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Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the bookies favourites to once again lift their respective trophies after two week’s of exciting tennis action at the US Open in New York, that should hardly be a surprise however as both players are ranked No.1 in the world and have always enjoyed their share of success at Flushing Meadows, their respective build up prior to the US Open however reads a little different, Novak is coming into New York short of match play after dipping out in Toronto and Cincinnati on his favoured hard court surface, while Serena is heading into the Open full of confidence after winning hard court titles in Stanford and Cincinnati respectively in the past month.
The hottest player on the men’s tour right now is the 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who reached the final in Toronto (lost to Tsonga) and then backed that good week up with a title run in Cincinnati the following week, the Swiss maestro seems to be fit and healthy and playing some of his best tennis for some time, with a favourable looking draw some would argue that Roger is in fact the favourite in the men’s championship at Queens over the next two weeks, Serena is the clear favourite in the women’s singles once again but the 32 year old 17-time Grand Slam champ has been the favourite at all three majors this year and failed to deliver.
Most tennis pundits are predicting a Novak v Roger finale in the men already and most of those people are also predicting Serena to be shooting f more »
As the dust settles on The Wimbledon Championships of 2014, tennis fans finally have a chance to catch their breath after a pulsating fortnight of fantastic grass court tennis, SW19 had many different storylines this year but at the end of the two weeks only two singles champions were left to parade the spoils of victory, they were Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic, Novak and Petra reigned supreme at the All England Club in 2014 but both players had their share of drama before they eventually got their names engraved on the respective trophies.
Novak had his hands full in a tense semi-final clash with the rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov and then had to regroup against Roger Federer in a high quality championship decider which went the distance, Petra was only two points away from being dumped out of the tournament in the third round by the resurgent former champion Venus Williams, the left-handed Czech survived that scare and then blasted her way to title number two at Wimbledon with some devastating power-hitting in the final against the hapless Eugenie Bouchard, the respective champions certainly had to overcome their fair share of adversity before claiming their title’s.
Djokovic’s dramatic victory over the seven-time Wimbledon champ Federer was a classic way to end a great tournament, we saw the rise and rise of the up and coming younger brigade of Dimitrov and his fellow semi-finalist Milos Raonic in the men’s tourney, and the more »
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 »
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 »
Rafael Nadal left no question about who the King of Clay is at the conclusion of the 2014 French Open in Paris, Rafa may have dropped the first set to rival Novak Djokovic in the men’s championship decider, but he stormed back to win the next three sets and the Roland Garros title for an amazing 9th time, the Spaniard’s reign in the city of love continues and after such a strong performance it would be a brave person to predict that Nadal will not win it again in the future, if Rafa stays fit and healthy there is no reason why the Spaniard can’t reach double digits in Paris.
Rafa has now equalled Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles and is now only three away from equalling his great career rival Roger Federer on 17, the on-going debate about who is the GOAT will continue no doubt until both men have hung up their racquet but there is certainly no doubt whatsoever about who the GOAT is when it comes to clay court tennis, Nadal’s success on the red dirt is simply remarkable and he is reaching milestones which may never be broken, whether we will ever see the type of dominance on clay that Nadal has displayed over the years is highly unlikely, as of right now though, the Spaniard continues to reign supreme at Roland Garros.
The women’s championship decider was a highly entertaining battle between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, the Russian ended up claiming her second French Open title in three sets but not before a stirring fight from the Romanian Halep, Maria’s fighti more »