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Papers focus on Sharapova defeat


On a day when there is little agreement on the main news, there is still common ground - the photogenic qualities of Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.

Even in defeat - her face contorted in frustration and despair - she dominates the front of the Daily Mail, the Times, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

The Times says her winning opponent was motivated by a hatred of her provocative tuxedo and shorts outfit.

She may be "in fashion," but she's "out of Wimbledon", says the Guardian.

Brown advice

Labour's poor performance in the Henley by-election, where it ranked fifth, is dubbed by the Independent as "disastrous" for Gordon Brown.

It asked a range of experts what he can do to recover. A public relations expert suggests "a charisma implant".

A fashion designer says "he'd be better off getting kicked out for trying to do what he believed was right".

The Telegraph doubts there is a remedy, saying "no leader has clawed his way back from such low ratings".

Green's the thing

The government's call for a "green revolution" is noted by few papers.

But there is a round of applause from the Guardian, which says the government "has at last got serious" about the need to switch to greener energy sources.

The Daily Mirror judges the plans "a power for good", but is worried that cleaner energy will cost more.

A sceptical Daily Mail asks whether wind-power is practical, affordable and reliable. The government wind farm plan will cost families 260 a year, it says.

Size matters

Size isn't everything but when it comes to kiwi fruit, millimetres matter.

That at least is the Europe-wide rule which, as the Mail reports, has determined that a market trader in Bristol cannot sell 5,000 kiwis imported from Chile - because they are all one millimetre smaller than the standard authorised size.

The trader, Tim Down, complains in the Telegraph that he cannot even give the kiwis away.

The Daily Express demands to know why we are enforcing regulations which embarrass even officials in Brussels.

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