Wang on brink of qualifying
Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang is one victory away from making the Wimbledon championships after beating Canadian Frank Dancevic in two sets on Tuesday. Qualifying for Wimbledon began at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton on Monday. The qualifying event is the last chance for singles and doubles competitors to earn qualification to Wimbledon, which begins on Monday next week. Wang, 28, has qualified for Wimbledon four times in his career, reaching the second round in 2006 and 2007. Currently ranked 150, Wang hopes to have another crack at Wimbledon and he is getting close after toppling Dancevic 6-2, 6-2 with commanding serves in the second round of the qualifiers, not allowing Dancevic any breaks. Wang next faces Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, who is ranked 171. If Wang wins his final qualifier he will join two other Taiwanese at Wimbledon — Lu Yen-hsun in the men’s singles and Hsieh Su-wei in the women’s singles.
Venus Williams pulls out
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has pulled out of this year’s tournament because of an ongoing lower-back injury. Williams suffered her earliest French Open exit in 12 years when she crashed to a first-round defeat to Poland’s Urszula Radwanska at Roland Garros last month. The 33-year-old — who has won seven Grand Slam titles — also pulled out of the doubles with her sister Serena. “Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year,” Venus Williams said on her Facebook page. “I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved the Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal. I look forward to returning to the courts as soon as possible.”
Pearce’s under-21 reign over
Stuart Pearce’s reign as England under-21 coach came to an end on Tuesday as it was announced he would not be offered a new contract following the side’s humiliating group-stage exit at the UEFA Under-21 Championship this month. The 51-year-old former England defender has been in charge for six years, guiding the team to the 2007 semi-finals and the 2009 final, where they lost heavily to a Germany side that contained the likes of Mesut Oezil and Sami Khedira. However, two successive group-stage exits since then have prompted the change, despite Pearce receiving some sympathy for having several key players unavailable. Pearce was also heavily critical of the players he did take to Israel, where they lost all three group games to Norway, Israel and Italy. It was something of a comedown after they had entered the finals unbeaten since November 2011 and having not conceded a goal in their previous nine matches.
Salamanca cease to exist
Spanish team UD Salamanca have been placed into liquidation after an agreement between creditors could not be reached at a meeting on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, it can now be officially said that UD Salamanca has ceased to be,” administrator Maximo Mayoral told reporters. The club’s main creditor Banco Popular failed to attend the meeting, meaning that a quorum could not be achieved and nullifying the opportunity for an agreement between the creditors. Assets pertaining to the club, such as their 17,000 capacity Estadio Helmantico, are now due to be sold off at an auction today. The club, founded in 1923, played in the third tier last season, but did compete in the top flight for 12 seasons — the last time in the 1998-1999 season.