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The Andys Make an Impact

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

But it wasn’t just the two Andys in action today. It will go largely forgotten, but Tommy Haas and Roger Federer also came head to head for the coveted final place:

Federer vs. Haas

A different story to the semi-final about to be discussed, but a semi-final nonetheless. Roger Federer came out onto Centre Court under a cloudy sky with a cool breeze following. It seemed quite obvious to all watching, even Boris Becker himself, that it was doubtful the German would give the Swiss much of a scare.

In the end, Federer moved to his seventh final at Wimbledon with 3 sets: 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 6-3. Not a walkover by any means, but Tommy Haas soon became frustrated at his inability to make a dent Federer’s game. He didn’t give Federer a single break point in the two hours but Federer couldn’t break him until for almost two sets. Still, Haas played well and tested Federer, even if only for a three set semi-final.

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A Sisterly Affair

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Wimbledon 2009 will once again be a sisterly affair, with both Venus and Serena making their way through. The matches they played to achieve this, however, could not have been more different. Whilst Serena slogged through an intense two hour 48 minute match that tested the nerve and mental stamina of both players, Venus’ match against Dinara Safina was over in a blink of an eye.

The world no. 1 even bagled in her last set, the final score being an embarrassing 6-1 6-0. The American trampled all over the Russian’s game, and no-one could help but agree with Safina when she said about her opponent ‘She’s just too good on grass’.

Looking at the statistics, there wasn’t much chance of Safina being able to fight past Venus. Whereas this is now Venus’ 8th final, this was Safina’s first semi-final at Wimbledon. Her mental strength and play were simply blown away by Williams’.

The word ‘whopped’ comes to mind.

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The Semis Are Set Up

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Today’s matches determined the places for the semi-finals; the final four all gunning for the final frontier.

1)      Roger Federer battled against the mighty Croat Karlovic and his even mightier serve. Despite the breath-taking force and speed of Ivo Karlovic’s serves, Federer found a way to break it on a number of occasion. Whilst Karlovic pounded around the court as though his height and build created some sort of impassable air resistnace, Federer was dancing on the air with his characteristic athleticism. Karlovic is certainly a lean mean serving machine, but it was Federer class of play that allowed him to move the Man Mountain. He will play Tommy Haas for the final.

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Monday Madness

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Apologies for the lateness of this blog: the mixture of the stress of travelling and the general stress of the Murray/Wawrinka match itself the cause of the delay. If I had known that the game was going to be that gruelling I would have taken a power nap before watching.

There’s a lot to cover as to what went on the first day of the second week. Firstly, there’s the women’s fourth round matches for the coveted quarter finals place. The Venus W./Ana Ivanovic match was predicted to be a gruelling test for both top ranked players. If either pulled through to beat the other, their name would be chalked up as a strong potential for the finals. Unfortuantely, it never got that far. Venus took control of the match by all accounts, and it appeared as though Ivanovic was going slowly dwindling. Her serve was all over the place and compared to the clout that Venus has, she wasn’t making a dent in Venus’ games at all.

In a darkly ironic way, it was the improvement of her serve which became Ivanovic’s downfall. After her first ace, she doubled over her heavily strapped knee. Between points, she burst into tears. And that was the end of the match; Ivanov more »

 

Jankovic and Kuznetsova Out

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Two shock exits in the women’s tournament could mean a number of things. Has the competition been blown wide open? Or is it going to be a straightforward Williams vs. Williams final as it has been on a number of occasions.

The shock exits in question were Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova – two very strong favourites from the word go – who were beaten by considerable lesser foes. Kuznetsova received an unwanted birthday present by 19 year old unseeded German Sabine Lisicki. Jankovic’s match against Oudin appeared to be going business as usual until suddenly things started to take a turn for the worst for the Serb. Melanie Oudin, 17 years old and appearing for the very first time in Wimbledon, took control of the match as Jankovic weakened. The teenager handled the pressure incredibly considerably for the circumstances and closed out the match with a cool head.

Jankovic’s main reason for her sudden dip in form was illness; she claimed to feel dizzy and close to collapse in the second set

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