Stakhovsky handed SW19 wild card af­ter Ilk­ley Tro­phy suc­cess

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

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.

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