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The 2013 US Open is now over for another year and Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York has crowned it’s champions for another season, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams ended the championships as the respective King and Queen in New York and it’s hard to argue against the fact that both champions were deserved winners, Rafa played superbly throughout the tournament and when challenged strongly by Djokovic in the men’s final the Spaniard somehow found a way to overcome adversity to win his 13th Grand Slam title, Williams looked on course for a straight sets victory over Victoria Azarenka in the women’s final before the Belarusian bounced back to snatch the second set tiebreak, however Serena’s champion qualities came to the fore in the deciding set as the American powered her way through it to win her 17th Grand Slam singles title.
In an ironic twist, Rafa remains unbeaten on hard courts in season 2013 while Serena is still to be beaten on clay this year, both players were worthy champions in New York with both having to overcome injury problems throughout the last year or so, Rafa’s return to the tour this year has been remarkable and his domination on the North American hard courts has been the biggest talking point of the season so far, can the man from Mallorca now go on to claim his first ever ATP World Tour Finals title I wonder, and could he really do the unthinkable and catch up to Roger Federer’s haul of 17 GS titles? Serena has been the dominant figure on the more »
The 2013 US Open Championships will see the the world’s top 2 ranked men’s and women’s players square off and do battle in their respective finals in the next 48 hours, world No.1 and tournament top seed Novak Djokovic will compete for the title against current world No.2 and tournament second seed Rafael Nadal in the men’s final on Monday, while the top seed and the No.1 ranked women’s player Serena Williams will square off against women’s world No.2 and tournament second seed Victoria Azarenka in the women’s decider tomorrow.
Prior to this year’s tournament, a large majority of the tennis media and fans were predicting these two particular match-ups in their respective finals, after two hard fought weeks of tennis action the world’s highest ranked men and women will now compete for the ultimate prize of being the 2013 US Open Champion in their respective categories, Williams has been on fire in this tournament and the American will start a well deserved favourite tomorrow against Azarenka, however the 24 year old Belarusian has won their last two meetings and Vika can certainly not be ruled out in this repeat of last year’s championship decider.
The eagerly awaited men’s final between Djokovic and Nadal should provide all the fans in Arthur Ashe stadium plenty of excitement, tension and drama in what could end up being a classic five-setter, Nole will hold onto his No.1 ranking regardless of the result but a Rafa victory will see the champion Spaniard close in on a more »
The 2013 US Tennis Open is almost upon us and this year’s edition promises to be one of the more exciting and intriguing Grand Slam tournaments for a variety of reasons, unlike many of the previous Grand Slam events where picking the men’s and women’s champion usually came down to only a couple of players, there seems to be an air of expect the unexpected as we approach the big fortnight extravaganza in Flushing Meadows, New York.
It was only a few months ago that most fans and tennis media alike were deciding between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on who would be the men’s champion in New York in 2013, and on the women’s side the same group of people probably already had the letter S of defending women’s champion Serena Williams engraved on the trophy, my how things have changed, the hottest player on the men’s tour this year is clearly world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and although Williams has been the dominant figure this season on the women’s circuit, her loss last week in Cincinnati to world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and the withdrawal of Russian superstar Maria Sharapova has certainly added some intrigue to the women’s championship.
Is it now a three-way go for the men’s US Open crown between Djokovic, Nadal and Murray or does making that statement disrespect the chances of former champions Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro, on the women’s side it appears to be a two-horse race between Williams and Azarenka but does stating that fact disrespect 2011 champion Sam more »
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 »
The 2013 French Open that concluded at Roland Garros recently again reminded all of us that the two leading players on their respective tours this season are indeed the respective French Open champions, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the two superstars of world tennis are both on impressive winning streaks with Rafa currently sitting on 21 matches unbeaten and Serena having won her last 31 matches, they are both cleary now favoured to end the season ranked No. 1 on their respective rankings but as well know the season is long and can take many twists and turns.
Nadal has been super impressive since his return from injury this season, the champion Spaniard has a 43-2 match record this year and has made all nine finals of the tournaments he has played this season winning an impressive seven of them, he is the first man on the ATP World Tour to qualify for the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and if he continues his current form then he will very likely end the year as world No.1, Rafa has practically no points to defend for the remainder of the season so unless the 27 year old is beset by injury it’s hard to see how the King of Clay will not vie for the top spot at seasons end.
Williams has been just as impressive on the women’s tour holding a 43-2 match record in 2013 and claiming six titles on the way, the 31 year old native from Michigan is now the undisputed No.1 women’s player in the world and with Wimbledon just around the corner it’s difficult to more »