42 Wednesday, 9 September 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Norman goes wild for Scott GREG NORMAN has chosen Ryo Ishikawa, 17, and fellow Aussie Adam Scott, 29, as his wild card picks before his International team face the US in golfs Presidents Cup in San Francisco next month. Ishikawa won his fifth Japan Tour title on Sunday but Scott has missed 10 halfway cuts in his last 15 events and is 53rd in the world after finishing 149th out of 154 at the US PGA. He has been dating tennis star Ana Ivanovic. Take it kneesy, Flint off to sun ANDREW FLINTOFF is to spend a couple of months recuperating in Dubai after surgery on his knee. Flintoff, 31, who is in the early stages of a recovery programme, said: Its always easier doing rehabilitation in warm weather and thats the main reason why weve decided to go to Dubai. Three years ago when I was recovering from my ankle, we all went to Florida as a family and it worked really well. Power shower KOs Maguire STEPHEN MAGUIRE has pulled out of the Shanghai Masters with a shoulder injury. The world No2 was due to face Barry Hawkins but was forced to withdraw after slipping in the shower at his Glasgow home last week. Maguire said: I honestly thought it was nothing serious but it clearly is. The injury has been diagnosed as internal bleeding in a muscle. And its just too painful to play. Tweddle could medal at Arena BETH TWEDDLE will lead a 10-strong British team in next months World Gymnastic Championships at Londons O2. The 24-year-old star of British gymnastics became world champion on the asymmetric bars in 2006 and finished fourth on the same apparatus at the Olympic Games in Beijing last year. The championships, the first to be held in London, run from 13-18 October. Cavendish, the Cape crusader BRITAINS Mark Cavendish claimed victory for the second consecutive day on stage two of the Tour of Missouri. The Team Columbia rider broke away after the final turn in Cape Girardeau to take the stage and maintain the overall lead after winning yesterdays first stage in St Louis. It was the 24-year-olds 23rd win of the season in a haul which includes six stages of the Tour de France. COMEBACK queen Kim Clijsters became the first mother to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 29 years after defeating Chinas Li Na 6-2 6-4 last night. The Belgian, playing just her third tournament since coming out of a two- year period of retirement, emulated Yvonne Goolagong, who went on to win the 1980 Wimbledon title. The 26-year-old now faces either Serena Williams or in-form Italian Flavia Pennetta in the last four. Having beaten the elder Williams sister Venus in the previous round, Clijsters (left) will head into her last four match with justifiable confidence. But she is acutely aware that her likely opponent, tournament favourite Serena, raises her game in Grand Slam events. I think shes always been able to step it up at the Grand Slams, said Clijsters. But that doesnt mean that you dont get chances when you get to play her. So I think, something that Im going to be really focused on play aggressive tennis and dominate, try to dominate. But then, still, I think the one who keeps the unforced errors down I think is going to get through here. Tonight, Melanie Oudin takes centre stage as the 17-year-old American takes on Caroline Wozniacki. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Its time to give it a wrist, Mac tells Murray NURSING a bad wrist and a battered world ranking, Andy Murray departed the US Open admitting: This is the biggest disappointment of my career. Murray,beaten7-5,6-2,6-2in128miser- able minutes by Croatian Marin Cilic, today faces accusations of over-train- ing from former champion John McEnroe after a fourth-round defeat marked by a shocking lack of fight. McEnroe, one of many greats who hadtippedtheBritontowinhisfirst Grand Slam in New York this week, said: Murray has worked hard on his game but my concern is that he is over-trained. He had had a couple of set points- early on against Cilic and then the wheels cameoff completely. Iwanttoknowwhat happened to his energy? He has his own routine and needs to beingreatshape--no doubt about that. Roger Federer has it worked out in terms of what he does on his days off and Murray would bebetterslackingoff because he has done all theworkthatsneededatthis point. You dont need to work as hard as he does between matches. SecondseedMurray,whoslippedback to No3 in the world rankings after Rafa Nadalswin,said:Ihadaproblemwith thewristforaweekorsobutregardless, I just struggled today. I played poorly. Im obviously very disap- pointed. Its the biggest disap- pointmentof mytenniscareer but worse things have hap- pened to me. At the last three Slams I feltlikeIhadactuallyplayed well but I dont feel like that today. I returned poorly and he served well and that was really the difference. My biggest disap- pointment is that I didntfindawayto getmyself intothematch.Normallythe returnistheonepartof mygamewhere, even if the rest of my game is strug- gling, I find ways to break serve and I didnt do that. Idontknowhowlongorhowquickly it will take me to get over it. I played well in the summer. I had a good grass court season. It hasnt been a bad hard court season. But today was not good. I will have to go and work on some things. Today I could have been better in pretty much every part of the game, whether it was mental or serve, fore- hand, backhand returns. Mygamewasntuptoscratchandits unfortunate. Sometimes in individual sportsthatcanhappen.Thatsthetough thing about it. You dont have any other players or anyone to sort of hide behind and sort of cover for you. You have to take responsibility yourself. I just didnt play well enough but Ill learn a lot from what happened this week like I have done most times when I have had bad results. I will come back better and stronger. The 22-year-old wouldnt discuss the wrist, which may rule him out of Great Britains Davis Cup clash against Poland in Liverpool next week. He added: I know whats wrong but I will try not to discuss injuries. I leave it tomydoctorsandphysiotoletmeknow what I should be doing with it -- how muchIshouldbeplayingandhowmuch time I need to take off. BY NEAL COLLINS defeatfourth-roundaafterMcEnroe ght.fioflackshockingabymarked whogreatsmanyofoneMcEnroe, rstfihiswintoBritonthetippedhad week,thisYorkNewinSlamGrand onhardworkedhasMurraysaid: hethatisconcernmybutgamehis points-setofcoupleahadhadHe Cilicagainstonearly wheelsthethenand ownhishasHe toneedsandroutine no--shapegreatinbe hasFedererRoger inoutworkedit offslackingbetterbe alldonehashebecause thisatneededthatsworkthe worktoneeddontYoupoint. betweendoesheashardas disap-veryobviouslyIm disap-biggesttheItspointed. careertennismyofpointment hap-havethingsworsebut me.topened ISlamsthreelasttheAt playedactuallyhadIlikefelt thatlikefeeldontIbutwell andpoorlyreturnedItoday. wasthatandwellservedhe difference.thereally disap-biggestMy Ithatispointment towayandfididnt Rafa back 2 where he belongs RAFAEL NADAL reclaimed the world number two ranking from Andy Murray and stormed into the US Open quarter- finals with a four-set victory over Gael Monfils at Flushing Meadows. Nadals victory meant the Spaniard (left) not only regained the number two spot but kept alive his dream of completing a career grand slam at the age of 23. Nadal came from a set down to Frances 13th seed to win 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-1 6-3 and set up a last-eight meeting with Chiles Fernando Gonzalez, the 11th seed. For me to come back here and play in the quarter-finals is very big, a big result for me so Im very happy, he said. Im here just to play my best and try to enjoy my comeback. 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