2014/07/30

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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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 1, 2014

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR TUESDAY 1 JULY

 

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Angelique Kerber (GER) [9] vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]

2 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 115 vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]

3 Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6] vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Tommy Robredo (ESP) [23] vs Roger Federer (SUI) [4]

2 Lucie Safarova (CZE) [23] vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [22]

3 Serena Williams (USA) / Venus Williams (USA) [8] vs Kristina Barrois (GER) / Stefanie Voegele (SUI)

 

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Simona Halep (ROU) [3] vs Zarina Diyas (KAZ)

2 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [19]

3 Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) vs Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA) [2]

T/F 7/5 2/4 0*-0

4 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU) [11]

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19] vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

2 Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [10]

3 Michael Llodra (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [12] vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) [6]

4 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [7] vs Colin Fleming (GBR) / Jocelyn Rae (GBR)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] vs

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) [15]

2 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) [1] vs Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) / Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL)

T/F 1/3 0*-0

3 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Johanna Konta (GBR) vs Bob Bryan (USA) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [2]

4 Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Shuai Zhang (CHN) 22 vs Bruno Soares (BRA) / Martina Hingis (SUI) [13]

5 Julia Goerges (GER) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [10] vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [5] 32

 

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jamie Murray (GBR) / John Peers (AUS) [14] vs Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soares (BRA) [2]

2 Guy Forget (FRA) / Cedric Pioline (FRA) vs Andrew Castle (GBR) / Mikael Pernfors (SWE) (OD)

3Andrea Petkovic (GER) / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) vs

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [16]

4 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Lucie Safarova (CZE) 46 T/F 1/6 4/4 0-0*

5 Jamie Murray (GBR) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [10] 9 vs Jesse Huta Galung (NED) / Andreja Klepac (SLO) 11

COURT 4 – 11.00 AM START

1 Julian Cash (GBR) 21 vs Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) 22 (BS)

2 Seone Mendez (AUS) 13 vs Holly Hutchinson (GBR) 14 T/F 5/3 0*-0 (GS)

3 Alexander Sendegeya (GBR) 61 vs Simon Friis Soendergaard (DEN) 62 (BS)

4 Isabelle Wallace (GBR) 59 vs Julia Grabher (AUT) 60 (GS)

5 Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) [8] 33 vs Omar Jasika (AUS) 34 (BS)

6 Nicolae Frunza (ROU) 46 vs Joshua Sapwell (GBR) 47 (BS)

COURT 5 – 11.00 AM START

1 Elena Gabriela Ruse (ROU) 47 vs Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov (ESP) [4] 48 (GS)

2 Martin Blasko (SVK) 15 vs Francis Tiafoe (USA) [7] 16 T/F 4/5 0-0* (BS)

3 Pedro Martinez Portero (ESP) 51 vs Seong Chan Hong (KOR) 52 (BS)

4 Sandra Samir (EGY) [14] 57 vs Michaela Gordon (USA) 58 (GS)

5 Nicolas Alvarez (PER) 35 vs Alex Molcan (SVK) 36 (BS)

6 Jil Belen Teichmann (SUI) [5] 33 vs Evgeniya Levashova (RUS) 35 (GS)

 

COURT 6 – 11.30 AM START

1 Julian Knowle (AUT) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [9] 9 vs Chris Guccione (AUS) / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 13

2Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK) [8] 49 vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA) 51

T/F 7/6(3) 6/7(5) 3/6 0/0 0-0*

3 Mike Bryan (USA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [1] 1 vs Chris Guccione (AUS) / Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) 4

4 Aisam Qureshi (PAK) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) [16] 57 vs Oliver Marach (AUT) / Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 60

 

COURT 7 – 11.00 AM START

1 Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) [8] 49 vs Usue Maitane Arconada (USA) 50 (GS)

2 Naiktha Bains (AUS) [16] 41 vs Greetje Minnen (BEL) 42 T/F 3/6 0/0 0*-0 (GS)

3 Andrea Pellegrino (ITA) 63 vs Hyeon Chung (KOR) [2] 64 (BS)

4 Duck Hee Lee (KOR) [10] 25 vs Filippo Baldi (ITA) 26 (BS)

5 Matias Zukas (ARG) [13] 41 vs Chan-Yeong Oh (KOR) 42 (BS)

6 Kamil Majchrzak (POL) [12] 9 vs Noah Rubin (USA) 12 (BS)

 

COURT 8 – 11.00 AM START

1 Helen Ploskina (UKR) 51 vs Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 52 (GS)

2 Jan Choinski (GER) 39 vs Michael Mmoh (USA) [11] 40 T/F 3/2 0*-0 (BS)

3 Stefan Kozlov (USA) [6] 49 vs Rafael Matos (BRA) 50 (BS)

4 Dalma Galfi (HUN) 61 vs Jana Fett (CRO) 62 (GS)

5 Pedro Iamachkine (PER) 43 vs Dennis Uspensky (USA) 44 (BS)

6 Alex Rybakov (USA) 30 vs Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 31 (BS)

 

COURT 9 – 11.00 AM START

1 Nino Serdarusic (CRO) 23 vs Marcelo Zormann (BRA) [14] 24 (BS)

2 Bogdan Ionut Apostol (ROU) 13 vs Yunseong Chung (KOR) 14 T/F 6/2 4/3 0-0* (BS)

3 Tami Grende (INA) 7 vs Anna Bondar (HUN) [15] 8 (GS)

4 Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 31 vs Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [6] 32 (GS)

5 Renata Zarazua (MEX) 53 vs Justina Mikulskyte (LTU) 54 (GS)

6 Simona Heinova (CZE) 38 vs Shilin Xu (CHN) [10] 40 (GS)

 

COURT 10 – 11.30 AM START

1 Tracy Austin (USA) / Helena Sukova (CZE) vs Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) / Andrea Temesvari (HUN) (SL)

2 Pablo Cuevas (URU) / David Marrero (ESP) [16] 41 vs Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [3] 48

3 Anastasia Mikheeva (GBR) 29 vs Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 30 (GS)

4 Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) / Liezel Huber (USA) 30 vs Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [5] 32

T/F 5/7 1/1 0-0*

 

 

COURT 11 – 11.00 AM START

1 Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 53 vs Lucas Miedler (AUT) 54 (BS)

2 Jaume Munar (ESP) [4] 17 vs Ku Keon Kang (KOR) 18 T/F 2/6 0/0 0*-0 (BS)

3 Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 19 vs Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) 20 (GS)

4 Jordi Arconada (ARG) 27 vs David Poljak (CZE) 28 (BS)

5 Harry Bourchier (AUS) 6 vs Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) 7 (BS)

6 Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) [12] 9 vs Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 12 (GS)

 

COURT 16 – 11.00 AM START

1 Daniel Appelgren (SWE) 55 vs Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) [9] 56 (BS)

2 Sofia Kenin (USA) 43 vs Leticia Garcia Vidal (BRA) 44 (GS)

3 Tornado Alicia Black (USA) [3] 17 vs Anna Brogan (GBR) 18 (GS)

4 Ivana Jorovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Paula Badosa Gibert (ESP) 3 (GS)

5 Neal Skupski (GBR) / Naomi Broady (GBR) 53 vs

6 David Marrero (ESP) / Arantxa Parra-Santonja (ESP) [9] 56 T/F 2/6 4/1 0-0*

7 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) [9] 25 vs Dasha Ivanova (USA) 27 (GS)

 

COURT 17 – 11.30 AM START

1 Julien Benneteau (FRA) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [4] 17 vs

2 Eric Butorac (USA) / Raven Klaasen (RSA) [13] 24

3 Alize Cornet (FRA) / Caroline Garcia (FRA) 13 vs Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA) [7] 16

T/F 4/5 0*-0

4 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [6] 49 vs

 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [12] 56

5 Mikhail Elgin (RUS) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 38 vs

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) [11] 40

6 Alexander Peya (AUT) / Abigail Spears (USA) [3] 17 vs Martin Klizan (SVK) / Belinda Bencic (SUI) 20

 

COURT 19 – 11.00 AM START

1 Joel Cannell (GBR) 37 vs Jan Zielinski (POL) 38 (BS)

2 Gabriella Taylor (GBR) 5 vs Katherine Sebov (CAN) 6 (GS)

3 Maia Lumsden (GBR) 63 vs Catherine Cartan Bellis (USA) [2] 64 (GS)

4 Katie Swan (GBR) 55 vs Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) [11] 56 (GS)

5 Andrey Rublev (RUS) [1] 1 vs Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3 (BS)

6 Margot Yerolymos (FRA) 21 vs Katie Boulter (GBR) 23 (GS)

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

 

Not Before 5.00 pm

Mate Pavic (CRO) / Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 13 vs Horia Tecau (ROU) / Sania Mirza (IND) [6] 16 T/F 3/4 0-0*

Justin Gimelstob (USA) / Mark Knowles (BAH) vs Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) / Todd Woodbridge (AUS) (RR)

Mansour Bahrami (IRI) / Henri Leconte (FRA) vs Peter Fleming (USA) / Patrick McEnroe (USA) (OD)

Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Samantha Stosur (AUS) [15] 41 vs

Martin Emmrich (GER) / Michaella Krajicek (NED) 43

Petar Conkic (SRB) 58 vs Logan Smith (USA) 60 (BS)

Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [8] 49 vs

Florin Mergea (ROU) / Elina Svitolina (UKR) 52

Iva Majoli (CRO) / Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) (SL)

Mixed doubles alternate sign-in deadline 1.00 pm

Boys’ and Girls’ singles lucky loser sign-in deadlines 10:30 am

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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.

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon

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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Tennis Channel Announces Nightly Wimbledon Primetime Schedule

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TENNIS CHANNEL’S NIGHTLY WIMBLEDON PRIMETIME
 BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 23, AT 4 P.M. ET

Network to Devote 85 First-Run Hours, and Close to 215 Overall, to World’s Most Prestigious Grass-Court Competition during Two-Week Tournament

 

Navratilova, Courier, Davenport, Carillo, Macatee, Gimelstob, Stubbs and Wertheim Return to London in Tennis Channel’s Seventh Year, Along with Newcomer Annacone

TENNIS CHANNEL- LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014 -Tennis Channel, will Bill Macatee dedicate close to 215 hours to Wimbledon during its seventh year of nightly Wimbledon Primetime coverage. Beginning with the opening day of play, Monday, June 23, the three-and-a-half-hour show will air each evening of the two-week competition, followed by immediate replays that run throughout the late night and early morning. The network plans 85 first-run Wimbledon Primetime hours in 2014, beginning at 4 p.m. ET the first night.

 

Since its debut in 2008, Tennis Channel’s first year of covering the sport’s oldest major, Wimbledon Primetime has been hosted by sportscaster Bill Macatee (@BMacatee) and offered a nightly recap of each day’s action. News, analysis, in-depth interviews and encore matches are interwoven with features and special segments to give American tennis audiences – typically at work while Wimbledon play takes place in London – a primetime television place to keep abreast of the tournament as it unfolds. In addition to Macatee,  Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Jim Courier, Wimbledon Primetime‘s signatures include Mary Carillo’s “Fleet Street Beat” panels with British media and daily “Unstrung” reports from Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim).

 

Based in the largest on-site studio on the grounds of the hallowed All England Lawn and Tennis Club, Wimbledon Primetime‘s other on-air team members include newly elected Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won singles and doubles crowns at the event in 1999, and 2001 and 2004 Wimbledon doubles champion Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs). Former player Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) also returns and, along with Macatee and Navratilova, has been a part of Tennis Channel’s team at every Grand Slam event the network has covered. Coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), who at different points helmed the careers of legends Pete Sampras and Roger Federer and now guides young American star Sloane Stephens, will appear regularly on Wimbledon Primetime for the first time this year.

 

Wimbledon Primetime typically runs in two editions each night of the two-week event, from 4 p.m. ET-7:30 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET-11 p.m. ET. There are three exceptions: the match-free, mid-tournament break Sunday, June 29, and championship weekend Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6. For the final weekend a single four-hour show will air from 6 p.m. ET-10 p.m. ET. Each evening, immediately following its first-run conclusion, Wimbledon Primetime will re-air throughout the night and early morning up to the following day’s play.

 

After the final edition of Wimbledon Primetime on Sunday, July 6, Tennis Channel will air a one-hour roundtable with network analysts at 10 p.m. ET. The conversation will review the fortnight in London and look ahead to the upcoming men’s and women’s summer hard-court seasons. Also new in 2014, special five-minute Center Court Wimbledon reports will run at 8 p.m. ET during the weekend leading into the tournament, Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Additionally, on Saturday, June 21, Tennis Channel will televise the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary Andy Murray: Behind the Racquet, which offers an inside look at the first British man to win Wimbledon in almost eight decades. The film will run at 10 p.m. ET and again Sunday, June 22, at 11:30 p.m. ET – commercial free both nights.

 

During Wimbledon, Apple and Android users can access Tennis Channel’s app, Tennis Channel Everywhere, for free, regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to the network. The app offers highlights, daily updates, Court Report news segments and player Bag Check videos. Select distribution partners also have made Tennis Channel’s live television stream available on the app through its authenticated TV Everywhere function, at no extra charge.

 

The network’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, is another digital venue for keeping up with Wimbledon this year. In addition to daily interviews and segments from Wimbledon Primetime, visitors can enter Tennis Channel’s “London Calling” sweepstakes and “Racquet Bracket” tournament prediction game. Longtime tennis reporters Steve Flink, Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) and Richard Evans (@Ringham7) will again file regular columns on the network site in 2014 as well. Tennis Channel is active on a variety of social media and digital platforms, among them Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel), Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/tennischannel)

 

Tennis Channel will devote 18 hours to the All England Lawn and Tennis Club’s hour-long daily highlights program throughout the tournament, typically from 11 p.m.-midnight ET, followed by encore replays on select nights. In the week immediately following the tournament, July 7-11, each night at 8 p.m. ET the network will air encore presentations of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championships, as well as the mixed doubles final.

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ESPN Broadcast Schedule for Wimbledon

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(June 16, 2014) ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for Wimbledon:

 

Date Time (ET) Event Network  
Mon, June 23 – Sun, July 6 (not 6/29) 6:30 a.m. All TV Courts (up to nine), all day; Live@Wimbledon ESPN3 Live
   
Mon, June 23 – Thur, June 26 7 – 11:30 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
  11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPNEWS Live
  2 – 3:30 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 (simulcast of ESPNEWS) Live
Fri, June 27 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sat, June 28 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN Live
Sun, June 29 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, June 30 7 – 11:30 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN2 Live
  11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16 ESPNEWS Live
Tue, July 1 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals,  Centre Court ESPN2 Live
  8 – 11:30 a.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, Court One ESPN Live
  11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, Court One ESPNEWS Live
Wed, July 2 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 3 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN Live
Fri, July 4 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN Live
Sat, July 5 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Final ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Final ABC Tape
Sun, July 6 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ESPN Live
  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ABC Tape

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DIGITAL MEDIA, AT HOME AND ABROAD; INTERNATIONAL TV

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
  • Grass Stains: A daily notebook wrapping up the best and worst of the day
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Daily espnW.com analysis segments.
  • Weekly video reports from The Word, 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 seventh year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage with commentary of five matches in addition to the match airing on ESPN2 or ESPN through the second Tuesday of the tournament through DirecTV.  Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and a studio wrap-around presence hosted by SportsCenter anchor Steve Weissman in London.  Match and studio analysts include former players Jeff Tarango, Chandra Rubin and Fred Stolle. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the remote control “Red Button.”  In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.

ESPN Classic is airing many great matches from Wimbledons past this month, including championships from 1984, 2004 and 2009 upon their 30th, 10th and 5th anniversary, respectively.  Today, Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 20, ESPN Classic is airing at least two matches at 11 a.m. and midnight (9 p.m. PT) each day.  The anniversary matches:

  • 1984 Gentlemen’s Final (McEnroe-Connors) on Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.;
  • 2004 Gentlemen’s Final (Federer-Roddick) that day at 2:30 p.m.,
  • 2009 Gentlemen’s Final (Federer-Roddick) on Thursday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
  • 2004 Ladies’ Final (Sharapova-S.Williams) on Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m.

ESPN International – the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in the Caribbean and in Spanish-speaking Latin America– will air over 90 hours of live Wimbledon coverage to over 40 million homes on its multiple television networks throughout the region.  In addition to those, ESPN+ in the Southern Cone will present 40 additional original live hours plus daily prime-time highlight programs.  Broadband’s ESPN Play — ESPN International’s multi-screen broadband service — will offer over 700 hours of live coverage throughout Latin American and the Caribbean with over 10 windows of simultaneous early round action available.  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.

In addition, for the first time ESPN has exclusive media rights to Wimbledon in New Zealand, where fans will receive the same live action as aired in the U.S. (more than 130 hours), featuring the ESPN tennis team – Fowler, Drysdale, Evert, the McEnroes, etc.  Complementing the television coverage, ESPN3.com, ESPN’s multi-screen broadband service in New Zealand will offer over 700 live hours – every match played on a televised court available to broadband subscribers.

Highlights

  • The first four days of the tournament, ESPN will begin at 7 a.m. ET for daylong coverage that transitions to ESPNEWS at 11:30 a.m., with ESPN2 simulcasting from 2 – 3:30 p.m.  On Friday, June 27, ESPN will have all the action, and also on Saturday, June 28, beginning with Breakfast at Wimbledon from 7-8 a.m.
  • “Cross Court Coverage” will return the first three days of the second week, with ESPN2 focused on Centre Court all day while fans will enjoy a “grounds pass” with matches from Court One and elsewhere on ESPN (transitioning to ESPNEWS at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 1).
  • Starting Thursday, July 3, all the action is on ESPN, beginning each day with Breakfast at Wimbledon hosted by Hannah Storm.
  • On the “middle Sunday,” June 29, a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition, 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 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.
  • ESPN3 has increased its multi-screen offering to 1,000 hours – all available TV courts (up to nine) presented from first ball to last ball each day, with action available on demand afterwards.  Also, ESPN3 will add AELTC’s daily Live@Wimbledon. For the first time, Wimbledon.com will host the ESPN3 video offerings, greatly increasing its reach.
  • WatchESPN will deliver all ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS programming, 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 92 million households nationwide via an affiliated video or internet provider.
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Wimbledon Announces First Group of Wild Cards

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(June 11, 2014) Wimbledon has announced the first group of wild cards. The tournament begins on June 23. The official list of wild cards awarded for The Championships, Wimbledon 2014:

EVENT 1: GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES
1 BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP)
2 COX, Daniel (GBR)
3 EDMUND, Kyle (GBR)
4 EVANS, Daniel (GBR)
5 SMETHURST, Daniel (GBR)
6 WARD, James (GBR)
7 To be announced
8 To be announced

EVENT 2: GENTLEMEN’S DOUBLES
1 EVANS, Daniel (GBR) and WARD, James (GBR)
2 FLEMING, Colin (GBR) and HUTCHINS, Ross (GBR)
3 SKUPSKI, Ken (GBR) and SKUPSKI, Neal (GBR)
4 To be announced
5 To be announced
6 To be announced
7 To be announced

EVENT 3: LADIES’ SINGLES
1 BROADY, Naomi (GBR)
2 MOORE, Tara (GBR)
3 MURRAY, Samantha (GBR)
4 PLISKOVA, Kristyna (CZE)
5 To be announced
6 To be announced
7 To be announced
8 To be announced

EVENT 4: LADIES’ DOUBLES
1 BROADY, Naomi (GBR) and DANIILIDOU, Eleni (GRE)
2 HINGIS, Martina (SUI) and ZVONAREVA, Vera (RUS)
3 KONTA, Johanna (GBR) and MOORE, Tara (GBR)
4 RAE, Jocelyn (GBR) and SMITH, Anna (GBR)
5 To be announced
6 To be announced
7 To be announced

EVENT 5: MIXED DOUBLES – TO BE ANNOUNCED
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2
3
4
5

EVENT 9: GENTLEMEN’S WHEELCHAIR DOUBLES
1 EGBERINK, Tom (NED) and REID, Gordon (GBR)

EVENT 10: LADIES’ WHEELCHAIR DOUBLES
1 KRUGER, Katharina (GER) and WALRAVEN, Sharon (NED)

QUALIFYING GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES
1 CORRIE, Edward (GBR)
2 GOLDING, Oliver (GBR)
3 RICE, David (GBR)
4 WARD, Alexander (GBR)
5 WILLIS, Marcus (GBR)
6 Wild card Play-off place
7 Wild card Play-off place
8 To be announced
9 To be announced

QUALIFYING GENTLEMEN’S DOUBLES
1 To be announced
2 To be announced

QUALIFYING LADIES’ DOUBLES
1 MURRAY, Samantha (GBR) and WINDLEY, Jade (GBR)
2 To be announced

QUALIFYING LADIES’ SINGLES
1 BOULTER, Katie (GBR)
2 DUNNE, Katy (GBR)
3 WINDLEY, Jade (GBR)
4 Wild card Play-off place
5 Wild card Play-off place
6 To be announced
7 To be announced
8 To be announced

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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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