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Stuttgart: Jankovic d. Pennetta

Going into this second-round match, Jelena Jankovic led Flavia Pennetta by 6-2 in a rivalry spanning eight years. Although they were 2-2 in most recent meetings, the harsh reality is that these are similar players, but Jankovic is just that extra little bit better at everything—and considerably better at defense.

True, Pennetta has been playing well lately; she won a huge tournament in Indian Wells. But once again Jankovic asserted her day-to-day superiority, winning this one in just under two hours, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Bruce Fordyce and Lilfordia

The first time I visited Lilfordia School 80 kilometres outside Harare was over 20 years ago. It was before Alistair Campbell had become Zimbabwe’s national cricket captain but soon after the country had been granted test status.

It was founded by Campbell’s grandfather over a century ago as a place of learning for ‘country’ kids – sons and daughters of farmers who had neither the means nor the inclination to send their under-13-year-old offspring to boarding schools in Harare or Bulawayo. It started with just two small buildings and 20 or so pupils.

Cheltenham and BHA must stop steroids taking centre stage at Festival

Last week's adjournment of the court case against the trainer Philip Fenton, who faces charges in Ireland of illegally possessing various drugs including anabolic steroids, places both the British Horseracing Authority and Cheltenham racecourse in a position which has no entirely positive outcomes.

talking sport 620 Can Steffon Armitage find his way into Stuart Lancaster's World Cup plans?

The flutter of excitement surrounding Stuart Lancaster's decision to fly to Toulon on his first day back from holiday this week to talk to Steffon and Delon Armitage appears to have been premature. Sources within the Rugby Football Union insist there are no plans for either brother to be called up for this summer's tour to New Zealand, a trip which also seems unlikely to feature Danny Cipriani, the in-form Sale fly-half.

Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final

Northampton Saints reached the Amlin Challenge Cup final by beating three-times winners Harlequins.

Saints built a solid lead through two Stephen Myler penalties and a Tom Collins try, with Ben Botica's penalty the only first-half score for Quins.

Saints's Kahn Fotuali'i broke away to touch down, but Nick Easter replied.

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "It was a hard-fought win and was always going to be tough because Quins are a good side."

The visitors failed to mount late pressure as Saints battled through.

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