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Kerber stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

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By Martyn Herman

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LONDON (Reuters) – It was supposed to be the day Serena Williams completed a remarkable comeback and claimed a record-matching 24th Grand Slam title but Angelique Kerber ripped up the script to outclass her 6-3 6-3 in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.

Ten months after the difficult birth of daughter Alexis Olympia the 36-year-old Williams had powered into her 10th Wimbledon final and looked poised for an eighth crown.

But even for the most prolific title collector in the professional era it proved a step too far as Kerber took full advantage of an error-strewn display by the American.

Kerber broke the mighty Williams serve three times in the opening set and again in the sixth game of the second and held her nerve to become the first German woman to win the title since Steffi Graf in 1996.

With compatriot Meghan Markle, whose marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry Serena attended this year, watching from the Royal Box the stage seemed set for another memorable day in the fairytale career of Williams.

She was bidding to become only the fourth mum to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era and the first at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong beat Chris Evert in 1980.

Her 10th Wimbledon final ended in disappointment though.

When a Williams backhand hit the net the 30-year-old Kerber, who has now won three Grand Slams, collapsed on the dusty baseline before running to the net for a warm embrace with Williams who she lost to in the 2016 Wimbledon final.

“It’s a dream come true, Serena you are a great person and champion, such an inspiration for everyone watching,” Kerber said on Centre Court.

“I’m sure you’ll win your next Grand Slam soon so congratulations for coming back.”

Williams was close to tears as the crowd applauded her remarkable efforts.

“To all the mums out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried but Angelique played really well, she played out of her mind,” Williams, playing only her fourth tournament since returning to the Tour, said.

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The first women’s final between two players in their 30s since 1977 missed its traditional 2pm start time because the men’s singles semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had run over from the night before.

While that was a classic, the women’s showpiece fell flat as Williams coughed up 24 unforced errors.

The powerful American had been on a 20-match winning roll at Wimbledon, a sequence that started in 2015, and had picked up speed round by round in the past fortnight.

She had dropped just one set en route to the final, as had Kerber, but had not faced anyone with the pedigree of the German who had experienced a Grand Slam final victory over the American, at the 2016 Australian Open.

Left-hander Kerber displayed her rock-solid defense to break Williams in the opening game — repelling a fierce baseline onslaught to induce an error at the end of a 18-stroke rally.

Williams broke back but consecutive double-faults undermined her at 3-3 and she then struck a forehand long to hand the initiative to her opponent who quickly held for 5-3.

Kerber’s clever ball-placement kept extending the rallies and the rustiness in the Williams game was apparent as she smacked the net with a backhand on set point.

The expected backlash did not materialize even if Williams raised the intensity and decibel level.

Williams sensed a chance at 1-1 but with Kerber at 15-30 she made a dreadful hash of putting away an easy volley off a poor Kerber lob and Kerber was steadfast to keep ahead.

Serving at 2-3 15-30 Williams popped up a half volley and Kerber rammed a winner past her and the 11th-seeded German repeated the trick with another sweet forehand to lead 4-2.

Kerber looked understandably jittery at 5-3, a couple of second serves barely scraping over. But she brought up the one match point she required with a forehand bang on the baseline.

Williams then netted and will have to wait a while longer to match Margaret Court’s Grand Sam haul.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Clare Fallon and Ed Osmond)

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Nishikori outlasts Gulbis to reach first quarter-final

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LONDON (Reuters) – Kei Nishikori overcame elbow trouble in the opening set to win a marathon match 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(10) 6-1 against a limping Ernests Gulbis and reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final at the tenth attempt on Monday.

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Latvian qualifier Gulbis, a former world number 10 also looking for his first quarter-final at Wimbledon, gave as good as he got in a ding-dong battle over three sets before hurting his knee in the third-set tiebreak.

Japanese former world number four Nishikori, seeded 24th, was troubled by his right elbow during the first set which he lost after being broken in the fifth game.

Gulbis, who won the ace count 18-7, beat Nishikori with a chip at the net to give himself two set points and took it on the first.

“My elbow was bothering me… It wasn’t working well for me first set,” said Nishikori. “He was playing very good, very good serves. I mean, first couple sets I couldn’t really do anything with his serve. So I was struggling returning his serve.

“Getting the second set tiebreak gave me a lot of confidence.”

The next two sets were a battle of attrition with Gulbis moving his opponent from side to side and hitting crosscourt backhand winners, while Nishikori hung in on the rallies.

Nishikori took the second set after going into a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak. A fine chip gave the Japanese a set point at 6-3 but Gulbis rallied with an ace followed by a neat drop shot, before Nishikori sealed it when the Latvian returned long.

“I think I should have won the second set. I think I should have played more aggressively on my return games,” Gulbis said. “I was serving better, but he was going for his shots better than I did.

“He’s a fighter… I was unfortunate in the third set, yes, but in the second set he found a way to win it, so this was the key today.”

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The third set tiebreak was more dramatic with Gulbis going off for treatment after slipping and hurting his left knee and coming back on with it heavily bandaged.

“I think I have a small tear in this ligament here, so I will check with the doctors. I don’t think it’s very good. I think I need some recovery for it, maybe two, three weeks,” Gulbis said.

“The physio told me that I cannot really make it worse, and he taped it… I just didn’t want to pull out so I could even take the third set.”The Latvian saved two set points with some strong returns but both players made unforced errors, Gulbis missing a volley and Nishikori serving two double faults before the Japanese finally clinched it 12-10 after almost three and a half hours.

Gulbis, who had won three five-set matches to get to the fourth round including his upset over fourth seed Alexander Zverev, quickly fell 5-0 behind in the fourth set but managed to hold serve in the sixth game after saving a match point.

Nishikori, runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open, won the Court Two match on the second match point in the following game when Gulbis, now limping badly, hit a return long.

(Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Whenever you think of July 4th, fireworks, barbeques, pool parties and sunshine filled days at the beach probably come to mind, right?

However, along with all of those awesome actions, there are TONS of excellent sales happening.
Therefore, if you are looking to score big on the hottest clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories on this Independence Day, and then look no further.

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We have gone ahead and rounded up the top bargains for you to shop from throughout the vacation so that you can kick off the vacation in important fashion – for less!.

Department Stores:

Barneys: Designer Sale – enjoy up to 60 percent off must-have designer styles.

Lord & Taylor: Take 20 percent off regular and sale items and up to 70 percent off clearance items with special promo code “JULY”, through July 4.

Macy’s: Enjoy 20 percent off select items with special promo code “FOURTH”, through July 8.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Score up to 60 percent off tons of designer styles including clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.

Bergdorf Goodman: Designer items are up to 75 percent off.

 

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Club Monaco: Enjoy up to 60 percent off sale items during its End of Season Sale, through July 21.

Current/Elliott: Get an extra 25% off sale items with code “EXTRA25”.

Express: Score up to 70 percent off when you take an extra 40 percent off clearance styles, through July 4.

French Connection: Take an extra 50% off sale items using code “VIP50”, through July 4.

Gap: Take 40 percent off your purchase with special promo code “PARTYON”, through July 1.

Land’s End: Get 50 percent off all swim and 40 percent off full-price styles.

Lou & Grey: Take 25% off select summer essentials, through July 2.

Madewell: Take 20 percent off summer-must haves with special promo code “SPARKLER”, through July 5.

Net-a-Porter: Take up to 70 percent off the hottest designer styles including ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.

Nine West: Enjoy 30% off sitewide, through 7/3.

Opening Ceremony: Score up to 70 percent off select designer styles, through July 10.

Parker NY: Take an extra 25% off sale items with promo code “STARSANDSTRIPES”, through July 12.

 

Rag & Bone: Take an extra 25% off sale items with promo code “SUMMER25”, through July 16.

Ralph Lauren: Up to 65 percent off when you take an extra 35 percent off sale styles with special promo code “JULY4”, through July 5.

Rebecca Taylor: Take an extra 30 percent off all sale styles with special promo code “JULY30”, through July 4.

Sole Society: Enjoy up to 60% off select shoes, bags, apparel & accessories, through July 4.

The Outnet: Take an extra 40% off sale items (this promo is final sale).

Tory Burch: Enjoy up to 50 percent off ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags and accessories during The Summer Sale Event.

 

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