2014/04/19

Laura Robson Out of Roland Garros and Wimbledon with Wrist Injury

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(April 17, 2014) British tennis player Laura Robson announced on her Facebook page that she’s having wrist surgery:

The 20-year-old Robson is currently ranked at 64 in the world. She won the girls’ Wimbledon title in 2008.

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Dear Guillermo Vilas, My Father Thanks You and I Thank You

 

By Karen Pestaina

(AUGUST 23, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – It is rare that I write anything personal on this website. I’ve been working in media since I was in High School and as primarily a broadcast journalist, being objective in reporting is my job. I’ve worked in places from ballparks to war zones so I take being media very seriously. I see my role of that of a journalist as that of a public servant in which I report facts and not opinion. I always tell people to read as much as they can from all types of sources to form their own truths. As they say – don’t believe everything you read.

This is one day I can’t be objective. Last Saturday, I was about to make my way out the door to cover the New Haven Open. About two blocks later, my mother called me to tell me that my father had died twenty minutes earlier. My father had been ill for a long time, almost two years, I’d been expecting it. But even though I expected that the day when the horrible news would come, I was still in shock when it actually happened.

I’ve been a tennis fan all of my life and the love of the sport was instilled in me by my father – a physician who would never play golf, but tennis on Wednesdays. My father hated golf and turned on golf if he wanted to take a nap. I must confess, I have done the same thing. My love for tennis came in earnest when as a child my father took me to the Men’s Finals of the 1977 US Open which was the last one played at Forest Hills. It was my first live tennis match.

Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas upset American Jimmy Connors in four sets. The one thing I remember from that match was Vilas being picked up and carried around by fans on the court as though he were some sort of hero. I remember thinking, if this happens at the end of every match this is some exciting sport. I did not know what the significance of this match was, I just know that it was exciting to watch. Needless to say that after this match I became a huge tennis fan. My father was a huge Vilas fan before this, not so much about his tennis or his work ethic but about his personality. How many players today write books of poetry as he did.

Let me tell you about my father, all of his life he was a loyal subject of the British Empire, despite becoming a citizen of the United States a few years after I was born. I was the first American in my family. He always said to others that he spoke “the King’s English” and not the Queen’s because when he was born a King was on the throne. My father kept his British accent until the day he died despite having lived in the US for 50 years.

Being the American Brit as he was, he rarely showed any emotion. The only time I ever saw him come close to crying was when my oldest brother died as a teenager. He ruled our household like a monarchy, sometimes like a benevolent dictator, but he was always up for a debate on any subject in the book. He had an IQ higher than Marion Bartoli, but he rarely ever spoke about it. It was not his way to brag or boast – about anything. He was a firm believer in Judeo-Christian values which meant being humble.

Having grown up in a British territory my father loved three sports – Cricket, football (soccer) and tennis. He came to love baseball, basketball and football when he emigrated to the US but that never altered his love for the big three – Cricket, football and tennis.

After my first visit to the US Open, it became a family ritual to attend the US Open every year. We always would attend the first few days of the tournament in order to see all of the players. Back then in the late 70’s and early 80’s not as many people attended the early rounds, so more times than not, we would sit in the sponsor’s seats to watch some of the matches. In those days those seats were left unfilled in the early rounds of the tournament.

In those days my father would take myself, my second brother and a sister to the matches, and one thing we were forced to do was to watch at least one match which featured a British player. I remember one time that a match with a British player was taking place at the same time as a Bjorn Borg match! My sister, who was a huge Borg fan was furious, but there was nothing she could do, we all had to be together as a family – end of discussion.

One year when one of my Aunts came to visit for the US Open, we went up to the ticket booth to buy “day of” tickets. A British player that made it into the main draw (I don’t remember the name of the player) heard my Aunt speaking in her British accent and asked us if we would like his extra tickets. Of course she took them and we sat in what was the equivalent of the player friend’s box then and cheered him on, sadly he lost that day.

My father and his family were seriously tennis fanatics – I was too young to remember this but my mother told me when Arthur Ashe took out Jimmy Connors to win the Wimbledon title, my father was on the phone with one of my uncles in London for the entire match! A two-hour plus phone call from New York to London must have cost a fortune. So why did my father do this? Wimbledon was not shown live in 1975 in the US back then. He wanted to witness history in “real time,” even though it meant “watching it” with one of his brothers through the telephone.

My father often discussed his favorite players in tennis history. Above all for him was Rod Laver. My father said that if someone else can win two real grand slams, then they’ll be my favorite player. His second favorite male player or as he would have said, his favorite player of the “modern age,” was Pete Sampras. My father loved the serve and volleyers. In fact although he enjoyed watching Roger Federer play, he felt that the Swiss should come into net more. He also would speak so enthusiastically about Pancho Gonzalez, how when he played it was though he was “fighting to save his life.”

As for the women, my father admired Althea Gibson for her spirit and drive in a world which did not want to accept a black woman playing tennis. He also enjoyed watching Billie Jean King and Chris Evert and had a crush on Evonne Goolagong. Serena Williams may have the most major championships in her family, but Venus won my father’s heart. My Dad used to tell me that she reminded him of Althea Gibson and wished that Venus would come to net as much as Gibson did.

As Wimbledon has many traditions, we had a Wimbledon tradition in our household. Our family would all sit and watch the men’s final on TV. When I was little, the men’s final took place on a Saturday. Due to the power of television contracts over the years, the final was switched to Sunday. With the Sunday men’s finals this would mean that we would have to miss church – and we would never miss church. ONLY for the Wimbledon men’s final would we ever miss church on Sunday.

As we were blessed to have a major in our backyard, the US Open, it meant no family events could be planned during those two weekends within the tournament. Our family friends and extended family knew that none of us would be attending barbeques or parties if it was scheduled during the US Open.

As much as my father loved the game, he did not want it to become anyone’s profession – especially his children’s. At one point I was a decent player as a child and played a few tournaments, not that I wanted to become a pro someday. This was not what my dad wanted. He had higher aspirations for his children and that was the end of my days of competition as a junior. I forgave my father about this years later when I came to understand why he was that way.

Since the late 70’s with the exception of one year when I was beginning graduate school, I’ve attended the US Open. Needless to say I’ve kept up with news of Guillermo Vilas through the years and had the chance to actually meet him and speak with him about 10 years ago at the US Open. When I told my father about it, he was absolutely thrilled.

Although he is old enough to be my father, I’ve had a crush on him ever since I saw him win the US Open. Just ask my husband – it must drive him crazy when I talk about the man who should have been No. 1 in 1977, but he never lets on.

Today when I think of Vilas I think about my  happy childhood and my father teaching me to love the game of tennis. Indirectly I have Vilas to thank for my love of this sport.

I have taught that love of tennis that my father taught me to both my husband and my son and they both are as almost obsessed with the sport as I am. Now my husband and I fight over which one of us will attend the next Davis Cup tie as our son begs us to take him with us.

I guess it is fitting that my father should pass on during the week before the US Open as it was “our time” of year.

As my father had Alzheimer’s for almost the past two years, he “missed” Andy Murray win the Olympic Gold medal for singles, the US Open and more importantly Wimbledon. Despite now being an American, my father, a former British subject who never lost his “Britishness,” would have been so proud of him.

During my father’s wake, I spent hours talking to tennis-obsessed relatives about today’s game. My uncles are also major Venus Williams fans and don’t want to see her retire. Despite my dad’s body in full view being there in his coffin right in front of the room of the funeral home, I held back my emotions like the daughter of a good citizen of the British Empire – stiff upper lip and all that.

During the funeral on Friday, I began to give my testimonial about my dad. My dad was so proud of being able to live his dream of becoming a doctor that I had to speak about his pure love and joy of his profession. He knew he wanted to be a doctor since he was eight years old. It was then that my tears finally flowed for my father. He taught me and my siblings to stand on our own, to fight for what we want in this world, and the importance of social responsibility, regardless of our professions.

How fitting that after the funeral on Friday, my father was buried in a cemetery less than a mile from where I learned to play tennis.

Incidentally, the day that my father died last weekend was Guillermo Vilas’ birthday. My tweet wishing Vilas a happy birthday on the Tennis Panorama News’ twitter account came at the exact time my father was declared dead at 5:37 a.m. Eastern Time.

 

A tennis journalist friend relayed this to me after he heard about my dad’s passing on Vilas’ birthday: “….truly one of those coincidences that leads us to contemplate providence.”

As I prepare to cover the US Open as media next week, I do so with a heavy heart, but I never would have been here in the first place if it were not for love of the game my Dad taught me and of course Guillermo Vilas.

 

(I want to personally thank those who ran the site, the twitter and covered tournaments and events for me in my absence, while I had to deal with my father’s passing – Josh Meiseles, Vito Ellison, Jack Cunniff and especially Junior Williams.)

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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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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 5, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR FRIDAY 5 JULY

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] 64

2 Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] 88 vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2] 128

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [7] 33 vs

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [12] 56

2 Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 10 vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) / Shuai Peng (CHN) [8] 32

3 Bruno Soares (BRA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) [1] 1 vs Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19

4 Greg Rusedski (GBR) / Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Richard Krajicek (NED) / Mark Petchey (GBR) (RR)

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [6] 49 (BS)

2 Jana Novotna (CZE) / Barbara Schett (AUT) vs Martina Navratilova (USA) / Pam Shriver (USA) (SL)

3 Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48 vs

Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49

4 Conchita Martinez (ESP) / Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) vs Tracy Austin (USA) / Helena Sukova (CZE) (SL)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jacco Eltingh (NED) / Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs Thomas Enqvist (SWE) / Mark Philippoussis (AUS) (RR)

2 Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6 vs Maximilian Marterer (GER) 27 (BS)

3 Domenica Gonzalez (ECU) / Carol Zhao (CAN) [4] 9 vs Ioana Ducu (ROU) / Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [5] 16 (GD)

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [1] 1 vs

Clement Geens (BEL) / Noah Rubin (USA) [6] 8 (BD)

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Louisa Chirico (USA) [15] 24 (GS)

2 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) [2] 64 (GS)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) / Jorge Brian Panta (PER) [5] 17 vs

3Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 21 (BD)

4 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 26 vs

Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Petra Uberalova (SVK) [2] 32 (GD)

 

COURT 5 – 11.30 AM START

1Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [1] 1 vs

Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA) / Sara Tomic (AUS) 5 (GD)

2 Jay Andrijic (AUS) / Bradley Mousley (AUS) 12 vs Enzo Couacaud (FRA) / Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 15 (BD)

3 Johannes Haerteis (GER) / Hannes Wagner (GER) 25 vs Filippo Baldi (ITA) / Matteo Donati (ITA) 30 (BD)

4 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [8] 17 vs

Elise Mertens (BEL) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) [3] 24 (GD)

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Yui Kamiji (JPN) / Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 3 vs Marjolein Buis (NED) / Lucy Shuker (GBR) [2] 4 (DW)

2 Jiske Griffioen (NED) / Aniek Van Koot (NED) [1] 1 vs

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) / Sharon Walraven (NED) 2 (DW)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 4.30 pm

Pat Cash (AUS) / Mark Woodforde (AUS) vs Andrew Castle (GBR) / Guy Forget (FRA) (OD)

Not Before 5.00 pm

Jeremy Bates (GBR) / Anders Jarryd (SWE) vs Peter McNamara (AUS) / Paul McNamee (AUS) (OD)

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wimbledon, Great Britain
June 24-July 7, 2013
Grand Slam
Grass/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ladies’ Singles – Semifinals
(23) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 26 97
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (20) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 61 62

Gentlemen’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [14] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 67(4) 64 63 57 63
[12] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) 36 64 61 36 63

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Lisicki Fights Off Radwanska while Bartoli Dominates Flipkens to Reach Wimbledon Final

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(July 4, 2013) Germany’s Sabine Lisicki has made her first Wimbledon final with a hard-fought match win over No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. For Lisicki who had the upset of women’s draw when she beat No. 1 Serena Williams in the round of 16, will play France’s Marion Bartoli next for the title. Bartoli beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-2 reaching her second Wimbledon final. The Frenchwoman lost to Venus Williams in 2007 in straight sets.

Saturday’s final will be only the second women’s major final in the Open era to feature two women who have never claimed a Grand Slam title.

Lisicki’s game demonstrates power and aggression, on both her serve and her groundstrokes. Lisicki fortunes turned in the second set as her service games were not as dominant and Radwanska’s game of retrieval and variety pushed past the German 6-2.

Radwanska zoomed to a 3-0 lead in the third set, the Lisicki rallied to equal the set three-all. Both women held serve until the ninth game when the Pole was broken. Lisicki, serving for the match at 5-4 could not complete the task with Radwanska breaking for 5-5. A break by Lisicki in the 15th game followed by a hold gave Lisicki game, set, match and her first crack at a chance to win a Wimbledon crown.

“I’m just so happy,” Lisicki said.  “Couldn’t be any better, and couldn’t be any better place to play the first Grand Slam final.”

“Fought out there.”

Lisicki admitted that her win over Serena Williams helped her make it through her match today.

“I thought, `I’ve done it against Serena so you can do it today as well, just hang in there,’” Lisicki said. “It gave me so much confidence and I’m just so, so happy I was able to finish it.”

Lisicki who has come back from many an injury talked about those who gave her inspiration:

“Hermann Maier.  You know, I read his book while I was injured.  You know, almost losing his leg and then to come back and be the world champion in his sport, I think was an unbelievable story.

“Also Drew Brees, an American football player, quarterback.  Nobody believed he could come back after almost his shoulder ‑‑ he has torn everything there was in the shoulder, and he still came back and was one of the best, so… “

Bartoli’s semifinal was not very dramatic – from start to finish she crushed her shots and pushed her opponent all over the court in 62 minutes.

“I played great. I executed very well. I hit lobs, passing shots, winners, returns, everything worked out perfectly,” said Bartoli. “When I fell on the grass after match point, it was just so emotional. I dreamed about that moment, about returning to the Wimbledon final.”

Bartoli reflected reaching the final this year versus back in 2007.

“The last time I was so young, in a way,” said the 28-year-old Bartoli.  “I was every time the underdog coming out on the court, which this time it was totally the opposite.  I was this time the highest ranked player and I needed to put out a great performance in order to go through.”

“I think I’ve been able to deal with the pressure really well and keep improving throughout the Championships and keep playing better.  Especially I think today I think I played a great match.”

Going into Saturday’s final the 23-year-old Lisicki holds a career 3-1 lead over Bartoli.

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 4, 2013

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WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR THURSDAY 4 JULY

 

CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] 81 vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] 120

2 Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] 9 vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] 33

 

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START

1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] 1 vs Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [14] 24

2 Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [8] 49 vs Horia Tecau (ROU) / Sania Mirza (IND) [2] 64

Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Vera Dushevina (RUS) 19

or David Marrero (ESP) / Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) [14] 24 vs

Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jie Zheng (CHN) [7] 32

 

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [11] 40 vs

Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [3] 48

2 Leander Paes (IND) / Radek Stepanek (CZE) [4] 48 vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) [12] 56

3 Bruno Soares (BRA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) [1] 1 vs John Peers (AUS) / Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 12

4 Pat Cash (AUS) / Mark Woodforde (AUS) vs Joakim Nystrom (SWE) / Mikael Pernfors (SWE) (OD)

 

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Jacco Eltingh (NED) / Paul Haarhuis (NED) vs Barry Cowan (GBR) / Cedric Pioline (FRA) (RR)

2 Kyle Edmund (GBR) [5] 33 vs Stefan Kozlov (USA) 43 (BS)

3 Iva Majoli (CRO) / Natasha Zvereva (BLR) vs Martina Navratilova (USA) / Pam Shriver (USA) (SL)

4 Lucie Ahl (GBR) / Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs Jana Novotna (CZE) / Barbara Schett (AUT) (SL)

5 Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Martina Hingis (SUI) vs Rennae Stubbs (AUS) / Andrea Temesvari (HUN) (SL)

 

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [1] 1 vs Jamie Loeb (USA) 12 (GS)

2 Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [6] 49 vs Nikola Milojevic (SRB) [2] 64 (BS)

3 Sandra Samir (EGY) / Shilin Xu (CHN) 30 vs Belinda Bencic (SUI) / Petra Uberalova (SVK) [2] 32 (GD)

4 Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) [1] 1 vs

Maximilian Marterer (GER) / Lucas Miedler (AUT) 4 (BD)

 

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11.30 AM START

1 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) [12] 56 vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) [2] 64 (GS)

2 Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6 vs Borna Coric (CRO) [8] 16 (BS)

3 Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) / Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) [8] 17 vs

Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) / Szabina Szlavikovics (HUN) 19 (GD)

4Stefan Kozlov (USA) / Spencer Papa (USA) 13 or Julian Cash (GBR) / Joshua Sapwell (GBR) 14 vs

Enzo Couacaud (FRA) / Stefano Napolitano (ITA) 15

or Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) / Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) [7] 16 (BD)

 

COURT 5 – 11.00 AM START

1 Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 26 vs

Kamonwan Buayam (THA) / Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) 28 (GD)

2 Laslo Djere (SRB) [4] 17 vs Maximilian Marterer (GER) 27 (BS)

3 Luca Corinteli (USA) / Lucas Gomez (MEX) 5 vs Clement Geens (BEL) / Noah Rubin (USA) [6] 8 (BD)

4 Johannes Haerteis (GER) / Hannes Wagner (GER) 25 vs Jamie Malik (GBR) / Robbie Ridout (GBR) 27

or Laslo Djere (SRB) / Martin Redlicki (USA) 28 (BD)

 

COURT 8 – 11.00 AM START

1 Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) / Quentin Halys (FRA) 10 vs Jay Andrijic (AUS) / Bradley Mousley (AUS) 12 (BD)

2 Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) / Jorge Brian Panta (PER) [5] 17 vs

Maxime Janvier (FRA) / Kamil Majchrzak (POL) 19 (BD)

3 Viktoriya Lushkova (UKR) / Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) 14 vs

 Ioana Ducu (ROU) / Nina Stojanovic (SRB) [5] 16 (GD)

4 Jamie Loeb (USA) / Ayaka Okuno (JPN) 22 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) [3] 24 (GD)

5 Borna Coric (CRO) / Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 29 or Filippo Baldi (ITA) / Matteo Donati (ITA) 30 vs

Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 31

or Maxime Hamou (FRA) / Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) [2] 32 (BD)

 

COURT 14 – 11.30 AM START

1 Louisa Chirico (USA) [15] 24 vs Elise Mertens (BEL) [6] 32 (GS)

2 Taylor Townsend (USA) [5] 33 vs Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [4] 48 (GS)

3 Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 21 vs Hugo Di Feo (CAN) / Mazen Osama (EGY) 23 (BD)

4 Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE) [1] 1 vs Giulia Pairone (ITA) / Alina Silich (RUS) 3

or Alice Matteucci (ITA) / Gabriela Pantuckova (CZE) 4 (GD)

 

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED

Not Before 3.30 pm

Richard Krajicek (NED) / Mark Petchey (GBR) vs Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) / Todd Woodbridge (AUS) (RR)

Not Before 4.00 pm                                                                                                        

Jeremy Bates (GBR) / Anders Jarryd (SWE) vs John McEnroe (USA) / Patrick McEnroe (USA) (OD

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Murray Rallies From Two Sets Down; Janowicz wins Battle of Polish Power at Wimbledon

Murray at Olympics

(July 3, 2013) Scotland’s Andy Murray came back from being down two sets to none to stop Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6,6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to move into the semifinals of Wimbledon. In the quarterfinal between two Polish players, No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz defeated Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first Polish male semifinalist at Wimbledon.

Murray will face Janowicz in the semifinals on Friday.

What looked like a straightforward match on paper against No. 54 Verdasco was a struggle on Centre Court for the No. 2 Murray who is trying to be the first man from Great Britain since Fred Perry in 1936 to win The Championships.

Verdasco’s steady and powerful serving kept Murray off his game in the first two sets. Murray made his was back into the match, easily capturing the third set 6-1. In the sixth game of the fourth set, Murray survived two breakpoints and broke Verdasco three games later and served out the fourth set 6-4.

This was Murray’s second time rallying from two sets down at Wimbledon. He did it back in 2008 against Richard Gasquet.

“Like I was playing there, the more times you’re in those positions and the more times you can come back, you understand the way you need to think and the way you need to sort of negotiate your way through the last few sets,” Murray told media.

”Did a good job with that.  You know, sometimes it can be easy to get back to two sets all.  The fifth set, the final set, often the guy who won the first two comes back and wins that one.  It’s normally the toughest set of the three to win.

“I was expecting it to be tough and hung in well.”

After Janowicz beat his countryman, both men hugged each other and exchanged shirts as soccer players do.

“Right now I’m the most happy person in the world,” Janowicz said of making his first major semifinal.  “I made semifinal of Grand Slam, my best result ever.  Also I have in my mind last year Paris Bercy.  I was there in the final.”

Janowicz said of playing Andy Murray “I hope Andy will feel some kind of pressure. I’m sure he’ll feel some kind of pressure because Great Britain is waiting for the English champion in Wimbledon.”

“It will be a very tough match,” Murray said about his opponent his semifinal.  “He has a big serve.  He’s a big guy with a lot of power.  He also has pretty good touch.  He likes to hit dropshots.  He doesn’t just whack every single shot as hard as he can.

“It will be a very tough match.  He’s played extremely well here, I think.  He had a tough match in the last round against Melzer, but apart from that he’s been pretty convincing.  He’s a tough player.”

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Djokovic Makes 13th Straight Grand Slam Semi, Del Potro Recovers from Fall to Top Ferrer

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(July 3, 2013) Four the fourth straight year Novak Djokovic has made his way to the Wimbledon semifinals 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 over No. 7 Tomas Berdych. The world No. 1 overcame a double break blip, 0-3 in the second set to move past his Czech opponent. The win earned the Serb his 13 straight Grand Slam semifinal berth.

Djokovic will face Juan Martin del Potro for a spot in the final on Friday. Del Potro who dismissed No. 4 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), gave spectators a scare just 5 points into the match. The Argentine fell going after an overhead with his already injured knee bending backwards and the forward as he tumbled on the grass. Some feared that Del Potro would not be able to able to continue, but he recovered.

Del Potro’s victory ended less than five seconds after Djokovic’s.

“It’s really, really painful,” Del Potro said of the injury. “I don’t try to be a spectacular fall, but was really painful for me.  I was scared because I did the same thing four days ago.  I know how tough is play with some pains on the knee.”

“I will need to be 100% or 110% against him,” Del Potro said of his match against Djokovic.  “He’s the No. 1.  He’s a former champion here.  It’s going to be more difficult match for me like today.

”But if I’m okay, if I do everything good to be ready for my next match, I will be exciting to play against him.  I remember the match during the Olympic last year on the same surface.”

Djokovic lost to Del Potro in the Bronze medal match at last year’s Olympic games, the tennis was held on the courts of Wimbledon.

“Now I’m in the semifinals.  Hopefully I can get a step further,” Djokovic said.  You know, I’m really going to try to step out on the court in two days and give my best to be in another final of Wimbledon.

“I believe I can make it.  Now, of course I have a quality opponent.  As I said, there is no really clear favorites now in the later stages of the event.

“But inspiration is out there, you know.  Of course you always want to do your best in the Grand Slams.”

Both men go into Friday’s semifinal without dropping a set during the Wimbledon fortnight.

 

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