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Croatian duo Mektic/Pavic wins Wimbledon twice
11:32 pm: Croatian tennis players Nikola Miktic and Matt Pavic win the men’s doubles championships at Wimbledon. The pair, who finished first in the final 6-4, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5, were very strong for Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos.
For Miktic, this was his first Grand Slam title in doubles, and Pavic was the best in a Grand Slam twice before. Pavic won the 2018 Australian Open with Oliver Marach of Austria and the 2020 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares. At the US Open last year, he was the head of Mektic, who was then a pair with Wesley Kohlhoff.
The Mektic/Pavic duo is almost out of reach this year. The Croats have already claimed their eighth title of the season at Wimbledon. As a result, they are already sure of participating in the ATP Finals.
Kingma and Van Egdom play the favorite role in the Netherlands National Triathlon Championship in
10:43 PM: Maya Kingma and Jurik van Ijdom won the national titles at the Dutch Triathlon Championships. Both played their favorite role in Rotterdam.
Kingma immediately laid the foundation for the title in swimming. She cemented her cycling lead and extended her running even further. Sarissa de Vries came in second with a time of 1 minute 46 seconds, while Barbara de Kooning took third place.
Behind Van Egom, Ian Benekamp and Joy van te Verlat finished second and third. Both Kingma and Van Egdom appear at the Olympics. NK in Rotterdam had the last test.
BMX rider Schuttmann takes silver at the European Championships in Zolder
9.44 pm: Mitchell Schutmann won the silver medal at the European MotoGP Championship. Schuttmann only had to tolerate Frenchman Arthur Bellard at Zolder in Belgium. Eddie Claert, also from France, won the bronze. Jay Schippers took fourth place. The 25-year-old Schuttmann already became the Dutch champion last week.
Manon Finstra finished seventh in the women’s race. The European title went to the Swiss Zoe Cleissens. The Dutch Olympians did not initially appear in Zolder.
Mertens and Hsieh win women’s doubles at Wimbledon
8.31 pm: Belgian tennis star Elise Mertens won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title with Hsieh Su Wei of Taiwan. Mertens and Hsieh were too strong for Russians Jelena Vesnina and Veronika Kudremetova in a thrilling final 3-6, 7-5, 9-7. 25-year-old Mertens and ten-year-old Hsieh both survived two game points in the second set when they trailed 5-4.
For Hsieh, this is already her third Wimbledon title. In 2013, she triumphed with Peng Shuai from China and in 2019 with Czech Barbora Strycova. In 2014 she also won the duo at Roland Garros. Mertens also won the double at the Australian Open earlier this year along with Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. She also won the US Open in 2019.
The Boermans / De Groot beach volleyball duo win in Gstaad
8.06 pm: Dutch beach volleyball duo Stefan Bormanns/Yurik de Groot won the four-star championship in Gstaad, Switzerland, at the WorldTour. The 15th seed defeated Sherif Younes and Ahmed Tejan in three sets in the final: 23-21 19-21 15-10. The Dutch duo have already won in three groups of finalists from Qatar in the group stage.
For Bormanns (26) and de Groot (21) this was their first big win. Earlier this season, they finished fifth twice in Kansin, Mexico and ninth time in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Boermans and De Groot, who will not compete in the Olympics in Tokyo, were accepted directly into the main table for a four-star tournament on the WorldTour in Gstaad for the first time in their combined career.
Earlier today, Bormanns and de Groot were too strong for Russia’s Nikita Legamine and Taras Miskeev in the semi-finals: 21-17 21-15.
Andrea Petkovic returned to the final for the first time since 2015
6.21 pm: Germany’s Andrea Petkovic has reached the WTA Finals for the first time since 2015. The 33-year-old, currently ranked 130 in the world, reached the final battle of the clay court tournament in Hamburg by defeating compatriot Julie Niemeyer 7-6 (4) 4-6 and 7-5. Petkovic has six nicknames to her name. The last time it was the best was in Antwerp in 2015.
Petkovic will face Romania’s 154th-ranked Elena Gabriela Rosse in the final on Sunday, as the qualifier beat Ukrainian top seed Dagana Gastremska 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Jastremska returned to Hamburg after being suspended for doping. It has stopped working since November 2020.
Joost Luiten just makes the second cut at the Scottish Open
6.02 pm: Joost Luiten also survived the second cut at the Scottish Open. Luiten hit a 70-stroke round on day three, so it was at -3. If Luiten was going to need another stroke in his third round, he shouldn’t have turned up on the last day.
The 35-year-old Luiten has hit four birds and three ghosts and is in joint 69th. He only needed two strokes on holes 6 and 12. An extra cut was needed because so many golfers made it to the end of the week. On Saturday, ten other golfers pulled out.
Just as on the second day, Darius Van Drel passed out with 69 strokes. 32-year-old Van Drel is now -5, thus sharing 48th place. On Saturday, he hit five birds and three bogeys. Belgian Thomas Detry and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick entered the final day as captains. Both are at -14.
Beach volleyball players Boermans and De Groot through to the final
3:29 pm: Beach volleyball players Stefan Bormanns and Yorik de Groot have reached the final of the tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland. They were too strong for Russians Nikita Legamin and Taras Miskev in the semi-finals: 21-17 21-15.
Bormanns and de Groot, who are ranked 15th, have never reached a four-star championship final before. The duo Sherif Younes and Ahmed Tejan from Qatar will meet in the final on Saturday evening from 6.30 pm, who are in second place.
Voss leaves the Giro d’Italia
13:04: Marianne Voss did not start Saturday on the Queen stage of the Giro d’Italia Feminel, the Tour of Italy for cyclists. She wants to save for the Olympics.
Voss will compete in the Road Race for the Games on July 25 with Animek van Vleuten, Demi Fullering and Anna van der Bregen. She celebrated her 29th victory in the Giro last week.
The Giro’s Queen stage ends on Saturday at the top of Monte Matagor, with an elevation of nearly 14 kilometers with a gradient of nearly 7.7 percent.
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