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Giant Strides
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Niland a step closer to Wimbledon
Tennis: Ireland’s Conor Niland has reached the final round of Wimbledon qualifying after a three-et win over Australia’s Greg Jones at the All-England club.

The Limerick-man lost the first set 6-4 but broke once in the second set to win it 7-5 and twice in the last for a 6-2 advantage.

The win over the 222nd-ranked Jones sets up a final hurdle against Nikola Mertic, ranked 274, after the Serb recorded a shock win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.

Niland, who is ranked 187th in the world, will face Mertic on Thursday.


Big chance. Fingers crossed!
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Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 4:40 PM BST
Cry
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 4:41 PM BST
First bit of bottle Frenchie showed
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 4:41 PM BST
First bit of bottle Frenchie showed
Report freddiek June 21, 2011 4:42 PM BST
3 not taken, the fella came up with good serves when they were needed
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 4:46 PM BST
Come on!!!!
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 4:48 PM BST
This time!!!
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 4:51 PM BST
Not happening for him Sad
Report dddddew June 21, 2011 4:51 PM BST
total bottle job there
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 4:52 PM BST
Disaster! Sad
Report freddiek June 21, 2011 4:54 PM BST
needs to keep the head up or this will be over quickly
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 4:54 PM BST
Frenchie giving him plenty of chances as well Plain
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 4:55 PM BST
Not over yet.
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 4:57 PM BST
Blush
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 4:57 PM BST
Great break - in fairness Frenchie gave it to him. He is shocking at the net!!
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 5:02 PM BST
2-0

So many unforced errors from Frenchie. I am getting very close to backing Niland - don't want to jink him though
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 5:07 PM BST
3-1 held serve to love Grin
Report stayonyourfeet June 21, 2011 5:33 PM BST
2-2
Report vinnie_roe June 21, 2011 5:34 PM BST
2-2 final set
Report ericthered7 June 21, 2011 5:38 PM BST
I dont think so..
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 5:44 PM BST
Chance.
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 5:45 PM BST
Blush
Report vinnie_roe June 21, 2011 5:46 PM BST
it's all about bottle now.
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 5:47 PM BST
Time to trade out!
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 5:56 PM BST
Brilliant stuff!! Only one winner from here Grin
Report vinnie_roe June 21, 2011 5:56 PM BST
2 breaks up. Federer next.
Report ericthered7 June 21, 2011 5:57 PM BST
Jaysus dont say that,,
Report Wallflower June 21, 2011 5:58 PM BST
Yep, trade out. Business is businessCool
Report ReimerpYsatnaf June 21, 2011 5:59 PM BST
I still think he'll lose but really hope im wrong Sad
Report freddiek June 21, 2011 6:00 PM BST
ffs gettin tight
Report Wallflower June 21, 2011 6:03 PM BST
Got a sneaky 20 at 20/1 on the gay frenchie blokeBlush, I'm not officially back in the Niland campHappy. This could go anyway
Report vinnie_roe June 21, 2011 6:03 PM BST
No more comments from me until it's over.
Report Wallflower June 21, 2011 6:03 PM BST
*now*
Report Wallflower June 21, 2011 6:03 PM BST
*now*
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 6:03 PM BST
Plain
Report soapp June 21, 2011 6:04 PM BST
Come on he's 29 now. He ought not get the heeby jeebys any more. the other chap is only a kid and no doubt the crowd are against him.
Saying that I don't have the pics.
Report ReimerpYsatnaf June 21, 2011 6:05 PM BST
this is some collapse Shocked
Report Wallflower June 21, 2011 6:05 PM BST
tg4, and online on tg4 I think
Report ReimerpYsatnaf June 21, 2011 6:07 PM BST
oh dear, talk about sh|tting yourself Plain
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 6:08 PM BST
FOOK ME! Cry
Report Isotonic. June 21, 2011 6:08 PM BST
terrible. feel for the lad but he ll never have a better chance then that
Report freddiek June 21, 2011 6:09 PM BST
ah this is heartbreakin stuff
Report Isotonic. June 21, 2011 6:12 PM BST
agreed Freddiek.
Report Dan Chipowski June 21, 2011 6:15 PM BST
Really threw that away big time. Terrific effort though. Happy
Report ReimerpYsatnaf June 21, 2011 6:15 PM BST
well that was as bad if not a worse bottle job as Rory at the Masters Plain
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 6:16 PM BST
Ah ffs!! Gutted for him Sad

Never have a chance like that again
Report kiddo112 June 21, 2011 6:17 PM BST
125 unforced errors between them, says it all
Report vinnie_roe June 21, 2011 6:18 PM BST
There hasn't been many worse bottle jobs than that. The French lad can't believe he survived.
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 6:21 PM BST
Sick!
Poor fuc ker will take a while to get over that.
No complaints in the end unfortunately. Best man won.
Report dddddew June 21, 2011 6:22 PM BST
just lost 300 euro on that choking fcuking pr1ck wat a pathetic effort losing 5 games in a row
Report dddddew June 21, 2011 6:23 PM BST
suppose everyone will say he done us proud, losing from 4-1 up if we are proud of that we are sad
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 6:25 PM BST
After the way he struggled on serve mid match I had to trade out.
Why didn`t you?
Report ReimerpYsatnaf June 21, 2011 6:25 PM BST
No i actually agree with you dddddew, thought he did well to get into a winning position but he fell to pieces, he should be disguisted that he threw it away imo
Report ReimerpYsatnaf June 21, 2011 6:26 PM BST
Prior to this thread i'd never even heard of him Laugh i suppose i've seen why now
Report dddddew June 21, 2011 6:27 PM BST
i backe him at 1.5 let it run culdnt see him losing it was pathetic then he stands up and applauds the crowd after the last point as if to say ah i was never going to win anyway
Report Giant Strides June 21, 2011 6:29 PM BST
I don`t disagree with you but that`s why he`s ranked where he is. He has all the shots as he proved throughout, but the higher ranked guys have the mentality too.
Bad luck mate.
Report MCKENNA June 21, 2011 6:31 PM BST
Love these know alls who start givin out when they lose a few quid-why shouldnt he thank those who travelled over to support him?
Report dddddew June 21, 2011 6:33 PM BST
he cud look at least disapointed
Report MCKENNA June 21, 2011 6:37 PM BST
Oh right Ted-that might make you feel better? Am sure he is a bit more p eed off than he looks, losing after 4 hrs play.
Report Giant Strides June 22, 2011 9:17 AM BST
He`s on 2 fm now
Report Anaglogs Daughter June 23, 2011 9:16 PM BST
Mannarino about to be beat 3-0
Report Anaglogs Daughter June 23, 2011 9:27 PM BST
Federrer  3(6)(6)(6) (Time 1 hour 30 mins)
Mannarino 0(2)(3)(2)
Report Giant Strides June 23, 2011 10:07 PM BST
Fed looking ominous. Fascinating 10 days ahead.
Report Giant Strides August 24, 2011 3:58 PM BST
Here we go again! Blush

Niland progresses at US Open qualifiers

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:54
Conor Niland recorded a comfortable straight-sets victory against Pavol Cervenak on the opening day of the US Open qualifying tournament in Flushing Meadows.

Niland, currently ranked 199 in the world, cruised past Cervenak 6-1 6-4 to set up a second round encounter against Chinese Taipei's Tsung-Hua Yang.

The Irish number one, who reached the first round at Wimbledon this year, is now just two matches away from a second appearance in the main draw of a grand slam event.

Meanwhile, Louk Sorensen, who briefly called time on his career earlier this year, faces Spain's Arnau Brugues-Davi in his first round qualifier later today.

Sorensen has been blighted by injuries in recent seasons and has seen his ATP ranking plummet from a career high of 213 to 614, but the man from Stuttgart will have been buoyed by a number of encouraging results since his return to the tour.
Report redroar August 24, 2011 5:54 PM BST
Good luck to them both, getting sick of nothing but Rugby and GAA in the Irish Times
Report Giant Strides August 24, 2011 11:00 PM BST
Louk Sorenson won his 1st round match 7-6 6-4.
Report benny_ROBS_roy August 25, 2011 11:37 PM BST
Conor currently in action, leads 4-1 in first set
Report benny_ROBS_roy August 26, 2011 12:29 AM BST
Conor wins 6-2, 6-3.

Just 1 match away from another Slam appearance
Report Giant Strides August 26, 2011 12:36 AM BST
The real Irish sports success story of the night. Blush
Report benny_ROBS_roy August 26, 2011 12:41 AM BST
Louk Sorenson odds on to join him in last qualifying round too
Report Toto82 August 26, 2011 10:13 AM BST
Thanks Benny for updates
Report freddiek August 26, 2011 11:46 AM BST
if sorensen were to get through to the last round, and i think he has a more than decent chance, he would have to play the winner of Guez/Fischer which would be a tough ask for him

still its good to see him back, he actually retired at one point through injury but decided to give the sport another crack

Niland is already in the last round and should be well able for Middlekoop, fingers crossed

would be great if we got the 2 lads in the main draw and Murray the only Brit!
Report Anywherebutcheltenham August 26, 2011 5:51 PM BST
Niland on court now, dropped the first set , but is up a double break in the second. 2-6, 4-1
Report soapp August 26, 2011 5:52 PM BST
Good stuff. Come on the boys in green.
Report Giant Strides August 26, 2011 5:58 PM BST
Sorenson won earlier. 4 and 1.
I assume he has to play again later though.
Report Giant Strides August 26, 2011 5:59 PM BST
For those who are interested.
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/index.html?promo=subnav
Report Anywherebutcheltenham August 26, 2011 6:00 PM BST
1 set all now. Niland won that set 6-1
Report Anywherebutcheltenham August 26, 2011 6:54 PM BST
Winner alright, 6-4 in the third.
Report BJG August 26, 2011 8:14 PM BST
sorensen on around 11 our time tonight i think
Report Distant View August 26, 2011 8:32 PM BST
Fantastic result.
Report Giant Strides August 26, 2011 9:07 PM BST
I has to go out after he won. Fair play to him.
Sorenson in a first set tie break now.
Report freddiek August 26, 2011 9:25 PM BST
great stuff from Sorensen

lost the break lead in the first set but still took it in a tie-break
Report Giant Strides August 26, 2011 9:41 PM BST
4-1 up. History in the making!
Report Giant Strides August 26, 2011 10:02 PM BST
7-6 6-1. Fantastic achievement for a player who retired less than a year ago.
Big possibility one or both could play Djokovic, Berdych or Soderling.
Fingers crossed. Delighted for them.
Hopefully the start of something bigger here for one of the greatest sports around. Blush
Report BJG August 26, 2011 11:12 PM BST
Thought twas nt on till now - missed it [>o]

wd to both Cool
Report Giant Strides August 27, 2011 9:11 AM BST
Wait for it!
Niland got Djokovic and Sorenson got Soderling!!!
I swear I didn`t do the draw! Silly
MAGIC Blush
Report Tony Fenton August 27, 2011 10:31 AM BST
ShockedCoolShocked

Great draws for the 2 boys.

Good luck to them and very well done so far.
Report Giant Strides August 28, 2011 12:01 AM BST
Neither scheduled on Monday.
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 30, 2011 6:11 PM BST
About to take to the center court . . Could be like sunday all over...At old trafford that is but good luck to him anyhow the world of tennis stage is his now for a few hours
Report kavvie August 30, 2011 6:30 PM BST
best of luck to him
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 30, 2011 7:51 PM BST
Here threw up on the court...Food poisoning or nerves . .wont be finished before it even starts Shocked
Report OnTheSnaff August 30, 2011 8:11 PM BST
the Sorensen name steeped firmly in irish tradition Laugh
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 30, 2011 8:15 PM BST
Micheal O Muircheartaigh: Sean Og O'Hailpin... his father's from Fermanagh, his mother's from Fiji, neither a hurling stronghold.
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 30, 2011 8:42 PM BST
Quit on his seat, bless him, looked fecked
Report BJG August 30, 2011 9:00 PM BST
Retired due to food poisoning Sad
Report redroar August 30, 2011 9:23 PM BST
Sure that was the only way this Djokovic guy could beat him
Report zipifried August 31, 2011 4:09 PM BST
Sorenson got through against Soderling, great stuff
Report db1974 August 31, 2011 4:17 PM BST
Sorenson has to play against a sub so he hasn't got into the 2nd round yet
Report Anaglogs Daughter August 31, 2011 5:19 PM BST
Should let him play Niland in the Athur Ashe court.
Report canaryboy August 31, 2011 6:31 PM BST
retired LaughLaughLaugh
Report mincer11 August 31, 2011 7:01 PM BST
Food poisoning again,how unlucky can you get.Funny how the Irish will have an excuse,always a reason to hide behind another shameful defeat.Tell him to pisss off back to Sweden or wherever hes from and see do they pay for his holiday with a tennis racket in New York
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