Olympic24: Konta wins first WTA title and Froome makes history

Olympic24: Konta wins first WTA title and Froome makes history

25 July 2016 / 06:24
Johanna Konta won her first WTA title after beating Venus Williams in Stanford, California while Chris Froome cycled into the history books at the Tour de France. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:
  • Johanna Konta defeats Venus Williams 7-5 5-7 6-2 in Bank of the West Classic final
  • Chris Froome wins third Tour de France title in Paris
  • Ben Ainslie leads Britain's America's Cup team to victory
  • Lizzie Armitstead misses Le Course to concentrate on Rio

Konta's incredible rise continues

British number one Johanna Konta has beaten Venus Williams 7-5 5-7 6-2 to win her first WTA title in Stanford, California..

The 25-year-old is the first Briton to win a WTA title since Heather Watson won in Osaka four years ago.

Sue Barker was the only previous British winner of the Bank of the West Classic when she beat Virginia Wade in the 1977 final.

Konta, who was ranked 147 in the world last June, will rise to a career high of 14 in the new world rankings after defeating the seven-time Grand Slam champion.

"It's quite an incredibly humbling experience," said Konta.

"It's a validation of all the hard work you've already put in and a motivator on the things you want to keep improving on, and the lengths you might go to in order to become that much better at your discipline.”

Froome rides to glory in Paris

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The Team Sky rider dominated throughout, claiming time on the descents, the flat, the mountains and in time trials to finish well clear of his nearest rivals, winning two stages along the way.

Still the Tour is the Tour and Froome's victory didn't come without drama. Going up the Mont Ventoux Froome gave us one of the enduring images after his bike was broken in a motorcycle crash and he attempted to run up the mythical mountain.

He was down again in Stage 19, finishing the last ten kilometres on the bike of teammate Geraint Thomas, but there was to be no denying Froome, who has now won three of the last four Tours to join greats like Greg Lemond, Louison Bobet and Philippe Thys with three Tour victories.

Adam Yates, another selected by Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, became the first Briton to wear the White Jersey for the best under-25 after finishing fourth overall.

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Ainslie enjoys America's Cup success

Ben Ainslie Land Rover Bar

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie helped Britain’s America’s Cup team claim a tight victory on the final day of the World Series event in Portsmouth yesterday.

Ainslie’s team, Land Rover Bar, won the first race of the day before reigning champions Oracle Team USA claimed victory in the second.

A second-place for the British team in the final race secured a one-point victory and means Ainslie’s team top the 2016 series leaderboard.

"I think that for a new team to be leading the World Series now is a good indication of how far we've come, but there's still a long way to go," Ainslie said.

"The guys did an incredible job with the boat handling and that's what really got us out of some of the tough situations."

Armitstead misses La Course to concentrate on Rio

Lizzie Armitstead 2012

London 2012 silver medallist Lizzie Armistead missed the La Course on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday to concentrate on winning Olympic gold in Rio.

Dani King and British national champion Hannah Barnes were involved in several breakaways during the 13-lap 89km course but were reeled in by the peloton.

Fellow Brits Lucy Garner and Amy Roberts were also involved in the race which was won by Australian Chloe Hosking.

“Going into London, I was looking for a top ten but going into Rio, I want gold,” said Armitstead earlier this week.

“I would be disappointed with anything else.”

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