Stakhovsky handed SW19 wild card after Ilkley Trophy success
SERGIY STAKHOVSKY, the unheralded Ukranian who once shocked the great Roger Federer at Wimbledon, is back at SW19 next week after winning the Fusion 100 Ilkley Trophy.
The 32-year-old, conqueror of Federer at the All England Club five years ago, earned a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon thanks to his victory at the Challenger Tour event in Yorkshire.
In glorious sunshine, Stakhovsky defeated German Oscar Otte in straight sets 6-4 6-4.
Stakhovsky said: “I feel great, it’s definitely been a great week for me this year.
“Starting from the first round I didn’t think I’d be in this position, but I’m happy with the way I performed this week.
“My consistency and my focus was there, so I’m really pleased with the final result, and of course I’m really happy with the Wimbledon wild card.”
Tereza Smitkova, 23, from the Czech Republic is also headed to Wimbledon after she defeated 18-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska in the women’s singles at Ilkley.
After winning the first set on a tie break Yastremska hit back to win the second set 6-3.
However, Smitkova proved too strong for the younger player, winning a tense final-set tie break 7-6 (7-4).
The American pairing of Asia Muhammad and Maria Sanchez won the women’s doubles on Saturday while Austin Krajicek (USA) and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) were crowned men’s doubles champions.
Roger Federer has missed out on the chance to win his 100th career title at Wimbledon next month after losing the Gerry Weber Open final.
Federer is on 98 wins and looked a strong bet for 99 in a traditional stronghold in Halle, but was beaten 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 6-2 by Croatian Borna Coric.
It ends a 20-match winning streak on grass and also means Rafael Nadal will replace Federer, who was chasing a 10th title at Halle, at the top of the world rankings.
Coric has some real potential, having ousted Alexander Zverev earlier in the week, and he took the first set after a lengthy tiebreak, Federer took the second, but Coric held his nerve.
SERGIY STAKHOVSKY: Won the chance of Wimbledon return with victory at Ilkley Trophy.