Sports Illustrated Names Serena ‘Sportsperson Of The Year’

SerenaWorld’s number one female tennis player, Serena Williams, has been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.

The Group Editor, Paul Fichtenbaum, said Serena’s performances in winning 3 grand slams in 2015 made a very strong case for her before describing her as the greatest tennis player of her generation.

The 21-time grand slam champion joins an elite group to have won the award, including Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Joe Montana and Jack Nicklaus.

Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova has beaten Madison Keys in an exhibition match organised to bring professional tennis to the city of Los Angeles in the United States.

In her singles match, the five-time grand slam champion came back from a set down to beat her American rival 6-7, 6-1, 11-9, while in the men’s singles, Mardy Fish trashed former world number one Andy Roddick 7-6, 4-6, 12-10.

Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams Beats Garbine Muguruza In Final

Serena-WilliamsSerena Williams has defeated Garbine Muguruza, 6-4,6-4, in Wimbledon ladies singles final.

The world number one defeated her Spanish opponent to win her 6th title at SW19 and 21st Grand Slam title.

Williams is on course for a calender Grand Slam after wining the Australian and French Open title.

“It Feels So Good”

Williams withstood a late fightback from 20th seed Muguruza, to come through in one hour and 23 minutes.

After receiving the trophy she said:  “It feels so good holding the trophy. I have to give thanks to Jehovah God for the day. I just really relied on His strength.

“Garbine! She played so well I didn’t even know it was over because she was fighting so hard in the end…

“Congratulations! Don’t be sad. You will be holding this trophy very, very soon believe me. You are a great champ.

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Serena Williams says it feels good holding her sixth wimbledon title trophy

“I am just happy it was such a great match”.

She will head to the US Open next month, aiming to complete the first calendar year Grand Slam of her career.

Williams thrashed Maria Sharapova to reach the final, extending her winning run against Sharapova to 17 matches over 11 years with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Muguruza, who is 21-years-old, was playing in her first Grand Slam final and took a 4-2 lead, before giving the top seed a mighty scare by battling back from a set and 5-1 down with two breaks of serve.

She became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1996 when she beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

In the men’s championship, Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in the semi-final match on Friday to book a place in the final.

Serena Williams Through To Wimbledon Final

Serena WilliamsWorld number one, Serena Williams thrashed fourth seed Maria Sharapova to set up a Wimbledon final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

The American extended her winning run against Sharapova to 17 matches over 11 years with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Williams could win a sixth Wimbledon and 21st major title on Saturday, when she can also complete a ‘Serena Slam’ by holding all four grand slam titles.

Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1996 when she beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The 20th seed showed no early nerves in the biggest match of her career, powering through the first set and moving 3-1 ahead in the second.

Radwanska fought back to take the second set with a run of six successive games.

The day, however, belonged to the young Spaniard who clinched victory with a swinging forehand volley.

Muguruza is capable of pushing Williams in the final as the young Spaniard stunned Serena in the French Open second round in 2014.

However, a grand slam final will be a different proposition and much will depend on how the 21-year-old handles the pressure of her first major final.

Wimbledon: Federer Looking Forward To Murray Clash

FedererWorld number two, Roger Federer, is looking forward to his Wimbledon semi-final match up against home favourite Andy Murray.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion insists that the Brit is ‘in full flight’ as he bids for a third grand slam win.

Andy Murray, however, says he is not flattered with the praises from his opponent Roger Federer but he will rather focus on the game ahead.

The third seed described his 6-4 7-5 6-4 Wimbledon quarter-final victory against Vasek Pospisil as ‘a good match’.

Murray did not give up a single break point in the match, and maintained his high level when the roof was closed after a rain delay.

Djokovic Wary Of Gasquet Threat

Ahead of the other semi final showdown, World number one, Novak Djokovic, has credited Richard Gasquet for the improvement that has led to the duo facing off in the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Friday.

The world number one ousted Marin Cilic in straight sets to set up a clash with Gasquet, who overcame Stan Wawrinka in a five-set thriller.

Djokovic believes Gasquet’s fitness has helped him to complete his game.

Wimbledon: Federer Cruises To Semis, To Face Murray

federerSeven-time champion, Roger Federer edged out Gilles Simon 6-3 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

The Swiss second seed was broken for the first time in 68 service games this year near the end of the second set.

But that was virtually the only blip for the 33-year-old as he won in one hour and 34 minutes.

He will face Andy Murray who enjoyed a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win over Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the semis.

Federer leads their head-to-head with 12 wins to Murray’s 11, but Murray won the last of their duels on grass when the Scotsman picked up gold for Great Britain in straight sets at the 2012 London Olympics.

Wimbledon: Nadal, Wawrinka, Serena, Sharapova, Djokovic Get Set

WimbledonIn tennis, Rafael Nadal is aiming to turn his season around and Stan Wawrinka is chasing his third grand slam at Wimbledon which begins on Monday.

Nadal is down to number 10 in the seeding, but says he is feeling confident despite a string of injuries that have plagued his game over the last 12 months.

For Wawrinka, he is one of the few who has been able to challenge the dominance of the big four claiming two grand slams in the last 18 months, in Australia and most recently in France.

He is, however, playing down his achievements.

Serena, Sharapova Talk Chances

Meanwhile, Serena Williams heads into the 40th Wimbledon since Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a grand slam, knowing that she can mark his achievement with another victory at SW19.

Williams has won five championships at Wimbledon and she attributed her success to his huge influence.

One of her main rivals for the title will be Maria Sharapova, who famously beat the American in the final as a 17-year-old in 2004.

The Russian believes Serena is the player to beat at the tournament.

Djokovic Expects Tricky Tie Against Kohlschreiber

Wimbledon Champion, Novak Djokovic, says facing Philip Kohlschreiber in the opening round will be a tricky test.

The world number one is bidding for a third Wimbledon title and will start play on centre court on Monday.

He goes into the match without any competitive warm up game.

Djokovic reached the final of the French Open three weeks ago, but suffered a shock loss against Stanislas Wawrinka and he admitted the defeat was hard to swallow.