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 a Federer-Nadal blockbuster and all […]

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 ended on Monday (8), those […]

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 (8), Halep initially struggled and […]

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 get it out of the […]

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 balls with all the power […]

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 for the thousands of fans […]

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 showdown with seven-time champion Serena […]

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 before the quarter-finals. “Few words […]

Djokovic cruises on as old stagers show next generation the way

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 sinew in reaching the last […]

Best quotes and fact of the seventh day at Wimbledon

A SELECTION of some of the best quotes and facts from the seventh day at Wimbledon on Monday (8): Quotes “Today, it’s disappointing right now. Give me an hour or so, we’ll be all good. The sun’s still going to come up tomorrow” – Ash Barty after losing her last-16 match to Alison Riske. “I’ve […]