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Wimbledon Ladies Fianl - Venus Williams vs Serena Williams

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jul 5, 2008 at 5:28AM

who will win?

Let's Recap

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jul 1, 2008 at 1:14AM

Roger Federer - 1 - IN
Rafael Nadal - 2 - IN
Novak Djokovic - 3 - OUT
Andy Roddick - 6 - OUT
Lleyton Hewitt - 20 - OUT (last night against Federer so i forgive him!)
Mario Ancic - ? - IN (brilliant game yesterday!)
Marat Safin - ? - IN (hes playing well)
Richard Gasquet - 8 - OUT (againgst the Scot Andy Murray)
Andy Murray - 12 - IN (YAY - it was an amazing game yesterday!!)
Marcos Baghdatis - 10 - OUT
Feliciano Lopez - 31 - IN
Janko Tipsarevic - OUT (he bet Roddick but lost yesterday to Schuettler)
Rainer Schuettler - IN
Arnauld Clement - IN
Mikhail Youzhny - 17 - OUT (lost to Nadal yesterday)

Quarter Finals

Roger Federer SUI (1)
Mario Ancic CRO

Marat Safin RUS
Feliciano Lopez ESP (31)

Rainer Schuettler GER
Arnaud Clement FRA

Andy Murray GBR (12)
Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

Maria Sharapova - 3 - OUT
Jelena Jankovic - 2 - OUT
Ana Ivanovic - 1 - OUT
Svetlana Kuznetsova - 4 - OUT
Agnieszka Radwanska - 14 - IN
Anna Chakvetadze - 8 - OUT
Serena Williams - 6 - IN
Venus Williams - 7 - IN
Jie Zheng - IN
Elena Dementieva - 5 - IN
Tamarine Tanasugarn - IN

Quarter Finals

Jie Zheng CHN
Nicole Vaidisova CZE (18)

Agnieszka Radwanska POL (14)
Serena Williams USA (6)

Elena Dementieva RUS (5)
Nadia Petrova RUS (21)

Venus Williams USA (7)
Tamarine Tanasugarn THA

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Wimbledon: Day 8

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jul 1, 2008 at 12:51AM

Who won

* Venus Williams, United States (7) -- defeated Alisa Kleybanova, Russia (42), 6-3, 6-4 -- A defending champion put off-Broadway on claustrophobic Court No. 2, which her father and some others found "ridiculous," Williams continued her long drive on the high road. Declining to comment, she said, "Let's keep it on the real. I'm here for the tennis."

* Serena Williams, United States (6) -- defeated Bethanie Mattek, United States (69), 6-3, 6-3 -- Number of sets the Williams sisters lost in the first four rounds: zero. Number of players remaining in the draw who can bring the experience of having been to a Wimbledon semifinal: zero. Hope for these players: close to zero.

* Williams/Williams, United States (11th-seeded) -- defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues/Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain (fifth-seeded), 6-1, 6-4 -- They played this one on Court No. 2 as well, for a sort of tripleheader. Maybe they secretly like Court No. 2.

* Roger Federer, Switzerland (1) -- defeated Lleyton Hewitt, Australia (27), 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-4 -- Federer, who hasn't played on Court No. 2 since the 2003 quarterfinals, pointed out that seven-time champion Pete Sampras played Court No. 2 for his last Wimbledon match, a second-round loss to George Bastl in 2002. Of course, you could always say that at least such an unsightly farewell had a smaller crowd.

* Rafael Nadal, Spain (2) -- defeated Mikhail Youzhny, Russia (17), 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 -- Youzhny took Nadal to five sets here in 2007, but said that by now, "It doesn't matter if it's grass or clay." Scarier tennis words seldom have surfaced.

* Asia -- Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand (60) and Jie Zheng, China (133) combined to give the world's largest continent two Wimbledon quarterfinalists for the first time. Tanasugarn, 31, who had been to six Wimbledon fourth rounds in one of the least-known impressive statistics on earth, said, "Can I say, wow, wow, wow?"

Who lost

Jelena Jankovic, Serbia (3) -- lost to Tanasugarn (60) 6-3, 6-2 -- "I was almost playing in the parking lot," said the injured Jankovic, who got Court No. 18. "I almost needed a helicopter to get to my court."

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia (4) -- lost to Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland (11), 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 -- Kuznetsova could have vaulted to No. 1 in the world had she reached the semifinal. But then, nobody much wants that role.

Women's quarterfinals

* Venus Williams (7) vs. Tanasugarn (60) -- "I play her many times and she kick my butt," Tanasugarn said of Williams. It's good not to be alone in life.

* Serena Williams (6) vs. Radwanska (11) -- After Monday's match, Williams said she believes her capability exceeds her ranking. Given how the elite players have cratered to make this the first Grand Slam of the 40-year Open era without a top-four seeded player in the quarterfinals, it's clear she's not delusional.

* Zheng (133) vs. Nicole Vaidisova, Czech Republic (22) -- If you think of it, there's always a chance this could be the most-watched Wimbledon quarterfinal in history. (Hint: China.)

* Elena Dementieva, Russia (5) vs. Nadia Petrova, Russia (18) -- Entering the quarterfinals, Dementieva was the highest-seeded player left. If you bet that in your office pool . . . well, no, you really shouldn't be having office pools on these things.

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Wimbledon So Far

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 29, 2008 at 2:44AM

So the first week is over and the tournament has been very unpredictable. Hugh seeds were knocked out: Djokovic, Roddick, Sharapova, Ivanovic and Blake all gone.

Women - The Williams sisters were not considered as a threat at the start of the tournament but now they so are. They are probably the favourites to win but they seem to be suffering a bit and with the unpredictabiltiy of the womens tennis anything can happen.

This tournament reflects the theme of tennis so far this season altogether, Federer going awol(considered as vulnerable by critics) albiet through injury, Nadal called a one trick pony by some observers(although he goes deep in alost any tournament he goes to, be it clay grass or hard court), Djokovic well he is the best player so far this season without a doubt ( but people question his mental ability) and so many others.

Could we see the return of Marat Safin or a Lleyton Hewitt to trouble the Top three and mix things up on tour? I hope so and everyone hopes so i guess as it makes it more unpedictable.

Lleyton Hewitt is suffering from an injury but is still playing brilliantly.

Its been a nice week so far and the weather has held up quite well to let play take place. Hoping for good end to the week and a very good second week, at least as interesting as this week or even more interesting.

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Venus Advances At Wimbledon

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 29, 2008 at 2:36AM

from: Courant.com

WIMBLEDON, England - — Ask Venus Williams about playing Jelena Jankovic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday. Or ask Jankovic about playing Williams. They'll deliver the standard line about taking things one round at a time.

But on this middle Sunday with all players having a day of rest, it wouldn't be astonishing if both have looked at the draw and seen they are one win from reprising a Wimbledon match that Williams would love to erase from her memory bank.

It was 2006 and Jankovic, then 21 and never having made the second week of a Grand Slam, upset defending champion Williams 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-4 on the fourth match point of a tense third-round match.

But before there can be a rematch of that upset, Jankovic has to get past Tamarine Tanasugarn on Monday, and Williams will have to defeat Alisa Kleybonova.

That victory over Williams has done nothing to convince Jankovic that she has a comfort level on the All England Club lawns.

"Grass is not my favorite surface," she insisted Saturday after surviving a knee injury and horrific opening set to beat 17-year-old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and reach the round of 16.

The fourth round is as far as Jankovic has gotten at Wimbledon, with her prodigious ground strokes, great defense and average serve. But, assuming the knee heals, she should reach the quarters.

It was another dry day at Wimbledon as the tournament completed its first week with only a 90-minute rain delay, which came Friday.

On the men's side, Rafael Nadal joined five-time defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round by defeating Nicolas Kiefer, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal will face Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round. The two met in the fourth round a year ago at Wimbledon, with Nadal coming back from two sets down to win 6-2 in the fifth. Meanwhile, Federer's next opponent is Lleyton Hewitt, the former Wimbledon winner. Federer holds a 13-7 lifetime edge and has won their past 11 meetings.

Other men's winners: No. 8 Richard Gasquet, No. 12 Andy Murray and four unseeded players: Janko Tipsarevic, Rainer Schuettler, Arnaud Clement and Marin Cilic.

Jankovic, seeded No. 2, No. 7 Williams, Tanasugarn and Kleybanova reached the fourth round along with four others in the lower half of the draw: No. 5 Elena Dementieva, No. 21 Nadia Petrova, Alla Kudryavtseva and Shahar Peer, who upset No.9 seed and French Open runner-up Dinara Safina.

Kudryavtseva, who upset Maria Sharapova earlier in the week, caused some commotion after her victory when she told the media to "get over it" when more questions were asked about her criticism of Sharapova's outfit.

If Williams doesn't want to look ahead, she is even less talkative about the increasing possibility that she and her sister, Serena, could meet in a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon in 2003, when Serena won. Venus, 28, has won four Wimbledon titles; Serena, 26, has two.

"The more we progress, obviously the closer it gets," Venus said. "But personally, I'm really focused on my next round."

Williams defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 7-5, playing nearly error-free in the opening set and concluding the match with a Wimbledon-record 127 mph serve.

Williams won 12 of the final 14 points. The final serve topped the previous Wimbledon high of 126 achieved by both Venus and Serena Williams. Venus holds the women's tour record with a 129 mph serve at last year's U.S. Open.

Unable to play her usual aggressive game, Jankovic played a lot of deep, safe balls in the final set, trying to coax errors. It worked. Wozniacki, frustrated at her inability to return serve from the deuce court, had 13 unforced errors in the third set to three winners.

Wimbledon: Day 6

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 29, 2008 at 2:34AM

from Los Angeles Times

Who won

* Venus Williams, United States (7), d. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain (101), 6-1, 7-5 -- The defending champion's first week closed beneath a blue sky on Court No. 1 on a 127-mph serve that rocketed to the corner untouched. It seemed like a snapshot of the age.

*Rafael Nadal, Spain (2), d. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany (32), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3 -- Spain sends a juggernaut into the Euro 2008 final against Germany today, and a juggernaut into the second week of Wimbledon starting Monday. It's possible these days to have a serious case of Spain envy.

*Jelena Jankovic, Serbia (3), d. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark (30), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 -- "Seventeen?" Jankovic said of Wozniacki. "She's very young. I didn't know she was that young." But the old lady, 23, pulled through.

* Andy Murray, Britain (11), d. Tommy Haas, Germany (38), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 -- Can he? Oh, probably not, but it'll be loud.

Who lost

* Dinara Safina, Russia (9), lost to Shahar Peer, Israel (26), 7-5, 6-7 (4), 8-6 -- By the last game of a three-hour, 25-minute match against Peer's unsteady nerve, the French Open finalist Safina was visibly in pain, crying and making dinky serves, the last of which fluttered long for a closing double fault. Jeez.

What's next

Silence (1), Sunday, off. But on Monday . . .

* Serena Williams, United States (6) vs. Bethanie Mattek, United States (69) -- They should suspend the all-white-clothing rule just for this match, given the flair capacity of both, with Mattek's outfits the more raucous. "Her personality is so good," Williams said, "and the courage you have to wear something like that -- in fashion -- goes a long way for me."

* Venus Williams, United States (7) vs. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia (42) -- It's Williams' ninth fourth round here. They grow up so fast.

* Roger Federer, Switzerland (1) vs. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia (27) -- The last two Wimbledon champions play each other. It's the guy who won it the last five times against the guy who won it the time before that while grateful that the guy who'd win it five times hadn't arrived just yet.

* Marat Safin, Russia (75) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland (9) -- It's a resurgent genius against the upwardly mobile. It's a bonanza for tennis scholars.

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Wayne Black

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 28, 2008 at 2:52AM

Jonas Björkman

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 28, 2008 at 2:47AM

Tomáš Berdych

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 28, 2008 at 2:42AM

Boris Becker

Posted By scotlandrulz on Jun 28, 2008 at 2:40AM