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After a string of withdrawals from the Rio tennis field, we can finally concentrate on who will be there. Wholesale Nike Vapormax Free Shipping . That starts with world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.?Theyre the favorites to win gold, but certainly not guaranteed the ultimate hardware just yet.?Here are our top 10 storylines to follow before action kicks off on the hard courts of Brazil:?1. Will Novak Djokovic complete his career Golden Slam?For years, he toiled in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadals shadows, whether at the Olympics or at any other event. And now this five-ring circus, with its tennis tournament to be played on his favored hard courts, offers Djokovic the opportunity to eclipse both his rivals with a gold. Just a couple of months after completing his career Grand Slam at the French Open (and a month after losing in the third round at Wimbledon), Djokovic could turn his collection golden by winning the Olympic title.Victory in Brazil would give him the most complete portfolio of prizes in this era, as he would then have captured all four majors, the Olympic singles title, the Davis Cup and the year-end championships. The Serb has a tricky first-round match, though, against 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro.2. How will Rafael Nadal fare?For a while, we werent sure what the Spaniards involvement in Rio would be. Would he just carry his countrys flag into the opening ceremony? Maybe hed play the two doubles events, or would he go for it all and add singles to his list of endeavors? Nadal chose the most arduous path, announcing he would insert himself into all three draws. He will take the court for the first time since withdrawing from the third round of Roland Garros because of a wrist injury that caused him to miss Wimbledon as well. However, Nadal said that he wont be at his best level at the Games. We shall see.3. Will Serena Williams and/or Andy Murray become the first player(s) to retain gold?No one could ever accuse Williams or Murray of being blasé about Olympic tennis. Just recall Williams dancing on the Wimbledon grass in 2012 after demolishing Maria Sharapova in the gold-medal match. As for Murray, winning the Olympic transformed himself as a player. No one has ever repeated as Olympic champion, but both reigning Wimbledon champs could each accomplish this feat.4. How will the Williams sisters and Murray brothers fare? With defending mens doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan missing the Games, it falls to the Williamses and the Murrays to show what siblings can accomplish together. Of the two pairings, its the Williams sisters who are most likely to end up standing on a podium. Serena and Venus will be defending the title they won in London in 2012, and theyre coming off a Wimbledon title. Murray, meanwhile, has had some success recently with his brother, Jamie, with last years run to the Davis Cup title. However, their past record at the Olympics is less than spectacular, with early defeats in both Beijing and London.5. Whats in store for Leander Paes, whos playing his seventh Olympics?Paes has competed in every Summer Games since Barcelona in 1992. His seventh appearance is a record by a tennis player. But even after all those appearances, Paes is still chasing his first doubles medal. Will the 43-year-old doubles specialist -- who won a singles bronze medal in Atlanta 20 years ago -- have some success alongside Rohan Bopanna?6. Will Martina Hingis win her first Olympic medal?Hingis has been unlucky with both her doubles partners this year, Roger Federer, who pulled out with a knee injury, in mixed, and Belinda Bencic, both withdrawing from the Games. Hingis could potentially have won a gold medal in both competitions. Although she wont now be competing in the mixed-doubles competition, the Swiss has teamed up with No. 15-ranked Timea Bacsinszky?in womens doubles.7. Can Juan Martin del Potro create an epic upset?The Argentine stunned Stan Wawrinka in the second round of Wimbledon, which should give him confidence heading into the Games. However, del Potro did not receive much luck from the draw gods when they unveiled world No. 1 Djokovic as his opening-round opponent in Rio. Djokovic is 11-3 lifetime against del Potro, but the last time they met on Olympic grounds (2012 London), the Argentine beat him in the bronze medal match.8. Will Garbine Muguruza re-launch her season in Rio?Since scoring her first major at the French Open -- where she beat Serena in the final -- the Spaniard has been quiet. She lost in the opening round of a pre-Wimbledon tournament in Mallorca and then won just one match at the All England Club. Muguruza then withdrew from Montreal last week just minutes before her first match after feeling weird and complaining of illness. A singles medal would reboot her season, though Muguruza could also win medals in womens doubles and mixed (with partner Nadal).9. Can Angelique Kerber channel her inner Steffi Graf? Kerbers victory at the Australian Open made her the first German woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Graf. And now, Kerber, the runner-up to Serena at Wimbledon, can match Graf by becoming the second German Olympic tennis champion. One thing is certain: There wont be as much pressure on Kerber in Rio as there was on Graf when she arrived in Seoul in 1988. Having already won all four majors that season, Graf had the chance to accomplish the Golden Slam in one year ... and she did just that.10. Will an underdog surprise us?Four of the top 10 mens singles players, and two of the top 10 women, wont be in Rio, which certainly opens the door for many. And when you look at some of the gold medal winners since tennis was reinstated as an Olympic sport -- Nicolas Massu, Marc Rosset, Elena Dementieva -- theres no reason to think a less-established player wont come through. Although Serena and Djokovic might have something to say about that.Wholesale Nike Vapormax . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Discount Nike Vapormax . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. http://www.cheapvapormax.us/ . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. Glamorgan 481 for 8 (Donald 234, Bragg 60, Selman 57, Meschede 54*, Davis 5-123) v Derbyshire ScorecardNineteen-year-old Aneurin Donald made an astonishing 234 off 136 balls, equalling the fastest double century in first-class cricket in his maiden Championship hundred, as Glamorgan piled up 481 for 8 on the first day at a sun-kissed Colwyn Bay.Although he was dropped twice early in his innings, Donald went on to devour the Derbyshire attack in an innings that include 15 sixes and 26 fours. He reached his 100, 150 and finally 200 with sixes - two over midwicket at a top edge to third man for the double - the 123 balls needed for the double putting him level with Ravi Shastris innings from 1985 having required just 43 deliveries for his second hundred.I was pleased because it has put the team in a strong position, and after a lean patch recently, delighted to get a big one, Donald said. I had no idea of the records that went, but it was especially pleasing to equal Ravi Shastris previous record, as he is a former Glamorgan player.Asked about reaching three landmarks with sixes, he admitted, yes, it was in the mindAfter electing to bat first on a pitch that encouraged the seamers early on - Derbyshire didnt help themselves by droppiing five catches - Glamorgan lost Mark Wallace in Tony Palladinos first over before Nick Selman and Will Bragg put on 88 for the second wicket only for Selman and Jacques Rudolph to depart in quick succession. Cheap Nike Air Vapormax. onald did not appear until 2.10pm but was soon into his stride and was particularly severe on the young legspinner Matt Critchley who was struck for 24 in one over. He added 115 with Bragg and later 130 in 15 overs with Craig Meschede.By the time Donald had struck his 15th and final six, a passing car had been dented on the road outside the ground as had five others in the members enclosure. He was finally dismissed, caught at long-off, after Derbyshire had posted nine fielders on the boundary after two overs of the second new ball had been taken.To their credit, every Derbyshire player rushed to congratulate Donald as he left the field. He became the youngest double centurion in the clubs history - five years younger than the previous incumbent John Hopkins.Will Davis, the young Derbyshire seamer took his first five wicket haul, but the day belonged to Donald on the North Wales coast. ' ' '

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