Final countdown for Wimbledon sees Britons taking centre court stage


Tennis fans have a bumper weekend ahead with Britons competing in no fewer than three Wimbledon finals.

Andy Murray leads the quest for silverware after breezing past Tomas Berdych to set up a meeting with Canadian Milos Raonic on Sunday

Wheelchair player Gordon Reid from Scotland is in two finals, playing in the doubles on Saturday alongside Norwich teenager Alfie Hewett before taking centre stage in the singles on his own on Sunday.

And there are more British hopes in the form of Heather Watson, who partners the Fin Henri Kontinen in Saturday's mixed-doubles semi-final.

The main action on Saturday is the ladies' final, when defending champion Serena Williams takes on Germany's Angelique Kerber for the Rosewater Dish.

Williams is bidding to match Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

But she will have to get past an opponent who defeated her earlier this year in the Australian Open to win her first slam title.

Williams will be back in action later in the day alongside her sister Venus in the ladies' doubles.

With Federer out, Murray is favourite to win the men's singles title on Sunday.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes is offering odds of 1/4 for a Murray victory, the shortest odds he has had for a major final.

Speaking after his straight sets semi-final victory, Murray, who has reached the final at all the Grand Slams, said walking out for a tournament finale at Centre Court felt different.

The 29-year-old said: "For British players growing up this is the biggest competition.

"To get to play in front of a home crowd in a Grand Slam final is very, very rare. There's not many players that get the opportunity to do that."

He suggested he was more excited now entering a slam final then when he was younger, saying: "I guess the tournaments start to mean more to you the older you get and you start to appreciate the history of the events probably more as you get older."

Reid, 24, won the Australian Open singles and French Open doubles earlier this year, as well as winning the US Open doubles last year.

A keen footballer and tennis player as a child, he took up the wheelchair sport after contracting transverse myelitis shortly before his 13th birthday.

Speaking about his Wimbledon singles success, he said: "It's massive for me. Going in here I knew how much of a milestone it was for our sport, to finally have a singles event at Wimbledon.

"To be going into the final now and having the opportunity to try and win the first ever singles title is very big."

He tweeted his pride about sharing the stage with Murray on Sunday and also joked that the pair could restore a little Scottish pride after incessant jokes about their no-show at the Euro 2016 football tournament, saying: "Hopefully we can improve the Scottish sporting summer by bringing a couple of Wimbledon titles home."

Fans heading to the All England Club this weekend may see some rain on Saturday morning, after which it will become dry and bright, with temperatures around 24C (75F).

Finals on Sunday could be interrupted by rain. It will be cloudy in the morning with the possibility of some drizzle, with sunshine and a risk of showers in the afternoon, and temperatures of 22C (72F).