From the Back Pages, July 7: England Twitter account celebrates historic World Cup campaign, tweets that players can go back to being ‘mothers, partners and daughters’

From the back pages
From the back pages

The England women’s team have just completed the most successful of the country’s World Cup campaigns since 1966. And now, at last, they can go back to being “mothers, partners and daughters”, according to the official England team Twitter. (The Independent)

Manic Monday, Magnificent Monday, Magic Monday - apply whichever appellation you wish – as a conclusion to the day this match could not be bettered. At just after nine o’clock the champion Novak Djokovic smashed a winner on number one court to take the fourth set in his encounter with the South African Kevin Anderson. Losing the first two sets 6-7 6-7, Djokovic looked on the very brink of elimination. Instead, a display of stubborn single mindedness took him back into contention as he won the next two sets to tie things up. At which point the referee intervened to delay the conclusion until the light returned in the morning. The champion lives on to fight on another day. And the smile on his face as he left court suggested he knew how narrow was his escape. (The Telegraph)

Barcelona beat Chelsea to £29m signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan... but new president could still cancel the deal (Daily Mail)

ANDY MURRAY survived a barrage of big serves to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a flourish, beating Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 6-5, 5-7, 6-4 on Centre Court. (The Express)

England finalising first Ashes Test plans following Ian Botham’s pep talk. (The Guardian)

Serena Williams hugged and exchanged “sisterly words” with Venus after seeing off her oldest rival yesterday. But the atmosphere promises to be less friendly when she takes on Victoria Azarenka in Tuesday’s quarter-final – or Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals on Thursday. (The Mirror)

Rory McIlroy’s hopes of defending his Open title appeared to be in tatters this morning after he ruptured his ankle ligaments playing football with friends. (The Times)

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