Tennis


BRISTOL’s Emily-Webley Smith reached the doubles final of a $25K ITF tournament with Ksenia Lykina of Russia, in Landisville, Pennsylvania. The second seeds dug deep against Australian’s Kimberly Birrell and Storm Sanders in the semi finals to seal a 6-3, 3-6 (10-8) victory, but came out on the losing end of a championship tie-break in …

IT has proved a successful week for the Dorset men’s team, finishing as overall runners-up in Division One of the 35 and over Inter-County Championship at Eastbourne. The squad of David Sanger, Rhys Hanger, Andrew Phillips, Jonathan Austin and Matthew Coombes won two of their matches, defeating West of Scotland and Hertfordshire before narrowly losing …

Golf and tennis could hold the key to recovering from a stroke… especially if patients practise their backswing, according to new research. Players who focus on the movement perfect their skills twice as quickly. Apart from the implications for sport, it may boost rehabilitation for neurological conditions. Previous studies have found golf and tennis improve …

GREAT Britain’s Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett landed the Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles title in thrilling fashion. A 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 7-6 (7/3) victory over the French pair of Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer saw Reid and Hewett retain their title. Victory was secured when Peifer netted with a forehand, sparking euphoric celebrations on Court …

GARBINE Muguruza won a battle of the generations by thrashing Venus Williams to secure her first Wimbledon title. Williams, 37, was bidding to become the oldest female grand slam singles winner in the open era but Muguruza, 14 years her junior, delivered a 7-5 6-0 victory. It is Muguruza’s second major title, adding to the …