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WIMBLEDON -- For many, the first week of Wimbledon has been like an itchy sweater, a paper cut, a long line at the airport. The

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WIMBLEDON -- For many, the first week of Wimbledon has been like an itchy sweater, a paper cut, a long line at the airport. The rain delays have made players annoyed and impatient, and in the case of American women Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens Saturday, anxious to shed their discomfort and move on to a sunnier day.I told [someone] yesterday, I think I have bedsores, said Stephens, who began her postponed second-round match Friday -- a day in which she spent 12 hours in the womens locker room, much of it on the couch. I dont think Ive ever been in one position at a tournament for so long.For both Stephens, who eventually prevailed Saturday by outlasting Mandy Minella 3-6, 7-6 (6), 8-6, and Keys, who defeated Alize Cornet also in a third-round match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, that has the feel of hard labor. For Keys, the struggle is part of the process.I mean, it would have been nice to win in straight sets, said Keys, the No. 9 seed who has won two consecutive three-set matches. But its definitely good to figure out tough situations and be able to play better in the third set.Cornet, best known here for her upset of Serena Williams in the third round two years ago, lost her third straight match to Keys. But Cornet tested the resolve of Keys, who cut down on unforced errors, and with three breaks of serve in the third set, showed why she is in the top 10 for the first time in her career and in contention for the title.Today was funny, said Keys, who moves on to meet No. 5 Simona Halep. I was walking on to Court 1 as the higher-ranked player for the first time. Obviously thats a different set of nerves that Im learning to deal with. Hopefully I get to keep trying to learn how to deal with those things, because it means that Im where I want to be.With five American women currently still in the tournament, the U.S. has a chance to advance the highest number of players to the fourth round since seven did it in 2002.Keys was especially pleased, however, talking about the victories Saturday of good friends Sam Querrey, who pulled off the upset of the year by defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic, and Steve Johnson, who beat Grigor Dimitrov.I had Sam on one court and Stevie on the other while I was warming up for my match, Keys said. It was amazing to watch those guys do so well. Im really close with both of them. Its really fun to see people who you know work so hard get to have great tournaments like this.Its not dead, Keys said of American tennis, and Im really happy that were having positive conversations about it for once.And despite the general grumpiness of a player population that would have preferred to have the customary middle Sunday off, playing in the second week isnt so bad.I feel like it was almost a restart button thats pushed, and its almost two separate tournaments, Keys said. I think everyone just gets a little bit more focused. The matches get tougher, because obviously youre playing people who have won multiple matches.Its more that just you feel everything a little bit more once the second week rolls around.And if its a sunny week, all the better. https://www.supersonicsjerseys.com/380s-desmond-mason-jersey-supersonics.html" class="TyTxtSmlC">Desmond Mason Jersey . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. 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TROON, Scotland --?Steve Stricker made the most of his first Open in four years, shooting a final-round 69 to finish fourth and earn an invitation to next years Masters, among other perks.Stricker, 49, who plays a limited schedule these days and had not played on the PGA Tour in more than a month, had his best performance at The Open in 14 appearances.Thats the great thing about playing golf out here professionally, said Stricker, who has won 12 times on the PGA Tour in his career. There are a lot of carrots dangling. When youre playing well, youre rewarded and you get to do some pretty cool things. If thats the case, getting back to Augusta is pretty cool. Well see after it all shakes out.Another trip to the Masters is assured, as is a spot in the field at next years Open at Royal Birkdale; The Open extends invites to the top 10 finishers from the previous year.Still in doubt is qualifying for the PGA Championship in two weeks.dddddddddddd. Results at the Barbasol Championship, which ends Sunday, will affect that.Including last weeks Scottish Open, which he decided to play when the Greenbrier Classic was canceled on the PGA Tour, Stricker has played just 12 times in 2016.But thats part of the reason I think Im still playing well, he said. Ive cut down. Im still really excited to come out and play. I enjoyed my two weeks over here a lot. Scottish Open last week was really fun, and hanging with Phil [Mickelson] last week made the week go by real quick. It was good for my game, getting over here and experiencing all that weather, so it was a good decision to come over here.Stricker shot rounds of 67-75-68-69 to finish at 5-under 279, 15 strokes behind winner?Henrik Stenson. ' ' '

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