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Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their respective domination of world tennis again this fortnight by claiming the men’s singles championship and women’s singles championship respectively at SW19 in London, Djokovic beat the sentimental favourite Roger Federer in a high quality men’s final while Williams proved too strong for first time finalist Garbine Muguruza in the women’s decider, Nole and Serena have been the two dominant figures in world tennis this season and it looks set to maybe continue into next month also as both will head to New York as the title favourites at the US Open, Djokovic will look to win his third major title and reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final in New York while Serena will try and complete the tough task of a 2015 calendar Grand Slam, with the form both players are currently showing, Novak and Serena will again be hard to beat at Flushing Meadows next month.
Djokovic and Williams have been the standout performers on their respective ATP and WTA Tours this season, the Serb seems to be at the peak of his powers at the age of 28 while Serena still awaits a regular title threat at the grand old tennis age of 33, Djokovic claimed his 9th Grand Slam title with his four set win over Federer while Williams racked up Grand Slam title No.21 with her straight sets victory over Muguruza, it is hard to believe that neither player will add to their Grand Slam haul in the next twelve months, Djokovic seems to be one of the favourites at more »
Roger Federer has reached yet another Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon and this time the Swiss maestro might even start as the favourite to win it all after a dominant display of tennis against the British hope Andy Murray in their semi-final clash, the majority of tennis pundits thought Murray would ride his 2015 form and the home crowd into another SW19 final in London but the Fed Express had other idea’s about that, Roger was simply sublime against Andy and the straight sets victory was even more impressive by Fed because Murray actually played pretty good tennis himself, Federer will face Novak Djokovic in a repeat of the 2014 final in which the Serb got up to beat Federer in five sets, unlike last year though, most are predicting that Federer will start as the favourite against Novak this time around due to his ultra impressive semi-final victory over Murray, Wimbledon great Bjorn Borg was quoted as saying “it is the best tennis he has seen from Federer for a decade” and John McEnroe stated that “it might have been the best serving display he has ever seen at SW19″, while it’s easy to make statements after such a fine performance from Federer, the great man himself will know that he will need to continue his dominant form against the No.1 ranked player in the world if he is to claim Grand Slam title No.18.
Djokovic has reached the final of all three Grand Slam events this year and is clearly the undisputed world No.1 right now, the Serb suffered his last more »
Garbine Muguruza has cemented a place in her first Grand Slam singles final this week, toppling world No.13 Agnieszka Radwanska in a polished display of power hitting to overwhelm the former Wimbledon finalist from Poland in their semi-final match-up, the 21 year old Venezuelan born Spaniard has already been earmarked as a future star on the WTA Tour but she took a giant step towards stardom by out-hitting Radwanska and claiming her place in the women’s championship decider at SW19 against Serena Williams on Saturday, Muguruza must now regroup and focus on the toughest task in women’s tennis, beating world No.1 and the 20-time Grand Slam champion Williams.
Muguruza is the first Spanish women to make the Wimbledon singles final since Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario in 1996, if successful against Serena in the championship decider then Garbine will become the first Spanish women’s singles champion at Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez in 1994, it will be a tough test for Muguruza in the final against a player who seems intent on creating her own history in the women’s game right now, Williams will hold all four Grand Slam singles title’s if she is victorious on Saturday and will shoot for a calendar Grand Slam in New York if successful at SW19, it looks like a case of the proven champion against a champion in the making, so who will prevail then, will Serena claim Grand Slam singles title No.21 or will Garbine prove that she is ready for Grand Slam champion status by claiming her ma more »
It’s looking likely that Serena Williams (No.1 seed) and Maria Sharapova (No.4 seed) may well do battle in the semi-finals of the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon in London later this week, the two giants of the women’s game are on a collision course to clash in the last four of the tournament but first they must negotiate their respective quarter-final opponents, Serena will face a rejuvenated Victoria Azarenka and Maria will take on the giant killer of this year’s singles draw in American Coco Vandeweghe, Williams is still the warm favourite to take the women’s title but she has hit some road bumps along the way in The Championships and will need to be at her best to beat Vika, Sharapova has gone about her business strongly in this year’s edition of SW19 and is yet to drop a set, however Vandeweghe has also not dropped a set on route to her quarter-final showdown with Maria, at least one of these ladies are about to drop a set for the first time at Wimbledon.
The bottom half of the draw does not boast a current or former Grand Slam champion with former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska (No.13 seed) the highest seed left in that section of the draw, Aggie is joined by Timea Bacsinszky (No.15 seed), Garbine Muguruza (20th seed) and the big-serving American Madison Keys (No.21 seed), Radwanska will square off against Keys while Bacsinszky will do battle with the big-hitting Spaniard Muguruza in their respective quarter-final match-ups, this half of the draw pr 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 »