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Daily Bagel: Wimbledon gets the Taiwanese animation treatment

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

• Video: Taiwanese animators take on Wacky Wimbledon. I seemed to have missed the cronut part.

Greg Couch takes a look into the women's locker room, where the culture is completely different from that of the men's tour.

Several young American women players started to break through on tour this week, and they’ve talked about how glad they are to have each other as friends on the road.

But when I asked legendary coach Nick Bollettieri, who has developed champion men and women, if the men get along in general better than the women do, he put it a little more succinctly:

“No sh**,’’ he said. “I had [Maria] Sharapova, and saw Tatiana Golovin today and (Jelena) Jankovic all at the same time. Neither one would talk to any of them.’’

I guess the question is, who cares? It’s not a big deal. Players don’t have to be friends. That’s true. But it’s just an oddity, a social study. The men and women are in similar environments on tour, right? What on earth would make this difference?

Couch, S.L. Price, Peter Bodo and Chuck Culpepper were among the writers who weighed in on Serena Williams' loss to Sabine Lisicki.

Steve Tignor made the rounds on Manic Monday.

• Lindsay Gibbs on defining Sloane Stephens.

Right now I’m not sure if there’s anyone in tennis quite as divisive as the 20-year-old American.

Okay, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but everything said about Stephens these days tends to be.

If you eavesdrop on tennis conversations or read the papers, Sloane seems to fall into two categories: The next Williams Sister or the next Melanie Oudin. There seems to be very little middle ground.

As it often happens, the middle ground is likely where Sloane Stephens will fall.

• Monday was a good day for Polish players.

• Andy Murray used to dress up like Andre Agassi as a kid.

• Non-tennis: From The Big Picture, scenes of summer from around the globe.
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