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Venus Williams overcomes match-point downpour to beat Daria Kasatkina

Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

Venus Williams has been through most things in her long and illustrious career but she enjoyed two firsts on Friday as she scraped into the fourth round. First she had to go off when standing at match point when the rain of this lovely British summer poured down; secondly she went deeper in a deciding set than ever before, eventually claiming a 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 victory over the rising young Russian Daria Kasatkina, in a battle that lasted two hours 42 minutes.

Last Briton out of women’s singles as Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Tara Moore

Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

And then there were none. It has not quite been a week – and a decent chunk of that has been lost to rain – but British interest in the women’s singles was ended in the Friday gloaming at Wimbledon. Tara Moore, the last of six home players in the draw, was defeated by the veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in a rollercoaster encounter 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.



Tennis: U.S. Open

Andy Murray pushed hard in victory over Paolo Lorenzi at US Open

This was not all about the mysterious and probably temporary dip in form of Andy Murray as the men’s draw began to open up at this US Open. The world No2, who had not dropped a set in the tournament, took three hours and 17 minutes to subdue the courageous challenge of an Italian veteran, Paolo Lorenzi, and it was the loser who walked off Arthur Ashe Court to the louder applause.