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Every two years football fans of various countries see their hopes of winning a major trophy steadily rise as they approach either the World Cup, European Championships, or their regional equivalent. When England won the World Cup on home soil in 1966, fans would have found it difficult to believe that they would still be waiting for a second major trophy 50 years on. The World Cup in 1990 was seen as a near miss but with the 1996 European Championships to be held in England, surely they would have a great chance of winning their second major trophy.
In recent years, women’s tennis has been dominated by star names such as Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. With power and precision they have won everything there is to win with 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them as of April 2017. During this period of dominance, the Brits have had to take a backseat whilst they wait for another Virginia Wade or Sue Barker to emerge. As 2017 marks 40 years since a British woman last won a Grand Slam singles title, we decided to look at Johanna Konta, the nation’s strongest hope of ending that drought.
San Marino, for those who are unaware, is a microstate enclaved by Italy. Located east of Florence, it has an area of less than 25 square miles and a population of less than 35,000. Nevertheless, despite their lack of space and people, the proud republic has its own football league and national team that has gained somewhat of a cult following amongst avid football fans. Their international matches may end in defeat more often than not but when you play in the most competitive continent on Earth, surely it would be hasty to expect too much more.