At last, a Brit claims a singles final place
Saturday 02 July 2011
The wait is finally over. A Brit is through to a Wimbledon singles final, albeit the one for boys.
Seventeen-year-old Liam Broady, the 15th seed in the junior tournament beat unseeded Australian Jason Kubler in straight sets, becoming the first Brit to make the final since Miles Kasiri in 2004. Should he win, he will be the first winner sine Stanley Matthews Jr, son of the famous footballer, who triumphed in 1962.
The talented Stockport-born left-hander, who won the boys' doubles at Wimbledon last year alongside Tom Farquharson, seemed to have suffered no ill-effects from playing for two hours in his quarter-final yesterday, then playing a three-set doubles match.
Broady paid tribute his support. "It's been great," he said. "Around the grounds people have been saying, 'Well done', and on Twitter, people keep saying, 'Well done, keep going'."
He now faces Australian 16th seed Luke Saville in today's final on Court 1.
The Lawn Tennis Association cannot claim credit. Liam and his older sibling, Naomi, were removed from their control after a row over comments she posted on a social networking site caused withdrawal of her funding.
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