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Venus Williams battles back to oust Wang

first_imgVENUS Williams fought back from a set down to overcome the determined challenge of Wang Qiang as the American set a new Wimbledon landmark.The 37-year-old, a five-time winner at the All England Club, wrapped up a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 second-round success to mark her 97th main-draw match at the grass-court grand slam – a record for an active player.The pair also met in the first round of the French Open, when Williams – who has endured an emotional week amid questions over her involvement in a fatal road accident – prevailed in straight sets, but it was a tougher test on this occasion against the world number 55.Wang fought back from 0-40 down to hold in only her second service game and showed her resilience again when she was broken in game six, hitting back immediately.The Chinese continued the theme of producing the goods at just the right time, sending down an ace to deny Williams a break that would have left her serving for the set.It was the underdog who ultimately got that honour when a wayward Williams forehand gave Wang the break, which was cemented with a hold that afforded her a one-set lead.Williams, who reached the Australian Open final this year before losing to sister Serena, refused to wilt and quickly put pressure on her opponent’s serve.That finally paid dividends when Wang was serving to stay in the second set, with a deft Williams drop shot setting up three break points, the last of which was taken with a precise passing effort.In the decider it was Williams, a semi-finalist at SW19 last year, who moved up a gear as her variety of shot-making came to the fore to set up a third-round match with Naomi Osaka.last_img read more

OFFICIAL:Derek Boateng unveiled by Spanish side SD Eibar

first_imgGhanaian midfielder Derek Boateng has been unveiled by SD Eibar on Tuesday, completing his move to the Spaniards.The 31-year-old, who played for Ghana in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, joined as a free agent only 24 hours after his contact with Rayo Vallecano ended.Boateng did not play a game for Rayo after joining from Fulham in June as he was deemed surplus to requirements just two months after his arrival.He has signed a one-year deal with newly-promoted Eibar.”I am very happy to play in La Liga and I want to give my best,” Boateng said.However, he admitted that the club has “a lot of work to do” and must “fight against relegation with humility and be aware of its limitations”.last_img read more