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Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart enter mixed doubles final at Wimbledon

Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart enter mixed doubles final at Wimbledon

British duo Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart defeated Czech Republic’s Kveta Peschke and Kevin Krawietz of Germany 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Centre Court to reach the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon.

Czech veteran Kveta Peschke was denied of a chance to become the oldest ever champion at the All England Club.

Peschke was celebrating her 47th birthday on Friday. Martina Navratilova became the oldest Wimbledon champion at 46 when she won the mixed doubles in 2003.

The second semifinal will be played on Saturday. It pits Neal Skupski of Britain and Desirae Krawczyk of the US against John Peers of Australia and Zhang Shuai of China.


Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina enter women’s doubles final

Unseeded Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina saved three match points to reach the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon.

The Russian duo came from 5-2 down in the final set to beat Caroline Dolehide of the United States and Storm Sanders of Australia 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5.

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They will face third-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium and Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, who defeated Japanese duo Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. The win means Mertens will return to No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings after the tournament.

Mertens is looking for her third Grand Slam doubles title and first at Wimbledon. Hsieh has won two Wimbledon doubles titles, along with the French Open in 2014.

Vesnina is looking for a fourth Grand Slam doubles title and second at Wimbledon. Kudermetova will be playing in her first Grand Slam final.

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