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Sue Barker awarded CBE

Sue Barker has been awarded a CBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to sport, broadcasting and charity.

It's an absolute honour to be awarded a CBE. To have your work recognised in such a way brings such a sense of pride. Myself and all my family are thrilled, especially my mum who turns 100 next week. Sue Barker

The former professional tennis player and television presenter, who was the last British woman to win the French Open in 1976, had previously been made an MBE in 2000 and received an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours.

“It’s an absolute honour to be awarded a CBE. To have your work recognised in such a way brings such a sense of pride,” Barker said. “Myself and all my family are thrilled, especially my mum who turns 100 next week.”

Barker, 65, recently ended her long-standing role as presenter of the BBC’s A Question of Sport after 24 years at the helm, having taken over from commentator David Coleman.

The show is set for a new look when it returns to air, with team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell also departing.

At the end of her final episode last month, Barker said: “It’s been such a privilege to sit in this chair for the last 24 years, taking over from David Coleman.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the A Question of Sport team and to Matt and Phil.

“I want to wish the best of luck to the three people taking these seats next.”

Barker is set to continue her presenting duties for the BBC’s tennis coverage at Wimbledon, which starts on 28 June.

Sue Barker won the French Championships in 1976, the last British woman to do so

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Born and raised in Paignton, Devon, Barker started playing tennis at the age of 10 and moved to the United States as a teenager to further develop her pro career, which saw her claim 11 WTA Tour singles titles, victory at Roland Garros at the age of 20, her only Grand Slam triumph, and reach of World No 3.

At Wimbledon, she reached the semi-finals in 1977, but suffered an unexpected loss to Betty Stove from the Netherlands, who was then beaten by British rival Virginia Wade in the final.

Having battled injury set-backs, Barker retired from playing in 1984 and soon moved into broadcasting, initially for Australia’s Channel 7 and then BSkyB before moving on to the BBC in 1993 where she now fronts coverage of The Championships at the All England Club as the anchor presenter.

Barker also hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards from 1994 until 2012 and has been involved across broadcast coverage of racing, athletics, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.



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