Serena Williams and other parents proving age is no barrier at Wimbledon

All four men’s semi-finalists were over 30 with tennis players enjoying longer careers

In July 2016, a tweet from a TV presenter made me laugh: “How the hell do you win Wimbledon with a baby in your house?” Andy Murray had just beaten Milos Raonic in straight sets, to claim his second Wimbledon title, just five months after his daughter Sophia had been born. Most parents at this stage are semi-functioning zombies; Murray was on the hottest streak of his life and would imminently go on to win Olympic gold and reach No 1 in tennis’s world rankings.

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Serena Williams encouraged by her Wimbledon performance despite defeat

• American lost to Angelique Kerber but going ‘in right direction’
• Delay because of men’s semi-final had no impact, says Williams

Serena Williams described the two‑hour delay in the Wimbledon women’s singles final as a “necessary evil” but insisted it had no impact on her surprise defeat against Angelique Kerber.

The women’s final eventually got under way at 4.16pm, the delay caused by the men’s semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal running deep into the fifth set, having resumed at 1pm.

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Serena Williams encouraged by her Wimbledon performance despite defeat

• American lost to Angelique Kerber but going ‘in right direction’
• Delay because of men’s semi-final had no impact, says Williams

Serena Williams described the two‑hour delay in the Wimbledon women’s singles final as a “necessary evil” but insisted it had no impact on her surprise defeat against Angelique Kerber.

The women’s final eventually got under way at 4.16pm, the delay caused by the men’s semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal running deep into the fifth set, having resumed at 1pm.

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