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Murray through to Wimbledon final

Marion Bartoli has taken the women's Wimbledon title as she defeated the crowd's favourite, Sabine Lisicki, on a sweltering Centre Court.

The French player fell to her knees in joy as she emerged triumphant in the thrilling clash to claim her first grand slam title. German hopeful Lisicki, who broke down in tears during the match as she felt her hopes slipping away, was overcome with emotion as she lost out on the trophy.

The women's final came as British men's hopeful Andy Murray was gearing up for his own shot at the title when he plays Novak Djokovic on Centre Court on Sunday. The Scot, who spent an hour practising at the All England club on Saturday, stormed through a tense and controversial encounter with 6ft 8in Jerzy Janowicz to claim his place in the final.

A host of female tennis stars returned to Wimbledon for the match between Lisicki and Bartoli. Watching the pair from the Royal Box will be famous faces from women's tennis, including Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Virginia Wade, Margaret Court and Jana Novotna, as well as Women's Tennis Association founder Billie Jean King and the organisation's chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster.

Meanwhile, The BBC was forced to apologise after one of its senior presenters suggested the women's Wimbledon champion was "never going to be a looker". John Inverdale made the disparaging remark on the broadcaster's Radio 5 live programme shortly after French player Marion Bartoli defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Centre Court.

Inverdale reportedly told listeners: "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little, 'you're never going to be a looker, you'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?"

The comments sparked outrage on Twitter where one user branded the presenter a "sexist dinosaur" and another called for Inverdale to be stripped of his job. The BBC later apologised for the comments.

Inverdale was presenting from the women's final at Wimbledon. Earlier Inverdale told his listeners that he poked fun at the player's looks "in a nice way". He added: "She is an incredible role model for people who aren't born with all the attributes of natural athletes".

The BBC said Murray's semi-final victory was the most-watched TV moment of the year so far. A peak audience of 13.2 million people tuned in to see the match, a spokesman for the broadcaster said, making it the most-watched moment across all channels.


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