The Week in Sport (3-9 Jul)

It is time for another recap of  The Week in Sport with this week’s highlights including all the latest action from Wimbledon and Jon Rahm romped to victory at the Irish Open.

Tennis

Two-time champion Andy Murray battled his way into the second week of Wimbledon, as the world number one had to dig deep in his third round match against Fabio Fognini to reach the third round.

Andy Murray remains on course to win a third Wimbledon title
image: skysports.com

French Open champion Rafa Nadal cruised into the last 16 still without having to drop a set in his past ten grand slam matches, while it was also a comfortable route into the second week for seven-time champion Roger Federer and second seed Novak Djokovic.

The upset of the tournament so far saw third seed Karolina Pliskova crash out of Wimbledon at the second round, as Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova came from behind to dump out the Czech.

Petra Kvitova’s hopes of a third Wimbledon title came to an end with a second round defeat to Madison Brengle, but top seed Angelique Kerber avoided following her out of the tournament as she needed to come from behind to beat Shelby Rogers to reach the last 16.

Elsewhere, Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams are also through to the second week with the former having yet to drop a set, while there was also places in the men’s last 16 draw for Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov.

You can follow a day-by-day recap of all the action at Wimbledon at this link.

Motorsport

Valteri Bottas claimed a dominant victory at the Austrian Grand Prix, as second place for Sebastian Vettel helped him extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 20 points, who only finished fourth behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Cycling

Peter Sagan held on to beat Australia’s Michael Matthews in stage three of the Tour de France, a 12.5-km ride from Verviers to Longwy, while Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas finished eighth to retain the yellow jersey.

Arnaud Demare won a chaotic stage four, as Sagan was disqualified from the Tour de France for causing a crash and ending Mark Cavendish’s race as he suffered a shoulder injury.

Italy’s Fabio Aru won stage five as he pipped Ireland’s Dan Martin to victory in the 160.5km race from Vittel. Team Sky’s Chris Froome finished third to take the yellow jersey from teammate Thomas.

German Marcel Kittel wrapped up his second stage win of the Tour de France by picking up the win in stage six to Troyes, as Team Sky’s Froome held onto his overall lead.

Kittel then made it two in a row by claiming stage seven in a photo finish, as the Qucik Step Floors rider pipped Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen by 0.0003 seconds from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-George.

France’s Lilian Calmejane claimed the victory in the eighth stage, as Froome once again retained the overall lead after the a mountainous 187.5km trek from Dole to Station de Rousse.

Early leader Thomas’ Tour de France is over after he suffered a broken collarbone in a crash at a dramatic stage nine, as Colombian Rigoberto Uran won the 181.5km race from Nantua to Chambery in a photo finish ahead of Frenchman Warren Barguil.

2016 champion Chris Froome holds the overall lead after nine stages
image: dailymaverick.co.za

Golf

John Rahm claimed a dominant victory at the Irish Open, as the Spaniard carded a closing round 65 to finish on 24 under, six clear of Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Matthew Southgate for his first European Tour title in Portstewart.

Xander Schauffele came from three shots behind to claim his debut PGA Tour win as the American finished 14 under, one shot clear of compatriot Robert Streb to win the Greenbrier Classic.

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