Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's in Past ( Sprem

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's in Past ( Sprem

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Karolina Sprem admits her controversial second-round win over Venus Williams is well and truly in the past after edging into the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Croatian once again needed two tie-breaks to see off 32nd seed Meghann Shaughnessy on a sunny, but virtually empty court two.

Sprem was awarded a phantom point by umpire Ted Watts during her second set tie-break in her clash with twice-champion Williams in the previous round.

Watts was subsequently given his marching orders by tournament referee Alan Mills, but Sprem came under criticism for failing to question the score at the time.

However, following her 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2) victory, Sprem insists she just wants to focus on her fourth-round clash with Magdalena Maleeva, who defeated Denisa Chladkova.

Sprem said: "It's bad luck for him (Watts), but we have so many people in the court and they need to know the score, not me, at this moment. It was a really big moment for me and I didn't think about it. …

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