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As the 1977 Wimbledon champion, Virginia Wade is still the last British woman to have won a Grand Slam singles title.But Wade is adamant she could soon lose that status. Jo Konta, who this week propelled herself into the worlds top 10, could emulate her next season by becoming the first British woman for 40 years to score a major singles title.This has been an astonishingly fast rise into the elite by Konta, who just over a year ago had a triple-digit ranking. She is now the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1984 to be inside the top 10 after she made the final of last weeks China Open. Now Wade has suggested that Konta, who reached the semifinals of this years Australian Open, could go further.The way the womens game is at present, with the top players being fantastic at times but also inconsistent with their performances, it seems that there is an opportunity for someone with excellent mentality and a steady belief. So Jo seems to have those qualities, Wade told ESPN.Whether she can get into the top couple of spots in the rankings and possibly win a major, will to my mind [be determined by] how she paces herself and whether she gets the right balance of tournaments and matches, and of course a slice of luck with opponents. Keeping physically healthy and also keeping fully motivated will be very important.Wade suggested that Konta, who is playing in Hong Kong this week as she seeks qualification for this months WTA season finale in Singapore, will need to consolidate next year.I do believe when you rather suddenly rise higher, it is imperative to consolidate that position rather than to just look forward to more success, she said. In other words, one has to make sure you beat the opponents ranked lower than yourself and then the next chapter takes care of itself.Pam Shriver, an ESPN analyst and former US Open finalist, also suggested that Konta needs to establish herself in the elite.Its a big 12 months for Konta to consolidate and prove she is more like Angelique Kerber and less like Eugenie Bouchard. I have been tricked frequently in recent years into thinking players were ready to maintain status as a top ten player, or major winner or contender, only to see the player take many backward steps and struggle to recover confidence, Shriver said.Sustaining Top-10 play and remaining healthy are both vital to continued success, so lets wait and see for a while longer. This climb has been impressive and I have become a fan of her work ethic and demeanour on the court.More than anything, Wade has been impressed by Kontas mental approach. I think it is brilliant how far Jo has come in the last year. The first time I really paid attention to her improvement was last year at Eastbourne, where she showed such resolve on the court, plus a forehand that no longer lets her down on big points, Wade said.Now, watching her in the last few weeks play exceptional tennis, I am really impressed not only with those same things but her confidence, concentration and application on the court. I only wish her the best of luck. Jonathan Toews Jersey . Dallas hasnt ruled out the star quarterback for Sunday nights game against Philadelphia, but all signs point to Romos back injury pushing Kyle Orton into the starting role after two years of limited play as the backup. Surely Ortons name isnt the first that comes to mind for fans wanting a change after years of damaging interceptions, fumbles or, most infamously, the field goal flub when Romo dropped the snap on a kick that could have won his first playoff game in 2006. 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Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home.INDIANAPOLIS -- A year away from basketball has rejuvenated Larry Bird. Now he wants to win a championship. Bird, the former NBA star who left his job last season after rebuilding the Indiana Pacers and winning the leagues executive of the year award, will be reintroduced to the media Thursday morning as the president of basketball operations. Thats the same job Bird held from 2003-12. "The year off gave me a chance to reflect, to rest, to take care of some health issues and it re-charged me," Bird said in a statement issued by the team. The move is hardly a surprise. He reportedly met earlier this month with Sacramento about becoming that teams general manager and had become a regular in recent weeks as the Pacers held public draft workouts, making his imminent return one of the worst kept secrets in Indy. Following Tuesdays draft workout, general manager Kevin Pritchard even alluded to the fact that Bird appeared on the verge of making a comeback. Donnie Walsh, who preceded Bird as the Pacers top decision-maker then succeeded him last summer as president of basketball operations, will now settle in his new role -- as a team consultant. Walsh had said all along that if, or when, Bird wanted to return, he would gladly step aside. He has. "Hes ready and I couldnt be happier," Walsh said. "I had a great year last year with this team. It is a great group of guys who have the potential for some great things and to remain a part of this, with two people who I love to work with and respect greatly, is very special." Bird has a long track record of success in the NBA. As a player with Boston, he won three championships, three MVP awards, was twice the MVP of the NBA Finals and retired in 1992 as one off the greatest players in league history.dddddddddddd. In 1997, he returned to the bench this time as coach of the Pacers -- his home state team. He was the 1998 NBA coach of the year and two years later led the Pacers into the franchises only appearance in the NBA Finals. Indiana lost that year to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games, and Bird retired after the season in part because of health problems. Three years later, he came back to the Pacers in a front office job. He and Walsh worked together as a team for five years before Walsh left to join the New York Knicks and Bird took over most of the day-to-day decisions with the Pacers. Under Birds guidance, the Pacers returned to the playoffs in 2011. Birds shrewd moves included a draft-day trade for Roy Hibbert and another draft-day trade for George Hill, the signing of free-agent power forward David West and the selections of Paul George and Lance Stephenson in the 2010 draft. Those five, and Danny Granger, produced the franchises first playoffs series win in seven years last season, and it was those five, without Granger, that pushed Miami to the limit in Indianas first conference finals appearance in nine years. "We are all very happy to have Larry back," team owner Herb Simon said. "Larry had a huge impact on this team and where it is now, so its fitting that he comes back at this time. Donnie has been a friend and a valuable contributor to the franchise and will continue to be both. I wanted him to agree to stay in some capacity as I believe with Larry and Kevin, it gives us three of the best basketball minds in the business." The team will hold a news conference Thursday morning to introduce Bird, who will officially take over July 1. Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Discount Jerseys ' ' '
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