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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 00:42 GMT 01:42 UK
Sharapova inspires ace headlines
Wimbledon's photogenic new women's champion beams out from every front page, while her surname gifts tabloid headline writers their own winners.

"They think it's all Sharapova... it is now!" says the Mail on Sunday; "Maria's Ova the moon," in the Sunday Mirror.

"The 6ft blonde with model looks is now set to become sport's most marketable female star," says the Observer.

Her win completes "an extraordinary journey from Soviet-era poverty in Siberia to the top prize in tennis".

Predicted criticism

The Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday lead on the Butler inquiry into the intelligence on Iraqi weapons.

A Whitehall source quoted in the Sunday Times says the inquiry will conclude "the intelligence was wrong and the sytem for checking it didn't work".

Claims that the intelligence services will censor the report "will fuel controversy", says the Independent.

It adds that Tony Blair will have "plenty of time... to prepare what is being dubbed a 'non-apology apology'".

Would-be mothers

Girls as young as 14 have sought IVF treatment after failing to get pregnant, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

A hospital doctor says that for many such youngsters, "sex education is the only education they have had that has conferred lasting knowledge upon them".

London's 2012 Olympic bid "is in tatters because Chancellor Gordon Brown refuses to pay for key transport improvements", says the Sunday Express.

A rail link between London's East End and Heathrow will not be ready, it says.

Football crazy

England may be long-gone from Euro 2004, but football-related stories occupy every red-top front page.

The People says Paul Merson is "in the grip of a new gambling addiction" that could lose him 1m in a year.

David and Victoria Beckham have called off a publicity trip to the US "in a bid to salvage their marriage", reports the Daily Star Sunday.

In contrast, the News of the World reveals the "incredible love story" of Wayne Rooney and his fiancee Colleen McLoughlin.


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