Serena Williams continued her domination of the women’s game by taking her 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Her opponent Muguruza, appearing in her first final, got a dream start with a break of serve in the first game. However at the latter end of the set the pressure told with a couple of key points where the underdog had chances to be aggressive but did not take them. Serena pounced to score two breaks of serve to take the first set 6-4. Serena then took control racing into a 5-1 lead. With nothing to lose the Spaniard played some inspired tennis to take the next three games, however Serena recovered to break Muguruza’s serve and with it the match and championship in straight sets to hold all four titles. Few would bet against her winning the calender Grand Slam at the US Open later in the year at Serena’s favourite tournament.
England finished off Australia with a day to spare in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff. David Warner with 52 got the Australians off to a good start, however the middle order collapsed and despite a spirited 77 from Mitchell Johnson, it was too late. Even Joe Root, without doubt man of the match with the bat, took a couple of wickets with his occasional off spin. England are off to the perfect start heading into the 2nd match at Lords.
The French had a home stage win to cheer in the 8th stage of the tour. Alexis Vuillermoz pipped ireland’s Daniel Martin to take the stage as the Tour finished today in Brittany. There was no change in the main standings however, one of Chri Froome’s likely rivals Vicenzo Nibaly lost 10 seconds today as Froome retained the yellow jersey, remaining 11 seconds ahead of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan. Froome appears to be looking well on course to regain the tour crown he won back in 2013.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final at the All England Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Serena Williams (USA) Beat Gabrille Muguruza (Spain) 2-0 (6-4 6-4)
Serena Williams wins the Ladies Wimbledon Championship
1st Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
England V Australia
England 1st Inns – 430 ALL OUT (Root 134, Mooen 77, Ballance 61, Stokes 52, Starc 5-114)
Australia 1st Inns – 308 ALL OUT (Rogers 95, Anderson 3-43)
England 2nd Inns – 289 ALL OUT (Root 60, Bell 60, Lyon 4-75)
Australia 2nd Inns – 242 ALL OUT (Johnson 77, Warner 52, Broad 3-39)
England win by 169 runs
Moon Of Liberty Star Man – Joe Root (England)
Tour De France Stage 8 – Rennes to Mur de Bretagne
1st Alexis Vuillermoz (France)
2nd Daniel Martin (Ireland)
3rd Alejandro Valverd (Spain)
1st Chris Froome (GB)
2nd Peter Sagan (Slovakia) +11 seconds
3rd Tejay Van Garderen (USA) +13 second