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Nick Kyrgios has received supportive
comments from British tennis star Andy
Murray was speaking after he beat
Ivo Karlovic to reach the Wimbledon
quarter- nals for the eighth successive
Kyrgios has been making headlines
with his poor behaviour throughout the
His fourth round exit yesterday
--- where he was accused of tanking ---
prompted Australian swimming legend
Dawn Fraser to say that he and fellow
Aussie Bernard Tomic should "go back to
where their parents came from."
Fraser has since "unreser vedly
apologised" for her comments while
Kyrgios has accused her of blatant racism.
Murray has been in the spotlight from
a very early age and he has constantly
had to shoulder the weight of expectation
from the British public.
In 2013, he became the rst British
man to win the men's singles title at
Wimbledon since Fred Perry won in
Kyrgios, 20, has angered tennis fans at
Wimbledon with his antics but Murray
sympathises with what the Australian is
"I don't think people appreciate how
di cult it is to grow up under the
spotlight, how di cult it is to have loads
of people expecting you to be perfect
from a young age," Murray said.
"I like Nick. I've spoken to him away
from the court. He's quite di erent to
how he is on it. It's not easy. He'll nd
his way, for sure. He'll hopefully have
good people around him that can help
him, people that have experienced being
on the tour, guys like Lleyton Hewitt and
Murray will play Canadian Vasek
Pospisil in his quarter- nal at midnight
tonight. --- New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
Veteran hooker Nathan Friend is
resigned to leaving the Warriors at
the end of the season despite the
club having o ered him a one-year
extension for 2016.
Friend has spoken previously
about his desire to remain at the
Warriors for another year but
admits he will explore his options
with rival clubs after receiving a
less-than-ideal o er from the club
he rst joined in 2012.
"I dare say it at this stage," Friend
said of his likely departure.
" e club have put forward an
o er but at this stage I don't think
I will take it up.
"For sure (playing for another
club is an option).
"It wasn't ideal, there were a few
When asked if there was any
wriggle-room to re-negotiate with
the Warriors following their initial
o er, Friend was not optimistic,
saying: "Probably not. at's all
With Kiwis and South Sydney
Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke set
to join the Warriors at the end
of the season, fringe rst-grader
Siliva Havili and versatile NYC
player Nathaniel Roache loom as
the likely back-up options.
Injured hooker omas Leuluai
will also be in the frame but Chad
Townsend's con rmed departure
at the end of the season to return to
Sydney on compassionate grounds
could see him used back in the
No 6 jersey.
Coach Andrew McFadden
hinted the dummy-half support
roles were yet to be con rmed but
admitted that more additions were
likely to be made to the Warriors
"At this stage Siliva is obviously
still contracted to us," said
" ere is some stu going on in
the background but at this stage he
is still with us for next year.
"You can probably expect some
signings. I don't know about any
"It's more about depth and lling
our squad up with the numbers
we need to compete in an NRL
"But certainly there's a few little
things we've got to tidy up.
"But the core of the squad along
with the signings we've already
made will make a signi cant
impact for us next year."
e 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 prize ghters at
A women's tournament that has seen
title contenders fall feebly on the All
England Club lawns, nally witnessed
two grand slam champions going toe-to-
toe in a thunderous encounter be tting
the nal, rather than the second 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
"I feel really vulnerable. I feel really
vulnerable in a third set," Williams, who
looked anything but, told reporters. "At
that point I kind of relax and whatever
Blocking her path to a rst Wimbledon
nal since 2012 is Maria Sharapova after
the Russian fought o feisty American
CoCo Vandeweghe --- the only
unseeded player in a quarter- nal line-
up few would have predicted at the start.
Sharapova won 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2 to set
up another crack at Williams who she
has lost to 16 times in a row since 2004
--- the year she beat the American to win
her only Wimbledon title.
"I haven't played Serena here in 11
years," fourth seed Sharapova, who
famously beat Williams to the title in
2004 as a 17-year-old, told reporters.
" at will be an incredible moment for
me to step out on centre court against
e mayhem in the bottom half during
the rst seven days here gave a chance
for some new faces to make their mark.
Garbine Muguruza seized the chance
to become the rst Spanish woman
to reach the last four since Arantxa
Sanchez-Vicario in 1997, beating Swiss
Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3.
American youngster Madison Keys
was unable to unlock the defences of
2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska,
though, losing 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 with the
Pole now facing Muguruza.
After a minute's silence on the 10th
anniversary of the London Underground
and bus bombings, followed by a short
rain delay, play began on court one with
a one-set showdown.
Defending men's champion Novak
Djokovic resumed against giant-serving
Kevin Anderson after their fourth round
clash had been stopped at two sets all
yesterday because of bad light.
Top seed Djokovic survived some
anxious moments and roared his
frustration in the direction of a startled
ball girl before edging his way to a
6-7 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 --- only
the fourth time in his a career he has
recovered from a two-set de cit.
Williams and Azarenka have history,
although not in any sinister sense. Both
are erce ghters and have contested
some intense battles down the years,
including two US Open nals.
Former world No 1 Azarenka, seeded
23 but far more dangerous than that
in reality, outplayed her opponent in a
superb rst set, absorbing the power of
the Williams arsenal and punching back
some spectacular winners.
When she sealed the rst set with
a clean-as-a-whistle forehand pass a
fourth career win from 20 matches
against Williams looked not only
possible, but likely. Azarenka was red-
up and raising the decibel level. But then
came the retaliation.
Williams, who narrowly escaped defeat
by Briton Heather Watson in the third
round on Friday, added a few clicks to
her serve, beefed up her forehand and
began bellowing "c'mon!" after winning
Azarenka was taking some fearful
punishment but somehow survived a
Williams onslaught in an 18-point game
at 1-2, saving three break points to level
e Belarussian had a break point in
the next game but Williams responded
with a backhand winner, held serve, and
then won the next three games to level
Sensing another semi- nal, Williams
marched ahead in the decider, banged
down three consecutive aces to move 5-2
ahead and nished Azarenka o with
three more in the nal game. --- Reuters
of the New Zealand Herald
Colin Cooper is having to deal with
uncertainty around who he can access
ahead of a potentially epic clash with Fiji
but, as ever, he takes it all in his stride.
e Maori All Blacks coach got the
bulk of his 27-man squad in yesterday
for a training run at Auckland's King's
College, and there were plenty of comings
In go All Blacks prop Joe Moody and
Blues loose forward Joe Edwards, plus
New Zealand Universities front-rower
Marcel Renata, whom the coaches
watched in club action for Auckland
University last weekend. Out go prop
Chris Eves and loose forward Shane
Christie, both crocked.
Charlie Ngatai, the 2014 Maori skipper,
may go from the All Blacks bench in
Apia today to a ight to Suva but the
chances of halfback Brad Weber and
hooker Hika Elliot linking up with the
Maori appear reliant on the benevolence
of the All Blacks selectors and what
cover they require for next week's Rugby
Championship opener in Christchurch.
"It's just great to have guys of the calibre
of Joe and Tawera (Kerr-Barlow) in the
mix, coming down from the All Blacks,"
Cooper said. "But there's an opportunity
here for the Maori to play a test match
and for me to grow some of the younger
guys into professional players."
e Maori dived for cover under
Auckland's inclement skies yesterday,
but that will not have fazed the clutch
of Highlanders players who recently
claimed the Super Rugby title.
" ey were a bit rough when they came
in, but that was to be expected," quipped
Some of the squad were in camp as early
as Friday. ey will have to gel quickly
because Fiji are the world's No 11-ranked
side and have most of their best players
back from Europe as they gear up for the
Paci c Nations Cup, partly held in North
America, and then Rugby World Cup.
ey will play the tournament opener
against England at Twickenham.
" ey'll be very tough," Cooper said.
" ey are very passionate about the game.
I took the Junior All Blacks over there (in
2007). It was mayhem. Any team wearing
black jerseys gets the Fijian boys excited."
He and assistant Tabai Matson, who
will join the Fijians after the Maori
programme to help with their coaching
leading into the World Cup, will have a
plan to combat Crusaders wing Nemani
Nadolo, who in the recent past has played
second- ve for Fiji.
"He'll be a threat wherever he plays,"
Cooper said. Nadolo is not the sole threat,
with Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Napolioni
Nalaga in line to play.
Also at the forefront of the Maori
minds is an 18-match, 12-year unbeaten
run against full international sides. is
stretches back to 2003, when England
beat them 23-9 in New Plymouth. e
Maori have lost to sides such as the
England Saxons and Leicester since then.
ey will name their 23 for the match
Warriors offer leaves
Friend looking elsewhere
PICTURE: Getty Images
Serena Williams, right, and Victoria Azarenka after their match today at
'Serena Slam' still on
Djokovic pulls off
Murray sympathises with Kyrgios
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