Austria's Norbert Hofer won Friday another shot at becoming the European Union's first far-right anti-immigration president after his nation's highest court dramatically annulled his narrow election defeat from May. The Constitutional Court found no evidence of election fraud, but ruled that procedural irregularities were sufficiently widespread for the May 22 runoff -- which saw Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) lose by just 30,863 votes -- to be held again. "I am happy that the court has taken a difficult decision," Hofer said.
Defending champion Serena Williams narrowly survived a major scare at Wimbledon on Friday, coming from behind to overcome gritty US compatriot Christina McHale in a thrilling second round encounter on Friday. The world number one defeated McHale 6-7 (7/9), 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 29 minutes on Centre Court, only just avoiding what would have been her earliest-ever Wimbledon defeat. The six-time Wimbledon champion will face Germany's Annika Beck for a place in the last 16.