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UK provides life-saving aid for the most vulnerable in crisis-hit…

The UK is providing urgent food and farming support to Sri Lankans hit hardest by the economic crisis, Lord Tariq Ahmad, the UK minister of state for the Middle East, South Asia, and the UN said on Friday (23). More than one third of the people of the island-nation are struggling…

‘I wish this day would have never come’: Reaction to…

Following is a roundup of reaction to Roger Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam champion and former world number one, announcing his retirement from the sport at the age of 41 after the Laver Cup later this month: RAFA NADAL, 22-TIMES GRAND SLAM WINNER "I wish this day would have never…

Roger Federer’s records and milestones

Following is a list of records and milestones achieved by Roger Federer after the Swiss great said he would retire from tennis following this month's Laver Cup: * Won 20 Grand Slam titles, only behind Rafa Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). * Claimed 103 titles, second only to Jimmy…

Federer to call time on glittering career after next week’s…

Roger Federer, regarded by many as the greatest male player to wield a tennis racket and who took the sport to new levels during a career spanning more than two decades, will retire after next week's Laver Cup in London. The 41-year-old, who won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and…

Novak Djokovic pulls out from US Open due to vaccination…

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the upcoming US Open as he is unable to enter the country due to the United States government's vaccination policy for non-US citizens. "Novak Djokovic withdrew from the 2022 US Open prior to the draw taking place this morning. The official…

Serena Williams’ journey to the top of the women’s game

Serena Williams said on Tuesday that she is "evolving away from tennis" and planned to retire from the sport she dominated with 23 Grand Slam titles following the U.S. Open, which begins later this month. On Monday, Williams played only her second singles match since she returned to action at…

BBC receives more than 200 ‘racism’ complaints over presenter’s comment…

THE BBC received more than 200 'racism' complaints over comments made by one of its football presenters about England's Euros 2022 women’s team, The Telegraph reported. TV broadcaster Eilidh Barbour said that England’s all-white Lionesses highlights the lack of diversity in the women’s game while discussing the team's 8-0 win…

Nearly 50% of UK women do no intense exercise: Survey

According to the NHS, vigorous exercise includes activities such as running, swimming, gymnastics, or an aerobics class. However, almost half of the women in the UK have done no vigorous exercise in the past year, a survey has suggested. Data from the healthcare charity Nuffield Health shows that the percentages…

Nadal is the best despite injuries.

Rafa Nadal has just won his 22nd Grand Slam, becoming one of the best tennis players in history and the absolute winner of Roland Garros. But every year he battles against hellish pains that almost have left him out of achieving such a milestone. At Wimbledon, he suffered and stated…

John McEnroe documentary secures date for theatrical release in UK

McEnroe, a documentary about tennis champion John McEnroe, has been slated for a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland and play dates in North America. As per Variety, in the documentary, the tennis great reflects on his tumultuous career and personal life alongside film archives from some of the…

He is a bit of God: Nick Kyrgios praises Novak…

After suffering a defeat against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Nick Kyrgios hailed the 21-time Grand Slam champion and termed him 'God.' Djokovic went past Roger Federer's tally of 20 grand slam titles, clinching his 21st grand slam title after defeating Kyrgios. The Serbian reached his fourth…

I don’t take any win for granted: Novak Djokovic after…

After his thrilling 7th Wimbledon title victory on Sunday, Novak Djokovic said that he does not take any win for granted, and 'particularly not [at] Wimbledon.' The Serbian claimed his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam overall by defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in an exciting four-set final on Sunday…

No doubt he’s going to be aggressive: Djokovic on Kyrgios…

Top seed Novak Djokovic admitted that he was delighted to reach another final, and will meet Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon championship match. It will be the first time Kyrgios competes in a Grand Slam final, but Djokovic knows the challenge Kyrgios will pose, with the 27-year-old leading the…

Rafael Nadal withdraws from semi-final, Nick Kyrgios advances to final

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out from the competition due to an injury.  The No.2 seed was set to face Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the Men's semi-final on Friday, but an abdominal tear led to him announcing his withdrawal from the event. With this, Kyrgios has advanced…

Tunisia’s Jabeur downs Maria to become first Arab in major…

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur lifted the spirits of an entire continent as she became the first Arab and first African woman to reach the Wimbledon final with a rousing 6-2 3-6 6-1 victory over her barbecue buddy Tatjana Maria on Thursday. Before she stepped on court, American great Billie Jean King…

Injured Nadal unsure if he can play semis against Kyrgios

Rafael Nadal provided no assurance that he would be able to turn up for his Wimbledon semi-final on Friday against Australian Nick Kyrgios after the Spaniard played through an abdominal injury to beat Taylor Fritz in an absorbing contest. Struggling with physical ailment, Nadal appeared close to retiring mid-match on…

Norrie last Briton standing at Wimbledon but eager to lead…

Cameron Norrie, the last Briton standing at Wimbledon, has urged the home fans to get behind him when he plays his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final, against Belgian David Goffin, on Court One on Tuesday. British hopes faded when Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray were knocked out in the second round…

Sinner, Alcaraz hoping Wimbledon marks start of Grand Slam rivalry

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz showed on Sunday that men's tennis will be in good hands when the 'Big Three' finally step aside and the young guns hoped their thrilling fourth-round clash at Wimbledon marks the start of a Grand Slam rivalry. Italian 20-year-old Sinner reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon…

Monks in Wimbledon Buddhist temple where Novak Djokovic meditates cheer…

Sixth-time champion Novak Djokovic is known to meditate between matches. In fact, the monks at the Buddhapadipa Temple, which is a five-minute walk away from Wimbledon credit meditation as the secret to his success. This unlikely fanbase of holy men claim that he is “our friend” and a regular visitor…

Djokovic ready to help son follow in his footsteps

Novak Djokovic said he will do everything he can to support his son Stefan if he decides to follow in his footsteps but the Serb wants to make sure the seven-year-old does not feel pressured to pursue a career in tennis. Footage of the 20-times Grand Slam winner training with…

Nadal grinds past Berankis into Wimbledon third round

Some days at the office are a bit of a grind, even if in Rafa Nadal's case his place of work on Thursday was Wimbledon's sunny but chilly Centre Court for a match against Ricardas Berankis. The second seed duly won 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3 to reach the third round…

Explainer: Why Serena Williams wore KT Tape on her face…

Tennis ace Serena Williams who played her first Grand Slam after a year, was seen sporting black ‘stickers’ on her face at Wimbledon yesterday. Though the athlete with the maximum Grand Slam titles of all time had an early exit in the game, people seem to be more interested in…

It’s not easy to keep, my body, in optimal condition…

Brushing aside speculations about his retirement from the sport, the two-time champion, Andy Murray stated that if his body permits, he could make a return to the Wimbledon. Murray featured in the late match but was met by the ruthless power of John Isner, who served his way to a…

She’s a legend. I mean, she won 23 grand slams:…

Unseeded Harmony Tan overcame her fears of a Wimbledon nightmare on Tuesday to knock out seven-time champion Serena Williams in their first-round encounter to turn Centre Court into her own personal dreamland. The 24-year-old French debutant prevailed against the 23-time Grand Slam champion over three sets to secure her first…

I was praying to avoid Court 18, says Isner after…

Twelve years after winning the longest tennis match in history, John Isner admits he still has nightmares whenever he goes to five sets at Wimbledon's Court 18 where he beat Enzo Couacaud 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 4-6 6-3 7-5 on Monday. Isner is best remembered for the 11-hour epic in 2010 against…

Nothing underhand about underarm serve, says Murray

Andy Murray has defended using an underarm serve in his Wimbledon opener on Monday, saying it was a legitimate way to make opponents think twice before standing too deep to return serve. The two-time Wimbledon champion used the shot in the third set of his victory over James Duckworth on…

Britain’s Norrie eases through after rain delay

Ninth seed Cameron Norrie made light work of Spain's Pablo Andujar to give Britain its first win at this year's Wimbledon, easing through 6-0 7-6(3) 6-3 on Monday. With the home spotlight very much on Centre Court where fellow Britons Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray were in action later, Norrie…

Djokovic drops set on way into Wimbledon second round

Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a dogged challenge from 81st-ranked Korean Kwon Soon-woo and his own grasscourt rustiness to reach the Wimbledon second round with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory on Monday. The defending champion, bidding for his fourth Wimbledon title in a row, looked out-of-sorts at times against…

Berrettini, Cilic eye rare opportunity to make mark at Wimbledon

Only the brave would bet against Novak Djokovic retaining his Wimbledon title or Rafa Nadal keeping his calendar-year Grand Slam hopes alive, but the form and fitness of the duo offers others a rare opportunity at the grasscourt major this year. A stop-start year due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19…

Former Wimbledon champions eyeing up window of opportunity in open…

While the fortunes of world number one Iga Swiatek and home hope Emma Raducanu are set to dominate the early headlines at Wimbledon this year, a quartet of former champions will be eagerly eyeing the wide-open women's draw. French Open champion Swiatek arrives at SW19 in a rich vein of…

Murray was ‘angry and upset’ upon learning his mother was…

British tennis player Andy Murray has said that he was 'angry and upset' upon learning last month that his mother was sexually assaulted in 2014, according to a report. Last month, Judy Murray, 62, in an interview said that a drunken man had put his hands down her trousers eight…

London has produced the most Wimbledon winners since 1877!

Ahead of the 2022 Wimbledon championship, bettingexpert.com has analysed 145 years worth of data to find out which city has produced the most Wimbledon winners since the tournament’s inception in 1877. The places of birth of all the winners in singles, doubles and mixed tournaments were collected and according to…

No ranking points on offer but Wimbledon no exhibition

Wimbledon starts on Monday without Russia's world number one Daniil Medvedev and Belarus's former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka but the grasscourt Grand Slam will hardly feel like an exhibition event despite no ranking points on offer. The 2022 edition of the world's most prestigious tennis tournament will be held without points…

British number one Norrie finding his feet on grass ahead…

Cameron Norrie says he is gaining confidence playing on grass because the surface suits his style of play and the British number one is hoping to reach the second week of his home slam at Wimbledon for the first time in his career. Norrie, 26, has won two titles this…

Kyrgios poised for major breakthrough at Wimbledon: Evert

Nick Kyrgios could finally be ready to deliver on the promise he has flashed throughout his turbulent career when he brings his powerful game to the grass courts of Wimbledon next week, tennis great Chris Evert said. While the hugely talented Australian often bamboozles opponents with an array of incredible…

A Wimbledon without Federer, McEnroe looks on the bright side

Wimbledon is set to kick off without Roger Federer for the first time in over two decades next week and with the clock ticking down on the Swiss maestro's career John McEnroe said he was grateful for being able to watch him play the sport for so long. Federer, who…

Men’s tennis has more appeal than women’s, says French Open…

One night match has been on the programme every day at 2100 local time (1900GMT) from the first Monday until the quarter-finals, potentially leaving spectators with no public transports to return home in case of a lengthy encounter. It happened on Tuesday, when the Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic epic…

Wimbledon to remove ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ from honours boards

Wimbledon will drop the titles "Miss" and "Mrs" before the names of female winners on its honour roll to match the men's boards in an attempt to modernise the tournament, The Times newspaper reported. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has traditionally used the titles just for women - Ash…

Naga Munchetty fumes at co-host for ‘ignoring her’

BBC presenter Naga Munchetty fumed at co-host Charlie Stayt on Saturday (14) while a segment aired, according to a report. But, she appeared to be unaware that she was live on TV. Broadcast journalist Munchetty, 47, said that Stayt was 'ignoring' her, before ordering a member of the production crew to…

Raducanu to play in WTA tournament in Birmingham

BRITAIN's Emma Raducanu will make a first competitive appearance in front of a home crowd since her remarkable triumph at the US Open as she entered next month's Women's Tour Association event in Birmingham. The teenager's only previous WTA tournament in Britain was in Nottingham last year prior to her…

Tennis legend Becker faces possible jail term

FORMER tennis star Boris Becker will learn on Friday (29) whether he faces a lengthy jail term after he was found guilty by a British court of charges relating to his 2017 bankruptcy. The six-time Grand Slam champion, 54, was convicted over his transfer of huge amounts of money from…

Met police officer pleads guilty to voyeurism

A POLICE officer has admitted to offences including voyeurism after he was caught filming a woman when she was trying on clothes in a London shop.Met Police constable Swaleh Chaudhry, 36, attached to the Met Police Taskforce has been suspended from duty following his arrest at South Side Shopping Centre,…

Communities urged to join Platinum Jubilee Beacons

SENIOR faith leaders in the UK have urged their communities to take part in Platinum Jubilee Beacons.Beacons will be lit in the Commonwealth on June 2 to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth.In the run-up to Accession Day on February 6, leaders from the nine faith…

Dinesh Dhamija’s £1m gift to Cambridge college

Entrepreneur set to become rare Fitzwilliam 'Benefactor Fellow' DINESH DHAMIJA, the entrepreneur who made his name by setting up the online travel firm ebookers, is hoping to accelerate the development of computer sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, with a million-pound gift. Dhamija was himself a student at Fitzwilliam from 1971-74,…

Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open

ANDY MURRAY battled to his first win at the Australian Open since 2017 with an epic five-set victory over 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday (18). The three-time Grand Slam champion, playing with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019, wrestled with the Georgian for almost four hours before…

Andy Murray handed wild card for Australian Open

FORMER men's tennis world number one Andy Murray has been handed a wild card invitation for the Australian Open, organisers announced on Thursday (23) praising him for his "fighting spirit". The 34-year-old is ranked a lowly 134 as he battles to recover consistently good form after persistent injury problems. However,…

UK sanctions former boss of terror group

BRITAIN on Friday (10) sanctioned a former boss of a terrorist organisation over his role in bombing a shrine in Pakistan. Furqan Bangalzai, a former commander in the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, allegedly helped orchestrate the 2017 bombing of the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Pakistan. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is an Afghanistan-based…

Dhamija’s path to fame and fortune

Entrepreneur reveals his ebookers story in memoir THE title of Dinesh Dhamija’s very entertaining memoir, which is due to be released formally by his publishers, Austin Macauley, on November 30, sums up how he worked his way to fame and fortune – Book It! How Dinesh Dhamija sold travel agency…

Akram Khan interview: It saddens me that Asians do not…

By Rithika Siddhartha ACCLAIMED dancer Akram Khan has revealed his sadness that Asians shun his work as he prepares to perform his solo, Xenos, about soldiers from the subcontinent who fought for the British Army in the First World War. Khan also said it was only as recently as 2018…

‘We created a brotherhood’: Paes on his partnership with Bhupathi

Many years ago, Leander Paes acted on a whim when he asked Mahesh Bhupathi, “Would you like to win Wimbledon?” And the tennis star says what followed was a partnership that brought many trophies for India. This “brotherhood” between the two Indian tennis icons, who were the first doubles team…

Queen leads celebrations after Raducanu’s stunning US open win

BRITAIN's Queen has led celebrations after Emma Raducanu's extraordinary US Open triumph. The 18-year-old qualifier made tennis history in New York on Saturday (11). Raducanu beat 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to become Britain's first women's Grand Slam singles champion since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977, and the…

Boris versus Rishi

EARLIER this month, Rishi Sunak received some bad news when the conservative Home website, edited by Paul Goodman, made the chancellor favourite to take over from prime minister Boris Johnson. Goodman does concede that by the time the next Conservative leadership election comes along, there might be a very different list…

Sangakkara sympathises with Stokes over mental health break

Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara said players could "only deal with so much" after it was announced England all-rounder Ben Stokes was taking an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to "prioritise his mental well-being". Stokes, the latest high-profile sports star to step away from the pressure of international…

Stokes takes indefinite break over ‘mental well-being’

ENGLAND'S Ben Stokes is to take an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to "prioritise his mental well-being", the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday (30), with the allrounder the latest high-profile sports star to step away from the pressures of competition. Stokes has withdrawn from England's…

Sharma: Man of the moment

LAST week’s horrifying floods in Germany make Alok Sharma, president of COP26, just about the most important man in Britain – possibly even in the world. It’s his job to bring competing nations together as mankind confronts climate change at the conference due to be held in Glasgow from November…

John McEnroe reveals why he agreed to turn narrator for…

John McEnroe needs no introduction. If you are a tennis enthusiast from the 80s or 90s, you would already know about his unrivalled shot-making and volleying skills in the game. But the American former professional tennis player, who now offers his take on the sport as a TV analyst, is…

India wicketkeeper Pant on ‘way to recovery’ after positive Covid…

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is "on his way to recovery" after testing positive for Covid-19 as the squad prepares for a Test series in England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said Thursday. India's players, led by captain Virat Kohli, are currently in London but will enter a…

Pant, one support staff member test positive for Covid on…

WICKETKEEPER-BATSMAN Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani have tested positive for Covid-19, while three others have been placed in precautionary isolation as the virus hit the Indian cricket team ahead of next month's Test series against host England. Bowling coach Bharath Arun, reserve wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha were put in…

Racist trolls target NHS GP for snacking at Wimbledon

AN NHS doctor has criticised social media platforms for not doing enough to address online abuse after she was targeted by racist trolls earlier this month. Dr Chintal Patel, a GP based in London, faced abusive comments after she posted a video of herself eating a thepla (a type of…

Djokovic wins record-equalling 20th Grand Slam and sixth Wimbledon title

NOVAK DJOKOVIC won a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title and sixth Wimbledon on Sunday (11) with a four-set victory over battling Matteo Berrettini of Italy. The world number one triumphed 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to move level on 20 majors with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. His win also…

Indian-American Samir Banerjee lifts Wimbledon boy’s singles title

INDIAN American tennis player Samir Banerjee on Sunday (11) lifted the Wimbledon boy's singles title with a straight set win over compatriot Victor Lilov. Playing only his second junior Grand Slam, the 17-year-old won 7-5, 6-3 in the final match that lasted in one hour and 22 minutes. Banerjee's parents…

Djokovic eyes 20th Slam against Berrettini in final

NOVAK DJOKOVIC admits "it will mean everything" to capture a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam on Sunday (11) but he will have to overcome Matteo Berrettini, the Italian slugger with the build of a heavyweight boxer. Djokovic will move level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on…

Barty beats Pliskova in final, ends Australia’s long wait for…

ASHLEIGH BARTY won her first Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley's maiden crown, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 in the final on Saturday (10). The 25-year-old Australian - who wore a specially-designed dress in tribute to Cawley's iconic scallop one she…

Djokovic storms into seventh Wimbledon final

NOVAK DJOKOVIC reached his 30th Grand Slam final on Friday (9) with a straight sets win over Canada's Denis Shapovalov to move one victory away from a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th major. The world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 in a tense semifinal in which he…

Berrettini becomes first Italian to reach Wimbledon singles final

MATTEO BERRETTINI became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final on Friday (9) with a four-sets victory against Hubert Hurkacz. Berrettini claimed a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 win over his Polish opponent who had knocked out eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. World number nine Berrettini…

Karolina Pliskova to face Ashleigh Barty in final

KAROLINA PLISKOVA of the Czech Republic will play Australia's Ashleigh Barty in Saturday's (10) Wimbledon final after both players reached the championship match for the first time on Thursday. Pliskova had never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon but showed great resilience in coming from behind to beat second…

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty into first Wimbledon final

ASHLEIGH BARTY reached her first Wimbledon final on Thursday (8), 10 years after being crowned junior champion, beating 2018 winner Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6 (7/3). The 25-year-old Australian will play either former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka in Saturday's final.…

Federer crashes out after losing quarterfinal to Hubert Hurkacz

ROGER FEDERER crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals at the hands of Poland's Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday (7), potentially bringing down the curtain on the Swiss legend's All England Club career. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who turns 40 next month, lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to…

Shapovalov into first Wimbledon semifinal, faces Djokovic

CANADA'S Denis Shapovalov reached his first Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday (7) beating Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in an engrossing tussle that lasted 3hrs 26 mins. Shapovalov will play defending champion Novak Djokovic in Friday's (9) semifinal. "Obviously he's the best player in the world but I…

Djokovic storms into 10th Wimbledon semifinal

WORLD number one and five-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his 10th Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday (7) with a straight-sets win over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Djokovic, chasing a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and will face either Russia's Karen Khachanov or Denis Shapovalov of Canada for…

Pliskova powers into first Wimbledon semifinal

KAROLINA PLISKOVA reached her first Wimbledon semifinal on Tuesday (6) with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic and then took a swipe at her critics for their "brutal" treatment. Former world number one Pliskova, now ranked 13, will face Belarus second seed Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday (8) for…

Relatable novel mixes up humour with plenty of twists

IT SEEMS as if Faiza has the perfect life. The yummy mummy from Wimbledon has great friends, a handsome, rich, loving husband and children whom she adores. She has the best designer clothes, a home which is the envy of anyone that visits, privately educated children and good friends. Her…

Barty into Wimbledon semifinals for first time

ASHLEIGH BARTY kept alive her dream of winning the women's Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley's first win by easing into the semifinals on Tuesday (6). The 25-year-old outclassed unseeded compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-3 to set up what promises to be a…

Stadiums in England set to return to full capacity from…

SPORTS stadiums across England are set to return to full capacity from July 19 after the British government announced the next stage in easing of the Covid-19 restrictions on Monday (5). The proposal, which will be voted upon on July 12, would lift all remaining restrictions in the country. While…

Federer becomes oldest Wimbledon quarterfinalist in modern era

ROGER FEDERER on Monday (5) became the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since the dawn of the Open Era in 1968. Federer, who will be 40 in just under five weeks' time, eased past Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to make the last-eight at the All England…

Fucsovics becomes first Hungarian man in Wimbledon last-eight since 1948

MARTON FUCSOVICS became just the third Hungarian man and first in 73 years to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday (5). The 29-year-old, ranked at 48 in the world, defeated Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 and now meets Novak Djokovic for a place in the…

History-making Jabeur sets up last-eight clash against Sabalenka

ONS JABEUR'S historic Wimbledon campaign saw her reach the women's quarterfinals on Monday (5), beating Poland's 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in their fourth round match. The 26-year-old is the first Tunisian woman to reach the last eight at Wimbledon and will face Belarus second seed…

Barty into Wimbledon quarterfinals for first time

WORLD number one Ashleigh Barty reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time on Monday (5) beating French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3. The 25-year-old Australian will play the winner of the match between unseeded compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic and British teenager Emma Raducanu on Tuesday…

Djokovic into 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal

NOVAK DJOKOVIC reached his 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal on Monday (5) with a straight-sets victory over Chile's Cristian Garin at Wimbledon World number one Djokovic eased into the last-eight at the All England Club with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win and will face either Hungary's Marton Fucsovics or Russian fifth…

Maximum capacity crowds from quarterfinals onwards

WIMBLEDON will have capacity crowds from the singles quarterfinals onwards as Covid-19 restrictions on attendances are relaxed, the All England Club announced on Sunday (4). Attendances have been capped at 50 per cent since the start of the tournament although next weekend's finals were to rise to 100 per cent…

Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna enter third round in mixed doubles

THE mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna on Saturday progressed to the third round of Wimbledon, with a win over Britain duo of Aidan McHugh and Emily Webley-Smith 6-3, 6-1. Mirza and Bopanna were dominant from the start as the duo sealed the match in straight sets.…

Federer glides into last 16, Barty polishes up her act

ROGER FEDERER moved into the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the 69th time on Saturday (3), overcoming a raucous home crowd and the last British man in the draw Cameron Norrie in an entertaining 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win at Wimbledon. Federer kept his dream alive of…

UK week wrap: 7 highlights and revelations you don’t want…

Missed the headlines last week? Eastern Eye presents some of the highlights from the past seven days: 1. UK opens new immigration route for graduates:     [caption id="attachment_148727" align="aligncenter" width="500"] iStock image[/caption]   A new immigration route opened on Thursday (1), allowing international graduates to kick-start their careers in…

Bopanna, Sania win historic all-Indian mixed-doubles match

ROHAN BOPANNA and Sania Mirza defeated another Indian combination of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina 6-2, 7-6 (5) in a historic all-Indian mixed doubles first-round match at the Wimbledon on Friday (2). It was the first time in open era that two Indian teams competed against each other at a…

Skipping Sikh invited to Royal Box at Wimbledon

A SIKH pensioner who was honoured by the Queen for motivating people to stay fit during the pandemic lockdown is seen chatting to the Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box at centre court in Wimbledon on Friday (2). Rajinder Singh or the 'Skipping Sikh', as he is popularly known,…

Shapovalov ends Murray’s run at Wimbledon

THIS time not even Centre Court's roof could rescue Andy Murray as the home favourite and two-time champion's dream of a deep Wimbledon run were crushed by Canada's Denis Shapovalov in the third round on Friday (2). Twice this week the 34-year-old Murray had rolled back the years with late-night…

Jabeur overcomes nerves to beat former champion Muguruza

TRAILBLAZING Tunisian Ons Jabeur reached the last-16 at Wimbledon on Friday (2), coming back from a set down to beat 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in 2hrs 26 minutes. The 26-year-old Jabeur was so nervous when she moved to two match points she knelt down and was physically…

Djokovic into Wimbledon last 16 for 13th time

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic survived a rocky third set to defeat American qualifier Denis Kudla to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the 13th time on Friday (2). The world number one triumphed over 114-ranked Kudla 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) to book a place in the fourth round of…

Federer, Djokovic, Nadal are ‘gods’, but tennis needs devil, says…

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Federer oldest man in 46 years to reach the Wimbledon…

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Sania and Mattek-Sands stun sixth seeds to enter second round

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Wimbledon courts under fire after Serena exit, Kyrgios says ‘it’s…

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Battling Murray reaches third round

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Sania all set to return to Grand Slam stage

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Kyrgios wins five-setter in match held over two days

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Djokovic into last 32 despite series of falls on Centre…

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic survived a series of falls on Centre Court to reach the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday (30) with a straight sets win over Kevin Anderson. World number one Djokovic, chasing a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 over the 102nd-ranked…

‘Heartbroken’ Serena quits Wimbledon in tears

SERENA WILLIAMS'S dream of winning an eighth Wimbledon singles title and equalling Margaret Court's Grand Slam record of 24 ended in tears on Tuesday (29) as further doubt was cast on her future in the sport. The 39-year-old was leading 3-1 in the first set of her first round match…

Federer survives scare to reach second round

ROGER FEDERER survived a huge scare to reach the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday (29) when French opponent Adrian Mannarino was forced to retire injured at the start of the fifth set. Eight-time champion Federer was level at 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 3-6, 6-2 when Mannarino called it quits after just…

Zverev cruises into Wimbledon second round

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Venus Williams marks 90th Grand Slam appearance with win

VENUS WILLIAMS marked her record 90th Grand Slam appearance with a three-set victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania at Wimbledon on Tuesday (29). The 41-year-old American, who is a five-time champion at the All England Club, triumphed 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Former world number one Williams first played Wimbledon in 1997…

Djokovic reveals Draper’s father wanted him to be British

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic revealed on Monday (28) that the father of his vanquished Wimbledon opponent Jack Draper once attempted to persuade him to switch allegiance from Serbia to Britain. World number one Djokovic, bidding for a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, claimed a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2,…

Federer and Serena primed for openers on Super Tuesday

ROGER FEDERER and Serena Williams hope to defy the doubters when they get their Wimbledon campaigns underway on 'Super Tuesday' at the All England Club where a backlog of matches needs to be cleared after the opening day downpours. Serena, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, is still one shy of Margaret…

Murray survives scare in Wimbledon singles comeback

TWO-TIME champion Andy Murray survived a third-set scare to beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on Monday (29) in his first singles match at Wimbledon for four years. Back on the hallowed Centre Court turf on which he became a British sporting icon, the 34-year-old delighted his fans…

Former champion Muguruza powers into second round

FORMER champion Garbine Muguruza began her Wimbledon campaign in dominant style as she made up for a rain delay to crush France's Fiona Ferro 6-0, 6-1 on Monday (28). The Spaniard, champion in 2017, raced to victory in 49 minutes on Court 2 and came close to advancing without dropping…

Third seed Tsitsipas knocked out of Wimbledon in first round

THIRD SEED Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first big name to exit Wimbledon on the first day of play on Monday (28), losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to Frances Tiafoe of the United States. It was quite a contrast in fortunes for the Greek who only a fortnight ago lost in five…

Djokovic avoids scare to get off to winning start

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic overcame an early scare to reach the Wimbledon second round on Monday (28) with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain's 253rd-ranked Jack Draper. World number one Djokovic is chasing a sixth Wimbledon title and 20th major and is halfway to becoming just the third…

Britain’s Konta out of Wimbledon after team member tests Covid…

BRITISH number one Johanna Konta has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after a member of her team tested positive for Covid-19, the All England Club said on Sunday (27). Konta, who was seeded 27th, must undertake a 10-day quarantine period after being identified as a close contact. "A member…

Serena Williams joins Nadal in missing Tokyo Olympics

Serena Williams said Sunday that she will not compete at the Tokyo Olympics next month, joining fellow Grand Slam legend Rafael Nadal in withdrawing from the Games. The 39-year-old American revealed her decision at her pre-Wimbledon press conference. "I'm actually not on the Olympic list, so... Not that I'm aware…

Returning Murray savours practice with Federer

ANDY MURRAY has played Roger Federer 25 times in his glittering career including Grand Slam and Olympic finals, but he admits that getting to practice with the Swiss great ahead of this year's tournament felt extra special. British favourite Murray, Wimbledon champion in 2013 and 2016, has not played a…

Federer ‘pumped up’ as he targets ninth Wimbledon crown

ROGER FEDERER says he is "excited" and "pumped up" as he targets a ninth Wimbledon title - a far cry from the disgruntled figure who exited Halle in the second round earlier this month. The 39-year-old Swiss accepted the manner of his 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Felix Auger-Aliassime both…

Djokovic ready to be first among equals at Wimbledon

NOVAK DJOKOVIC targets a record-equalling 20th major and sixth Wimbledon title from Monday (28) which will edge him tantalisingly closer to becoming only the third man in history to complete a calendar Grand Slam. The world number one has already won a ninth Australian Open and second French Open this…

Advantage Serena at Wimbledon with rivals’ fitness concerns

SERENA WILLIAMS turns 40 on September 26 and the arrival of that landmark birthday will be all the sweeter if she has at last equalled Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. The tennis legend could even hold the record outright if she wins both Wimbledon and…

Sadiq Khan: ‘Let’s make a statement that there’s no room…

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Stoke Park country club to shut for two years post…

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BR Shetty’s NMC faces inquiries from agencies in the UK…

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England ‘on track’ to fully reopen venues from June 21

UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden is confident sports events can welcome back capacity crowds from June 21, though he said some "high-risk" venues would require safety measures. An easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the government's roadmap out of lockdown means up to 10,000 fans will be permitted at outdoor sports…

Tributes paid to Ealing hospital worker beaten to death; son…

SON was charged with the murder of 'kind' Ealing Hospital worker in west London. Hansa Patel, 62, was found suffering from head injuries at the home she shared with her husband and son Shanil Patel, 31, in Drew Gardens, Greenford. Patel was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday(25). The…

Speaking in tongues: Why India loves PG Wodehouse

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Kensington mansion gifted to Maharaja Duleep Singh’s son goes on…

A SPRAWLING mansion in the heart of London which was presented as a marital home to Maharaja Duleep Singh's son, Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh, has gone on sale as a modern refurbished family house with a price tag of £15.5 million. Duleep Singh, as Maharaja Ranjeet Singh's youngest…

India, UK initiate joint medical research projects worth £8 million

INDIA and the UK have agreed five new projects worth £8 million to tackle anti-microbial resistance. The UK will contribute £4mn from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Fund for International Collaboration, which India will match with its own resources. The tie-up was announced on Tuesday (28) as the UK…

‘Ashe movie is terrific story of a black man in…

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UK announces five more repatriation flights from Ahmedabad, Amritsar

THE UK government has announced five more flights to bring home British travellers stranded in India due to the coronavirus lockdown, with four flights scheduled from Amritsar and one from Ahmedabad. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that once these flights are completed, over 16,500 travellers will have been…

India has learnt to accept female athletes but still long…

Path-breaking tennis ace Sania Mirza takes pride in the fact that many of India's sporting stars, outside cricket, are women. But she believes that it will take a few more generations before being a sportswoman is seen as a natural career choice in the country. The winner of six Grand…

UK announces 17 more flights to bring back 4,000 passengers…

The UK government has announced 17 more charter flights to bring back British citizens stranded in India. The flights, with a total capacity of about 4,000 passengers, will operate from key cities across India. The Foreign Office said the "most vulnerable" and those "already on waitlists" will be given priority…

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Wimbledon on Wednesday joined the list of sports events cancelled or postponed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic signalling that the standstill in global sports could extend deep into the summer. Here, we look at the events impacted by the virus which has killed more than 43,000 people around…

Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus: organisers

Wimbledon chiefs on Wednesday (1) cancelled the Grand Slam tournament for the first time since World War II as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar. "It is with great regret that the main board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the committee of management of…

Wimbledon likely to be cancelled due to ‘unprecedented challenge’

THIS year's Wimbledon Championships could be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT) said on Wednesday (25). The "build" for the June 29-July 12 championships was supposed to start in little over a month, but it looked increasingly likely that Wimbledon will…

Maria Sharapova retires; says ‘will miss tennis everyday’

Russian tennis player and five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement on Wednesday at the age of 32. “In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it everyday,” she wrote in Vanity Fair. Maria Sharapova is leaving tennis. In an exclusive essay…

Gunneshwaran’s Aussie anguish

INDIAN STAR SUFFERS MORE GRAND SLAM HEARTACHE IN SHOCK MELBOURNE LOSS by RONNIE RUFF PRAJNESH GUNNESWARAN admitted he “could not get control of his mind” as his Grand Slam woes continued at the Australian Open on Tuesday (21). The Indian star, 30, failed to win a set at a major…

Indian star suffers more Grand Slam heartache in shock Melbourne…

  By Ronnie Ruff PRAJNESH GUNNESWARAN admitted he “could not get control of his mind” as his Grand Slam woes continued at the Australian Open on Tuesday (21). The Indian star, 30, failed to win a set at a major for the fifth consecutive occasion, crashing to Japanese wildcard Tatsumo…

Sikh peer hits out at the BBC for its ‘prejudice…

A SIKH peer has quit the BBC after 35 years and accused the broadcaster of "prejudice and intolerance." Lord Singh of Wimbledon has quit BBC Radio Four's Thought for the Day slot after the broadcaster tried to block him from discussing a guru who fought against the forced conversion of…

Lord Ahmad reaches New Delhi to boost India-UK relations

LORD Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon is on a visit to India to further strengthen relation between the two countries. During his visit to New Delhi, Lord Ahmad will promote the UK’s role to work with India on major global challenges such as climate change and gender equality. He is also…

India’s Nagal exits US Open with head held high

MAKING a Grand Slam main draw debut against Roger Federer at a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium would have been overwhelming for many players but unheralded Indian Sumit Nagal handled the occasion like a seasoned veteran, earning a string of new admirers at the US Open. The 22-year-old showed little sign…

US Open: Debutant Sumit Nagal to play ‘God’ Federer in…

Earning a dream Grand Slam debut for himself, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal set up the US Open first round against one of the greatest players of all times the legendary Roger Federer. When Nagal stepped on the court to take on Brazil's Joao Menezes in the final qualifying round,…

Common Bond: Tour reveals how London links Fleming and 007

SOUTHALL ‘PLAYED A ROLE IN INDIA-SET OCTOPUSSY’ by AMIT ROY AJAY Chowdhury takes “scholars and worldwide enthusiasts” of James Bond movies on a guided tour of Mayfair to show how the world of the author Ian Fleming intersects with that of James Bond, his famous creation. He makes it a…

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List of Wimbledon men’s singles champions

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Strycova and Hsieh win Wimbledon women’s doubles title

CZECH Barbora Strycova completed a memorable Wimbledon as she partnered Hsieh Su-wei to the women's doubles title on Sunday (14), beating Canada-China duo Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan 6-2 6-4. After the spine-tingling drama of the earlier men's singles final the longest in the tournament's history -- Strycova and her Taiwanese…

Djokovic will not ease up in quest to be greatest:…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has already established himself as one of the best ever to play the game but the Serb, who clinched his 16th Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Sunday (15), will not be satisfied until he is considered the greatest of all time, Boris Becker has said. World number one Djokovic…

Roger Federer does everything right but falls short on match…

HOW did Roger Federer end up losing the 2019 Wimbledon final? It was a question that was being asked over and over again at the All England Club on Sunday (14) after the crowd favourite did almost everything better than Novak Djokovic - except convert the two match points he…

Mind tricks help Djokovic to win Wimbledon crown

"WHEN the crowd is chanting 'Roger' I hear 'Novak'," freshly-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic said with a smile on Sunday (14). A fairly implausible claim, perhaps, but the comment hinted at the phenomenal feats of mental strength and focus the Serb deployed in beating Roger Federer in the longest singles…

Djokovic beats Federer to win fifth Wimbledon crown  

NOVAK DJOKOVIC again proved the toughest nut for Roger Federer to crack, repelling all the Swiss threw at him in an epic duel to win a fifth Wimbledon crown in the longest singles final in the tournament's 133-year history on Sunday (14). The indefatigable 32-year-old withstood almost five hours of…

Frustration for Nadal as Wimbledon mission falls short

REWARDING as it was for Rafael Nadal to become the only player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times by chalking up his dozen at last month's French Open, the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon this year like a man on a mission. In the end, however, it became mission…

Djokovic charges into Wimbledon final

TOP seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday (12) to triumph in four sets and advance to a mouthwatering Wimbledon final against Roger Federer. Remarkably the Serb's 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success was the 12th victory in his last…

Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

EVEN for the two players vying for the title of GOAT (Greatest of All Time), it was perhaps greedy to expect them to produce a blockbuster to compare with their previous duel at Wimbledon. They are human after all. No one was complaining though as Swiss great Roger Federer produced…

Best quotes and fact from the 11th day at Wimbledon

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Serena Williams keeps calm and carries on in pursuit of…

THERE were no intimidating roars of "c'mon", few fist pumps and the volume was turned down on the grunting that often accompanies her matches as Serena Williams marched into her 11th Wimbledon singles final on Thursday (11). Perhaps the imperious American did not need to amp it up against out-matched Czech…

Long road back to singles competition: Murray

FORMER world number one Andy Murray has said it could take up to a year for him to regain the strength in his hip needed for a return to singles action. The 32-year-old claimed the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez at Queen's Club on his return to competitive tennis late…

Serena powers past Strycova into Wimbledon final

MIXED doubles with Andy Murray was fun but Serena Williams got back to the serious business as she powered into her 11th Wimbledon final by overwhelming unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in a brutal 6-1 6-2 victory on Centre Court on Thursday (11). Clobbering huge serves and forehands, the veteran American was…

Halep rolls over Svitolina to reach first Wimbledon final

IN years to come when tennis fans flick through the hefty 500-page Wimbledon Compendium, they will note that in 2019 Simona Halep rolled over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals for the loss of just four games. What the 6-1 6-3 scoreline will not reveal, however, was that Halep took…

Boris Becker’s trophy auction raises over £680,000

AN online auction of German tennis great Boris Becker's trophies and memorabilia has raised more than £680,000 ($852,652), with his 1989 US Open trophy attracting the highest bid of £150,250. The 51-year-old was declared bankrupt by a British court in 2017 in connection to a debt to private bankers Arbuthnot…

Serena returned to Tennis to hunt down Slam number 24:…

PATRICK MOURATOGLOU has steered Serena Williams to some of her greatest achievements, but the coach has never seen the American work as hard as she has to battle back from injury and illness in pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams will face unseeded late-bloomer Barbora Strycova on…

Novak Djokovic destroys Goffin to move semis

TOP seed Novak Djokovic recovered from an edgy start to deliver a devastating display that crushed the spirit of 21st-seeded Belgian David Goffin in straight sets on Wednesday (10) and sent the defending champion surging into the Wimbledon semi-finals. Goffin will wonder just what happened after he looked the better…

Bautista Agut reaches Wimbledon semis

ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT expected to be chilling out in Ibiza this week but his bachelor party has been switched to the All England Club after the Spaniard reached the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday (10). The 31-year-old, who is getting married in November, had never got past round four so it…

Federer overcomes shaky start to join Grand Slam 100 club

ROGER FEDERER chalked up another monumental milestone to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday (10), recovering to beat Japan's Kei Nishikori in four sets and become the first man to record a century of singles wins at any Grand Slam. Federer, who won 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 and now faces…

Best quotes and fact from the 10th day at Wimbledon

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Nadal topples Querrey to set up blockbuster Federer semi

THE deafening cheers erupting around Wimbledon as Rafa Nadal stood at the baseline, bouncing a ball and poised to take a two-set lead against Sam Querrey, provided the newsflash he welcomed and dreaded with equal measure Roger Federer was through to the semi-finals. It meant it was game on for…

What next for Gauff as world goes Coco-crazy?

A QUICK glance at Cori Gauff's Twitter account shows what a difference a week makes in the life of a 15-year-old tennis phenomenon. The giggling teenager, who likes to be called Coco, came to Wimbledon with a following of around 4,000 on Twitter. By the time her sensational run had…

Halep steers steady path past Zhang into Wimbledon semis

FORMER world number one Simona Halep reached her second Wimbledon semi-final after overcoming an early onslaught to deliver another textbook example of matchplay tennis and dispatch China's unseeded Zhang Shuai 7-6(4) 6-1 on Tuesday (9). Just as she did in quelling the lively challenge of 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Monday…

Best quotes and fact of the eighth day at Wimbledon

A SELECTION of some of the best quotes and facts from the eighth day at Wimbledon: Quotes "Today it (her hair) was just in my way, and the wind. I was missing a shot because it's in my face. I was like, this is not happening. I just needed to…

Svitolina becomes first Ukrainian woman to reach major semi

IF it had not been for a bout of childhood jealously, Elina Svitolina might never have pulled off the nerve-shredding win over Karolina Muchova at Wimbledon on Tuesday (10) that saw her become the first Ukrainian woman to reach the singles semi-finals at a major. Svitolina only began pounding tennis…

Serena thrills as ‘Dream Team’ turn mean machine at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON'S Centre Court is the property of the All England Club, but on Tuesday (9) it belonged to Serena Williams. After reaching her 37th Grand Slam singles semi-final, the American returned with Britain's Andy Murray in a fist-pumping, high-fiving, forehand-slapping frenzy as the mixed doubles 'Dream Team' put on a show…

Barbora Strycova ends Konta’s hopes

JOHANNA KONTA played almost perfect tennis for the opening five games of her Wimbledon quarter-final against unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova on an expectant Centre Court on Tuesday (9). Her power game was locked and loaded and there appeared little Strycova could do to prevent the Briton steaming into a semi-final…

Muguruza splits with coach Sumyk

FORMER Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has split with her coach Sam Sumyk after a disappointing season, the Spaniard said on Tuesday (9). The 25-year-old former world number one lost in the opening round of Wimbledon to Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia, the fifth Grand Slam in a row she had fallen…

Djokovic cruises on as old stagers show next generation the…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC remained firmly in cruise control on Monday (8) to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals as he swatted aside France's Ugo Humbert, the latest of tennis's up-and-comers to show promise but ultimately fall short. Djokovic, capable of jaw-dropping feats of agility when pushed to the brink, has barely stretched a…

Best quotes and fact of the seventh day at Wimbledon

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Easy win for Federer as Berrettini crumbles

ROGER FEDERER'S warmup was probably more taxing than his fourth-round match at Wimbledon on Monday (8) as he raced into a record-extending 17th quarter-final with a ruthless dismissal of exciting young Italian Matteo Berrettini. On paper it looked like being Federer's first serious test of the tournament against the powerful 17th  seed…

Pella downs Raonic to reach first major quarter-final

GUIDO PELLA ensured there will be a South American presence in the men's Wimbledon quarter-finals after the Argentine survived a 3-6 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) 8-6 thriller in fading light against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic on Monday (8). Pella's win over the Canadian took him to his first major quarter-final, where he will…

Wedding bells sound sweet to Riske  

ALISON RISKE said she wished she could get married more often after crediting her upcoming nuptials for her barnstorming run at Wimbledon which has earned her a quarter-final date with fellow American Serena Williams. Riske, who will marry Stephen Amritraj, the son of former Indian Davis Cup player Anand, after…

David Goffin into Wimbledon last eight for first time

BELGIAN David Goffin matched his best-ever performance at the tennis majors on Monday (8) by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final. The Belgian 21st seed beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (11/9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their fourth round clash on Court Three. He will face either world number one Novak Djokovic or…

Nadal bursts Sousa’s bubble to reach quarters

THE sweet-spot in Rafael Nadal's racket appeared to be the size of a beachball on Monday (8) as the Spaniard fired off winners left, right and centre to hurtle into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a ruthless 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Joao Sousa. The Spaniard was not pleased when he…

Halep ends Gauff’s Wimbledon dream

COCO GAUFF'S dream Wimbledon run came to an abrupt end on Monday (8) when the consistency of seventh seed and former world number one Simona Halep proved a step too far for the 15-year-old American, who went down 6-3 6-3. After stunning Venus Williams then saving two match points en…

Pain-free Serena looks forward to Riske challenge

SERENA WILLIAMS reached her 14th Wimbledon quarter-final by overwhelming Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 even though she was not at her magnificent best on Court One on Monday (8). The 37-year-old American, aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, produced 19 unforced errors, including a bizarre mistake when she leaned…

Murray confident of return to top of men’s tennis

FORMER world number one Andy Murray has been buoyed by his return to tennis after career-saving hip surgery and is confident he can retake his place among the men's elite. The 32-year-old, who has been playing doubles since his return from hip resurfacing surgery in January, had said ahead of…

Riske rewarded in Barty battle at Wimbledon

WORLD number one and French Open champion Ash Barty was knocked out of Wimbledon on Monday (8) after losing 3-6 6-2 6-3 in a ferocious battle with 55th-ranked American Alison Riske. Barty, who had been on a sensational 15-match winning run, was brought down to earth with a thud by…

Twin set: Pakistan’s Qureshi hopes sister act can lead to…

Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi admits that playing at Wimbledon with a mixed doubles partner who has a twin sister can often leave him seeing double, but he's happy to remain bamboozled if it brings him and his country a first Grand Slam title. Qureshi teamed up with Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok at…

Wimbledon targets Asian fans ‘nirvana’ with lite app

Wimbledon has unleashed a new lightweight app to try and hook the growing tennis-loving market in Asia, while AI-generated highlights are getting smarter at spotting the most exciting action. The official Wimbledon app is packed with heavy graphics but the new, slimmed-down alternative is designed for fans in places with…

Giggling Kyrgios shows softer side after mixed exit

HE'S finished with Wimbledon for another year, but firebrand Nick Kyrgios isn't done with the All England Club just yet. The Australian force of nature said on Friday (5) he would be hanging around the ground for another few days, as he still had mates in the tournament. Kyrgios was…

Nadal’s draw gets tougher with resurgent Tsonga in third round

AFTER Rafa Nadal won a thrilling four-set encounter with Nick Kyrgios, the Spaniard repeated his lament that he had got a tough draw at the All England Club, ahead of his third-round clash against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday (6). Although Nadal is ranked second in the world, his absence…

Teenager Gauff digs deep to continue dream run at Wimbledon

Fifteen-year-old Cori Gauff clawed her way back from a set and 5-2 down and saved two match points to beat Slovenia's Polona Hercog 3-6 7-6(7) 7-5 on Friday and reach the Wimbledon fourth round. The American teenager, ranked 313th in the world, had earned a match on Centre Court after…

‘Running on fumes’: Sandgren ready for exhausting Fognini battle

FABIO FOGNINI came through a five-set battle to reach the Wimbledon third round but next faces a man who also went through the wringer to make the last 32. The Italian 12th seed takes on Tennys Sandgren of the US on Saturday (6), who similarly came through a gruelling five-set second…

Wozniacki’s Wimbledon ends in grumbles

AT first it had all looked so good for former world number one Caroline Wozniacki at Wimbledon on Friday (5). The newlywed Dane raced into a 4-0 lead over China's Zhang Shuai in their third round clash on Court Two. But that was as good as it got. From there…

Zhang Shuai into Wimbledon last 16 for first time

CHINA'S Zhang Shuai made the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time on Friday (5), coming back from 0-4 down in the opening set to beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. Zhang, the world number 60, is the first Chinese woman since Peng Shuai in 2015 to reach the…

Isner’s hopes extinguished as 10 Americans march on

THERE were no celebratory July 4 fireworks from John Isner as Wimbledon's ultra marathon man perished on Thursday (4) and failed to join his 10 fellow Americans who have made it into round three. Isner is likely to forever hold the distinction of contesting Wimbledon's two longest ever matches an…

Best quotes and fact of the fourth day at Wimbledon

A SELECTION of some of the best quotes and facts from the fourth day at Wimbledon on Thursday (4): Quotes "No. You look way too excited to ask that question, you must have a really boring life" - Australia's Nick Kyrgios when asked if he could have played better against…

Murray makes winning doubles return as Brits march on

ANDY MURRAY thought his days of gracing Wimbledon showcourts were behind him after hip surgery but he returned to the All England Club in the men's doubles on Thursday (4) and eased into the second round with French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Murray, who had a hip resurfacing operation in February,…

Nadal survives Kyrgios test in Wimbledon thriller

Twice Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal emerged victorious from a memorable four-set duel with Australian wild man Nick Kyrgios that delivered everything it had promised in front of an enraptured Centre Court crowd on Thursday. The fiery Kyrgios threw everything he had at the third seed - including an extraordinary 143mph…

Dart frustrated as mixed doubles partner Clarke teams up with…

BRITISH youngster Harriet Dart was left frustrated after she was dumped by her Wimbledon mixed doubles partner Jay Clarke for American teenager Cori Gauff. Dart received a text from Clarke, saying he was switching partners ahead of the mixed doubles opening round on Thursday. "Essentially due to the timing I…

Barty dispatches Van Uytvanck on distant Court Two

TOP seed Ash Barty hurried into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday (4), dispatching Alison van Uytvanck 6-1 6-3 in 54 minutes on the All England Club's distant showcourt Two. Barty is the woman of the moment having just won her first Grand Slam at the French Open but she…

Impressive Azarenka back in the mix

VICTORIA AZARENKA once was a fixture in the business end of Grand Slams and but for great rival Serena Williams would have more than two Australian Opens in her collection. From the 2011 French Open until the 2014 Australian Open the Belarussian reached the quarter-final stage at least in 10…

Results from Wimbledon first round men’s doubles matches held on…

RESULTS from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon Men's Doubles matches held on Wednesday (July 4, 2019). First Round Results (Reuters)

Khachanov and Medvedev continue Russian advance at Wimbledon

LIKE reliable Russian machines, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday (4), keeping the torch alight for tennis's so-called next generation after the flames of some of their contemporaries were snuffed out. The ninth-ranked Khachanov ended Feliciano Lopez's superb grasscourt run with a…

Regular as clockwork, Djokovic eases into Wimbledon third round

NOVAK DJOKOVIC trails Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in many of the game's most important metrics, but when it comes to consistently reaching the third round at Wimbledon, which he achieved with dazzling ease on Wednesday (4), he leaves his rivals in his wake. The Serb dismantled American Denis Kudla…

First-round exits for Sharapova and Muguruza, Kvitova through

FORMER champions Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza crashed out of Wimbledon in quick succession on Tuesday (2) as big-name casualties continued to pile up, but twice winner Petra Kvitova made sure she did not join them. Russian Sharapova, who ignited her money-spinning career by winning the title in 2004, was…

Britain’s Clarke ends losing streak

AFTER five straight first-round defeats Jay Clarke finally tasted victory on Tuesday (2) at Wimbledon of all places, and the lowly ranked Briton’s reward will be the biggest day of his tennis life so far. The 20-year-old from Derby in England’s Midlands beat American qualifier Noah Rubin -- despite squandering…

Kyrgios becomes new darling of Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON has a new hero and, of all people, it is Nick Kyrgios, after the incredible sulk transformed himself into the Clown Prince during a hugely entertaining five-set victory over fellow Australian Jordan Thompson on Tuesday (2). Tennis fans queued early to see Kyrgios, many hoping for fireworks from a…

Andy Murray to pair up with Serena for mixed doubles…

BRITAIN'S Andy Murray ended days of speculation about who he will play mixed doubles with at Wimbledon after confirming he would partner Serena Williams at the grasscourt major. The three-time Grand Slam singles champion's management team confirmed the news on Tuesday (2). The Scot, who is playing doubles at the…

As if by royal command, seven Britons make it into…

TENNIS fan, the Duchess of Cambridge swept into the All England Club on Tuesday (2) and as if by royal command, British players responded with a memorable day of home victories. Wildcard Harriet Dart was the first to get a visit with the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, wife of the…

Results from Tuesday’s first round Wimbledon Men’s Singles matches

Results from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon Men's Singles matches held on Tuesday (July 2, 2019). First Round Sam Querrey (USA)           beat  5-Dominic Thiem (AUT)    6-7(4) 7-6(1) 6-3 6-0 Andrey Rublev (RUS)         beat  Christian Garin (CHI)       4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4 John Millman (AUS)          beat  Hugo Dellien (BOL)          6-2 6-3 6-4 Laslo…

Network defends Barty snub after ‘sexist’ broadcast claims

AUSTRALIAN broadcaster Seven Network has defended its decision to televise Nick Kyrgios's first-round match rather than world number one Ash Barty's opener after being hit with claims of "sexism" over its Wimbledon coverage. Kyrgios's match with compatriot Jordan Thompson had been going for two hours before Barty started hers against…

Federer into Wimbledon second round for 17th successive year

EIGHT-time champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon second round for a 17th successive year on Tuesday (2), overcoming a first set blip to beat South Africa's Lloyd Harris. Federer, 37 and bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam champion, claimed a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over the 86th-ranked Harris…

Grand Slam, Wimbledon Women’s Singles First Round Results

Results from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon Women's Singles matches held on Monday (1). First Round Elina Svitolina (UKR)     beat  Daria Gavrilova (AUS)       7-5 6-0 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)   beat  Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)    6-4 6-4 Marie Bouzkova (CZE)        beat  Mona Barthel (GER)          6-3 6-3 Maria Sakkari (GRE)      beat  Bernarda Pera (USA)         7-6(4)…

Grand Slam, Wimbledon Men’s Singles First Round Results

Results from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon Men's Singles matches held on Monday (1). First Round Novak Djokovic (SRB) beat  Philipp Kohlschreiber  (GER) 6-3 7-5 6-3 Denis Kudla (USA)           beat  Malek Jaziri (TUN)          6-4 6-1 6-3 Leonardo Mayer (ARG)        beat  Ernests Gulbis (LAT)        6-1 7-6(12) 6-2 Hubert Hurkacz (POL)        beat  32-Dusan…

Djokovic adds former Wimbledon champ Ivanisevic to coaching team

WORLD number one Novak Djokovic has added former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic to his coaching team ahead of his title defence at SW19, the Serb has said. "I am grateful to have Goran Ivanisevic on my side of the net. We have agreed to collaborate at #Wimbledon and hopefully many…

List of Wimbledon men’s singles champions from 1877

List of men's singles champions at Wimbledon: 2018 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) 2017 Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-3 6-1 6-4 2016 Andy Murray (Britain) beat Milos Raonic (Canada) 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 2015 Djokovic (Serbia) beat Federer (Switzerland) 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3 2014 Djokovic…

Anderson makes quick work of dispatching Herbert

RETURNING to the lush grass courts of Wimbledon proved to be just the tonic Kevin Anderson needed on Monday (1) as the 2018 runner-up buried memories of an injury-hit year by easing into the second round with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The South African, who had…

Wawrinka means business as he opens with easy victory

STAN WAWRINKA was barely mentioned in the Wimbledon build-up with all the focus on the men's "big three" and the young guns hoping to shake things up but the Swiss means business. Outside of eight-time champion Roger Federer, twice winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic, Wawrinka is the…

India’s Gunneswaran happy with ‘milestone’ despite Paris defeat

Indian number one Prajnesh Gunneswaran said on Sunday (26) that he was pleased to have achieved a "milestone" in making his French Open main-draw debut, despite falling to a one-sided loss to Bolivia's Hugo Dellien. The 29-year-old played his maiden Grand Slam opening-round match earlier this year at the Australian…

Wife jailed for manslaughter of ailing husband

  A WOMAN who killed her husband of more than three decades with a wooden-pole has been jailed for two years. Packiam Ramanathan, 73, of east London, was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey today (5). She was convicted on Monday (1) of the…

Top 5 moments of India’s most successful female tennis player…

Sania Mirza was born into a Muslim family, started playing tennis from an early age and started playing professionally from 2003. She went to Nasr School in Hyderabad which she considers as her home. She said in an interview that this school gave her ‘the freedom to pursue her dream’.…

Ahmadiyya community comes together for largest Muslim convention in the…

MORE than 35,000 people from 100 countries gathered in the town of Alton, Hampshire to take part in the largest Islamic convention in the UK. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community hosted its three-day Jalsa Salana (annual gathering) at their UK base, the Hadeeqatul Mahdi,,a 200-acre farm in Alton, last weekend (Friday-Sunday,…

Ruthless Djokovic outplays Anderson to end title drought

Novak Djokovic proved conclusively he remains one of the biggest beasts in men's tennis by outplaying South African giant Kevin Anderson to claim a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 31-year-old put two years of turmoil behind him to beat a battle-weary Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) on a sweltering Centre Court and…

Kerber stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

It was supposed to be the day Serena Williams completed a remarkable comeback and claimed a record-matching 24th Grand Slam title but Angelique Kerber ripped up the script to outclass her 6-3 6-3 in Saturday's Wimbledon final. Ten months after the difficult birth of daughter Alexis Olympia the 36-year-old Williams had powered…

Djokovic outlasts Nadal in classic Wimbledon semi-final

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final as he resisted everything great rival Rafael Nadal could throw at him to win 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) 3-6 10-8 in a two-day classic that concluded in nerve-jangling tension on Saturday. With women's singles finalists Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber waiting in the locker room, Djokovic…

Nadal survives thriller to down Del Potro in quarter-finals

It was a case of down but definitely not out as a Rafael Nadal kept picking himself off a slippery and dusty Centre Court surface to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a pulsating 7-5 6-7(7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro. Just 90 minutes after defending champion Roger Federer…

Anderson stuns Federer in quarter-final cliffhanger

Roger Federer's hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title bit the dust as South African Kevin Anderson recovered from two sets down to win a quarter-final cliffhanger 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 on a tension-filled Court One on Wednesday. The 36-year-old Swiss, not playing on Centre Court for the first time since 2015,…

So easy for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals

Seven-times champion Serena Williams prevailed in a Centre Court mothers' meeting on Monday, roaring past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina into the Wimbledonquarter-finals. The 36-year-old American was untroubled in a 6-2 6-2 victory -- her 90th singles match win at the All England Club. Rodina, who like Williams combines a tennis career…

Federer leaves yet another rival chasing shadows

Over the past week none of Roger Federer's opponents needed to play on a court with a retractable roof as Wimbledon has been roasting in 30 degrees Celsius temperatures. What they would probably have preferred is to play on a Centre Court with a retractable grass surface - one that can open…

Isner into last eight and a match away from tweeting…

President Donald Trump, visiting London later this week, can expect a Tweet from John Isner if the experienced American player gets through to the semi-finals ofWimbledon. The 33-year-old ninth seed reached the quarter-finals for the first time, and at the 10th attempt, on Monday by beating Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas…

Irrepressible Nadal marches past Vesely into last eight

The bar was set absurdly high by the time Rafael Nadal walked onto Centre Court on Monday but the Spaniard responded with a sensational 6-3 6-3 6-4 defeat of Jiri Vesely to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. His great rival and eight-times champion Roger Federer had already maintained his regal progress, claiming the…

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic was kept waiting in the wings till after 7pm local time before he could start swinging his racket against Russia's Karen Khachanov at Wimbledon on Monday. But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win…

Dazed champion Muguruza ambushed in Wimbledon second round

When Garbine Muguruza clutched her temple with both hands and shook her head repeatedly, she laid bare the throbbing pain racing through her body as herWimbledon title defence was hijacked by a little-known Belgian on Thursday. Alison van Uytvanck produced a fearless brand of hard-hitting tennis to topple the champion with…

Roger Federer gives his headband to Indian-origin tennis fan

Roger Federer made a young tennis fan's dream come true when he gifted his headband to her after a match. A video of the gesture was posted on Wimbledon's Twitter handle. The video show a young Indian-origin girl standing behind Federer's chair throughout the match, holding a yellow poster that…

Wozniacki joins seed exodus after stinging loss

Caroline Wozniacki's honeymoon on grass was short-lived as she became the 11th women's seed to fall on the first three days at Wimbledon in a 6-4 1-6 7-5 second-round defeat by Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday. The Danish second seed, who won the Eastbourne tournament last week, made no excuses for her defeat.…

Raja and Martin bow out of Wimbledon after losing five-set…

India's Purav Raja and Fabrice Martin lost an excruciating five-set battle to Mirza Basic and Dusan Lajovic to make an early exit from the Wimbledon championships. The Indo-French pair was staring at the barrel as they trailed by two sets but put the match on even keel before eventually tumbling…

Federer delivers shot-making masterclass to reach round three

When Roger Federer's lunging mis-hit spun high into the air and turned into a glorious lob, Lukas Lacko must have known it was going to be one of those days when he might as well enjoy having the best view in the house. It was just too bad the Slovakian…

Williams sisters happy as women given centre stage

Venus Williams said she was 'overjoyed' that Wimbledon organisers gave women the spotlight on the tournament's main showcourts on Wednesday (4). Five of the seven matches on Centre Court and Court One on day three were women's singles, although one of them was a late change after the Centre Court programme ended…

‘Difference can be a powerful force for good in the…

by KEERTHI MOHAN AGA KHAN OPENS ACADEMIC CENTRE IN LONDON AS BRITAIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO ISMAILI LEADER ON HIS DIAMOND JUBILEE AS IMAM OF THE COMMUNITY ISMAILI spiritual leader the Aga Khan met British prime minister Theresa May, international devel­opment secretary Penny Mordaunt as well as Prince Charles, as the latter…

Konta, Edmund revive British spirits at Wimbledon

With Andy Murray pulling out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament, the two-time champion's shock absence has put the spotlight on his fellow Britons at the grass-court Grand Slam. Of the four Britons in action on Monday, only teenager Katie Swan emerged victorious with a shock success against world number…

Former champs Sharapova, Kvitova crash out, Nadal, Djokovic through

Maria Sharapova suffered her first opening round Wimbledon defeat and earliest Grand Slam exit in eight years on Tuesday when she was shocked by fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, the world number 132. Sharapova, the 2004 champion, was joined at the exit by 2011 and 2014 winner Petra Kvitova who was stunned by…

‘It’s all about business’: Nadal blasts Wimbledon shot-clock plan

Rafael Nadal insisted that plans by Wimbledon to introduce a 25-second shot clock will kill off the sport's capacity for epic Grand Slam confrontations. The US Open will have a shot clock for this year's tournament with Wimbledon poised to follow suit. World number one Nadal is routinely warned for slow play between points.…

Wawrinka secures comeback win over sixth seed Dimitrov

Three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka returned to the big stage in style on Monday, ousting sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov 1-6 7-6(3) 7-6(5) 6-4 on Centre Court at Wimbledon. The Swiss, whose ranking had dropped to 225 after a knee injury, fought a stubborn and determined match from the baseline to…

‘We’re the Messi and Ronaldo of tennis’ Federer relishes Nadal…

Roger Federer marked the 10th anniversary of his epic Wimbledon final loss to Rafael Nadal by claiming his rivalry with the Spaniard is the equal of the battle between football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Federer will start his bid for a ninth Wimbledon title against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic on Centre Court on…

Federer marks 20th Wimbledon with ‘$300 million’ windfall

Roger Federer boosted his bank balance by a reported $300 million on Monday, marking his 20th straight Wimbledon appearance with a new clothing deal. The 36-year-old eight-time Wimbledon champion penned a contract with Japanese giants Uniqlo, virtually severing a two-decade association with Nike in the process. His deal has been widely estimated to be…

Wimbledon isn’t child’s play for new mum Serena

Serena Williams admits she is still adjusting to the unique challenge of chasing an eighth Wimbledon title while making time for her baby daughter. Williams is back at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to Alexis Olympia in September and the former world number one is having to get used to the…

Bhambri vows to defeat Grand Slam jinx after Wimbledon exit

India's Yuki Bhambri vowed to break his Grand Slam jinx after slipping to a fifth defeat in five matches at the majors at Wimbledon on Monday (2). The 25-year-old made his Wimbledon main draw bow after a career-long wait but despite a promising start he lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to Italian qualifier Thomas…

Strawberry fields forever

by NADEEM BADSHAH SIKH FARMERS GROW SUMMER FRUIT MEET the Paddas – the only Asian family in the UK running a strawberry farm. Makhan Singh Padda worked in foundries, fields, markets and packing houses before turning to agri­culture after coming to the UK from India in 1966. He bought Vicarage…

Prince Charles and the Aga Khan come together to open…

The UK welcomed the Imam (spiritual leader) of Ismaili Muslims, His Highness Prince Karim Agha Khan, for the opening of a new academic centre in London on Tuesday (27). His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales officially opened the new Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross as part of the…

Asia seeks capital gains

by ANDY MARINO BREXIT DRAWS INTEREST FROM EAST FOR PROJECTS ASIANS cherish gold and property, traditionally two of the very best investments. Britain’s Asian community is active not only as property owners but investors, too – as landlords and businessmen – and this will only grow as their overall prosperi­ty and…

Knife crime probe ordered as latest victim named

A MAN stabbed to death in south London last Sunday (20) has been named by police. Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, was found with fatal stab wounds between Upper Green East and Montrose Gardens in Mitcham in the early hours of Sunday. Despite the efforts by para­medics and police, he later died…

Teenage Parsons Green Tube bomber jailed for life

An 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker was today sentenced to life imprisonment for placing a bomb on a London underground train which partially exploded, injuring 51 people last year. Ahmed Hassan was directed to serve a minimum of 34 years behind bars before being considered for parole at the end of…

Breaking news: Sajid and Alok take up new positions in…

By Lauren Codling and Rithika Siddhartha PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has unveiled Britain’s most diverse government yet following a two-day reshuffle that began on Monday (8). Sajid Javid is the most senior Asian in the cabinet and will keep his current post, but with a renamed department, as the secretary…

Blue plaque for Sister Nivedita unveiled in Wimbledon

  By Amit Roy SISTER Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble in Northern Ireland on October 28, 1867 and gave her life to the service of India, was honoured with a Blue Plaque on Sunday (12) to mark the 150 anniversary of her birth. The unveiling was done by…

EYE SPY – BOLLYWOOD GOSSIP WITH ASJAD NAZIR

VARUN: LOVE ON HOLD? HE MAY be on a high professionally, but Varun Dhawan seems to have problems in his personal life and has reportedly parted ways with his rumoured girlfriend Natasha Dalal. If it is true, the hot right now actor just doesn’t have time to lament over a…

Play ‘Child of the Divide’ revived to mark 70th anniversary…

by LAUREN CODLING A THEATRE director has revived a decade-old play, relating to Partition, to mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this year. Child of the Divide, which premiered in 2006, is about children who are displaced in a new, fractured world after the British left the subcontinent and…

Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng reach US Open semis

India's Sania Mirza reached her first Grand Slam semifinal of the 2017 season with Shuai Peng after edging past Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in a close two-set battle at the US Open. The fourth seeded pair dispatched the fifth seed duo 7-6 (5) 6-4 in the quarter-final which lasted…

India and the UK: A unique and vital partnership

By the Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the people of India and the British Indian community in the United Kingdom on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. Over these past seven decades,…

Sister Nivedita’s UK home to be honoured with special plaque

Sister Nivedita's family home in London, where she lived before moving to India in 1898 to set up a girls school and help the poor, is to be commemorated with a special plaque on her 150th birthday anniversary. "Sister Nivedita, the educationalist and campaigner for Indian Independence," is the inscription…

Davis Cup team to train in New York before Canada…

The Indian Davis Cup team will train at the indoor courts of University of Colombia in New York, a week before the crucial World Group Play-off tie against Canada in Edmonton, starting September 15. It is for the first time that a camp has been organised to prepare for an…

Muslim teen raped and murdered in suspected honour killing

A 19-year-old Indian Muslim woman was kidnapped, raped and murdered in a suspected honour killing after she began a relationship with an Arab Muslim. Celine Dookhran was allegedly kidnapped with another woman, bound and gagged and taken to an address in Kingston-upon-Thames in south west London where they were raped and…

Wimbledon: Bopanna in quarter finals; Sania loses in mixed doubles

  INDIAN champion Sania Mirza crashed out of the mixed doubles competition while Rohan Bopanna and his partner entered the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships. Sania and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig, seeded fourth in the tournament, lost 6-7 4-6 to the defending champions Henri Kontinen of Finland and Britain’s…

Sania Mirza leads Indian charge at Wimbledon

Capping off a great day for India, Sania Mirza advanced to the third round of both the women's and mixed doubles events, while Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja also won their respective mixed doubles matches at the Wimbledon championships. Mirza and Croatia's Ivan Dodig, who are seeded fourth, needed an…

Indian duo Raja and Sharan target Wimbledon doubles glory

Purav Raja and Divij Sharan have set their sights on joining the Indian doubles elite by winning their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Raja and Sharan ended their long wait for a first victory at the All England Club as they defeated Kyle Edmund and Joao Sousa 7-6 (7/2),…

Paes and Shamasdin lose marathon first round

Veteran Leander Paes' 23rd appearance at the Wimbledon Championships ended with a first round defeat in a gruelling five-setter against Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald on Wednesday (6). The combo of Paes and Adil Shamasdin lost 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-7(2) 8-10 to its Austrian rivals in the first round, which…

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan’s Grand slam debut ends with valiant fight

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan’s Grand Slam debut ended in the first round itself but not without a valiant fight as he and Jared Donaldson lost a gruelling five-setter while Sania Mirza advanced to the women’s doubles second round of the Wimbledon championships. Nedunchezhiyan and his American partner lost 7-6 (4) 7-5 6-7(3)…

Mirza to team up with Flipkens in last minute change

Sania Mirza will team up with Kirsten Flipkens at Wimbledon in the women’s doubles after her usual partner was forced to pull out of the event through injury. The Indian queen, who has won six Grand Slam titles, links up with Belgian Flipkins as Kazakhstan’s Yaroslova Shvedova has an ankle…

Paes warms up for Wimbledon with tournament win

Leander Paes warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the Aegon Ilkley Challenger trophy with Canadian partner Adil Shamasdin, following a come-from-behind win over Brydan Klien and Joe Salisbury last Saturday (24). The top seeds rallied to beat the local wild card pair 2-6 6-2 10-8 in the summit clash of…

Lord Tariq Ahmad’s Eid Mubarak to all – With prayers…

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of UN and Commonwealth, in his Eid message speaks about the unity, solidarity and strength the UK has shown and continues to show in the face of terrorism. He proudly states that the UK will continue to stand together. Lord Ahmad's Eid message in…

Bopanna and Qureshi put friendship on hold for cricket

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi once famously pleaded for peace between India and Pakistan under the banner "Stop war, start tennis". However, the childhood friends will be rivals for around eight hours on Sunday (4) when their two nations clash in the one sport which eternally unites and divides their…

Mirza and Hingis in shock French Open exit

MARTINA HINGIS and Sania Mirza’s hopes of holding all four Grand Slam titles were dashed following a 6-3 6-2 defeat by Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the French Open third round last Sunday (29). The Indo-Swiss team were hoping to win four majors in a row after…

Wimbledon: Paes, Hingis knocked out of Wimbledon by first timers

Defending mixed doubles champions Leander Paes and Martina Hingis were knocked out of Wimbledon on Thursday by Britain’s Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen of Finland who were playing their first match together. Indian veteran Paes and Swiss star Hingis had completed the mixed doubles Grand Slam at the French Open…

Tales of the unexpected as Murray, Federer aim for final…

Roger Federer expected “to lose in the first week” of Wimbledon and Andy Murray expected to be heading for a final collision with his nemesis Novak Djokovic. It was just as well neither considered taking up a career in fortune telling as neither of those predictions came true—and the two…

Tennis-Equal prize money debate irks Serena

If Elena Vesnina was red faced after being on the receiving end of a 48-minute 6-2 6-0 semi-final mauling at the hands of Serena Williams—at least it wasn’t as bad as the 19-minute wipeout American Alice Marble inflicted in 1939. On that occasion, three-times Roland Garros champion Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling…

Venus Williams: I’ll be back for my 20th Wimbledon

Venus Williams is planning to return to Wimbledon next year to make her 20th appearance confident in the belief that there is no such thing in life as impossible. The oldest woman in the draw at 36, Williams lost 6-4 6-4 to Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Thursday but has enjoyed…

Indians suffer singles slump

YOUNGSTER Ramkumar Ramanthan fought his heart out before losing a tight second round singles match while Purav Raja and Divij Sharan bowed out in the men’s doubles first round of the Wimbledon qualifiers last week. Up against German 21st seed and world number 130, the 21-year-old Indian lost 6-7(5) 6-7(3),bringing…

Williams struggling to close in on history

THE peak remains tantalisingly close for Serena Williams but negotiating the final incline to a recordequalling 22nd grand slam singles title is proving the trickiest of all. American veteran Williams gets another chance to match Steffi Graf’s professional era benchmark at Wimbledon, having proved uncharacteristically vulnerable when it matters. Had…

Spanish star Nadal returns to India for Davis Cup clash

Rafael Nadal will fly out to New Delhi later this month to represent Spain in their Davis Cup tie against India. The 14-time Grand Slam champion, 30, headlines a full-strength side that also includes 13th-ranked David Ferrer for the world group play-off tie from September 16-18. Nadal, currently fifth in…

Can anyone stop the Djok?

SERBIAN STAR STARTS FAVOURITE FOR ANOTHER WIMBLEDON TITLE NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S vice-likegrip on grand slam silverware will be put to the test at Wimbledonthismonthbutsuchistheworldnumber one’s dominance few look capable of loosening it. The insatiable Serb’s stunning level of consist- ency has left his rivals running out of ideas at how to…

Hingis and Mirza call time on doubles partnership

The leading women’s doubles team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have opted to end their partnership after suffering a slump in form following a trophy-laden 16 months together, the players confirmed on Thursday (August 11). “After three grand slam victories and 11 WTA doubles titles together, we have mutually…

India set for Wimbledon

Hingis and Mirza call time on doubles partnership

The leading women’s doubles team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have opted to end their partnership after suffering a slump in form following a trophy-laden 16 months together, the players confirmed on Thursday (August 11). “After three grand slam victories and 11 WTA doubles titles together, we have mutually…