Serena Williams Retires In Tears From Wimbledon 


US player Serena Williams reacts as she withdraws from her women’s singles first-round match against Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the second day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

American legend Serena Williams’s dreams of winning an eighth Wimbledon singles title and equalling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam singles record of 24 ended in tears on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old was leading 3-1 in the first set of her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus when she slipped and had to have her left ankle examined.

Williams returned from receiving medical attention but called it a day at 3-3 and walked off Centre Court in tears.

It is the first time that Williams has bowed out in the first round of Wimbledon.

The tears said it all as with the withdrawals of 2019 champion Simona Halep and of Naomi Osaka prior to the tournament the American would have fancied her chances of at last equalling the controversial Court’s landmark.

Williams was giving the Olympics a miss anyways giving her time to recover ahead of the US Open in September which she has won six times.

“Brutal for @serenawilliams but centre court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there,” tweeted British star Andy Murray.

Williams, who also had strapping on her right thigh, hasn’t won a Slam since the 2017 Australian Open.

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US player Serena Williams reacts as she pulls-up injured before withdrawing from her women’s singles first-round match against Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the second day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

William’s slip came at the same end of the court as that of Adrian Mannarino which brought a premature end to the Frenchman’s hard-fought match with Roger Federer.

Mannarino slipped and fell late in the fourth set and pulled out at the beginning of the fifth set.

Federer remarked he felt that the surface was more slippery when the roof is in use which it had been due to rain earlier on Tuesday.

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US Open: Serena Williams Beats Wozniacki To Win 18th Grand Slam Title

Williams n woznaicki 1Serena Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title.

Williams eased past Wozniacki 6-3 6-3 to move up in the record book with her 18th grand slam title.

It was the third consecutive and sixth overall U.S. Open crown for the 32-year-old American as well as her 18 career grand slams putting her alongside Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.

After a poor start from both players, Williams steadied herself to take the first set and found something approaching her best form to dominate the second.

Failing to get beyond the last 16 of the year’s first three slams, the top seed sailed through the U.S. Open without dropping a set, finishing off Woznaicki in 75 minutes.

“It was a really wonderful feeling,” said Williams, who was joined by Navratilova and Evert for the trophy presentation, when she also collected US$4m in prize money.

“I couldn’t have finished things in a better way. It is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”

The emotion for Williams was clear during the on-court ceremony as she struggled to hold back tears before being presented with an 18-carat gold Tiffany bracelet by Navratilova and Evert to mark her achievement.

“It means a lot to me,” she said. “I just could never have imagined that I would be mentioned with Chris Evert or with Martina Navratilova, because I was just a kid with a dream and a racket.

“Living in Compton, this never happened before. And then it was eluding me for three tournaments. That’s a lot for me. I was really excited to get it. It was definitely (weighing) on my shoulders.”

“I definitely did not think I was going to win a Slam this year,” she added. “And I even said, ‘I’m ready to start next year already. Let’s put this behind me.’

“I’m grateful to win a Grand Slam this year. It feels really good.”

There was no joy, however, for Wozniacki.

Back in a grand slam final for the first time in five years, it was another frustrating end to a promising fortnight for the 10th seed as she once again left Flushing Meadows empty-handed, a major championship just beyond her grasp.

The Dane had hoped she would be more ready for the occasion five years after her first slam final, when she lost to Kim Clijsters, but she was comprehensively second best to her close friend, Serena.

“I don’t believe that talent can beat everything,” said Wozniacki, who leaned on Williams for support after golfer, Rory McIlroy, broke off their engagement just before the French Open.

“When she’s on her game it’s not fun to play her,” said Wozniacki, whose only other grand slam finals appearance also came at Flushing Meadows in 2009. “She’s so strong. She has a good serve and she puts pressure on you straight away.

“When she needs to she can pull out that big serve. She has the power. She can push us back on the court and take the initiative.US Open

“She definitely has the experience now, as well. I think that makes it even harder, because maybe back in the day she might have made not the right choices.

“Now she knows what she needs to do out there, and it makes it even harder to beat her.”

Wozniacki insisted the pair’s friendship did not affect the match and hailed Williams’s phenomenal achievements.

“When you’re out there, we’re both competitors and we both want to win, so we’re both going to do anything possible to win the match,” said Wozniacki.

“After the match, we’re friends again. It’s tennis. It’s a game. But off the court we still care equally as much about each other.

“I think her results and her career says it all: 18 grand slam titles. You don’t get that unless you’re exceptional in what you do. She is one of the greatest of all time. To have 18 grand slam titles and still be the person she is is really something very rare.”

It has been a tough season for Williams by her sky-high standards, the American failing to make it past the fourth round at any of the first three slams.

The world No1 moved to within one of the pair at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago but faltered surprisingly three times trying to get there.

At the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, she did not make it past the fourth round, and when she was whisked away from the All England Club in June after her bizarre doubles display, a US Open title looked a long way away.

Williams has now won six US Open, five Wimbledon, five Australian Open and two French Open titles over the course of 15 years – a record span of years between winning Grand Slams.

Both Navratilova and Evert won their 18 titles over the course of 12 years, and Williams’s longevity is something that John McEnroe, a four-time US Open winner, believes makes her the best ever.

Wimbledon Open: Kvitova To Bourchard In The Women Finals

kvitovaCzech, Petra Kvitova has gotten into the final of Wimbledon Open after defeating compatriot, Lucie Safarova in straight sets at the All England club on Thursday .

Seeded sixth in the tournament, Kvitova , won 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 in the first all-Czech semi-final at a Grand Slam and will play Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the finals on Saturday.

The 2011 champion moved ahead with an immediate break when she swept a forehand winner across court, but Safarova found her feet quickly and made it 2-2 with a backhand into the corner.

From then on there was little to separate the two left-handers, Kvitova’s more powerful serving pegged back by her greater errors off the ground.

It came down to the finest of margins, with Safarova saving a set point at 5-6 thanks to a fine swinging serve, before Kvitova clinched it with a sharp return and a wrong-footing forehand.

Kvitova was swinging freely as she broke serve with another forehand into the corner at the start of the second set, before coming through a tough service game to move 3-0 in front.

Safarova had a chance to get back in the contest with a break point in game five but she could only find the net as she went for too much on a second-serve return.

Losing her last two Grand Slam semi-finals, Kvitova ensured there would be no hat-trick of defeats as she raced to the finish line, angling away a backhand on match point to get into the finals

She is hoping to get her second grand slam title against 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard, who defeated Romanian Simona Halep to become Canada’s first Grand Slam singles finalist at Wimbledon.

Bouchard, who won the junior title in 2012 and reached the semi-finals at the first two Grand Slams of the year in Australia and France, defeated 3rd seed, Halep 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

 

Murray Crashes Out of Wimbledon Open

dimitrov1Defending champion, Andy Murray, crashed out of the Wimbledon Open after a shock defeat to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

Dimitrov came of age as he dismantled Murray 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2 in just a minute over two hours, handing him his first straight-sets defeat at Wimbledon since 2010’s loss to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

The defeat ended Murray’s 17-match winning streak at the All England Club and was his first slam loss to a player ranked outside the top 10 in four years.

Murray lost his first set of the tournament as Dimitrov stormed into an early lead in their Wimbledon quarter-final clash.

The Scot, whose run at the All England Club included his 2012 Olympic gold and last year’s Wimbledon triumph over Novak Djokovic, made a strong start but could not convert a break point in a tight opening game, and Dimitrov grew in confidence from the opening four-minute test.

He had little trouble returning the Murray Serve and, unlike the Briton’s previous opponents, was able to dictate in the longer exchanges.

Dimitrov, who is seeded 11th, had too much with his big serve variety of shots and athletic defence for an off-key Murray, who looked underpowered on serve and made a host of unforced errors.

The Bulgarian, who is unbeaten in 10 matches on grass, has reached his first ever grand slam semi-final, doing so with a destructive display that Murray simply had no answer to throughout.

Wimbledon Open: Nadal Knocked Out by Australian Teeneger, Kyrgios

tennis-wimbledon-nick-kyrgios-wimbledon-r4_3166372Australian teenager, Nick Kyrgios, created a big upset as he defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3  to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Nadal had no answer for Kyrgios’ booming serve and thunderous ground strokes, the 19-year-old sending down 37 aces and hitting 70 winners during the course of the fourth round contest.

The world number one had lost the first set in each of his first three matches before recovering to win in four, but could not repeat the same feat against a rampant Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, who had being tipped for greatness by the likes of Andy Murray and Pat Cash in recent weeks, only claimed his first top-50 win a week before the victory over Nadal when he saved nine match points to beat Richard Gasquet in the second round.

The Australian teenager, who is world number 144, is the first man outside the top 100 to beat a world number one since 1992.

Wimbledon Open: Li Na Crashes Out, Djokovic Advances Despite Injury Scare

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Second seed, Li Na, was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) by Barbora Strycova in the third round of the women’s singles.

China’s Li was badly out of sorts against her Czech opponent, who will play 16th seed Caroline Wozniacki next.

Australian Open champion Li, 32, has not advanced beyond the third round in eight appearances at Wimbledon and lost in the first round at this year’s French Open.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki reached round four with a 6-3 6-0 defeat of Croatia’s Ana Konjuh.

Romania’s third seed, Simona Halep, runner up at this year’s French Open, reached round three with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

Twenty-two year old, Halep will play world number 71 Belinda Bencic next after the Swiss player beat American Victoria Duval 6-4 7-5.

Russian Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 22, also reached the fourth round with a 7-5 6-3 defeat of France’s Caroline Garcia.

In the men category, top seed Novak Djokovic moved into the fourth round of the men’s singles with a comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Gilles Simon despite injury scare.

The world number two will play 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next after the Frenchman beat Jimmy Wang 6-2 6-2 7-5.

Djokovic was leading 3-2 in the third set and seemingly closing in on an uneventful victory when he dived to reach a forehand and appeared to twist his left arm.

The 2011 champion looked in extreme pain but a trainer manipulated his shoulder and the 27-year-old was able to continue.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson beat 16th seed Fabio Fognini in five sets.

Anderson, the 20th seed, won 4-6 6-4 2-6 6-2 6-1 and will play Britain’s Andy Murray in round four, if the defending champion wins his third-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut.

 

Wimbledon: Murray Admits Opening Day Win Settled Nerves

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Andy Murray has admitted that getting off to a good start helped settle his nerves as he began his defence of his Wimbledon title.

Murray, who swept past David Goffin with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 win on day one of the Wimbledon Open, admitted to having felt the pressure of the occasion.

The British number one received a rapturous reception as he fulfilled the tradition of returning men’s champions opening play on Centre Court.

He believed his fast start helped him overcome his opponent, saying: “I was probably a bit more nervous yesterday than I was today.

“But it does help if you can get ahead early like I did. That helped settle the nerves down a little bit.

“I played very well. I hit the ball very well. I hit the ball clean from the beginning of the match.

“I thought the second and third sets were very high level. I thought he played very well. He was aggressive. He goes for his shots. He moves extremely well. He’s very quick around the court. He has great hands up at the net as well.

“He played a bad game from 40-0 up at 5-5 in the third set. But it was very good.”

In other Wimbledon Open games, Novak Djokovic, eased into the second round of the men’s singles with a straight-sets win. The 2011 champion defeated Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0 6-1 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes.

6th seed, Tomas Berdych, survived an early scare before advancing to the next round, while 7th seed, David Ferrer, also advanced with a 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 6-1 victory over fellow Spaniard, Pablo Carreno-Busta.

There were also wins for 12th seed, Ernests Gulbis, 17th seed, Mikhail Youzhny and Queen’s Club champion, Grigor Dimitrov, the 11th seed.