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Venus Williams beats Sakkari but exile to Court No18 raises eyebrows

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The calendar insists the end is near for Venus Williams, but the results continue to dissent. The 36-year-old American – the oldest woman in the top 200 and the oldest in the draw here – overcame a game challenge from Maria Sakkari in an entertaining second-round tilt on Thursday to book a meeting with Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the round of 32.

Garbiñe Muguruza runs out of steam at Wimbledon in shock defeat by Cepelova

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When Garbiñe Muguruza won the French Open less than a month ago, one of her first thoughts was to question how on earth Rafael Nadal has won nine titles in Paris. Winning seven matches to secure a grand slam title requires everything to be in sync, something the Spaniard found out the hard way on Thursday when she was dumped out in the second round.

Novak Djokovic breaks a Rod Laver record with second-round victory

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Protected by the Centre Court roof and fortified by his tenacity, nothing was going to stop Novak Djokovic from securing his 30th consecutive grand slam victory, a record in the open era. The rain could not touch Djokovic and nor could Adrian Mannarino, who produced some delightful touches without ever coming close to bloodying the world No1’s nose.

Johanna Konta seals first win at Wimbledon by beating Mónica Puig

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It took an extra day but for Jo Konta it was worth the wait. The Briton finally earned her first Wimbledon singles win, at the fifth time of asking. Having led Mónica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-1, 2-1 overnight after Tuesday’s rain delay, Konta made a slow start on the resumption, under still menacing skies, but recovered well to take her place in round two for the first time with a 6-1, 7-5 victory.


Tennis - French Open Mens Singles Final match - Roland Garros - Novak Djokovic of Serbia vs Andy Murray of Britain

Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to claim first French Open title

Andy Murray – distracted, taunted by a hostile crowd and railing at minor distractions – lost focus at precisely the wrong time of the championships and could not deny Novak Djokovic his first French Open title here on Sunday, the brilliant Serb completing a career grand slam in the process.

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Andy Murray has the smart weapons to counter Karlovic’s Wimbledon bombs

When Ivo Karlovic, always the tallest and now the oldest player left in the tournament, launches one of his service bombs from its maximum height on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon, with his feet off the ground and his strong right arm stretched to the skies, the ball will start its 135mph journey towards Andy Murray roughly at the eye level of the chair umpire.