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Murray reunites with former coach Lendl
With Wimbledon coming up, Andy Murray is reuniting with former coach Ivan Lendl.
Lendl was Murray’s coach for two years until 2014. In that time, Murray won the U.S. Open in 2012 and Wimbledon the following year, becoming the first British man to win that title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray also won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, a tournament that was played at Wimbledon’s All England Club.
“I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he’s single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events,” the 29-year-old Murray said Sunday in a statement on his website. “I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”
According to the statement, Lendl will work with Murray’s full-time coach, Jamie Delgado, and existing performance team.
Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova saved seven set points before beating Alison Riske of the United States 7-6 (8), 7-5 in the Nottingham Open final in England. Pliskova, who battled a hip injury throughout the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, staved off six set points in the first and another in the second.“I really didn’t count on having such early success on the grass so I am feeling good ahead of Wimbledon,” the 17th-ranked Czech player said.
Coco Vandeweghe won her second Ricoh Open title by beating Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 at The Hague, Netherlands, in a final blighted by long rain delays. Vandeweghe also won the grass-court tournament in 2014 her only other title on the tour.
Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England, next week because of a left Achilles injury.
La Vergne High senior Maleik Gray, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete and Tennessee Titans Class 5A Mr. Football semifinalist in 2015, announced his commitment to Tennessee over social media on Sunday, picking the Vols over Florida State and Alabama.
Jewell Loyd scored 20 points, including two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play, and the visiting Seattle Storm beat the Indiana Fever 90-88. Crystal Langhorne added 17 points, Sue Bird had 16, and Jenna O’Hea scored 10 for the Storm (4-6). Tamika Catchings scored 15 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter and Briann January added 15 points for Indiana (4-6).
Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her first-career double-double and added a career-high five assists to help the Atlanta Dream beat the visiting Connecticut Sun 93-87. Layshia Clarendon scored 19 with a career-best nine assists, and Angel McCoughtry added 18 points and four steals for the Dream (7-3). Jasmine Thomas led Connecticut (2-8) with 19 points.
Diana Taurasi scored 31 points, DeWanna Bonner added 20 and the host Phoenix Mercury (4-6) made 13 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to overcome a 14-point deficit and beat the Chicago Sky 86-80. Elena Delle Donne led the Sky (5-5) with 18 points.