Serena Williams keeps calm and carries on in pursuit of number 24

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 Barbora Strycova in a 6-1 […]

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 last month after undergoing career-saving […]

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 always in control as she […]

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 nine minutes to hold serve […]

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 Latham & Co, and the […]

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

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 Thursday (11) for a place […]

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 player in the early stages […]

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 seemed safe to plan his […]

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 Rafa Nadal in a mouthwatering […]

Best quotes and fact from the 10th day at Wimbledon

A SELECTION of some of the best quotes and facts from the 10th day at Wimbledon: Quotes Novak Djokovic on the Big Three reaching the semi-finals yet again: “This is where, especially (Rafa) Nadal, (Roger) Federer, and myself… we go on to the next level in terms of tennis and focus. “We’re very dedicated to these […]