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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.


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.

Wimbledon face criticism after halting Djokovic match

Wimbledon faced criticism from angry fans on Monday night after deciding against moving champion Novak Djokovic's fourth-round cliff-hanger to finish on Centre Court.

Djokovic resumes his match with Kevin Anderson at 1pm today. Credit: PA

Djokovic fell two sets behind against big-serving South African Kevin Anderson but had levelled the fourth-round match when fading light brought play to a halt on Court One.

Anderson had taken the first two sets on tie-breaks, setting up the possibility of a major upset, before improvingDjokovic battled back to make the scoreline 6-7 (6/8) 6-7 (6/8) 6-1 6-4 0-0.

Tournament officials ruled out the prospect of moving the match to finish on Centre Court, where lighting under the roof allows matches to continue until an 11pm curfew, deciding instead it would resume at 1pm on Tuesday on Court One.

A statement on Twitter from Wimbledon said: "Regarding Djokovic/Anderson not being moved to Centre: Ideally, tournament scheduling aims to finish a match on the court it started. With no urgent need to finish the match tonight, both Djokovic & Anderson were happy to resume at 1pm on No.1 Court tomorrow."


Laura Robson crashes out of Wimbledon in first round

Robson has been struggling with a wrist injury. Credit: Reuters

The fallout from her wrist injury absence haunted Laura Robson at Wimbledon, inconsistencies in technique forcing a straight-sets 6-4 6-4 defeat to Evgeniya Rodina in the first round.

Service action shortcomings and overall rustiness put Robson on the back foot throughout, and the former British number one slipped out of SW19 despite boasting a far more powerful ground game than her Russian opponent.

Admittedly undercooked and eventually overwhelmed, the currently-unranked wildcard entry was unable to pull off victory in just the second match of her long-awaited comeback.

Rafael Nadal breezes into second round at Wimbledon

Nadal made light work of Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal breezed into the second round at Wimbledon with a comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

The Spaniard was shocked in the first round back in 2013, but made light work of world number 42 Belluci, and could face Andy Murray in this year's fourth round.

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