His third straight triumph at the All England Club also earned the Serbian a 20th Grand Slam title, equalling the men’s record haul held by Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal of Spain.
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The 25-year-old Barty, who won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2019, emulated her idol Evonne Goolagong who claimed the second of her All England Club titles in 1980.
The two warriors produced superhuman tennis as the 58th duel between them arguably rivalled anything they had conjured against each other since they first locked horns in 2006.
Williams has not won a Major since returning to tennis after the birth of her daughter, although she is still going deep in tournaments.
The demand for a reduction was due to players’ inability to train at required level amid the strict COVID-19 quarantine rules.
Twenty-five players – thought to mostly be qualifiers – on board the flight from Doha to Melbourne must isolate in their room for 14 days.
Thirty-three-year-old Murray, who is self-isolating and in good health, was awarded a wildcard to play in the main draw of the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne.
The development followed a threat of legal action from apartment owners at a luxury hotel in Melbourne
The apartment owners at the Westin Melbourne are concerned for their health and never agreed to international players quarantining at the hotel, their lawyer Graeme Efron told Reuters on Monday.
The 39-year-old Swiss, who has won the tournament six times, is recovering from the knee injury that has kept him out of action since losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final at the 2020 event.
With his record-improving 13th triumph at Roland Garros, world number two Nadal is now tied with Swiss Roger Federer as the player with the most men’s singles major titles.
The 19-year-old crushed Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 to crown an extraordinary fortnight.
The Greek fifth seed was solid on serve throughout and played neatly as his Bulgarian opponent lost focus at crucial times under the roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.
Second seed Thiem ousted third-seeded Russian and last year’s runner-up Daniil Medvedev in a closely fought three-setter that was packed with powerful baseline rallies and impressive serving.
The 22-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period.
The current world number one has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name – two behind Rafa Nadal and three fewer than Roger Federer – and said he has no doubt in his ability to overtake the other members of the so-called “Big Three.”
The Indian Wells tennis tournament, the most prestigious event outside the Grand Slams and tour finals, was canceled on Sunday over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in Southern California.
Maria Sharapova, the Russian five-time Grand Slam champion who became one of the highest-paid sportswomen in the world, announced she was ending her career at the age of 32 on Wednesday.
America’s Sofia Kenin stunned two-time Major champion Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open on Saturday, completing a surprise run where she came from nowhere to earn her first Grand Slam title.
Rafa Nadal moved to the brink of a 19th career Grand Slam title on Friday by beating Matteo Berrettini 7-6(6) 6-4 6-1 to reach the US Open final.