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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 »
Nineteen year old Australian Nick Kyrgios has just become the toast of the tennis world down under after sensationally toppling world No.1 and the 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of The Championships at SW19, the Canberra native is currently coached by the Kiwi Simon Rea which means there is an ANZAC connection with Kyrgios’ success, the big-serving Aussie teenager has just announced himself on the world stage at arguably the most famous tennis tournament in the world, is Kyrgios now the new kid on the block when it comes to talking future Grand Slam champions?
Wimbledon 2014 is also turning out to be a good tournament for two other young guns on the ATP World Tour, namely Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, the Canadian and Bulgarian have both been touted as future Grand Slam champions but with Kyrgios upsetting Nadal, can we now add the Aussie with the Greek surname to the list of future major tournament winners, maybe we can but one huge upset won’t get him there however, the fact Nick is only 19 years of age augurs well for the young man though, Raonic and Dimitrov are both 23 years of age so Kyrgios is four years their junior and already he has made the last eight of Wimbledon at the same time as his more illustrious opponents.
Kyrgios is certainly the talk of the town at SW19 this week and he will continue to be talked about if he goes deeper in the tournament, Goran Ivanisevic, the coach of Marin Cilic (another quarter-finalist) was th 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 »
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 »