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Besides the opportunity to defend her womens doubles title with Martina Hingis, Sania Mirza begins her campaign at Wimbledon with an eye on completing a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles in the company of Croatias Ivan Dodig. John Johnson Rams Jersey .Mirza won the Australian and French Open with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 & 2012 respectively and the US Open with Bruno Soares in 2014, but has never been past the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in the category.Mirza and Dodig have had a good run as a combination since they joined forces at the start of the year, reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and the final at the French Open, where they lost a close match to Hingis and Leander Paes.He (Dodig) suits my game, we both return really well, thats our strength, Mirza told ESPN from London. A little bit like how Mahesh (Bhupathi) and I used to play. We make a lot of returns, we break serve very often, theres rarely a set that goes by where we dont break the opponents, which is our biggest strength probably. He has a huge serve, hes a quality player, and hes won the French open. So, he knows how to win on the big stage.Since the Olympics begin less than a month after Wimbledon, there had been speculation that Mirza could play at Wimbledon with Rohan Bopanna, who will partner her at Rio. However, Mirza explained why that option wasnt on the table at all.I actually just saw Rohan yesterday for the first time at Wimbledon this year, she said. The reality was that I was already committed?to playing with Ivan. At the end of the day we have to stick to our commitments, we cannot just dump and move on, it doesnt work that way. It would be unfair for me after playing a final with Ivan to say okay, well, I am not going to play now because it is not convenient. It doesnt work like that, it is a professional tour and you have to be professional about it. Thats why Rohan and I have decided to go one week before to Rio. Straight after he finishes in Toronto and I finish in Montreal we will go there for a week and hopefully be ready.While the mixed doubles begins later, Mirzas immediate focus will be to get off to a strong start with Hingis in the womens doubles. Despite early round defeats in both her warm-up tournaments on grass, Mirza believes she and Hingis remain the team to beat on the circuit. Of late, the pairing has endured a few hiccups, including a third round exit at the French Open at the hands of the unheralded Czech pairing of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.Since their 41-match winning streak - the third longest in the history of womens doubles - was ended in Doha in February, Mirza and Hingis have won just one of the seven tournaments they have played together.When we played Wimbledon last year we hadnt won 41 matches in a row, Mirza said. We hadnt done well in the clay court season. We lost in the quarterfinals at Madrid, Rome and the French Open. But this time coming into Wimbledon, weve played the final at Stuttgart & Madrid and won in Rome. Weve basically had one bad tournament, so it is all a matter of perspective.Every tournament is new, every match is new but at the end of the day we are the best team out there for a reason. We have been playing really well together and we are the number one team, at least on paper. Thats why every body comes out and plays great against us because they have zero pressure. They are not expected to win and we are expected to win all the time. But thats the pressure that you deal with as the number one team, thats the pressure Novak (Djokovic) or Serena (Williams) deal with and its a privilege as well to have this kind of pressure.Mirza and Hingis won a thrilling final last year at Wimbledon against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina to capture the womens doubles crown. It was Mirzas first womens doubles Grand slam title and catapulted the team to a run of stunning success that included Grand Slam victories at the US and Australian Opens.Mirza believes the memories of that unforgettable final will most definitely be a positive force as they target a repeat. We came here and people are still talking to us about it, she said. Last year the final was such that everybodys eyes were on it. It was good quality. No matter how many Grand slams I win or have won since then, that one remains the most special only because of the way it unfolded.Will Sania complete mixed doubles career slam at Wimbledon?Mirza and Hingis start their campaign with a first round encounter against the all-German pairing of Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund. Mirza remembers playing the combination in Guangzhou last year and expects it to be a tricky encounter, especially as their opponents possess a big serve that can prove to be a handy weapon on the fast grass court surface.I like playing on it, I like that my ball does so much more on the fast surface. Though I wouldnt say its my best surface, that would still be hard courts, it is the second favourite to me. The reason I played the last two weeks was to get one or two matches in, the practice and the hours in, because no matter how often you have played on grass before, every time you come back to it, its a new battle, she said.You have to get your timing and feel the ball all over again because it comes off very different of the surface. You dont really know what the ball is going to do. You have to adjust fast, which is why you have to put as many hours as you can. I feel good now after two and a half weeks of practicing on grass. John Johnson Youth Jersey . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. John Johnson Jersey . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. PHOENIX -- Randall Delgado tried almost too hard to make Arizonas rotation in spring training, tossing out mechanics as he overthrew. A stint in the minors did wonders for the young right-hander, giving him the strike-throwing foundation thats allowed him to pitch so well since being called up. Pounding the strike zone with his fastball and getting San Diegos hitters to chase his changeup, Delgado tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout and the Diamondbacks pounded out 17 hits in a 10-0 rout over the Padres on Friday night. "This is what hes been building up toward," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. The Diamondbacks gave Delgado plenty of support, roughing up Eric Stults (8-9) with six runs the first three innings and seven extra-base hits. Aaron Hill had a pair of run-scoring doubles before leaving with a tight right hamstring, A.J. Pollock added a two-run single and Martin Prado had two of Arizonas six doubles. Delgado (3-3) helped himself by adding a pair of singles, becoming the first Arizona pitcher with a shutout and a multihit game since Randy Johnson on Sept. 14, 2003, against Colorado. "I thought he pitched really well tonight," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said. "They beat us in every aspect tonight and sometimes that happens." One of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Delgado arrived in Arizona with Prado last year in a six-player deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton and infielder Chris Johnson to Atlanta. Delgado failed to make Arizonas rotation out of spring training and opened the season at Triple-A Reno, where he worked on his mechanics and his strike-throwing mentality. Since being called up in June, the 23-year-old Panamanian has been a solid addition to Arizonas staff, allowed three earned runs in all eight starts. Delgado worked 5 2-3 scoreless innings his last start, a 3-1 win over San Francisco, and was even better against the Padres. Everth Cabrera lined his first pitch of the game for a single, but the right-hander retired nine straight until Nick Hundleys leadoff double in the fourth. Delgado stranded him at second and retired 10 straight before walking Yonder Alonso with one out in the seventh. Right fielder Gerardo Parra made a spectacular catch against the fence to rob Will Venable of a hit to end the seventh andd shortstop Didi Gregorious made a diving grab for the games final out, helping Delgado extend his scoreless streak to 14 2-3 innings. Cooper Kupp Youth Jersey. Delgado struck out three, walked one and threw 70 strikes in 100 pitches for his first complete game in the majors. "This is a key for the pitchers, throw a lot of strikes, try to be ahead in the count," Delgado said. "That helped so much today. I was just trying to keep the ball down, throw a strike and see what happens after that." Stults pitched well his previous three starts, allowing five earned runs in 21 innings, and tossed a two-hit shutout his last start against Arizona on June 14. The Diamondbacks roughed up the left-hander right away Friday. Hill drove in a run with a double in the first inning, then scored on Prados run-scoring single. In the second inning, Cliff Pennington scored from first when Hundley, San Diegos catcher, threw wildly to first on Delgados sacrifice bunt and Hill followed with a second RBI double before leaving for precautionary reasons. The Diamondbacks scored two runs again in the third inning, on Wil Nieves run-scoring through a drawn-in infield and an RBI double by Pennington that made it 6-0. Ross added a run-scoring single in the fourth inning off Stults, who allowed seven runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits and struck out five. "I didnt give us a chance to win from the start," said Stults, winless his last five road starts. "The first inning to give them the two runs, then in the second inning to not come out and give us a shut-down inning, that was tough." Ross led off the seventh inning by hitting Colt Hynes up-in-the-zone 0-2 pitch off the foul pole in left for his sixth homer and Pollock made it 10-0 with his two-run single. By then, Delgado was already rolling to his best outing in the majors. NOTES: Arizona C Miguel Montero missed his fourth straight game with a stiff back and is still day to day. ... Alonzo went 0 for 3 to end an 11-game hitting streak at Chase Field, second-longest by a Padres player at Arizonas home field. ... LHP Tyler Skaggs, who will start Saturday against San Diego, is 0-1 and has allowed nine earned runs in eight innings in two career starts against the Padres. ... Padres RHP Andrew Cashner, Saturdays starter against Arizona, has not allowed a home run in eight straight starts. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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