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Staff writer, with agencies

TENNIS

Jimmy Wang advances

Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang, the No. 29 seed in qualifying for the Wimbledon men’s singles, defeated Boy Westerhof of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round. Wang next faces Frank Dancevic of Canada. Two other Taiwanese exited the men’s qualifying on Monday, with Yang Tsung-hua retiring injured while leading Mirza Basic of Bosnia-Herzegovina 7-6 (7/4), 3-3, while No. 15 seed Marc Gicquel of France knocked out Taiwan’s Chen Ti 6-2, 6-2.

TENNIS

Taiwanese teen claims title

Taiwanese tennis player Yang Shao-chi claimed the Thamrin Cup International Junior Championships title in Jakarta on Sunday, giving himself a belated present for his 17th birthday. Top-seeded Yang did not have an easy road to the championship match, falling behind in the first set both in the second round and the semi-final before fighting back to advance to the next round. “These two challenging matches taught me that the more critical the moment, the less I should think. Instead of worrying about falling behind, I should focus on the match and win one point at a time,” Yang said. He had wished for his first international championship victory on his birthday on June 11 and the wish came true on Sunday. He defeated Filipino Alberto Lim Jr in the semi-finals before toppling Hong Kong’s Hei Yin Andrew Li 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the final to claim his first title.

CYCLING

Cavendish to lead Omega

British sprint great Mark Cavendish will spearhead Belgian team Omega Pharma-Quick-Step’s hopes for stage wins in the upcoming Tour de France after they announced their team lineup on Monday for the race, which begins on June 29. Cavendish, who has won 23 stages in the Tour since 2008, will rely on his faithful lieutenant Gert Steegmans to set him up for stage victories in the three-week race. The team’s target for the 28-year-old Isle of Man native is a big one from the outset. “One of the principal goals is for him to don the yellow jersey after the first stage,” a team director said. Omega Pharma also have high hopes that world time-trial champion Tony Martin will also collect stage wins in the time-trial legs. “We have for sure one of the best teams,” team manager Patrick Lefevere said. “Mark can count on a strong group built around him. For the team, it will also be important to show their class at every opportunity.”

BASKETBALL

‘UnFrench’ Parker praised

San Antonio Spurs television announcer Sean Elliott said Tony Parker’s gritty performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals shows that he is not your typical French citizen. “Everything that they’ve said about French people doesn’t apply to him. It just doesn’t apply. He’s as tough as they come,” Elliott told the San Antonio Express-News. Parker had a game-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, despite playing with a mild hamstring strain in the Spurs’ 114-104 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday. Parker suffered a strained right hamstring in Game 3 of the series on Tuesday last week and has been receiving extensive medical treatment ever since to allow him to play. He said that if it was the regular season he would have taken 10 days off to rest and recover. “If he was in a bigger market they would be comparing him to a guy like AI [Allen Iverson],” Elliott told the newspaper. Parker scored 15 points, but none in the second half, in a Game 4 loss to Miami. The Spurs lead the series 3-2.

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