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Daily Bagel: No silencing WTA's stars

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• Novak Djokovic is very good at tennis. He proved it again on Thursday night in his 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory against No. 5 David Ferrer in the Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinals.

• Doug Robson reports that the WTA has decided to leave its current crop of grunters alone and focus on curbing the practice in the junior ranks. No surprise here. Did we really think that the WTA was going to do something when its top two players are the chief offenders?

• Peter Bodo on Maria Sharapova's win over Caroline Wozniacki in the Sony Ericsson Open semifinals:

Since the start of 2011, Sharapova is now 17-1 in three-set matches. You can’t explain that adequately with her penchant for bold play, her movement, or her ability to belt winners from anywhere on the court. The statistic is a tribute to her qualities as a competitor and a testament to her ongoing ambitions. Sharapova has -- improbably -- won a WTA title every year since 2003, which is good enough for ninth place on the all-time list, even though she’s still just 24.

• Another day, another article in the British papers about Ivan Lendl's coaching relationship with Andy Murray. It must be nice for Murray to have a legend in his corner who speaks so highly of him:

“Andy has more talent than I did,” Lendl added. “He has wonderful hands. Yes, the strings are different on the rackets today but the angles he creates – I couldn’t do that.”

• Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal get shout-outs in this odd redo of the London Underground map, which renames all the stops with Olympic legends. Who knew you could make the Tube map even more confusing than it already is?

• WAG Watch 2012: Juan Monaco has a lady friend.

• Speaking of Monaco, he advanced to his second career Masters 1000 semifinal after defeating Mardy Fish on Thursday. Patrick McEnroe described Fish's performance as "awful, abysmal, terrible, horrendous."

• Non-tennis: An account of the frat hazing scene at Dartmouth. Spoiler alert: It's disgusting.

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