimming great Dawn Fraser apologised on Tuesday for saying Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic should "go back to where their parents came from" if they did not behave properly on court but that has not stemmed the flood of vitriol.

  • Tennis: 'Lost' Kyrgios shocked … AFP - 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    Brash Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he is shocked by the criticism levelled at him and admits to feeling lost and confused. "For sure you have those doubts and those thoughts," he told Fairfax Media in an interview published Wednesday about wanting to walk away from tennis.

  • Tennis: Five Wimbledon facts - day  … AFP - 6 hours ago

    Five facts on the ninth day of Wimbledon at the All England Club on Wednesday:

  • Public finally gets pathway to 'Billionaires' … Associated Press - 6 hours ago
    Public finally gets pathway to 'Billionaires' …

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — With a bright blue sign that reads "Beach Access" on an open gate replacing what used to be private property, the public now has access to Malibu's so-called "Billionaires' Beach."

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: No. 1 Djokovic … Associated Press - 9 hours ago
    Wimbledon Lookahead: No. 1 Djokovic …

    LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is developing a nasty habit of playing Grand Slam matches over two days.

  • Serena fights off Azarenka, targets … Reuters - 9 hours ago
    Serena fights off Azarenka, targets …

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The heavy hitting shook the ground and the volume would have raised the Centre Court roof, had it been closed, as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka traded blows like a couple of prizefighters at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Williams eventually won 3-6 6-2 6-3 with her best tennis at this year's tournament so far to stay in line for a sixth Wimbledon title which would also complete the self-styled "Serena Slam", that is holding all four majors concurrently. "At that point I kind of relax and whatever happens, happens." Blocking her path to a first Wimbledon final since 2012 is Maria Sharapova after the Russian fought off feisty American CoCo Vandeweghe -- the only unseeded player in a quarter-final lineup few would have predicted at the start.

  • All smiles as Serena downs Azarenka … Reuters - 9 hours ago
    All smiles as Serena downs Azarenka …

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon semi-final after subduing inspired former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the best women's match of the tournament so far on Tuesday. Both players came out with music pumping through headphones and they proceeded to deliver a high-powered slugfest on the Centre Court grass as Williams hit back to win 3-6 6-2 6-3. Belarussian Azarenka, who once spent 51 weeks on top of the rankings and who is returning to her best after a serious foot injury stalled her career, dominated the opening set, but could not sustain the tempo as Williams found another gear.

  • Tennis: Wimbledon day eight sidelin … AFP - 9 hours ago

    - Novak Djokovic on being told that July 7 was the 30th anniversary of his coach Boris Becker's first Wimbledon triumph in 1985. - Coco Vandeweghe criticises Maria Sharapova over 'gamesmanship' by moving around during her service action in their quarter-final. - Djokovic has been spotted cycling around Wimbledon village on his bicycle despite a French car company being amongst his major sponsors.

  • Tennis: Wimbledon women's singles … AFP - 9 hours ago

    Paths to Thursday's Wimbledon women's singles semi-finals (x denotes seeding):

  • Keys and Bacsinszky silenced at Wim … Reuters - 10 hours ago
    Keys and Bacsinszky silenced at Wim …

    By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - The daughter of two lawyers and a former waitress received their last orders at the Wimbledon on Tuesday when Madison Keys and Timea Bacsinszky missed out on a great opportunity to set up a semi-final date. Instead, Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza showed they had a greater appetite for success. Muguruza got into the zone for the business end of the tournament by watching the film 'Silence of the Lambs' and once she finished with her heavy hitting at the All England Club on Tuesday, it was Bacsinszky who had stopped screaming.

  • Williams gets past Azarenka at Wimbledon; … Associated Press - 10 hours ago
    Williams gets past Azarenka at Wimbledon; …

    LONDON (AP) — Even as Serena Williams piled up aces and groundstroke winners from all angles, even as she stormed through seven games in a row and 10 of the last 13 in yet another comeback, her Wimbledon quarterfinal against Victoria Azarenka never felt like a runaway.

  • Cocktail of talent helps Muguruza reach … Reuters - 12 hours ago
    Cocktail of talent helps Muguruza reach …

    By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - A little bit of the Williams sisters' power combined with Maria Sharapova's mental strength and blended in with Martina Hingis' tactical nous -- that heady mix of talent made Garbine Muguruza into the "perfect player" who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals. Three years ago Muguruza took an instant dislike to grass after losing her first match on the lush surface in Birmingham. On Tuesday, however, her new-found love-affair with the green turf blossomed as she became the first Spanish woman in 18 years to reach the last four after a 7-5 6-3 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

  • Tennis: Wimbledon - headlines of the … AFP - 12 hours ago

    Wimbledon headlines on Tuesday, the eighth day of the 2015 championship:

  • Tennis: Wimbledon order of play AFP - 12 hours ago

    Wimbledon order of play on the show courts on Wednesday, the ninth day of the 2015 tournament at the All England Club (x denotes seeding):

  • Tennis: Wimbledon women's singles … AFP - 12 hours ago

    Wimbledon women's singles semi-finals head to head records (x denotes seeding):

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