To quote a Tina Turner song, “You’re Simply The Best”.
Despite many expecting a tighter match, today’s Ladies’ Final proved to be a one way affair as Serena Williams easily defended her Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vera Zvonareva who, despite fighting throughout, was just overwhelmed by Williams’s serving and overall play. With her 13th Grand Slam title, Williams now passes Billie Jean King to take over the No. 6 spot in terms of overall women’s champions with Grand Slam titles. Continue reading →
Although the scorelines were a bit similar, the impressive play by Rafael Nadal and Sam Stosur in winning each of their respective finals today was very much the same as both issued “Serena-like” beatdowns of their opponents. Although the clay court season is still young, both players sent a message that they could be the ones to beat at Roland Garros in May.
As expected all week, Nadal easily won his sixth consecutive Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title as he defeated fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 in just under 90 minutes. Continue reading →
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Remember this time last year when the “future” of the WTA appeared out of nowhere? Vera Zvonareva’s title run at Indian Wells followed by Victoria Azarenka’s win over Serena Williams in Miami seemed like the beginning of another wave of young stars set to dominate the tour.
Well, fast forward a year and with the easy wins by Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters over both of these rising stars today at the Sony Ericsson Open, it raises questions of where both Azarenka and Zvonareva are headed in their careers and where the WTA is going too. Continue reading →
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According to the London Times yesterday, Andy Roddick was preparing to announce he was withdrawing from the Barclays ATP Finals in London due to his ongoing knee injury. The internet was abuzz with the rumor and waited for the news.
Well, we’re still waiting.
As of now, Roddick is still officially in the field although Robin Soderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are the official alternates should Roddick bow out.
At last year’s ATP finale in Shanghai, Roddick lost his first round match to Andy Murray then withdrew from his next match due to an ankle injury. If Roddick does withdraw prior to the finale start, he would at least give Soderling a chance to win the whole thing and avoid the injury plagued drama of that WTA season ending event in Doha where alternates Vera Zvonareva and Agnieska Radwankska were called up to play with no hope of winning the event.
So Vera Zvonareva’s journey to the WTA Season Finale in Doha was almost like a chapter out of “Cinderella”.
She barely missed the final eight cut when she lost early in Moscow. However, being in the top ten she was invited as an alternate which meant she couldn’t dress up for the “royal ball” like the other “stepsisters”.
However when the “queen” of the ball aka Dinara Safina couldn’t fulfill her duties, Zvonareva now had a chance.
Zvonareva’s fairy tale almost came true today as she was down a set and a break to Caroline Woznicaki, but managed to fight her way back into a third set before losing 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Even if she can win her next match and go 1-1, it’s unlikely she can advance to the semifinals, unless another miracle occurs.
But of course we’ve seen miracles aplenty this year on the women’s tour, so anything is possible.
The final spot for the season ending WTA Championships in Doha went to Jelena Jankovic after Vera Zvonareva lost her second round match to qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-2 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Jankovic who won her match against Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 6-3 clinched the remaining spot. She said afterwards “I was really happy when I heard that I’d made it to Doha,” Jankovic said. “It was very important for me.”
On the men’s side, Robby Ginepri and Janko Tipsarevic won while Marat Safin lost in his final bid to win his hometown tournament, losing to Evgueni Korolev.
At the BNP Paribas Open Luxembourg, Kim Clijsters’s win streak, which included her now fabled run at the U.S. Open, came to an end when she lost to Patty Schnyder 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6). Clijsters is not planning to play anymore events until the start of 2010.
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The only real intrigue going on this week in Moscow, other than the mayor’s bold claim that he will create a “snow-less winter”, will be which of the remaining ladies with a fighting chance of making it to Doha will prevail at this week’s Kremlin Cup.
Jelena Jankovic, Agnieska Radwanska, and Vera Zvonareva are all competing for the final spot to Doha. Jankovic is defending champion at the event so all the pressure will be on her to not only defend but somehow outlast the other two ladies.
The men are also playing in Moscow this week but the stakes are not as high. Nikolay Davydenko is playing (of course) and will meet Marat Safin in the first round. Good luck with that Kolya.
And let’s not forget the return of Kim Clijsters who will show up in Luxembourg for her first post U.S. Open win event. She could face her fellow finalist Caroline Wozniacki who is also playing the event.
Who do you think will be that last to qualify for Doha?