Federer Rediscovers an Old Tactic at Wimbledon

Roger Federer has charged to the Wimbledon semifinals thanks in part to a tactic he has rediscovered: charging the net.When Federer first won Wimbledon in 2003, the conventional tennis tactic on the grass courts was to serve and volley — come to net immediately after serving to cut off the return and take charge of the point. And Federer followed suit. He served and volleyed on 48 percent of his service points that year, according to data provided by IBM, the official stats provider for the Grand Slam tournaments. That means he likely served and volleyed on well over half of his first serves, since players use the tactic more often behind their initial, stronger offering.But then opponents started returning more fiercely, and retrieving more volleys off the lawns, aided by improved rackets and intense physical conditioning. Federer adjusted to the game’s changes by dialing back his former tactic. He served and volleyed less than half as often while defending his title in 2004, and his rate of doing so on service points kept falling through 2006. It remained below 10 percent through his latest Wimbledon title run, in 2012.This year, though, Federer is being coached by Stefan Edberg, the Swede who won six Grand Slam titles behind the strength of his net game, among the best of all time. The tennis media predicted the Fedberg partnership, as it’s sometimes called, would produce some vintage Federer play. And so far at Wimbledon, Fedberg has delivered.Federer, at age 32, is back on the attack, though not as relentlessly as he was at 21. He has served and volleyed on 23 percent of his service points. That’s less than half his rate back in 2003. But it’s nearly seven times his rate at its nadir in 2011, and double his rate from last year, when he was coached by another ex-net-rusher, Paul Annacone.Retired players from the serve and volley’s golden age applaud the change. “We see Roger now going back to what he used to do when he was younger,” three-time Wimbledon singles champ John Newcombe said in a press conference this week. He said, of net play, “You add that to the game, you have a beautiful match.”Serve-and-volleying, as beautiful as it may be, can’t be the only reason Federer has succeeded at this tournament: He’s using the tactic on fewer than one quarter of his serves. And serve-and-volleying, by definition, can’t help him in the other, equally important part of the sport, the return.Here’s one sign, though, the tactic has helped: Federer is managing to succeed more often at it, despite doing it more often. There’s usually a usage-efficiency tradeoff in sports. Use a tactic more, and you’re no longer using it only when there are low-hanging fruits to be plucked. Take more three-pointers in basketball, and you’ll generally make a lower percentage because the ones you’re adding are the less open shots, or the ones farther from the basket. Throw more passes in a football game, and you’ll generally do worse on the average pass. Add in the element of game theory — the opponent notices you’re using the tactic more often, and adjusts accordingly — and those marginal cases can become downright disadvantageous.Federer, though, has managed to win more frequently while serve and volleying, at the same time that he’s doing it more often. He’s winning 79 percent of his serve-and-volley points, well above both his 70 percent average at Wimbledon since 2003, and his 68 percent figure in 2003. Only once at Wimbledon did he top that success rate: in 2011, when he employed the tactic just 17 times.Comparing this year’s stats to earlier years’ can mislead, since this tournament isn’t over yet. There’s no reason to expect Federer’s frequency and success rate to decline in his Friday semifinal against Milos Raonic, since Raonic has one of the weakest returns of tour regulars. But if Federer wins and Novak Djokovic prevails in the earlier semifinal Friday against Grigor Dimitrov, the ultimate test of Federer’s resolve and ability to serve and volley will come in the final against Djokovic, perhaps the best returner the sport has ever seen. read more

Kawhi Leonard Paul George And The Clippers Stun The NBA

One of the most seismic moves in Los Angeles basketball history came early Saturday morning when reports emerged that superstar Kawhi Leonard would not only sign with the Clippers, but he would also be joined by Paul George, who will pack his bags in Oklahoma City to team up with Leonard as part of a blockbuster trade.The Clippers will surrender an enormous haul for George, a six-time All-Star: five first-round draft picks (four of which will be unprotected), a solid player in forward Danilo Gallinari and a budding star in guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.But make no mistake: The Leonard-George team-up altered the NBA landscape again (the fourth huge reshuffle in the past month). And it immediately puts the Clippers — one of the league’s most long-suffering and hard-luck franchises — in the conversation for an NBA title.The Los Angeles Lakers were desperately hoping to land Leonard and pair him with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, forming a true superteam and becoming the odds-on favorite to win the title now that the Golden State Warriors are hobbling into the season short-handed. The Lakers gambled by taking a slow approach to free agency — basically holding off on signing any key players in hopes of getting Leonard, who would have required every bit of the team’s max salary-cap space.So, in two or three different ways, this was the worst-case scenario for the Lakers. Aside from whiffing on Leonard and missing out on a number of other difference-makers they could have gotten had they known he wasn’t going to sign,1Early Saturday, the Lakers did get Danny Green, Leonard’s longtime teammate, for two years and $30 million. They also agreed to re-sign shot-blocker JaVale McGee and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. they watched Kawhi sign with the team that shares their arena. And they watched him stealthily lure George — a Laker target from the summer before — ensuring that the Clippers will have just as much firepower as the Lakers and likely more longevity. (Davis is 26, but James turns 35 later this year. Leonard and George are 28 and 29, respectively.)Even after having tasted their first championship, the Raptors will obviously feel a bit gutted by this experience. With things as open as they were, Toronto envisioned the possibility of another title run or two with Leonard, who has arguably become the world’s best player. They made a trade last summer to get Kawhi, and no one in their right mind would question that move now. But Toronto’s inability to replace Leonard’s star power now likely turns the Raptors into a mid-tier playoff team in the East and nothing more. (The Sixers and Bucks, in particular, have to be thrilled with this outcome.)And there will also be all sorts of questions raised about the future of the Thunder now. We all know that Sam Presti can make fantastic use of draft picks. But Russell Westbrook — one of the fiercest and most competitive athletes in the sport — is the lone star in Oklahoma City now, and on the front end of a five-year, $206 million contract. He’ll want to win now, but OKC may be on a different timeline after the George trade.The reason: Oklahoma City got a massive return on George as far as future draft picks are concerned. The Clippers will send their unprotected 2022, 2024 and 2026 first-round picks to the Thunder, as well as an unprotected first-rounder in 2021 from Miami and a protected first-rounder from the Heat in 2023. (OKC will also get the right to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.) The Thunder should still be competitive and be a threat to reach the playoffs with this roster. Gallinari had a career year last season, averaging 20 points per game on highly efficient shooting. Gilgeous-Alexander, meanwhile, will help now and in the future with his skill on defense. But this is still a gut punch for Oklahoma City, which last summer thought it would get George for the long haul after he signed a long-term deal to stay with the Thunder. The obvious conundrum without George is that Westbrook may not be capable of leading a team to a title as its best player.While Westbrook has remained the face of the organization, George seemed to overtake him as the team’s best player — and as the franchise’s most sure-handed talent on both sides of the ball. Westbrook’s past season was shaky in a number of ways, and in light of OKC’s third-straight first-round exit, the level of scrutiny on the point guard only figures to intensify as time goes on. And the Thunder may not continue to show patience in finding out whether it’s possible to successfully build a contender around Westbrook.Of course, this trade wasn’t something the Thunder wanted to do — not until the club was backed into a corner. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Leonard met with fellow Southern California native George this week and implored him to force his way to the Clippers so that the two could team up. Short of that happening, Leonard almost certainly would not have signed with the Clippers on a four-year max deal.2In fact, the Clippers might have felt even more compelled to do the deal just to ensure that Kawhi didn’t end up with the Lakers instead.Now that it has happened, though, Doc Rivers and the Clippers figure to be a force out West. (A crazy turn of events, since we all thought that the Clips had already waved the white flag on landing a second star this summer, with their involvement in the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade.) They were a No. 8 seed last season, and they earned the respect of fans and foes alike because of how they competed against the Warriors before bowing out in six games during a first-round playoff loss.They have one of the more tenacious defensive guards in Patrick Beverley. Landry Shamet looks as if he’ll be one of the league’s premier shooters for years to come. Lou Williams was the best bench scorer in the league, and Montrezl Harrell, his pick-and-roll partner, is an even more well-rounded reserve than Williams is. Kawhi and George will obviously add a ton of ball-handling and scoring punch, but perhaps even more important, the Clippers will have an incredible amount of defensive length. With these two, the team now has two of the NBA’s three best defensive wing players.3Giannis Antetokounmpo being the other.But while we know this team has the potential to be lethal, the beauty of this move is that it leaves us with no clue which NBA club will be having a parade next June. All we know, for now, is that basketball in Los Angeles should be a blast, with two superstars on either side of the city’s rivalry. read more

Offensive inconsistency puts added pressure on Ohio State defense against Wisconsin

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) sets up to attempt to stop a Wolverine offensive drive in the second quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDuring the majority of No. 9 Ohio State’s 31-20 win against Michigan on Saturday, the Buckeye offense could not find much success. Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett for nearly three quarters and quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the rest of the game following Barrett’s knee injury, the offense averaged 5.6 yards per play, Ohio State’s second-lowest average of the season behind only its 5.1 average in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.On Barrett’s seven nonscoring drives, Ohio State managed minus-3 total yards and did not gain more than 9 yards on a single drive. It was not until Barrett exited the game due to a knee injury and Haskins replaced him that the offense took off with two touchdowns, one made field goal and one missed field goal, while also managing to avoid bringing out the punting unit.The Buckeyes eventually survived the scare, coming back from a six-point third-quarter deficit to extend their win streak against Michigan to six games. But Ohio State could not have been in the situation to come back without its defense clamping down after a shaky first quarter.For the second straight week, the Buckeyes might have to rely on their defense to propel them to victory, this time against No. 5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship Saturday night.“It’s championship season, so the preparation has to be a bit more crisp and everybody has to contribute a little more and it’s always great to play for a championship,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said following Saturday’s victory.Michigan drove 77 yards down the field on 13 plays with ease on its second possession to score the game’s first touchdown. Following a 42-yard punt return by Donovan Peoples-Jones that set Michigan up at the Ohio State 6-yard line, the Wolverines scored another touchdown. But Michigan scored just once more for the remainder of the game. Ohio State had five sacks, three pass break-ups, an interception and a forced fumble.Unlike the defense, many questions about Ohio State’s offense remain unanswered, specifically regarding which quarterback will start and, if Barrett is healthy, whether he can consistently capture Haskins’ second-half success.In his press conference Monday, head coach Urban Meyer said that even though Barrett did not practice on Sunday, he is probable for Saturday’s game. After the game, Barrett emphatically said he would play against the Badgers. In order to win the first conference championship of his career, Barrett must play much better against Wisconsin than he did against the Wolverines.The Buckeyes also will, once again, be facing one of the top defensive units in the nation. Wisconsin’s opponents average just 80.5 rushing yards per game, 9.5 yards less than any other team allows per game. But the Badgers’ pass defense is not any less stingy. It allows just 156.4 passing yards per game, No. 2 in the nation behind just Michigan.If Barrett has similar struggles, Ohio State would have to hope its defense, which gave up 14 quick points to Michigan, holds steady against a more potent Badger offense.“They can do a lot of different things, but they’re definitely run-first,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said on a teleconference Monday afternoon. “When they do decide to pass, they have a quarterback who can do it all.”Wisconsin has always had a run-first offense. This year is no different. The Badgers average 243.3 rushing yards per game, the 18th-most in the country, and 182.8 passing yards per contest, the 97th-most in the nation.From Melvin Gordon to Montee Ball to Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, the Badgers have had no shortage of talented running backs come through the program. The latest, Jonathan Taylor, is just a freshman. But despite his youth, he has performed like a veteran. Taylor has 258 carries for 1,806 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first collegiate season. Even though his season is not complete, Taylor already ranks third in Division I history in rush yards as a freshman.“He’s a strong, powerful runner and once he gets going, straight-line, he can definitely make a lot of guys miss,” Worley said. “He doesn’t run like a freshman. It’s going to be a task to get him on the ground.”Ohio State will focus on stopping Taylor on early downs. Worley said the Buckeyes will try to force the Badgers into third-and-long situations, opportunities where Ohio State believes it has an advantage.Though quarterback Alex Hornibrook does not pose a stark challenge, he will be more difficult to defend than Michigan quarterback John O’Korn, who constantly missed open receivers against the Buckeyes. Wide receiver Quintez Cephus leads Wisconsin with 501 receiving yards, but tight end Troy Fumagalli leads with 38 catches. Ohio State has struggled to defend tight ends, especially in its 55-24 loss to Iowa. Even though Michigan tight end Sean McKeon had just two catches for six yards, he was open on multiple occasions.The Badgers’ offense, at times, seems like a more talented version of Michigan’s. But to win the conference championship, the Buckeyes will have to hold Wisconsin to a similar production level they held Michigan.“At this time of the year, you don’t want to just play teams that don’t submit a challenge against you,” Worley said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for us as a team, as a defense. It’s going to be a battle inside and out.”Ohio State can take some pressure off the inconsistent offense if its defense — which played just well enough to keep the team within striking distance against Michigan — prevents the Badgers from controlling the momentum and possession, slowing the game and putting the Buckeyes in an early deficit. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 6 Ohio State avoids second straight loss with 87

Ohio State redshirt freshman attackman Lukas Buckley penetrates the defense in the offensive zone against Massachusetts on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team avoided dropping another game after its Friday-night overtime loss against No. 19 Marquette by closing out the Midwest Lacrosse Classic against Detroit Mercy with an 8-7 win.The Buckeyes (5-1) trailed 5-3 at the half, but came back in the third and fourth quarters, holding the Titans (2-4) to two goals the rest of the game while scoring five more goals.Redshirt sophomore Lukas Buckley and junior Gale Thorpe led Ohio State in scoring, with each of the attacks posting two goals on the day. Sophomore attack Tre Leclaire had a notable 11 shots on the Titans, and turned one of them into a goal in the third period.In the faceoff x, the Ohio State duo consisting of freshman midfielder Justin Inacio and sophomore midfielder Christian Feliziani won 14 of 18 total faceoffs, while critical saves from senior goalie Matthew Smidt ensured that Ohio State kept its hard-earned lead through the fourth quarter.Detroit Mercy kept the Ohio State defense busy in the first half. Freshman Titans midfielder Brennan Kamish and senior attack Alec Gilhooly put Detroit up 3-0 in the first quarter.Detroit’s momentum, however, was quelled in the second period after goals from Buckley, Thorpe and freshman midfielder Jackson Reid put Ohio State back in it before the whistle sounded for halftime.Senior Ohio State defenseman Erik Evans stifled the Titans offense on their final opportunity, forcing a turnover and preventing the game from going to an extra period.The Buckeyes are back home to welcome Towson to Columbus at 4 p.m. Saturday. read more

Pamela Anderson brings Julian Assange a vegan lunch at the Ecuadorian Embassy

first_imgPamela Anderson at the Oxford Union Pamela Anderson has spoken of her fears over Julian Assange’s health after visiting him at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.The former Playboy model said the WikiLeaks founder was doing “really well” but expressed concern for him and his family.The Australian has been living in the embassy for more than four years and has been granted political asylum by Ecuador. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pamela Anderson at the Oxford UnionCredit: Oxford Union/REX/Shutterstock Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeCredit:AFP/Getty Imagescenter_img Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Earlier this month Mr Assange said that he was “a bit pale” after being asked how his health was after four years without sunlight.Anderson was pictured entering the central London building on Saturday carrying Pret a Manger paper bags.The 49-year-old animal rights activist said: “I brought him a nice vegan lunch and some vegan snacks.” She then joked: “He said I tortured him with bringing him vegan food”. He is due to be questioned over a sex allegation in Sweden – which he denies. Mr Assange believes that if he goes to Sweden he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.The former Baywatch star said: “I really believe in him and think he’s a good person, and I’m concerned about his health, his family, and I just hope that by some miracle he’s set free.”last_img read more

Shave your legs use deodorant and wear makeup Female staff at Dorchester

first_imgChiefs at London’s Dorchester hotel have triggered complaints after sending a “downright offensive” list of do’s and don’t to female employees, including no hairy legs or oily skin.The list of grooming demands was emailed to staff working in the £700-a-night hotel after the five-star establishment reportedly received complaints about the general hygiene of its staff.Women have been asked not to turn up for with oily skin, bad breath or garish makeup. The list of demands has reportedly not been popular with staff And they were encouraged to shave their legs, ensure their fingernails are manicured and avoid body odour, the Daily Mail reports.The list of demands has reportedly not been popular with staff, many of whom only earn around £9 an hour.One unnamed employee told the Daily Mail: “It is disgusting. This list is like something out of the dark ages, and downright offensive.“It’s not as though you choose to have oily skin and a lot of women, especially teenagers, cannot help it – no facial wash or moisturiser in the world can control that.“The women are all pretty livid but worry that if they complain – or rebel and turn up to work with chipped, dirty nails and hairy legs, for example, they’ll be sacked on the spot.”General manager Roland Fasel said: “The Dorchester has a proud community of employees who uphold world-leading hospitality standards including grooming, in line with many other luxury brands.“All new applicants are sent a copy of our grooming standards in advance of interview.List of do’s and don’ts: DO:shave your legs (even if wearing tights)wear full make-upwash your hairbrush your teethuse deodoranthave regular manicures The list of demands has reportedly not been popular with staffCredit:Alamycenter_img DON’T:Have oily skinWear overly garish or bright make-upDisplay chipped or bitten nailsHave off-putting body odourDisplay any excess body hair, which includes the face Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Zara Tindall falls off her horse while playing polo on Australias Gold

first_imgZara Tindall with her daughter Mia at Creag an Lochain hill as she supports her husband Mike Tindall as he takes part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in 2015Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Zara Tindall with her daughter Mia at Creag an Lochain hill as she supports her husband Mike Tindall as he takes part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in 2015 The royal at the polo, wearing a navy top as she played for ‘Team A’Credit: Media-Mode / Splash News Before the fall, Mrs Tindall looked happy and relaxed as she walked round the park in a white lace shirt-style dress, which featured elbow length sleeves and cut-out detailing. She matched the dress with a maroon handbag. Local reports said she later headed to the VIP marquee, where a spokesman for the polo club said that she was “keen and ready to play”.She competed at the event as part of “Team A” alongside Michelle Payne, the first woman jockey to win Australia’s most prestigious horse race, and Rob Archibald. Around 2,000 spectators are thought to have attended the event. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Before the fall, the couple looked happy and relaxed as they walked round the park Mike Tindall, who was commentating for the event due to his position as Magic Millions ambassador, told the crowd the fall was due to her “will to win” and joked: “She’s tough, she bounces.”He later said he “didn’t have a clue” about the game and knew he just needed to say “something nice about the wife”.It was the couple’s first public appearance since a spokesman announced they had suffered a miscarriage just before Christmas. Before the fall, the couple looked happy and relaxed as they walked round the park Credit: Jason O’Brien The royal at the polo, wearing a navy top as she played for 'Team A' They had been expecting a second child together this spring, but a statement released on Christmas Eve said: “Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.”The duo, who got married in July 2011, had been expected to spend Christmas Day with the royals in Sandringham but were not seen at the family’s traditional church service over the festive period.They are believed to have travelled to Australia earlier this month for the event, which they also attended last year. Their daughter Mia, who will be three later this month, was not photographed at the event.  The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall suffered a fall while playing polo on Australia’s Gold Coast over the weekend.The royal, 35, came off her horse midway through a competition at the Magic Millions Polo in Queensland on Sunday.Footage showed Mrs Tindall falling onto the dusty ground before getting straight back onto her horse and giving a thumbs up. Sources said she was not injured in the “gentle fall”.last_img read more

Squatters take over University of Oxford building and turn it into a

first_imgA spokesperson for Wadham College has responded to the squatters, telling the Cherwell: “Wadham is investigating the ramifications of this move, with particular concern for the safety of those who are sleeping rough in an old and dilapidated building, including in areas that are not designed for residential use. The College will be making every effort to speak to representatives of this homeless group as well as local residents, safety experts and the site developers.“Wadham is currently awaiting planning permission for redevelopment of the site as student accommodation, significantly relieving pressure on local housing stock. As part of this project, Wadham College has undertaken to contribute more than £900,000 towards social housing provision in Oxford. “Wadham College is particularly concerned about the problems of homelessness in Oxfordshire and to this end has a longstanding relationship with the Gatehouse homeless project. The College regularly fundraises for homeless organisations and donated much of the furniture from the Iffley Road site to a homeless charity.”Iffley Open House has written an open letter to the college, which says: “The situation for rough sleepers and homeless people in Oxford is now at a critical point.“Oxford University and colleges like Wadham own dozens of buildings across the city which lie empty, some of which have been empty for almost a decade, that could be repurposed as shelters, social housing and social spaces.” An Oxford University building has been turned into a homeless shelter by squatters, who are hoping to make it a more permanent alternative for those formerly sleeping on the streets.Fourteen homeless people are now sleeping in the building, which has its own cooking and washing facilities.They have been there since New Year’s Eve, and according to a change.org petition, want to stay for longer.The group, called Iffley Open House, has petitioned Wadham College, which owns the building, to let the homeless people stay.The building has been lying empty, as it is due to be renovated and converted into student accommodation. Students from the university are involved in the initiative, according to the Cherwell, Oxford’s student newspaper.Along with students, local residents, housing activists and Green Party members are involved in the squatting initiative. center_img Wadham College owns an empty site that is being used as a shelter, sign the petition to allow squatters to stay! https://t.co/28grimwgWl— Taisie Tsikas (@TaisieT) January 9, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Shortage of eligible men has left women taking desperate steps to preserve

first_img“This problem of “missing men” is absolutely the case in many situations in the UK, but there is a wider problem behind the increasing desire for egg freezing, not least about men and women being too unaware of their biological clocks.”“Almost all of the women in the study who employed egg freezing were heterosexual and wanted to become married mothers,” the research found. “Women lamented the ‘missing men’ in their lives, viewing egg freezing as a way to buy time while on the continuing (online) search for a committed partner.”The study found that more than 90 per cent of those freezing their eggs were not intentionally “postponing” their fertility because of education or careers.“Rather they were desperately ‘preserving’ their fertility beyond the natural end of their reproductive lives, because they were single without partners to marry.”“In most cases, these women were unable to find educated men willing to commit to family life – the reflection of a growing, but little-discussed gender trend, with women increasingly outnumbering male college graduates,” the report found. A dearth of marriagable men has left an “oversupply” of educated women taking desperate steps to preserve their fertility, experts say.The first global study into egg freezing found that shortages of eligible men were the prime reason why women had attempted to take matters into their own hands.Experts said “terrifying” demographic shifts had created a “deficit” of educated men and a growing problem of “leftover” professional women, with female graduates vastly outnumbering males in in many countries.The study led by Yale University, involved interviews with 150 women undergoing egg freezing at eight clinics.Researchers found that in more than 90 per cent of cases, the women were attempting to buy extra time because they could not find a partner to settle down with, amid a “dearth of educated men”.Experts said the research bust the myth that “selfish career women” were choosing to out their fertility on ice in a bid to put their careers first.They said sweeping social changes meant that many professional women now struggled to find a partner that felt like an equal match.In recent decades, the gender balance at British universities has tipped dramatically.In 1985, 45 per cent of UK students were female, but by 2000, 54 per cent were women.This group, now in their late 30s, is finding it harder to find a man of equal status, fertility experts said. And the trend is set to steepen in future generations, they warned, with nearly six in ten current students female.The research, presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Geneva, was based on detailed interviews with women in the United States, and Israel. But the lead author said similar trends were likely in the UK, where women are 35 per cent more likely than men to go to university.Prof Marcia Inhorn, Professor of Anthopolgy at Yale University, said professional women found themselves losing out in a game of “musical chairs” because there were simply too few men of the same calibre to go around.“There is a major gap – they are literally missing men. There are not enough college graduates for them. In simple terms, this is about an oversupply of educated women,” she said.“In China they call them ‘left over women’. It sounds cold and callous but in demographic terms this is about missing men and left over women.”The former President of the Society for Medical Anthropology said the women interviewed in the study were highly successful, with 81 per cent having a college degree.“These are highly educated, very successful women and one after another they were saying they couldn’t find a partner. How could it be that all these amazing, attractive intelligent women were lamenting about their ability to find a partner?” she said.“The answer comes in the demographics – growing disparities in the education levels of men and women. The anthropologist suggested some women might need to be prepared to compromise some of their standards in order to find love. But she suggested society should act to increase the number of men going into higher education.“It may be about rethinking the way we approach this,” she said.“Most women who are educated would like to have an educated partner. Traditionally women have also wanted to ‘marry up’ to go for someone more successful, financially well off.”“Maybe women need to be prepared to be more open to the idea of a relationship with someone not as educated. But also may be we need to be doing something about our boys and young men, to get them off to a better start.”Some women were paying a high price for feminism, she suggested.“As a feminist I think it’s great that women are doing so well but I think there has been a cost that has been paid,” she said, warning that many had been left in “sadness and isolation”.In some cases, the women taking part in the in-depth interviews said they would be happy to be in a relationship with someone less educated, but they felt they were “intimidating” to the men who were available.Researchers said that until now, many commentators on egg freezing had assumed that it was being driven by a desire to preserve fertilty, while rising up the career ladder.“I think this is an issue that has been misinterpreted so much – this idea of a selfish career woman, putting her fertility on hold,” said Prof Inhorn.Professor Geeta Nargund, medical director of UK clinics Create Fertility, said: “It is something to celebrate that more women are going to university and getting educated but, at the same time, when it comes to starting a family it seems there is now a societal problem with these women finding men at the same level of education.“Women tell us frequently that they are freezing their eggs because the men they meet feel threatened by their success and so unwilling to commit to starting a family together.”Prof Adam Balen, President of the British Fertility Society, said: “We are seeing some big societal issues, in particular in some social economic groups, with young men not committing.”One in five women in the UK is now childless by the end of their fertile life – compared to one in 10 a generation before, he said.Last year less than 105,000 male 18-year-olds started university, compared with almost 135,000 females, UCAS figures show, with more women than men on two-thirds of courses.The gender gap for higher education is now as large as that between rich and poor people, which was described as a “worrying inequality” by former UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock-Cook.British fertility experts said the gulf was “terrifying”. Dr Gillian Lockwood, executive director, IVI said: “It exacerbates the problem of men not wanting to ‘settle down’ and start a family until it’s almost too late for the woman to conceive naturally.And if she insists, he’s quite likely to leave for a younger woman whose biological clock isn’t ticking quite so loudly.”Her own survey of women doing “social” egg freezing found the overwhelming majority of women having their eggs frozen were doing so because they could not find a partner, or because their own partner would not commit.Typically, it costs around £10,000 to freeze eggs and keep them in storage for 10 years in the UK.Professor Simon Fishel, founder of Care Fertility, said: “Anthropologically we are always searching, consciously or unconsciously, for like-minded people so it is not a great leap to understand that women are looking for someone on the same level, who is university-educated or a professional.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more