Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears of Joy for Sarah

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears of Joy for Sarah

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Teesside wild card Sarah Borwell caused a major upset at the All England Tennis Championships at Wimbledon as she beat Poland's Marta Domachowska and progressed to the second round.

The 26-year-old, from Middlesbrough looked to be cruising to victory, until nerves set in the second set as she served for the match at 5-4.

Domachowska, ranked 183 places above Borwell broke serve and went on to win the tie-break.

In the third, Borwell's jitters subsided and normal play resumed as she took the match 6-3, 6-7 (3-7) 6-4.

The British number four's next opponent will be 19-seed rising Serbian star Ana Ivanovic, who she meets in the fourth match on Court 18 today.

But even if the Teessider looses that encounter, she will receive a pay cheque for pounds 12,840 for yesterday's emotional win - enough to pay off the pounds 10,000 debts she has amassed pursuing her career.

"I almost started to cry at the end and I thought no, you can't cry.

"I was walking to the net just trying to compose myself, until I saw my best friend crying and I thought 'Oh no'. It was all very emotional.

"My family know what I go through. I travel on my own, but everyone was down from Middlesbrough today.

"This is the greatest moment in my tennis life so far," she added.

Elsewhere, Tim Henman suffered his second round-two exit in two years - this time at the hands of world number one, Roger Federer.

Federer simply outclassed Henman on Centre Court, cruising to a 6-4 6-0 6-2 victory in just one hour and 24 minutes.

The 31-year-old British number three only manage to won five points in his second set.

Andy Murray is braced for a step up in class as he prepares to face Frenchman Julien Benneteau in a second-round Centre Court clash today.

The 19-year-old Scot breezed past Chilean Nicolas Massu in his first match but faces a trickier assignment against a player fresh from a fine run in his home Grand Slam last month. …

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