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Maria Sharapova edges into Wimbledon last four

Sharapova is bidding for her second Wimbledon title. Credit: PA

Maria Sharapova has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the fifth time in her career with a three sets victory over Coco Vandeweghe.

The Russian overcame her American opponent 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 and will play either Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka in this week's last four.

Sharapova is bidding for her sixth grand slam and the first since her victory over Simona Halep in last year's French Open final.

The 28 year-old's only Wimbledon title to date arrived back in 2004 when she shocked Serena Williams less than three months after celebrating her 17th birthday.

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Greece won't have new bailout proposal ready before summit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Presidential Mansion today Credit: Depo Photos / ABACA

The Greek government says it will "maybe" submit a new aid proposal to ts European creditor on Wednesday, according to a senior eurozone official.

"They say they will submit a new request and outline of proposals maybe tomorrow," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

A tweet from Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta, mentioning "the absence of a concrete proposal" seems to confirm the reports.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, meanwhile, is due to address the European Parliament on Wednesday, a Greek government official has said.

'It's right we're held to higher standards than most'

Energy customers have been paying about 5% a year too much for their electricity and gas, the Competition and Markets Authority has said, following a year-long investigation.

According to the CMA, the 'Big Six' energy companies have been able to exploit disengaged customers and keep their prices high.

In an editorial below, Alistair Phillips-Davies, chief executive officer of SSE, one of the 'Big Six', says it is right to hold energy companies to better account for their business practices.

Alistair Phillips-Davies is CEO of energy company SSE

Energy is one of the most scrutinised industries in the UK – and rightly so.

As an industry that generates and sells a product the country relies on, and that is inherently a major household purchase, as CEO of a UK-listed energy company, I believe we have to be held to higher account and reach higher standards than other businesses.

And energy companies really have been scrutinised. Today’s report by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is the result of more than a year of independent investigation by expert economists and lawyers.

After dissecting the industry their initial verdict is that whilst many features of the market are considered competitive, they also have some ideas for reform.

The CMA is keen that customers take advantage of the best deals and that we create the framework for them to do this. Clearly, it is impossible to disagree with that perspective and I am committed to working with the CMA in this area.

It was also interesting to see comments from the CMA around making bills and information clearer. I could not agree more. The regulatory straight-jacket regarding what goes into a bill needs to go – and be replaced with something that customers actually want.

Electricity pylons seen by the side of Loch Fyne in Scotland Credit: Reuters

One part of the announcement that is concerning is their assessment that profits were too high in supplying energy.

I can’t speak for others on this, but across the six years since Ofgem required energy companies to publish separate retail profit margins SSE has averaged 5.1% profit - £57 per customer. When we asked customers about this profit margin they said this was a fair return and not excessive.

I also noted the CMA's concern around the fact that customers are having to foot the bill for the transition to a low carbon economy.

I have long argued that the costs of funding things like nuclear and renewables, as well as government insulation programmes, should be paid for through taxation – so perhaps now is the time for a change in how these are funded.

With such a big investigation, there are many details we will need to come back on, but at SSE we will respond constructively to all of these. Energy is a necessity, not a luxury, and we know we need a market we can trust.

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Djokovic completes comeback over Anderson

Reigning champion Djokovic is through to the quarter-finals. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic has booked his place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals after completing his comeback against Kevin Anderson.

World number one Djokovic won the match 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 7-5 to book his place in Wednesday's last eight against Marin Cilic.

The reigning champion had fallen two sets behind against the big-serving South African, but levelled the fourth-round match when fading light brought play to a halt on Monday evening.

When play resumed today, the final set went with serve until Djokovic broke at 5-5, and the Serbian held on to win the deciding set 7-5.

Motorway closed over Channel Tunnel disruption

The M20 has been closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 9 because of disruption at the Channel Tunnel, Kent Police have advised. Officers warned motorists of significant disruption, saying those crossing the Channel should check with their operator before travelling.

A migrant was found and declared dead not long after reports of people on a freight train as it entered the Channel Tunnel.

Lorries parked on the M20. Credit: PA

Ordinary drivers not carrying freight are being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) to rejoin the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West). Freight traffic is being allowed to park on the coast-bound carriageway of the M20.

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