Serena Williams Dominates in Opening Match at Wimbledon

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(June 25, 2013) Serena Williams began the defense of her Wimbledon crown in dominating style by conquering Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-3 in a first round match on Tuesday on Centre Court.

Williams did not lose a point on her serve in the first set which captured in 19 minutes. The 92nd ranked Minella took a 2-0 lead to open the second set when Williams double faulted on a break point.

Williams stormed back by winning the next four games and broke serve to seal the match. Williams has extended her career-best winning streak to 32

She’s now 68-8 at Wimbledon.

The world No. 1 assessed her play:

“I feel like I was a little rusty for some reason today.  I don’t feel like I played my best.  I felt really upset when I lost my serve in the second set.

“With that being said, I think Mandy played really well.  I thought she was really mixing up her shots, mixing up her game.  It wasn’t an easy match for me.  I’m a little excited I was able to play a tough match and to get through it.”

Kimiko Date-Krumm ©Tennis Panorama

Kimiko Date-Krumm ©Tennis Panorama

The 42-year-old veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm demolished 18-year-old German qualifier Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-2.

Date-Krumm retired at 25 but made a comeback at 37 in 2008

“When I come back, I’m enjoying very much, even I’m losing,” said the Japanese tennis player.  “Of course, after losing, always very disappointed.  But still I’m enjoying very much.

“I have a lot of passion.  I like challenge because not easy for my age.”

Date-Krumm is the second oldest player to win a match at Wimbledon. Martina Navratilova was 47 when she won a first round match in 2004.

Sixth seed Li Na had an easy time with Michaella Krajicek winning 6-1, 6-1.

In a battle of young up and comers, USA’s Madison Keys defeated Great Britain’s Heather Watson 6-3, 7-5.

For Keys it was her first win at the All England Club.

“I was definitely pretty nervous at the beginning,” Keys said.  “Once I started playing the match a little bit, getting into it, felt a lot better.

“After winning my first one, feel really good about it.”



Monfils Withdraws from Wimbledon

Gael Monfils

Wimbledon announced the latest withdrawals on Wednesday. Gael Monfils of France and Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands have pulled out of the tournament.

World No. 15 Monfils, who missed the French Open is out with a knee injury while Krajicek has withdrawn due to a viral illness.

World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharpaova head the list of Wimbledon seeds announced earlier. The Championships, Wimbledon begin on Monday.



Sony Ericsson Open Event Recap for March 20, 2012


Before hitting the tennis courts at the Sony Ericsson Open, American Ryan Harrison, along with 10 other ATP and WTA players took in a swim with the dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium’s Dolphin Harbor.

“It was a really special experience for me to be able to swim with the dolphins and it’s something I’ll always remember,” said Harrison, the 19-year-old who cracked the Top 100 last July.

Harrison was joined by fellow ATP players Bernard Tomic, Gilles Simon, Robert Lindstedt and Leonardo Mayer and WTA players Michaella Krajicek, Elena Vesnina, Flavia Pennetta, Gisela Dulko, Paola Suarez and Sabine Lisicki. Four of the attraction’s dolphins were on hand to play with the players.

Harrison admitted that he was anxious as he waited for his turn to ride across the pool. “I was really nervous,” he said. “I was last to go on the ride and everyone else did it right. I wanted to end on a good note.”

Tomic, the top Australian who is ranked No. 36 in the world, enjoyed his first dolphin interaction. “Giving the kiss was a bit nerve wracking,” joked the 19-year-old. “But (swimming with the dolphins) was fun. It’s something I haven’t done before.”


More than 1,400 children converged at the Sony Ericsson Open for Lindt Kids’ Day. Doubles’ teams Aisam Quereshi & Jean-Julien Rojer; and Anna-Lena Groenefeld & Galina Voskoboeva, joined the kids on court and offered tennis instruction. The children hailed from Miami-Dade, Broward and Lee counties. A host of donors contributed to the event including: Build A Bear Workshop, The Conrad, Chuck E. Cheese, Dave and Busters, Hyatt Regency Miami, Jungle Island, the Miami Dolphins, The Marlins, Miami Zoo, Miami Seaquarium and TennisKidsZone.com.

The top eight seeds; Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Marion Bartoli, and Li Na held a one hour interview with the media.