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LISA IN LONDON

by | Nov 21, 2008 | Detroit Free Press | 0 comments

This is Lisa Bonder’s fourth trip to Wimbledon. By now, she knows the ups and downs. The ups, for example, are winning a first-round match and having the next day off. On Wednesday, such a day off; the 20-year-old player from Saline went shopping for a coat along fashionable Kings Road in London. She has been traveling 10 weeks. This was her way of rewarding herself.

“I haven’t bought anything in months,” she said, smiling.

Thursday, however, was not such a happy day. Bonder lost her second-round match, 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, to Anne Minter of Australia.

The ups. The downs.

CUTLINE Lisa Bonder chats with last year’s men’s champion, Boris Becker, during a Wimbledon practice session Wednesday, above. Bonder eats lunch during her shopping trip to Kings Road, at right. Bonder practices at Quinee’s Court with Terry Phelps on an off day. Thursday, she lost her second-round match to Anne Minter of Australia. She tries on a blue leather jacket on her shopping trip.

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