A first year reading English at Wadham has narrowly missed out on becoming Britain’s latest and youngest ever “BBC MasterChef”.Emily Ludolf, 19, from Lyne in Surrey was in the final of the television competition against James Nathan, 34, a former lawyer who lives in Spain.After six weeks of heats and semi-finals, the 132 contestants had been whittled down to just three.Throughout the culinary battle-off she has cooked for troops in Belize, for a wedding reception at Blenheim Palace and for some of Europe’s top chefs.Ludolf told BBC News that her decision to enter the contest was a sporadic one.”I was studying for my A-levels and I was watching it with my sister and she dared me to do it,” she said. “I thought, yes, let’s go for it and see what happens.”Also in the final alongside Ludolf and Nathan was 32-year-old Jonny Stevenson, an ex-banker and a single father from Northern Ireland.
The pair were meeting for the 39th time and top seed Djokovic narrowed Federer’s lead to 20-19 as he won 6-4 6-3, two months after also beating the Swiss at the Indian Wells final. The first set went with serve until the final game, when Djokovic rifled a return winner that clipped the edge of the tramline and converted his first set point. The Serb never looked in danger after breaking again in the second game of the second set and wrapped up the title when Federer hit a forehand out on match point. Earlier, Russian Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1 to win the women’s final, the 35th WTA Tour title of her career. Third seed Sharapova looked sluggish against her Spanish opponent in the first set and Suarez Navarro fought back from 1-3 and 3-5 down in the second to level at 5-5. But Sharapova reeled off the next two games and tore through the decider against the tiring 10th seed, sealing victory in more than two and a half hours with her 39th winner. –