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Game, Set & Match: Ali aims to follow in Andy's footsteps

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/07/2015

Ali Collins wishes to train overseas
Ali Collins wishes to train overseas
Nick Kyrgios has a dedicated following
Gilles Simon
Serena Williams defeated Heather Watson (pictured) in a tight contest on Friday

Ali Collins is a highly-rated 15-year-old from Dunblane, who made her Wimbledon debut in the girls' event, losing on Saturday to Russian Sofya Zhuk.

She wants to continue her tennis education by training overseas, just as Andy Murray, also from Dunblane, did early in his career.

"I hope she gets a chance to go train where she wants to because I think we obviously have the funding to be able to do that in this country," Murray said.

Kyrgios spreading cheer among fans

Nick Kyrgios inspires devotion on another level from his fans.

Bizarrely, some have taken to smearing their faces in edible spread and sending shots on social media to the Australian showman, hoping to grab his attention.

One, Mitchell McConachy, wrote to Kyrgios: "IF YOU REPLY TO THIS I'LL COVER MY FACE IN VEGEMITE."

Kyrgios replied a short while later: "OI! Where is the face full of vegemite."

It soon followed, and 20-year-old Kyrgios wrote back: "HAHAHAHAHAHA this is so awesome - thanks so much for the support dude.... Doesn't get more Australian than support of your locals and a face full of vegemite."

Still a place for the smaller men

The latter stages of the men's tournament is feeling like a battle of the giants, but David Goffin and Gilles Simon are proving size isn't everything.

Goffin (24) is 5ft 11in, weighs under 11st and still looks like a teenager, but on a weight-to-power ratio few are stronger than the Belgian, who today takes on Stan Wawrinka. Simon (30), who meets Tomas Berdych, is nicknamed Le Poussin (little chicken) for his spindly legs, yet is one of the most consistent performers.

Sister act makes it a family affair

Serena Williams v Venus Williams. The American sisters have faced each other in four Wimbledon finals and both have five titles at the All England Club, their playground for the best part of 20 years. This fourth-round clash is a match few expected to see again in a grand slam, but a resurgence from Venus has seen her sprint through the draw, while Serena scraped past Heather Watson on Friday. It is bound to be utterly fascinating. And you couldn't safely pick a winner, even with Serena closing in on the 'Serena Slam' and Grand Slam.

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