2015/06/30

Notable Quotables from Pre-Wimbledon Weekend with Djokovic, Serena Williams, Federer, Sharapova, Nadal and Others

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(June 28, 2015) Saturday and Sunday some of Wimbledon’s top seeds held court with the media, here is a look at some of the notable quotables:

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic on recovering from losing a mentally tough French Open final:

“Yes, it was. Not just Roland Garros, but all the five months of the year have been really intense for me.  I played a big amount of matches.  Before Roland Garros, I’ve lost only two.  I had one of the best season starts in my career.  Of course, Roland Garros finals wasn’t easy.

 

“All in all, it was another great tournament.  But I needed some time to just mentally recover, rest ‑ more than physical rest, I needed that emotional, mental rest to recharge my batteries and get myself in a proper state of mind so I can start all over again.”

 

 

“I mean, right after I lost the match, of course, there was this sense of disappointment. There is no doubt about it.  I felt that for, you know, some days after it.

 

“Because I have a family, I have different things in life, different interest, I’ve managed to move on because of the experience that I talked about previously of learning how to handle these particular situations and circumstances. I managed to get the necessary reset in my mind.”

 

 

Djokovic says that coaching from the player’s box is fairly common:

“We can’t pretend like that’s not happening in tennis.  Of course, there’s situations when it happens, and not just with the top players, with everybody.  This is a very competitive sport.  You’re alone on the court.  Of course, there’s certain rules.

 

“But also there are times when, you know, the team of the player communicates with the player when he gets to go and take the towel in the corner, which is closer to the box, or, you know, different ways.

 

“I think it’s all fine as long as it’s not regular.  I think it just depends.  Also that’s up to the chair umpire or supervisor to decide if somebody’s breaking the rules or not.  I think as long as it’s something that you can tolerate, let’s say, within the ways of communication, I think it’s fine.”

 

He was also asked about his communication with his coach Boris Becker. Earlier in the day Becker was on radio saying that he has ways of telling Djokovic whether what he is doing is good or bad.

 

“I don’t think that we’re cheating.  I don’t think that’s how you can call it.  I mean, there are special ways of, I would say, communication.  As he mentioned, the way you look at each other, the way you feel your box, and box feels what you’re going through on the court. I think that’s something that just gives you that reassurance, gives you that confidence.

 

“It’s not necessary that, you know, he tells me where to serve or to which side of the opponent’s court I have to play, because that doesn’t happen.  But it’s more of a, you know, encouragement, and more of a support and reassurance, as I said, that’s basically present in those moments.”

 

In what seemed to be the most awkward questions of the weekend, defending champion Petra Kvitova was asked about wearing white on court while menstruating.

 

Q. Heather Watson was applauded earlier this year for breaking taboo and talking about what was phrased as girly things.  How much do you think that affects other females’ players game?

 

PETRA KVITOVA:  To be honest, I think it’s quite tough.  Of course, I have these experiences from before.  It’s never really easy to deal with one more tough thing.  I think always the beginning of this kind of period, it’s tough.  I think that for normal woman, they know about.  If we have to play the match or training or something, it’s difficult.

 

It’s one more extra thing for us.

Q. Does having to wear white as well…

PETRA KVITOVA:  No, I think it’s fine.

 

 

Roger Federer on Serena Williams’ playing at such a high level:

 

“I’m not surprised.  I just think she’s a great talent.  She’s worked also very hard.  I think to be mentally ready for the challenge when she wants to be up for it, I think that’s what’s so admirable about her.

 

“Also Venus, I must say.  We don’t talk about Venus that often because Serena has been so dominant.  Actually that they’re both still playing is more of a surprise to me.

 

“But that they are playing, it doesn’t surprise me they’re actually playing well.  It goes hand‑in‑hand.

 

“I wouldn’t imagine them still playing and playing poorly.  Let’s put it that way.  They’re too good for that.”

 

Serena Williams was asked about coming into Wimbledon holding the first two majors, make her preparation different or make her feel any different.

“Personally, uhm, it doesn’t make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing ’cause I don’t feel any pressure to win all four.  I’ve been saying that, but I really don’t feel that pressure.  Maybe if I would happen to win here, then maybe I might start feeling it after that.

“Ultimately, I’m taking it one day at a time and I’m not thinking that far.”

 

Serena is very motivated this year:

“I think the fact that I lost so early the past couple years definitely makes me motivated.  But I think that also gives me a little less pressure because I haven’t done well here in the past two years.  It makes me feel like, Okay, I’ll be fine.  I have nothing to lose here.  I don’t have many points to defend here.  So it’s just like trying to have fun, go through it.”

 

The 20-time major champion talked about her biggest strength:

“I think for me being mentally tough is probably my biggest strength.  And my dad always said growing up, you know, Tennis is so mental, you have to have your mental, you have to be really mentally tough.  I guess I really took that to heart.

“I think also being the youngest of five really made me have to scrap and be tougher.  I think all those things kind of played into action.

“Yeah, I think that’s probably one of the biggest things in tennis.  It’s great to have a big serve, too.  But I think ultimately sometimes when you’re down and out, you could be the best player in the world, you still get down, but you have to be able to come back.”

 

She actually hates playing on grass:

“You know, oddly enough, it never has been my favorite surface, but I’ve always done really well here.  I think my game is really suited for the grass.

“You know, yeah, it’s never been someplace like, I love playing on the grass, which is just really weird.  But, again, my game works for it, so…”

 

 

Maria Sharapova on Serena:

“She’s certainly the player to beat.  With all the confidence in the world having won the last three majors, not just the two in this year.  I think those results speak for herself, and she’s certainly the one to beat.”

 

 

Andy Murray was asked about the “feminine influence” on his life – marriage and hiring Amelie Mauresmo.

 

“I mean, I’ve said as well, it’s not so much marriage.  Me and Kim have been together like 10 years now, so…

 

“You know, she’s always been a huge support to me, especially when I’ve gone through, you know, tough, tough times as well.  She’s always been there for me.

 

“Obviously, yeah, I mean, Amélie, really the last sort of 12 months that I’ve been with her, I feel like I’ve come through some difficult moments.  I feel last year, there was ‑ not me, myself ‑ I know there were a lot of people doubting me.  I feel like she stuck with me during that period.

 

“I had an extremely tough loss at the end of last year.  She was one of the people that really, yeah, stuck by me and supported me.

 

“I’m glad that I’ve been able to kind of repay her faith in me with some good tennis this year.

 

“Obviously she’s a very different character to some of the coaches that I’ve had in the past.  I’ve really enjoyed working with her.”

 

Rafael Nadal on the current problems of the Spanish Tennis Federation.

“The situation have been very unusual, let’s say, not nice for a country that has big tradition in this sport, for a country that the last, let’s say, 15, 20 years, we have been the first country in this sport around the world.  So is not nice to watch the situation that we are having today.  But things are like this.

“The thing that we have to do is to stop these crazy things that are happening.  You know, it’s not good to see bad news on our sport in the media every day.  It’s not good for our sport.  It’s not good to catch sponsors.  It’s not good to make the people involved on our sport.

“So all these kind of things are bad for everybody.  At the end of the day, you know, we are here today.  We will live tomorrow.  Players, presidents, everybody who is making this show last couple of months, what really suffers on all of this is tennis, tennis in our country.

“All the things that goes against tennis in our country is a bad news.”

Stan Wawrinka the fashion icon:

Are you surprised by how much of a fashion icon you became after the French Open?

STAN WAWRINKA:  It’s not me, my shorts (laughter).

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2015 Wimbledon Broadcast Schedule on ESPN

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ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2015

Date Time (ET) Event Network  
Mon, June 29 – Sun, July 12

(no play Sun, 7/5)

6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to 15), all day; Live@Wimbledon ESPN3 Live
   
Mon, June 29 – Fri, July 3 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sat, July 4 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sun, July 5 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, July 6 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16, No. 1 Court & others ESPN2 Live
  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN Live
Tue, July 7 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,

 Centre Court

ESPN Live
  8 – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, Court One ESPN2 Live
Wed, July 8 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals,

Court One

ESPN2 Live
Thur, July 9 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN Live
Fri, July 10 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN Live
Sat, July 11 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Tape
Sun, July 12 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Tape

 

Highlights

  • The first five weekdays, ESPN begins at 7 a.m. ET for daylong coverage (scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.).  ESPN3 gets started at 6:30 a.m.
  • On Saturday, July 4, ESPN again begins at 7 a.m., but with the one-hour Breakfast at Wimbledon before another day full of action (scheduled to end at 4 p.m.).
  • “Cross Court Coverage” returns the first three days of the second week, with ESPN starting at 8 a.m. and focused on Centre Court all day while fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” with matches from No. 1 Court and elsewhere on ESPN2 beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and at 8 a.m. on July 7 and 8.
  • From Thursday, July 9, to the Championships, all the action is on ESPN, beginning each day with Breakfast at Wimbledon hosted by Hannah Storm (7 a.m. on July 9-10 leading into the semifinals, 8 a.m. on July 11-12, previewing the Championships).
  • On the “middle Sunday,” July 5 – Wimbledon’s traditional annual day of rest – ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m.  ABC will also present encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 11 and 12, at 3 p.m.
  • ESPN3 has increased its multi-screen offering to a tennis Major record 1,500 hours – 15 courts (Centre, Courts 1-3, 5-12, and 16-18.) presented from first ball to last ball each day, with action available on demand afterwards.  In addition, ESPN3 will again offer AELTC’s daily Live@Wimbledon.  As in 2014, for the semifinals and championships an additional “ESPN3 Surround” feed will be added with three boxes – the primary TV view, plus two more, each focusing on one player.  ESPN3 is available to 99 million homes.  The entire offering is also available in Spanish via ESPNDeportes+.
  • WatchESPN will deliver the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the award-winning WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to more than 93 million households nationwide via an affiliated video or internet provider.

MORE TV & DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD

ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, the latest news and videos and more:

  • Courtcast: A multi-tool application with live events via the ESPN3 syndicated player, all-court scoring, match stats, “Scribble Live” conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line
  • Five Things We Learned: Video series reviewing the top news of the day
  • 60-Second Slice:  Everything from Wimbledon each day in one minute
  • Digital Serve: Daily original videos previewing the next day
  • Baseline Buzz:  Greg Garber, Melissa Isaacson and Matt Wilansky weigh in on the hottest topics with a daily, written, roundtable discussion.
  • In addition, writers for com and FiveThirtyEight will be on site, developing unique and thought-provoking analysis and features.

                                                          

espnW.com

  • Complete analysis of the women’s draw when it is announced.
  • Melissa Isaacson will provide on-site coverage for espnW.com (and ESPN.com), including daily columns and analysis of matches.
  • A special emphasis on Serena Williams, as she tries to win her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title.
  • Daily espnW.com analysis segments.
  • Weekly video reports from, discussing play to date.

 

ESPNDeportes.com will provide live scores and draws, in depth news and coverage of Latin American players, columns, blogs, live chats, video, highlights and news, including ESPiando Wimbledon that will recap the day’s play. The site will also feature Slam Central, a special index page dedicated to all four Grand Slams.

 

ESPN Interactive TV, now in its eighth year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage with commentary of five matches in addition to ESPN or ESPN2 network programs through the second Tuesday of the Championships, on ESPN3 and DirecTV.  Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and studio analysis from the All England Club, hosted by anchor Allen Bestwick.  Match and studio analysts include former players Jeff Tarango, Chandra Rubin and Fred Stolle, working with Chris Bowers, Doug Adler, and Mark Donaldson. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the “Red Button” application on their remote. In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.

 

ESPN Classic is airing many memorable matches this month from Wimbledons past, including an upcoming 17-hour marathon of nine matches beginning late Thursday, June 25, at midnight/9 p.m. PT (June 26 at 12 a.m.) with the 2007 Gentlemen’s Championship won by Roger Federer over Rafael Nadal in five sets.   The marathon will conclude with the 2012 and ’13 Gentlemen’s Championships – Federer’s 17th Major win, over Andy Murray, and Murray’s dramatic win a year later over Novak Djokovic, ending Britain’s 77-year drought of men’s champions.

 

In addition, ESPN Classic will air six matches on the exact day of their 15-, 25-, 30-, 35- or 40-year anniversary:

  • 1980 Gentlemen’s Championship (John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg) on Sunday, July 5, at 5 a.m.
  • 1975 Gentlemen’s Championship (Jimmy Connors vs. Arthur Ashe) on Sunday, July 5, at 7 a.m.
  • 1985 Ladies’ Championship (Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Martina Navratilova) on Monday, July 6, at 5 a.m.
  • 1990 Ladies’ Championship (Zina Garrison vs. Martina Navratilova) on Tuesday, July 7, at 5 a.m.
  • 2000 Ladies’ Championship (Lindsay Davenport vs. Venus Williams) on Wednesday, July 8, at 5 a.m.
  • 2000 Gentlemen’s Championship (Pat Rafter vs. Pete Sampras) on Thursday, July 9, at 5 a.m.
  • ESPN International – the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in the Caribbean and in Spanish-speaking Latin America – will air over 95 hours of live Wimbledon coverage to over 44 million homes on its multiple television networks throughout the region.  In addition, ESPN+ in the Southern Cone will produce almost 40 additional original live hours.  The pan-regional offering will feature the top-ranked players in the world, while the regional offerings will concentrate on players of local nationality. In addition to the live coverage, ESPN will offer a daily two-hour encore featuring the best match of the day, as well as daily compact airings of feature matches. Broadband’s ESPN Play — ESPN International’s multi-screen broadband service throughout Latin American and the Caribbean – will offer the ESPN3 coverage from the U.S., with 1,500 hours of live coverage from up to 15 courts simultaneously. In addition, ESPN Play will offer the ESPN3 Surround three-screen offering for the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Semifinals and Finals.  ESPN’s Spanish-language commentator team at Wimbledon is led by Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Edurado Varela calling matches with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Louis Clerc, along with reporter Nicolas Pereira.

 

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2015 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(June 28, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for 2015 Wimbledon. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

Novak Djokovic

2015 Record: 41-3

Grand Slam Record: 193-34

Wimbledon Record: 45-8

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Djokovic is currently 11th in Open Era Wimbledon match wins with 45, but could pass Agassi (46), Lendl (48), Ivanisevic (49), Edberg (49), and Borg (51) with a title defense.

 

Roger Federer

2015 Record: 34-6

Grand Slam Record: 285-47

Wimbledon Record: 73-9

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2003, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’09, ‘12)

Fast Fact: Federer is trying to reach his 10th Wimbledon final, the most for a player at a single major in the Open Era; he’s currently tied for first (9 Wimbledon finals) with Nadal (9 French Open finals).

 

Andy Murray

2015 Record: 41-6

Grand Slam Record: 145-35

Wimbledon Record: 41-8

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2013)

Fast Fact: In 2015, Murray has a 41-2 record (95.3%) against players other than Novak Djokovic, but an 0-4 record vs. Djokovic.

 

Stan Wawrinka

2015 Record: 30-9

Grand Slam Record: 94-39

Wimbledon Record: 13-10

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Wawrinka has won 20 matches in Grand Slam events over the last year, more than any man except Djokovic.

 

Kei Nishikori

2015 Record: 37-9

Grand Slam Record: 44-23

Wimbledon Record: 7-6

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Nishikori’s career record vs. Top Ten players is 23-35, but over the past year he has a winning record vs. the Top Ten (10-8).

 

Tomas Berdych

2015 Record: 37-11

Grand Slam Record: 111-47

Wimbledon Record: 29-11

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2010)

Fast Fact: Berdych’s career record vs. Top 50 opponents on grass is 17-17 (50%).

 

Milos Raonic

2015 Record: 23-10

Grand Slam Record: 39-17

Wimbledon Record: 8-4

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: In his last 10 appearances in Grand Slam events, Raonic has compiled a 27-1 record vs. players ranked outside of the Top 25 (lost to Sijsling, 2R 2013 Wimbledon).

 

Marin Cilic

2015 Record: 10-9

Grand Slam Record: 66-28

Wimbledon Record: 13-7

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Cilic has won a professional title every year for the last 7 years (since 2008), but has yet to reach a final in 2015.

 

Rafael Nadal

2015 Record: 33-11

Grand Slam Record: 195-27

Wimbledon Record: 39-8

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2008, ‘10)

Fast Fact: Until winning in Stuttgart two weeks ago, Nadal hadn’t defeated a Top 50 opponent on grass since the 2011 Wimbledon semifinals.

 

Grigor Dimitrov

2015 Record: 19-12

Grand Slam Record: 23-19

Wimbledon Record: 8-5

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Excluding Dimitrov’s run to the 2014 Wimbledon semifinals, his record in Grand Slam events would be .500 (18-18).

 

Gilles Simon

2015 Record: 28-13

Grand Slam Record: 61-36

Wimbledon Record: 12-9

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2009)

Fast Fact: In his 36 Grand Slam events, Simon has earned a Top 20 seed in half of his appearances, but has managed to reach the quarterfinals only once (2009 Australian Open).

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2015 Record: 11-6

Grand Slam Record: 89-29

Wimbledon Record: 22-7

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2011, ‘12)

Fast Fact: All 18 players to have defeated Tsonga in Grand Slam events have career high rankings in the Top 25; only three of those players have never reached the Top Ten. (Klizan – 24, Karlovic – 14, Dolgopolov – 13).

 

Kevin Anderson

2015 Record: 25-14

Grand Slam Record: 35-25

Wimbledon Record: 6-6

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Anderson is attempting to win his 200th career ATP match in the opening round of Wimbledon (199-149).

 

Feliciano Lopez

2015 Record: 16-15

Grand Slam Record: 76-54

Wimbledon Record: 29-13

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2005, ’08, ‘11)

Fast Fact: Lopez enters Wimbledon with a losing record on grass for the year (2-3, 40%) the first time that’s happened since 2008.

 

John Isner

2015 Record: 21-14

Grand Slam Record: 40-28

Wimbledon Record: 5-6

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2014)

Fast Fact: In his past 2 Wimbledon appearances, Isner has a 3-2 record, and has played 155 total games in under 9 hours, less than his historic 2010 match vs. Mahut (183 total games, over 11 hours).

 

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2015 Wimbledon Ladies’ Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(June 28, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for 2015 Wimbledon. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

Serena Williams

2015 Record: 32-1

Grand Slam Record: 273-39

Wimbledon Record: 72-10

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2002, ’03, ’09, ’10, ‘12)

Fast Fact: This is the best year-to-date record entering Wimbledon (32-1, 97%) of Serena’s career.

 

Petra Kvitova

2015 Record: 24-7

Grand Slam Record: 70-26

Wimbledon Record: 27-5

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: In the last five years, Kvitova has won 26 of her 29 matches at Wimbledon, with her loses coming to Serena Williams (2010, ‘12) and Flipkens (2013).

 

Simona Halep

2015 Record: 32-8

Grand Slam Record: 32-20

Wimbledon Record: 7-4

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Halep has recorded only two wins vs. Top Ten players in 2015, both coming in three set matches in Dubai (def. Makarova, Wozniacki).

 

Maria Sharapova

2015 Record: 29-6

Grand Slam Record: 174-42

Wimbledon Record: 41-11

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2004)

Fast Fact: Sharapova’s Grand Slam match winning percentage (80.6%) is second best among active players, trailing Serena Williams (87.5%).

 

Caroline Wozniacki

2015 Record: 27-12

Grand Slam Record: 81-33

Wimbledon Record: 16-8

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2009, ’10, ’11, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Wozniacki has reached the quarterfinals only once in her last 13 appearances in Grand Slam events (RU, 2014 US Open).

 

Lucie Safarova

2015 Record: 22-12

Grand Slam Record: 48-40

Wimbledon Record: 9-9

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Since 2014, Safarova has a record of 19-6 (76%) in Grand Slam events; prior to 2014, her Grand Slam record was 29-34 (46%).

 

Ana Ivanovic

2015 Record: 16-11

Grand Slam Record: 103-41

Wimbledon Record: 23-10

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2007)

Fast Fact: In 2014, Ivanovic had a 37-9 record entering Wimbledon, winning more than twice as many matches as she has in 2015.

 

Ekaterina Makarova

2015 Record: 18-11

Grand Slam Record: 56-31

Wimbledon Record: 9-7

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Since 2013, Makarova is 24-2 in Grand Slam events when playing a lower ranked opponent, with her losses coming against Kuznetsova and Safarova.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro

2015 Record: 35-13

Grand Slam Record: 47-26

Wimbledon Record: 7-5

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: Suarez Navarro has a losing record vs. Top 50 players in Grand Slam events (13-20), including a 2-4 record since 2014.

 

Angelique Kerber

2015 Record: 30-12

Grand Slam Record: 50-30

Wimbledon Record: 12-7

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: After compiling an 8-9 record in the first three months of 2015, Kerber has since gone 22-3 and won three titles (Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham).

 

Karolina Pliskova

2015 Record: 35-13

Grand Slam Record: 9-12

Wimbledon Record: 2-3

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2013, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Following the 2014 U.S. Open, Pliskova has more than doubled her WTA main draw match wins: 42 wins between April 2008 – August 2014, 49 wins between September 2014 – June 2015.

 

Eugenie Bouchard

2015 Record: 8-13

Grand Slam Record: 27-9

Wimbledon Record: 8-2

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2014)

Fast Fact: Having lost her last six three-set matches, Bouchard now has a losing WTA record in three setters (20-25).

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

2015 Record: 22-15

Grand Slam Record: 93-36

Wimbledon Record: 31-9

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2012)

Fast Fact: Radwanska’s grass court record in the last year is 10-3 (77%), compared to a record of 27-22 (55%) off of grass.

 

Andrea Petkovic

2015 Record: 20-12

Grand Slam Record: 34-22

Wimbledon Record: 5-4

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: The highest ranked player Petkovic has defeated on grass is Garcia (No. 33) who she defeated in 2015 Eastbourne.

 

Venus Williams

2015 Record: 20-7

Grand Slam Record: 225-59

Wimbledon Record: 73-12

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2000, ’01, ’05, ’07, ‘08)

Fast Fact: 2015 Wimbledon marks Venus’ 67th appearance in a Grand Slam event, tying her with Navratilova for second place in the Open Era (Frazier, 71).

 

Sabine Lisicki

2015 Record: 15-15

Grand Slam Record: 48-27

Wimbledon Record: 23-6

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2013)

Fast Fact: Lisicki has appeared in 27 Grand Slam events, but nearly half of her match wins (23 of 48) are from her last 5 Wimbledon appearances.

 

 

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Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic Move into Wimbledon Quarterfinals

 

 

(June 30, 2014) WIMBLEDON -Top seed Novak Djokovic and third seed Andy Murray are getting closer to a semifinal clash as both men reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday at the All England Club.

Defending champion Murray reached his seventh straight Wimbledon quarterfinal after beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) under a closed roof on Centre Court, after a rain delay in the second set forced the roof to be shut.

For the Scot Murray it’s his 17 straight match win at the All England club dating back to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The Serb Djokovic beat France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 11th consecutive time with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (5) win.

“I was just happy that I won the match,” Murray said.  “I was a bit disappointed with how I started under the roof.  The beginning, like I said, I was a little bit tentative.  Apart from that, that sort of three or four games when we came back out, I played well.

“I created many chances, gave him a few opportunities.  That’s what you need to do on grass court tennis.  You don’t always break.  But if you keep putting them under enough pressure, you’re going to get through in the end.”

“I knew I was going to get tested, you know, at some stage,” the Scot added.  “And, yeah, today I was pushed, especially in the middle part of that second set, then obviously later on in the third there were some tight moments.

“But I handled them fairly well.  It was a good match.”

“I think he was moving great,” Anderson said of Murray’s play.  “That’s a big part of his game.  I think especially on the grass I think that’s a big contributor to why he’s had so much success on this surface.”

Murray will face No. 11. Grigor Dimitrov in his quarterfinal. Dimitrov defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

“It’s a step up because it’s one round further, and the guys that are in the quarterfinals are going to be playing top tennis,” Murray said about his encounter with the Bulgarian.  “He obviously won Queen’s a couple weeks ago.  He likes the grass courts.

“Yeah, it’s a big opportunity for him, as well, playing on the Centre Court, the courts at Wimbledon for the first time.

“Yeah, it’s a great opportunity for him.  Hopefully we can play a good match.”

 

“I’m happy that I’m in the quarterfinal match,” Dimitrov said.  “Just going to give credit to myself for that.  But my job isn’t over yet.

“So I’m excited to get on the court tomorrow.  Just go through my regular routines, through all the gears, you know, come on Wednesday.”

 

“I’m just going to play my game,” Dimitrov added.  “I’m not going to step back.  I just want to come out with my big game and play my aggressive tennis.”

 

“I was aware of his qualities, especially on this surface,” Djokvic said of his match with Tsonga.  “He looked, before the match, very determined to play his best and very focused.

“I think I did really well from the start to the end, especially in the third set where I thought he elevated his level of game and he started serving very high percentage first serve, very strong, all angles.

“It was difficult to get the return back in play, but managed to save a couple break points, crucial ones, get myself in the tiebreak and wait for the opportunity to be presented.

“We both served very well in the tiebreak, and the only opportunity I had was on second serve on 6-5, and I used it.  I went for the shot.

“Yeah, I’m just glad that I didn’t allow him to go into the fourth set, because he started to use obviously the crowd support.  And, you know, I knew that he’s going to do that because he’s the kind of player that feeds off the energy, so it was very important for me to get this done in straight sets.”

Djokovic will play Marin Cilic for a place in the semifinals.

“I will try to stick to the kind of a game plan that I had against Marin in the previous occasions,” Djokovic said.

“I am aware of the fact, as well, that since he started working with Goran Ivanesevic that he has improved, especially in his service department, where for his height I thought that he didn’t use his full potential up to now work with Goran, where it’s evident that it works well for him.

“Especially on the grass it serves as a great weapon.  He won here in straight sets against Chardy and Berdych and some very good players.

“So it says enough about his quality play in this tournament.”

Stan Wawrinka was finally able to complete his third round match on Monday. Rain on Saturday delayed his chance to play.

The No. 1 Swiss will face 19th seed Feliciano Lopez in the fourth round. Lopez dismissed the last American man in the singles draw, Ninth seed John Isner, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5, despite the American hitting 52 aces.

“Tough match to play,” Lopez said.

“As I said before, I knew it’s going to be like this.  I knew we going to play a lot of tiebreaks, so this is the match I was excepting to play.

“Luckily I made it.  I’m very happy to went through.  It was a very difficult one for me today.”

With Isner beaten and Madison Keys withdrawing from the tournament with an injury, it’s the first time since 1911 that no Americans have reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Asked about this fact, Isner said, “Didn’t know that. Don’t really care either.”

Keys was forced to pull out of the tournament with a left adductor injury.

On the women’s side of the draw, the conqueror of Serena Williams has been knocked out of Wimbledon.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, the 13th seed defeated Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.

“I think we played some good tennis today, “Bouchard said.  “You know, we had some tough points.  She has good wheels.  So I had to really try and finish off the point.

“You know, I think it made for some really tough, physical points.  So that’s definitely the most physical match I’ve played I think this tournament.

“But I’m proud that I really, really fought till the end.  She’s a good fighter, too.  We were really just battling.”

“This is what I’ve worked so hard for, to be in the quarters at Wimbledon,” Bouchard said. “But I want to go another step. I want to keep going.”

Bouchard will play the winner of the fourth round match between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.

Bouchard spoke briefly about playing both of these women:

“I think she’s a great player,” Bouchard said of Sharapova.  “She, you know, tries to be aggressive like I try to be aggressive as well.  So I think, you know, I’m going to go in and try to battle and go for my shots.  We had a tough match recently at the French Open.  But that’s the past.  So it’s a new match.  If I were to play her, I would just be very excited and really try to go for it.”

“Kerber I played at the French as well.  I played both opponents recently.  Of course with her she’s a lefty so you keep that in mind with tactics.  I played well last time against her because I was really trying to go for it.  Whenever I had an opening, I would really go for it.  I would keep my basic game against both players.”

Three players from the Cazech Republic are among the women’s quarterfinalists – 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova and unseeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Zahlavova Strycova, who beat No. 2 Li Na, defeated No. 16 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Back in April 2013, she completed serving a a six-month doping ban after testing positive for the stimulant sibutramine.

“I can’t believe it for right now,” Zahlavova Strycova sid about the win and reaching the quarterfinals.  “It’s great.  I mean, it was a tough match obviously, and I had to make a fifth match point.

“I’m really, really happy that I could win today.”

She spoke about the six month ban to press: “First of all, I didn’t wanted to play again because I felt like it’s a little bit unfair.  Everything was kind of against.

“So first two months I didn’t want to come back.  Then I missed it.  I missed the feeling of working out, the feeling of winning matches, and being on tour.

“It was tough, but on the other hand, it also brings me some positive things.  Like I say, I am seeing the sport a little bit different now.

“And here I am.”

Last year’s finalist Sabine Lisicki ousted 11th seed Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the fourth round in a match carried over from Saturday.

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Coco Vandeweghe Vanquishes Serena Williams’ Conqueror at French Open at Wimbledon

(June 23, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Fourth time was the charm for American Coco Vandeweghe at Wimbledon on Monday. In her fourth singles appearance at The Championships, she needed 13 match points get her first win in London. The 22-year-old beat the woman who upset Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open last month, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, the 27th seed 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Vandeweghe who is now on an eighth-match winning streak on grass courts, won her first WTA tournament two days ago at the Top Shelf Open in the Netherlands as a qualifier and beat the 20-year-old Spaniard on the way to the title.

“It was a tough match and it was crazy at the end,” said Vandeweghe. “The toughest part for me was that I played her the week before. I knew she would come out even more fired up because of the recent memory of her loss.”

“There was too many (match points) too count,” said Vandeweghe, whose ranking has risen to No. 51 as of Monday – a career high

The Californian will play Tereza Smithkova of the Czech Republic in the second round.

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS – WIMBLEDON, GREAT BRITAIN
$ 18,575,979
JUNE 23-JULY 5, 2014

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2014
Women’s
Singles – First Round
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Paula Kania (POL) 75 62
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 63 60
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 63 75
(10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 61 62
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 62 63
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (17) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (18) Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 76(6)
(22) Ekaterina Makarova  (RUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm  (JPN) 36 64 75
(23) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 76(3) 76(3)
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. (27) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 63 36 75
(30) Venus Williams (USA) d. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 64 46 62
(32) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 60 64
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. (Q) Anett Kontaveit (EST) 36 76(4) 63
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Vania King (USA) 75 63
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 64 64
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 62
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 76(2) 60
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 61 62
Mona Barthel  (GER) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 75 60
Peng Shuai  (CHN) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 64 36 64
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 64
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 75 63
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 64 61
(Q) Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 63 63
(Q) Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 63 46 60
(WC) Naomi Broady (GBR) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 26 76(7) 60
(WC) Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 76(6)

Suspended due to darkness
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) leads (Q) Andreea Mitu  (ROU) 42
(14) Sara Errani (ITA) is tied with Caroline Garcia (FRA) 62 67(3)
(16) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) leads Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 20
(Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) leads (28) Svetlana Kuznetsova  (RUS) 21
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) leads Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 76(6) 02

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2014 Wimbledon Seeds Announced

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(June 18, 2014)The seeds have been announced for Wimbledon, The Championships 2014.

Gentlemen’s Seeding Formula

Revised seeding arrangements for men introduced in 2001 when seedings committee disbanded.  Formula amended in 2002 for men as follows:

Take ESP points  June 16, 2014

Add 100% points earned for all grass court tournament in past 12 months

Add 75% points earned for best grass court tournament in 12 months before that.

Ladies’ Seeding Formula

Per the numerical WTA rankings.

Gentlemen’s Singles 
DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB) [1]
NADAL, Rafael (ESP) [2]
MURRAY, Andy (GBR) [3]
FEDERER, Roger (SUI) [4]
WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI) [5]
BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE) [6]
FERRER, David (ESP) [7]
RAONIC, Milos (CAN) [8]
ISNER, John (USA) [9]
NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN) [10]
DIMITROV, Grigor (BUL) [11]
GULBIS, Ernests (LAT) [12]
GASQUET, Richard (FRA) [13]
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) [14]
JANOWICZ, Jerzy (POL) [15]
FOGNINI, Fabio (ITA) [16]
YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS) [17]
VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP) [18]
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP) [19]
ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA) [20]
DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (UKR) [21]
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER) [22]
ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP) [23]
MONFILS, Gael (FRA) [24]
ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP) [25]
SEPPI, Andreas (ITA) [26]
CILIC, Marin (CRO) [27]
BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP) [28]
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo (ESP) [29]
KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO) [30]
GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP) [31]
TURSUNOV, Dmitry (RUS) [32]

Ladies’ Singles 
WILLIAMS, Serena (USA) [1]
LI, Na (CHN) [2]
HALEP, Simona (ROU) [3]
RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL) [4]
SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS) [5]
KVITOVA, Petra (CZE) [6]
JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB) [7]
AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR) [8]
KERBER, Angelique (GER) [9]
CIBULKOVA, Dominika (SVK) [10]
IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB) [11]
PENNETTA, Flavia (ITA) [12]
BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN) [13]
ERRANI, Sara (ITA) [14]
SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP) [15]
WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN) [16]
STOSUR, Samantha (AUS) [17]
STEPHENS, Sloane (USA) [18]
LISICKI, Sabine (GER) [19]
PETKOVIC, Andrea (GER) [20]
VINCI, Roberta (ITA) [21]
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) [22]
SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE) [23]
FLIPKENS, Kirsten (BEL) [24]
CORNET, Alize (FRA) [25]
PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia (RUS) [26]
MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP) [27]
KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS) [28]
CIRSTEA, Sorana (ROU) [29]
WILLIAMS, Venus (USA) [30]
KOUKALOVA, Klara (CZE) [31]
VESNINA, Elena (RUS) [32]

Gentlemen’s Doubles
BRYAN, Bob (USA) / BRYAN, Mike (USA) [1]
PEYA, Alexander (AUT) / SOARES, Bruno (BRA) [2]
NESTOR, Daniel (CAN) / ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB) [3]
BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA) / ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard (FRA) [4]
PAES, Leander (IND) / STEPANEK, Radek (CZE) [5]
GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP) / LOPEZ, Marc (ESP) [6]
KUBOT, Lukasz (POL) / LINDSTEDT, Robert (SWE) [7]
BOPANNA, Rohan (IND) / QURESHI, Aisam-Ul-Haq (PAK) [8]
KNOWLE, Julian (AUT) / MELO, Marcelo (BRA) [9]
HUEY, Treat (PHI) / INGLOT, Dominic (GBR) [10]
ROJER, Jean-Julien (NED) / TECAU, Horia (ROU) [11]
LLODRA, Michael (FRA) / MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA) [12]
BUTORAC, Eric (USA) / KLAASEN, Raven (RSA) [13]
MURRAY, Jamie (GBR) / PEERS, John (AUS) [14]
CABAL, Juan Sebastian (COL) / MATKOWSKI, Marcin (POL) [15]
CUEVAS, Pablo (URU) / MARRERO, David (ESP) [16]

Ladies’ Doubles
HSIEH, Su-Wei (TPE) / PENG, Shuai (CHN) [1]
ERRANI, Sara (ITA) / VINCI, Roberta (ITA) [2]
PESCHKE, Kveta (CZE) / SREBOTNIK, Katarina (SLO) [3]
BLACK, Cara (ZIM) / MIRZA, Sania (IND) [4]
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) / VESNINA, Elena (RUS) [5]
BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS) / DELLACQUA, Casey (AUS) [6]
KOPS-JONES, Raquel (USA) / SPEARS, Abigail (USA) [7]
WILLIAMS, Serena (USA) / WILLIAMS, Venus (USA) [8]
HLAVACKOVA, Andrea (CZE) / ZHENG, Jie (CHN) [9]
GOERGES, Julia (GER) / GROENEFELD, Anna-Lena (GER) [10]
KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla (RUS) / RODIONOVA, Anastasia (AUS) [11]
MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel (ESP) / SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava (KAZ) [12]
HRADECKA, Lucie (CZE) / KRAJICEK, Michaella (NED) [13]
BABOS, Timea (HUN) / MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA) [14]
HUBER, Liezel (USA) / RAYMOND, Lisa (USA) [15]
MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP) / SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP) [16]

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Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon Ending 77 Year British Drought

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(July 7, 2013) Andy Murray ended 77 years of male British futility at Wimbledon on Sunday when the Scot defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 for his first Wimbledon title. The last man from Great Britain to win The Championships was Fred Perry from 1934-36.

The 15,000 fans on Centre Court and more on the grounds made their presence known with their loud vocal support.

“The atmosphere today was different to what I’ve experienced in the past,” Murray said.  “It was different to last year’s final, for sure.  And then, yeah, the end of the match, that was incredibly loud, very noisy.

“I’ve been saying it all week, but it does make a difference.  It really helps when the crowd’s like that, the atmosphere is like that.”

Last year when Murray lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, the Scot said it was one of the toughest moments in his career.

After taking first set 6-4, Murray had to overcome breaks in the second and third sets, losing 4 straight games in the third set to go down 2-4. Murray regained control and won the next three games to make it 5-4.

Serving for the match was a mini-marathon in itself. Murray held three match points and then Djokovic came back to get three break points which he could not convert. Murray finally closed out the match when Djokovic hit a backhand in to the net.

The match which lasted over three hours saw so many long physical points. Djokovic committed almost twice as many errors as Murray 40-21.

“I don’t know how I managed to come through that final game, it was unbelievable, three match points,” Murray said after the match. “I’m just so glad to finally do it.”

“Winning Wimbledon I think is the pinnacle of tennis,” Murray said.  “I think, yeah, I mean, the last game almost increased that feeling.  You know, if I had closed it out at 40‑Love ‑‑ I worked so hard in that last game.  It’s the hardest few points I’ve had to play in my life.”

“It was a very long match for three sets,” Djokovic said of the over three-hour much which saw long physical points.  “The bottom line is that he was a better player in decisive moments.  Both second and third sets, I was 4‑2 up and dropped the serve in those games and just allowed him to come back for no reason.”

“He played fantastic tennis, no question about it,” Djokovic said.  “He deserved to win.”

“I didn’t always think it was going to happen,” Murray said of winning Wimbledon.  “I didn’t doubt myself so much after last year’s final.  It was the best I’d recovered from a Grand Slam loss.”

Murray now holds an 8-11 record against Djokovic and  2-1 in Grand Slam finals, the Scot also stopping the Serb to win the 2012 U.S. Open.

For his efforts, Murray netted 2.4 million dollars for capturing the title. He is on a 12-match winning streak.

Murray who missed the French Open due to a back injury has now won four tournaments in 2013 including events at Brisbane, Miami and London’s Queen’s Club.

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Wimbledon Dream Comes True for Marion Bartoli as she Captures 2013 Title

 

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(July 6, 2013) Back when she was a 6-year-old girl, Marion Bartoli pretended to play match point on the Wimbledon Centre court. She dreamed of winning what she deemed the most coveted Grand Slam trophy. As Don Quixote had a quest and dreamed the impossible dream, Bartoli’s impossible dream came true on Saturday at Centre Court at Wimbledon when as the 15th seed she defeated No. 23 Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 to capture the title, her first Grand Slam crown.

“(Wimbledon) has been my dream,” Bartoli said.  “I wanted that so badly.  I felt the achievement of my career was to win a Grand Slam.  Every time I was just saying my goal was to win a Grand Slam.

 

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“It was like, yeah, dare to dream.  I kept dreaming.  I kept my head up.  I kept working hard, and it just happened.”

It wasn’t a match filled with precision and accuracy, it was mostly error-ridden, with a total of 39 unforced errors combined, but the Frenchwoman will take it.

 

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“I was there in 2007 and I missed it,” said Bartoli, who lost in the final of Wimbledon that year to Venus Williams. “I know how it feels, Sabine, and I’m sure you will be there one more time. I have no doubt about it.”

Bartoli led off the match having her serve broken, but then stormed back winning the next six in succession and 11 of the next 12, which took her to a 6-1, 5-1 lead.

Bartoli had three match points on Lisicki’s serve at 5-1, but the German rallied to hold and win the next two games, forcing Bartoli to serve for the match a second time. Bartoli took the game at love, clinching the title with an ace.

After falling to her knees in exultation, Bartoli, after shaking hands with her opponent climbed into the “Friend’s Box” and hugged 2006 Wimbledon champion and France’s Fed Cup Captain and sometimes coach Amelie Mauresmo, her father, friends and supporters.

“I’ve been practicing my serve for so long,” Bartoli said of closing the match with an ace. “At least I saved it for the best moment.”

Bartoli gets $2.4 million for winning The Championships, her biggest-ever paycheck and her first title of any sort since 2011.

“It will not change me as a person because I will always remain the same: very humble, very low‑key and easygoing, down‑to‑earth,” Bartoli said in regard to winning Wimbledon.

”But just hearing ‘Wimbledon champion,’ that kind of sounds good to me,” she said with a smile.

And so Bartoli has reached what was an unreachable star.

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At a Topsy-Turvy Wimbledon, Order is Restored with a Novak Djokovic – Andy Murray Final

 

 

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(July 5, 2013) During a Wimbledon fortnight which saw the upsets of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the first and second rounds, respectively, chaos has come full circle to become order as No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face No. 2 Andy Murray for The Championships on Sunday.

Djokovic was pushed to five sets to best Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (8), 6-3 in a semifinal record 4 hours and 43 minutes.

Del Potro saved two match points in the fourth set tiebreak to extend the match to a fifth set.

“I’ve had some epic matches in my career and some long five‑setters,” said Djokovic.  “Especially the one that stands out is the finals Nadal Australian Open a few years ago.  It went for six hours.”

“But was a really high‑level match during four hours,” Del Potro said.  “He hit so hard the ball.  I think was unbelievable to watch, but, of course, I’m sad because I lost and I was close to beat him.”

“But credit to him,” Djokovic continued, “because he show his fighting spirit.  He came up with from back of the court some amazing flat backhands and forehands that you cannot say anything but congratulate him on that and move on.

“But I managed to hang in there, stay tough, and really glad to win.”

For Djokovic it will be his 11th major final. Djokovic holds 6 majors – 1 Wimbledon, 4 Australian Opens and a U.S. Open title.

Andy Murray was pushed by No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to earn his second straight Wimbledon final.  Murray is trying to become the first man from Great Britain to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry did in back in 1936.

Murray rallied from a 1-4 down in the third set to win the next five games in a row to take the set 6-4. After the third set ended, after 8:30 p.m. the Wimbledon roof was closed. Murray complained to officials about the decision due to the oncoming darkness. Play resumed about 30 minutes after.

Murray quickly jumped on Janowicz’s serve and broke to take a lead in the fourth set which he would not relinquish.

“Such a shame I didn’t play my best tennis today,” Janowicz said.  “I was struggling a little bit with my serve.  Everything basically collapsed after this one point when was 30‑All, third set, 4‑1 for me.  He did the tape.  The ball just roll over.

“But I’m still deep down really happy.  This was my first semifinal in Grand Slam, so tomorrow I’m going to be okay.”

“I think there is some similarities there in terms of if you look at stats and stuff,” Murray said in caparing his game to Djokovic’s.  “I mean, both of us return well.  That’s probably the strongest part of our games.  Both play predominantly from the baseline.

“We both move well, but a different sort of movement.  You know, he’s extremely flexible and he slides into shots ‑ even on the courts here.  He slides more.  He’s quite a bit lighter than me.

“So I’d say I probably move with more power and he’s much more flexible than me.

Murray and Djokovic take Centre Court on Sunday, Djokovic has a 11-7 record against Murray.

 

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