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guardian.co.tt Monday, July 3, 2017
Murray fit to play
after injury scare
Andy Murray has announced he is fit to de-
fend his title at Wimbledon following a recent
hip injury scare.
The world number one pulled out of two warm-up
matches earlier in the week as he battled to secure
But yesterday he dismissed fears he may have to
pull out, saying: "I'll be fine to play the event and
play seven matches."
Murray faces Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik at
1pm today, in the opening match on Centre Court.
Murray also confirmed reports he and wife Kim
are expecting their second child.
He said: "We're both obviously very happy and
looking forward to it."
Speaking of the hip problem, Murray added:
"I've had hip problems since I was very young. It's
not something new to me. It's just been very sore
the last few weeks and was giving me quite a lot of
trouble, moving to certain shots and getting to cer-
"That was why I had to take the break to try to give
it a chance to settle down, calm down a bit.
"I spent a lot of time with my physio, doing some
extra exercises in my warm-up, strengthening exer-
cises, a lot of stuff to try to loosen off that area and
it's felt a lot better in the last few days."
Asked if he could play himself into shape in the first
week of the tournament, Murray said: "Obviously no
matches are easy. The last few days have been very
good, practice each day has been slightly stop-start
preparations but each day I've felt better.
"But a little bit like the French Open where maybe
I didn't come in as well-prepared (as I would have
liked), I still found a way with each match to feel a bit
better and built confidence each day. So I'm hoping
that's the case here."
Murray said knowing he is due to become a father
again would have no bearing on his performance.
Pacquiao loses WBO
title fight to Jeff Horn
BRISBANE, Australia---It went all the way and
ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the op-
posite of what Manny Pacquiao's handlers
predicted for his WBO welterweight world
title fight against Jeff Horn.
Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach
tipped a "short and sweet" knockout win for the
11-time world champion in Sunday's so-called
'Battle of Brisbane,' but Horn got a unanimous
points decision in his first world title fight --- de-
lighting the 51,052-strong crowd.
The 38-year-old Philippines senator arrived in
Brisbane a week ahead of the fight with a chartered
plane carrying more than a hundred supporters
and as the hot favorite to beat Horn. He leaves
without the WBO belt.
All three judges awarded it to Horn, with Waleska
Roldan scoring it 117-111 and both Chris Flores
and Ramon Cerdan scoring it 115-113.
Some critics slammed it as a hometown decision,
saying the statistics had Pacquiao landing twice
the number of power punches as Horn.
"That's the decision of the judges. I respect that,"
Pacquiao was quoted as saying by broadcaster
ESPN. "We have a rematch clause, so no problem."
But Pacquiao's conditioning trainer, the Los An-
geles-based former Australian heavyweight Justin
Fortune, was critical of the referee and the judging.
"Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like
a pumpkin. Those scores, that card?" he said, "It
should be the other way."
He was close to finishing it in the 9th when he
relentlessly pounded Horn and had him wobbling
--- to the point where referee Mark Nelson asked
the 29-year-old former schoolteacher if he could
Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines
during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday.
continue --- and could also have come out with
Pacquiao didn't attend the formal post-fight
news conference, sending a spokesman to say he
was getting treated for the cuts. He also declined
to do any interviews in the dressing room.
Pacquiao entered the fight with a record of 59-
6-2, but the last of his 38 wins by knockout was
in 2009. Horn hadn't lost any of his previous 17
professional fights, but had never encountered
anybody with Pacquiao's credentials. (AP)
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