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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 »
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 »
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 »
Wimbledon 2012 is now completed and after all the drama and excitement and a number of surprise results the two singles champions left standing after seven rounds of Grand Slam action were both over the age of 30, well in their 31st year to be exact, Serena Williams turns 31 in late September and Roger Federer celebrates his 31st birthday early next month, it ended up being a celebration for two of the greatest champions that the All England Club has seen in the modern era.
Williams has finally returned to Grand Slam glory to claim her 14th major title after suffering injury and health issue’s over the past year and Federer got to lift his 17th Grand Slam Trophy two and a half years after winning his last one in Melbourne, Australia in 2010, many people thought the two champions were in decline and that neither player would feature much on Championship Sunday at the major events anymore, their respective victories however in the most famous and traditional tournament of all the majors has reminded us all that age is indeed no barrier to Grand Slam success.
I heard John McEnroe stating that in his mind Serena could now lay claim to be the greatest women’s tennis player in the history of the game, while I respect immensely McEnroe’s knowledge and opinion on tennis I can’t agree with him on that statement, I believe that Williams probably has the greatest serve that the women’s game has ever witnessed but the honour of being the greatest women’s player, in my opinion, more »
As Wimbledon 2012 approaches I’m sure all tennis fans across the globe are eagerly anticipating another two weeks of enthralling Grand Slam action on the famous grass courts at The Championships in SW19, many of us will also be eager to see whether or not we have a change at the top of the women’s and men’s world rankings at the conclusion of the tournament.
Maria Sharapova reclaimed the world No.1 ranking from Victoria Azarenka after her fine victory at Roland Garros but her new status will be shortlived if Azarenka can claim her second Grand Slam title at the All England Club over the next few weeks, Sharapova made the final last year and will be defending those points whereas Azarenka was a beaten semifinalist losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in 2011, if Maria fails to reach the final this year and Vika goes one better and makes her first Wimbledon final then we will see the tall 23 year old Belarusian take back the top spot once again, if both players make the final then they will battle it out for the Championship and the No.1 world ranking.
The men’s side of things is even more interesting as we have the top three players in the world all mathematically capable of being world No.1 at the end of The Championships, Novak Djokovic secured the No.1 ranking when he won the 2011 Wimbledon title last year and he has held the position ever since then, Rafael Nadal was beaten by Djokovic in last years Wimbledon decider but his recent victories on clay against his more »