Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Championships, Wimbledon

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Championships, Wimbledon

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Byline: SIMON JOHNSON

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Justine Henin-Hardenne may decide to take up another extreme sport if she completes the set of Grand Slam trophies by winning Wimbledon. After winning Olympic gold in Athens two years ago, she took up sky diving and has since jumped over 19 times. She takes on her Belgian compatriot Kim Clijsters today in the women's singles semi-finals. It will be the 22nd meeting between the two but their first at Wimbledon.

Brit watch John Lloyd

The less vocal of the brothers (David is one of the main critics of the LTA) leaves the BBC commentary box again today to take part in the Over-45s doubles alongside John Fitzgerald.

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Cavaday's quest

New British hope targets world elite

NAOMI CAVADAY today admitted she is no longer worried about being Britain's No1 female tennis player. She is more concerned with how she compares against the world's best juniors, writes Simon Johnson.

Cavaday has become the first Briton to make the last eight of junior Wimbledon since 2001 and takes on Poland's Urszula Radwanska for a place in the girl's semifinal this afternoon.

But the 17-year-old, who was knocked out of the senior event at the second round stage by Ai Sugiyama last week, is already showing the change of mindset that LTA chief executive Roger Draper has demanded from this country's young players. She is looking at the bigger picture rather than purely British landmarks.

She said: "I try not to pay attention to things like being the first since 2001 to make the quarterfinal because that's when you can get wrapped up in things like the British rankings.

"When it's all very British and you compare yourself to British players, it's just not how I like to do it. I like to compare myself to the best and unfortunately the Britons aren't the best at the moment. …

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