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Daily Bagel: Martina Navratilova bids farewell to 'Dancing With the Stars'

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Unfortunately, Martina Navratilova's run on Dancing With the Stars is over, after she and partner Tony Dovolani were voted off the show on Monday. But hey, if you're going to go down, go down wearing a tennis net.

Stuart Fraser's guide to Olympic qualification is worth bookmarking for future reference. As Fraser explains, the singles players ranked in the top 56 on June 11 will gain direct acceptance, with each country limited to a maximum of four men and four women for singles. The ITF also has six available wild cards and the final two spots are awarded by the Tripartite Commission, which seeks to reward underrepresented countries.

• Steve Tignor writes about how the Internet has changed the way tennis is covered and enjoyed. The upshot: It's so much better now.

What’s surprising to me is that all of this coverage, rather than feeling like overkill, has only become more addictive -- it has made following tennis seem less like an escape from real life, and more like an essential, and fun, part of it.

• Milos Raonic loves steak and Taylor Swift. And don't ask him to sing or dance.

• Pete Bodo thinks Victoria Azarenka's loss to Marion Bartoli says less about Azarenka and more about the depth of the WTA Tour.

There’s a bigger picture here, and it has to do with the gradual increase in the number of confident, aggressive, gifted players emerging on tour. This is the answered prayer for the WTA, which for so long has been plagued by the inability of challengers to adequately answer the call when a player goes on a tear comparable to Azarenka’s streak.

It's a fair point, but let's remember: It was a well-established veteran who beat Azarenka, not an up-and-coming newbie.

• Matt Cronin participated in Tennis Channel's survey of the top 100 players of all time. Here's a look at how he ranked them. (SI.com's Bruce Jenkins weighs in on the list here, and you can have your say here.)

• Non-tennis: Thanks to Robert B. from Melbourne, Fla., for sending along this inspiring read from The New York Times about Paul Lorem, a Sudanese orphan who is now a freshman at Yale.

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