Andy Murray and Serena Williams’ memorable Wimbledon run is over after they lost to top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar in the mixed doubles.
Britain’s Murray, 32, and American Williams, 37, have illuminated SW19 with their blockbuster partnership but came unstuck in a 6-3 4-6 6-2 defeat.
The loss means the Scot’s Wimbledon return – almost six months after serious hip surgery – is over.
Now he must decide the next step as he ultimately hopes to play singles again.
On Tuesday, Murray said playing singles at the US Open in September looks “pretty unlikely” as he continues to take his recovery cautiously.
After their exit last Wednesday, the former British number one said: “I think I achieved a lot.
“I got on the court and considering the lack of matches, I did OK. The most positive thing is that my body felt good.”
Williams still has a chance of silverware as she played Czech Barbora Strycova, British number one Jo Konta’s conqueror, in the singles semi-finals yesterday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion said she has “loved the support” from playing alongside Murray at the All England Club.
“Hopefully I can still have it,” she added.
“I think to play on this stage with Andy, who has done so well here for so many years, is literally just a lifetime experience. I’m so happy that I got to experience it.”
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray has spoken of his pleasure at being back playing competitively after having a hip resurfacing operation from which no player has returned to singles action.
Few would have thought they would see the 2013 and 2016 champion playing Wimbledon so soon and despite seeing the chance of another title alongside Williams disappear, he will look back on the past month with plenty of positives.
Murray made a winning return by taking the Queen’s doubles alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and has continued to look sharp for this stage of his recovery at the All England Club.
The partnership with Williams, christened by the pair as ‘Mur-rena’, has wowed the Wimbledon crowds but they could not recover after dropping their first set of the tournament against Soares and Melichar.
Football Is Catalyst For Peace, Unity – Cleric
The resident Pastor of Methodist Church Nigeria, Gure community, Bean District of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Rev. Abolo Promise, says football is one event that brought peace and joy to people.
He stated that the sports was a catalyst for unity, peace and harmony in every sector.
Rev. Promise said this, Wednesday, shortly after the final league football competition between Super Angel FC and Young FC of Gure community at the community primary school field.
“The game is a lovely one, is not a do or die match.
“This Competition is to celebrate the peace in the community,” Rev. Promise said.
According to him, the present situation we are in today, is nothing to write home about, but with the presence of God we must scale through the Coronavirus pandemic.
He used the forum to thank the state government led by Chief Nyesom Wike, for his proactive measure towards the pandemic
“Today God has used our Governor to fight this virus in our state. I thank him,” he stated.
He further appealed to Gure community youths to keep praying, adding that when there is peace and unity the community will move forward.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Plateau United Wants To Be Crowned NPFL Champions
Plateau United gaffer, Abdu Maikaba, has admitted that there’s nothing wrong in handing the NPFL title to his team if the league was not concluded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Peace Boys have been the most outstanding team in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season, having opened a four-point gap over the chasing pack.
The Jos-based club has not only been solid at home but has also been brilliant on the road having picked up an impressive 12 points away from home.
However, Maikaba, who joined the side from Akwa United back in 2018, believes his team has been the best thus far and should therefore, be awarded the title, if things remained the same.
The 55-year-old tactician also maintained that the other managers won’t be offended if the league organisers decided to hand them the trophy claiming they all started the season together, but his side has been the most consistent.
“I think it would be fair to hand us the NPFL title,” he told Tidesports source.
“If you look at the number of match-days, out of the 25 match-days, we have been on top of the log for 21 match-days. So, I think we really deserve to be given the trophy as the winner of the league peradventure things continue like this.
Though, we don’t pray for that because we want the league to finish so that we can make sure that we satisfy ourselves as the real champions of the 2019/2020 seasons.”
“I believe we will finish and remain consistent because from the beginning of the season, we have been able to keep the distance between us and the second-place team to at least two points, but at the moment we have been able to extend the gap to four points, which I believe shows a clear sign of improvement moving towards the end of the competition.”
United, who last won the title in the 2017/2018 season has amassed 49 points from 25 matches before the league was brought to an abrupt halt due to the COVID-19 situation.
‘Ndifreke Is The Best Striker In NPFL’
Akwa United defender Olisa Ndah has named teammates Effiong Ndifreke has the best striker in the Nigerian professional football league at the moment.
Ndah believes the Chan Eagles striker’s work ethic placed him ahead of the like of Auwalu Ali of Kano Pillars and Isreal Abia of Rangers International of Enugu.
The three strikers have been impressive this season and have swapped placed at the top of the 2019/2020 Nigeria professional football league scoring chart.
Ndah, who spoke to Tidesports source said the followers of the league were lucky to witness healthy competition among the trio this season, but insisted his teammate is the one who has impressed him the most.
“Effiong Ndifreke is the one who has impressed most, not because he’s my teammate, but he doesn’t just score goals, he works effortlessly for the team,” he told our souce.
The Dream Team VII defender, however, named the current league-leading scorer, Israel Abia, as the toughest opponent he has faced this season.
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