Venus into final
15 July, 2017, 12:00 am
LONDON – Venus Williams became the oldest woman in 23 years to reach a Wimbledon final as she defied her age and a despondent home crowd to inflict a crushing defeat on British hope Johanna Konta on Thursday.
Eight years after her last Wimbledon final and more than two decades since Martina Navratilova became the last 37-year-old to reach the same stage, Williams produced the sort of attacking performance that led her to five titles in her heyday.
It will be Williams’s ninth at Wimbledon and the stage for a potential eighth grand slam crown and having defied the odds to reach this point, few would now bet against her.
Garbine Muguruza is aiming to become the first Spanish woman for 23 years to win Wimbledon — and yet again a Williams sister stands in her way.
Also a lack of discipline has led Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios to hit the “self destruct” button and their behaviour is tarnishing the image of Australian tennis, Ken Rosewall told Reuters.
The 20-something tearaways have long been tipped for grand slam glory but, after several years on the tour, the sum total of their achievements is three quarter-finals at the majors. Along the way, they have also paid lots of fines for their bad behaviour.
Andy Murray was beaten in the Wimbledon quarter-finals by Sam Querrey.
Murray’s hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 defeat.
While the best tennis players from around the world put their ability to the test on the lawns of Wimbledon’s All England Club, the British public is busy showing off one of things it does best — queuing.
But this is not just any queue. This is The Queue.