TENNIS – Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova claimed the men’s and women’s singles titles at the end of an exciting Wimbledon fortnight.
Serbian Djokovic, now World number one, ended Rafael Nadal’s three year dominance to register his 50th victory in 51 matches this year. Kvitova, 21, confident throughout and playing in her first Grand Slam final, beat Maria Sharapova to become the youngest winner of the women’s title since the Russian in 2004. She was also the first left-hander to win the crown since fellow Czech Martina Navratilova in 1990.
Most Brits wanted Andy Murray to be in the final but after winning the first set against Nadal in the semis, he fell apart, conceded 40 unforced errors (that’s 40 points, the equivalent of ten games) and without plan ‘B’, was battered into submission by the Spaniard.
The respective doubles titles were won by the Bryant brothers (USA) and Keveta Peschke (Czech) and Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia). Jurgen Melzer (Austria) and Iveta Benesova (Czech) were mixed doubles champions. But Liam Broadby, hoping to be the first Brit to win the prize since 1962, lost in the junior final. This year, the aggregate attendance for ‘Wimbledon fortnight’ was almost 500,000, beating the previous record of 467,188, set in 2005.
BOXING – With 10,000 fans present in Hamburg, David Haye, suffering with a broken toe, was well below par when losing his World Heavyweight title fight to Wladimir Klitsckov on points. Promotor Frank Warren has called for Haye to retire.
F1 & MOTOGP – 120,000 fans will be at Silverstone on Sunday for the British Grand Prix and wouldn’t it be great to see Lewis Hamilton or Jensen Button win the race, but the pundits have championship leader by 77 points Sebastian Vettel as the favourite to triumph, again! Photo credit: Beth Torr
Last weekend’s Italian MotoGP was won by Jorge Lorenzo who came from 5th on the grid to beat Andrea Dovizioso and championship leader Casey Stoner.
CRICKET – England won the first of five ODIs against Sri Lanka by 119 runs at The Oval but lost the second by 69 runs at Headingly and despite a Cook century, the third by six wickets. The fourth game was yesterday at the last is on Saturday. Meanwhile, England’s women will meet Australia in the final of the triangular series which also featured New Zealand.
FOOTBALL – At the time of writing, England’s women were still in the World Cup. They drew 1-1 with Mexico, beat New Zealand 2-1 and played Japan on Tuesday. Riots took place, players ‘disappeared’ and the manager quit after Argentina’s greatest and oldest club, River Plate, formed in 1901, were relegated for the first time ever.
Fulham started their 2011-12 Europa League campaign by beating Faroe Island part-timers NSI Runavik 3-0 last week. This was manager Maarten Jol’s first game in charge.
England for the first time since 1966, are above Brazil in FIFA’s World ratings. They lie fourth, behind Spain, Holland and Germany with Brazil 5th. Liverpool’s new assistant-manager/coach is Kevin Keen.
DID YOU KNOW? Sir Alex Ferguson has gained 47 ‘winners’ medals while managing St Mirren, Aberdeen and Manchester United. He’s won 36 during his time at Old Trafford: 1986-2011.
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