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Spaniard Sanchez wins Swedish Open

Spanish rank outsider Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez spoiled the birthday celebrations of top seed Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark in Saturday's Swedish Open final.

Spaniard Sanchez wins Swedish Open

The 26-year-old Martinez Sanchez, ranked 54th in the world, powered to a 7-5, 6-4 win at the claycourt event to deprive the Dane of a what would have been a welcome present on her 19th birthday.

“You played better, congratulations, but I was hoping for a present for my birthday,” said Wozniacki, ranked ninth in the WTA standings and playing her sixth final of the year.

Martinez Sanchez responded: “Unfortunately I couldn’t give you a birthday present but I’ll invite you out for a nice dinner tonight.”

The Spaniard had been playing spoiler all week long, coming into the international tournament in Båstad unseeded and taking out number four seed Kaia Kanepi and number seven seed Carla Suarez Navarro on the way to the final.

She used her claycourt game to out-fox Wozniacki in many of their rallies, but had to rally from 1-4 down to win the 49-minute second set.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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