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Monday, May 11, 2015

Angelique Kerber Carries Her Momentum to Rome, Beats Cornet in the First Round


(Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a backhand to Samantha Stosur of Australia in their first round match during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 3, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (May 2, 2015 - Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)

Seeded 9th in the Internationale de Italia, Germany’s Angelique Kerber beat Alize Cornet in straight sets 6-2 6-3 to advance to the second round.

Kerber's defensive game was impenetrable behind the baseline, giving Cornet a lot of troubles. Though Cornet managed to put some resistance twice during the match, it wasn't enough to score an upset against Kerber. During the first set, Cornet held her serve to trail 2-3 but Kerber's solid ground strokes kept her nose in front. She held her serve again 40-0 to win the first set.

The second set follows the same pattern. Kerber leads again 3-1, before Cornet made a short comeback to trail at 2-3. But Kerber responded with solid winners and well-timed drop shots to derail Cornet. Cornet kept her hope alive by winning another game to trail at 3-5, but it didn’t stop the inevitable. Kerber served for the match and celebrated the win after Cornet’s service return landed on the net. Kerber will either meet Irina-Camelia Begu or Urszula Radwanska in the next round.





Angelique Kerber has been enjoying an excellent clay court season. She won back to back premier titles in  Charleston and Stuttgart before falling to Sam Stosur in Madrid.  Can she challenge the top seeds to win Rome title?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Déjà Vu For Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic in Wimbledon’14


 (Photo: June 23, 2014 - Source: Al Bello/Getty Images Europe)

Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic booked their place in the next round of Wimbledon 2014 as they finished their first round assignments respectively. Second seeded Rafael Nadal was tested by unseeded Martin Klizan as he beat the Spaniard in the first set 6-4. But Nadal managed to bounce back and secure the next three sets to end the match 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3. Ana Ivanovic in the other hand won the battle between two former French Open champions as she overcame a gritty challenge from Francesca Schiavone 7-6 6-4.



Waiting for Nadal and Ivanovic in the second round are two familiar opponents. They are two former opponents who made life difficult for both seeds in their previous encounters particularly in Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal will be facing Lucas Rosol, the same player who beat him in the same round in Wimbledon 2012. Nadal was defeated in tight five sets 7-6(9), 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6. After that match, Rafael Nadal went to hiatus missing the US Open and Australian Open the following year citing a knee injury.


(Photo:June 23, 2014 - Source: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Europe)

With victory against Schiavone, Ivanovic earned a clash against her former Wimbledon conqueror Jie Zheng from China. The last time they meet was in the third round in Wimbledon 2008, it was the year when Ana won the French Open a month before and was seeded first in Wimbledon. But during their match in the lawns of Wimbledon, it looks though that the seeding did not matter. Zheng dominated the match and sent Ivanovic sent packing 6-1 6-4. Zheng reached the semifinals that year, falling to eventual runner-up Serena Williams.

 Will history repeat itself? Can Nadal and Ivanovic will get their most awaited revenge against their conquerors?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Andy Murray Fulfills His Destiny, Wins Wimbledon 2013


Finally, the wait is over. The time has come for a British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy after 77 years! It was destiny fulfilled after Andy Murray defeated the number seed, Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-4 to win Wimbledon for the first time in his career!


Andy Murray of Britain poses with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


 

Winner Andy Murray of Britain, left, and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for photographers with their trophies following the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)



Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Andy Murray of Britain during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)



Novak Djokovic of Serbia, front, plays a return to Andy Murray of Britain during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, Pool)



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Marion Bartoli Wins First Wimbledon Title After Defeating Sabine Lisicki in the Finals


Marion Bartoli of France wins her first grand slam at the expense of Germany's Sabine Lisicki in Wimbledon finals. Marion outfoxed Sabine in straight sets 6-1 6-4.

The second time Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli was broken in her opening service game but it did not deter her from winning the first set. After Sabine broke her to lead at 1-0, Marion immediately broke back to level the game afterwards. Sabine who plays for the first time in a grand slam final looks extremely nervous. With her unforced errors climbing up, the German couldn't simply keep up with Marion's barrage of flat ground strokes and race to 5-1 lead. Another error from Lisicki ended the first set after her forehand hit the net cord.

The second set was a similar story with a twist though. Again, Marion Bartoli race to a 5-1 lead but Sabine Lisicki quickly came back to life with the help of her serves. From 5-1 down, Lisicki put up some resistance to trail at 4-5. But Bartoli could not be denied. Sensing that the title was one game away, she lead the last game at 40-0 and closed out the set with an ace. She fell to her knees to celebrate her first grand slam title at Wimbledon!


Marion Bartoli of France smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


 


Sabine Lisicki of Germany runs for a return to Marion Bartoli of France during their Women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their Women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


Sabine Lisicki of Germany returns to Marion Bartoli of France during their Women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Stefan Wermuth, Pool)


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Andy Murray Sets Up Another Grand Slam Final Against Novak Djokovic


Andy Murray recovered from a set down to beat Polish challenger Jerzy Janowicz in Wimbledon semi-finals. The second seeded Andy Murray bidding to be the first Brit to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 beat his younger opponent 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 and advance in the finals where he is going to face the number one seed Novak Djokovic.


 Andy Murray of Britain reacts after winning against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)



Jerzy Janowicz of Poland reacts after winning a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

 

Andy Murray of Britain, right, greets Jerzy Janowicz of Poland at the net after winning their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Novak Djokovic Wins Five Set Thriller Against Juan Martin Del Potro in Wimbledon Semis


Novak Djokovic maintained his composure and tenacity to fend off the mighty groundstrokes of eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro, winning the longest ever Wimbledon semi-final 7-5 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-3 in front of a spellbound Center Court crowd. The injured Juan Martin Del Potro proved to be a tougher opponent against the number seed Djokovic. Del Potro who injured his knee in the fourth and reinjured the same during his quarterfinal match against David Ferrer, pounded the balls mercilessly to dismantle Djokovic defense. But in the end it was Djokovic's consistency that prevailed, Del Potro may have saved two match points to take the fourth set but it was not enough to stop Djokovic. Djokovic unleashed a backhand winner down the line to finish the fifth set to set a dream final against Andy Murray.


Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
 



Novak Djokovic of Serbia, back, plays a return to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Brady, Pool)


Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their Men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


 
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