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Serena Fails To Reach Quarter-Finals Again In 2014

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The first week of The Championships at Wimbledon 2014 is now behind us, only a handful of third round matches are still to be completed as the traditional Sunday lay day takes place before week two kicks into overdrive on Monday, the biggest talking point at the end of week one is undoubtedly the shock exit of the women’s favourite and No. 1 seed Serena Williams, the five-time former Wimbledon champ was ousted in the third round by the French woman Alize Cornet in three sets, what made the result even more astounding was the fact that Williams won the first set 6-1, Serena’s surprise exit means that the world No.1 has failed to reach the quarter-finals of any Grand Slam in 2014.

Serena seemed to suffer from the pressure of again being the hot favourite for the title at SW19, every player that plays against Williams seems to lift their game against her which means the top ranked woman in the world must play at a consistently high level to achieve success at the majors, Cornet had already beaten Williams in Dubai earlier this season but usually when Serena loses unexpectedly to any player on tour that motivates her to seek revenge at her next opportunity, the fact she failed to deliver on this occasion left most people absolutely gobsmacked, all but Cornet that is.

There have been other upsets as well in week one at SW19, but none as big as seeing the world’s best female player sent packing from the tournament, women’s 2nd seed Li Na was also sent spiralling out of the more »

 

Plenty Of Contenders At Wimbledon 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The Championships at Wimbledon in 2014 are about to get underway in London, England and this year it seems there is plenty of contenders in both the men’s and women’s singles championships, the men’s big four of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are all previous champions at SW19 and they all have strong credentials which see them as favoured contenders for a title run again this season, add to that the likes of former finalist Tomas Berdych, Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka, young up and comers Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori along with the unpredictable Ernests Gulbis and there are plenty of potential storylines in the men’s championship in 2014.

The women’s championship will again have Serena Williams as the favourite but the world No.1 is yet to make it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event this season, we will soon find out whether the five-time former champion will be motivated to go all the way again in London and claim her sixth Wimbledon crown, there will be plenty of ladies lining up to challenge Serena this year, especially after her early defeat at the French Open to Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros champ Maria Sharapova will be eager to try and go back to back, Li Na will be hoping for a form reversal after her disappointing French Open exit, new world No.3 Simona Halep will be keen to build on her fine runner-up finish at Roland Garros while former champ Petra Kvitova and the 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska more »

 

Murray Ends The British Drought….Arise Sir Andy?

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

With Andy Murray finally ending the 77 year long wait for a British men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, the question on many people’s lips is now whether or not the 26 year native from Dunblane in Scotland will be knighted for his efforts, Murray’s impressive performance in beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his first Wimbledon title will probably not go unnoticed in the Queens New Years honours list at the start of 2014, with Fred Perry being the last British man to win at the prestigious All England Club in 1936 it certainly would not surprise too many if Andy officially becomes Sir Andy Murray next year.

Murray now currently holds two of the four Grand slam titles on offer and the Brit will defend his US Open title at Flushing Meadows in New York commencing 26 August 2013, aside from a seemingly inevitable knighthood due in the not too distant future, Andy could also start to contemplate the possibility of becoming world No.1 before this season is done, the Scot is still some 3000pts behind Djokovic in the Emirates ATP rankings but if Murray continues his form for the majority of the season and Novak loses some of his then it is quite possible that the British press could have another celebration at the O2 Arena in London at season’s end.

Many agree that the catalyst for Murray winning at SW19 was built on his success at the 2012 Olympic Games which was held at the same venue, of course history now shows that Murray went on to claim his first more »

 

A New Grand Slam Champion Will Be Crowned At Wimbledon

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

After numerous upsets and plenty of close and enthralling tennis matches over the past 11 days, a new Grand Slam champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Ladies’ Singles Championship Final on Saturday at SW19, world No.15 Marion Bartoli from France and the big serving German world No.24 Sabine Lisicki will go head to head to see who will hold the Venus Rosewater Dish aloft and earn the right to be called the Wimbledon Champion of 2013, with the Big 3 of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova all falling early, the prospect for two unlikely ladies’ singles finalists quickly became a reality at this year’s championships.

Former finalist Bartoli has had a dream run at The Championships in 2013 and the French 28 year old will now not face anyone seeded above her in the ladies’ singles draw, if Marion wins the Wimbledon title on Saturday she will become a first time Grand Slam champion without having to play any player seeded above her, Lisicki on the other hand has had a much tougher road to negotiate in order to reach the final, the German 23 year old has had to defeat 14th seed Sam Stosur in the 3rd round, top seeded defending champion and hot favourite Williams in the fourth round and the 4th seeded 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska in a pulsating semi-final.

Bartoli has not dropped a set at The Championships this year and she has the benefit of previous Grand Slam final experience having reached the decider at The All England Club back in 2007, more »

 

Did Federer’s Loss Finally Signal The End Of An Era?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s four set loss to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky at The Championships in SW19, a large number of tennis fans are now saying it either looked like or felt like the end of an era when the Swiss maestro walked off the court a dejected figure, we have seen this happen time and time again to The Fed Express over the past few years and he has always answered the question in emphatic fashion by winning some big events quickly.

This stunning result has sent shockwaves around the tennis world and it must surely have even the normally cool, calm figure of Federer concerned too, apparently those who witnessed his media interview reported a solemn and dejected tone in his voice when answering questions from the throng of media present, that’s hardly surprising though because Roger has made the second week of the past 36 Grand Slam tournaments until he was ousted by Stakhovsky in round two at Wimbledon 2013.

Federer will drop down to No.5 in the world rankings at the conclusion of Wimbledon and he could even end up world No.6 if Tomas Berdych gets his hands on the trophy, the 31 year old Swiss superstar is not used to shielding tricky questions from the media and he certainly would not have been used to the feelings he must have had after his shock loss to Stakhovsky either, whether Roger can now lift himself off the canvas remains to be seen.

If Federer remains seeded outside the top 4 at all the major tennis events remaining on the calendar this more »

 
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