Sue Barker retires from TV role | Wimbledon Update

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

___

8 in the evening

Former tennis player Sue Barker is stepping down from her role as Wimbledon commentator and presenter for the BBC.

Barker won the French Open title in 1976 and has spent the past three decades working for British broadcasters at the All England Club. For years, she was the person who interviewed the champions and finalists on Center Court after the finals.

Barker’s most recent interviews were Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title by beating Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

“It was an absolute privilege,” Barker said. “I loved it. An amazing thirty years.”

___

19:20

The Czech duo of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková won their second Wimbledon doubles title when they beat top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4.

Second seeds Krejcik and Siniak went to love in the final game, setting up match point after a 38-stroke break and converting when Zhang netted a forehand.

It is their fifth Grand Slam title as a pair, having won Wimbledon in 2018, the French Open in 2018 and 2021 and the Australian Open this year.

Mertens won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title with Hsieh Su-wei last year and has three Grand Slam titles. Zhang has two, but she was looking for her first at Wimbledon.

___

18:00

Japan’s Yui Kamiji and Dana Mathewson of the United States won the women’s wheelchair doubles title at Wimbledon.

The pair defeated top-seeded Dutch team Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot 6-1, 7-5 on Court No. 3.

De Groot defeated Kamiji in the singles final on Saturday.

___

17:13

Novak Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title after defeating Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the final.

Djokovic raced to a 6-1 lead in the fourth set tiebreak and converted his third match point when Kyrgios netted a backhand.

It is Djokovic’s 21st Grand Slam title overall, falling short of record holder Rafael Nadal.

Only Roger Federer has won more Wimbledon titles, eight.

Kyrgios was playing in his first Grand Slam final.

___

4:30 p.m

A protester who shouted, “Where is Peng Shuai?” and holding up a sign with the same message, he was forcibly removed from the center court stands during the Wimbledon men’s final.

Activist Drew Pavlou, who was also removed from the course at this year’s Australian Open, says he held up a sign and shouted during the stoppage of play, but was then grabbed by security and thrown to the ground.

He says he was taken to a public area outside the stadium and escorted from the grounds.

Peng is a former professional tennis player from China who last year accused a former high-ranking member of the country’s ruling Communist Party of sexual assault. Since then, she has made very few public appearances.

The All England Club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The four individual activists in “Where is Peng Shuai?” The T-shirts were stopped by security at Wimbledon on Monday and had their bags searched.

___

4:10 p.m

Novak Djokovic won the third set of the men’s Wimbledon final to take a 2-1 lead against Nick Kyrgios.

Djokovic leads 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and is one set away from his seventh Wimbledon title.

At 4-4 in the third set, Kyrgios double-faulted to set up a break point, then netted a backhand to give Djokovic the break.

___

3:35 p.m

Mili Poljicak became the first Croatian player to win the junior Wimbledon title after beating American Michael Zheng 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the boys’ final.

Third seed Poljicak came from down both sets to claim his first junior Grand Slam title.

Zheng defeated Poljicak in three sets in the first round of this year’s French Open, seeking to become the second American in a row to win the boys’ title at Wimbledon. Samir Banerjee won last year. Poljicak lost to Banerjee in last year’s quarterfinals.

___

15:20

Novak Djokovic won the second set of the Wimbledon men’s final against Nick Kyrgios to level the match at one set apiece.

Djokovic won the set 6-3 after racing to a 3-1 lead and saving four break points in the final game. Kyrgios won the first set 6-4.

Djokovic is aiming for his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title overall. Kyrgios is playing in his first career Grand Slam final.

___

2:50 p.m

Shingo Kunieda finally won his first Wimbledon title to complete a career Grand Slam in wheelchair men’s singles.

The 38-year-old Japanese player defeated Britain’s Alfie Hewett 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-5).

It is Kunieda’s 28th Grand Slam title overall, but he has only reached one Wimbledon final in four previous appearances, finishing as runner-up in 2019.

He is the first male wheelchair player to complete a career Grand Slam and now holds all four major titles simultaneously after winning this year’s Australian Open and French Open as well as last year’s US Open.

Hewett was seeking his sixth Grand Slam title and first at Wimbledon. He also lost to Kunieda in the finals at last year’s US Open and at this year’s Australian Open.

___

2:40 p.m

Nick Kyrgios won the first set 6-4 over Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios took a 3-2 lead when Djokovic double-faulted on a break point. He turned his second set point into an ace.

The Australian is playing in his first career Grand Slam final. Djokovic is aiming for his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title overall.

___

2:10 p.m

The Wimbledon men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios began on center court.

Djokovic is seeking his seventh All England Club title and 21st Grand Slam singles title overall. Kyrgios is playing in his first major final.

___

1 in the afternoon

Novak Djokovic will go for his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam singles title overall against Nick Kyrgios on Center Court.

Djokovic has won the last three championships at the All England Club. Kyrgios is playing in a major tennis final for the first time in his career.

Kyrgios is 2-0 against Djokovic, but both of those matches were in 2017.

The women’s doubles final will take place on Center Court after the men’s singles match. Top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai will face second seeds Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková.

___

Additional AP Wimbledon coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/wimbledon and https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.