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VENUS WILLIAMS fought her way into the Final of the Wuhan Open with a deciding-set tiebreak victory against 15th seed Roberta Vinci.
The Green's resistance was short-lived, however, as the Orange's Soguilon/Agarin breezed through with 7-1 tiebreak stopper for an 8-7 Orange win in the second set.
First pair junior international Mason Recci and his coach Maniel Bains from Coventry survived a tight first set tiebreak against their opposite numbers Chris Morrow and James Pugh and then came through a testing threesetter against the second pair.
Istomin saved two break points to lead 5-4 in the first set then cruised through the tiebreak 7-1 with the aid of two double faults from Querrey.
A sensational backhand return in the opening tiebreak gave Federer the slight edge he needed on his opponent's serve and a double fault from the Croatian handed him the first set.
The 25-year-old won by a tiebreak over three others.
THE first round of knockout matches in the Colne Valley Quiz League had the following results: Marsden Con beat Rose & Crown by 97 points to 86; Marsh Club beat Shoulder, Lockwood, 94 to 93; Sair beat Milnsbridge Liberal B 110 to 99; Red and Green Club, Milnsbridge, beat Shoulder, Slaithwaite, 92 to 73; Golcar Lily beat Marsden Liberal Club A 106 to 102; Slaithwaite Saracens beat Marsh Liberal 86 to 75; and Marsden Liberal B beat Milnsbridge Liberal B on a tiebreak question after both teams scored 94.
The second tiebreak was far simpler than the first for Federer as a stunning forehand gave him set point and Simon found the net to prompt an almighty roar of celebration from the champion.
The 27-year-old Serbian lost the first set via a tiebreak, but never lost his composure against the 32-year-old Federer, who was aiming for his 8th Majors title in London and his 18th Grand Slam title overall.
Federer started well and after taking the opening set after a tiebreak, more than PS26,000 was then matched on the Swiss legend at 1.
The South Koreans forced another tiebreak before succumbing 7-6 (7/2).
1 Novak Djokovic has won the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells defeating Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in a deciding tiebreak.