Wimbledon final Zvonareva-S.Williams

2 07 2010

Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon is about as expected as anyone ever, just like maybe Martina Navratilova in her hey-day or Steffi. Vera Z. on the other hand is a huge surprise. I have always thought she has major potential. Great groundstrokes,good service, great feel for the ball, moves well .Except mentally it just never came together .Until this fortnight at Wimbledon that is. Her being there tomorrow on Centre Court is about as big of a surprise as  my fav Francesca Schiavone was at Roland Garros, really out of the blue, but both capable players. I like Vera a lot and seen her play often too, in Stanford, the U.S Open en Charleston and she is so entertaining to watch. Her opponent yesterday Pironkova played a great first set winning 6-3, but then it was over and she made too many mistakes. Zvonareva played super solid again like against Kimmie and won the last 2 sets 6-3 6-2. Serena made an end to the fairytale of young Czech Kvitova winning 7-6 6-2. Kvitova played a great first set though and shows there is much for her in store in the future. I think Serena will win tomorrow but if Vera keeps her nerves under control it might be a tight match.

Other news yesterday showed that the fall Justine Henin suffered against Kim in the quarter-final was a lot worse than first expected. She tore something in her elbow and it out for 2 months meaning she also misses the U.S Open and the Battle of the Belgians next week. This was gonna be the tennis match with the most spectators in history and now she is being replaced by Serena Williams and will be called Battle of the World. Hope and think people will still show up and hope Justine heals quickly. I love seeing her play.Serena WilliamsZvonareva-Dementieva in Charleston





Roland Garros day 12

4 06 2010

Wow, what a finale. Italy’s Francesca Schiavone against Aussie’s Samantha Stosur. While maybe before the tournament started, some people might have picked Sam as a dark horse, after her draw with first Henin and then Serena, most people probably picked someone else. And Schiavone is of course a total surprise, but what a happy one for me. Even though I like Stosur as well, I am definitely rooting for Francesca. She played a good match against Elena Dementieva, but not as great as against Wozniacki. Elena D had to give up after losing the first set 7-6 with a leg injury. She had been playing and winning a few matches in a row with it but yesterday the opponent and the injury just were too much. Stosur had no problem at all with Jankovic. With great serving and her beastly forehand she gave Jankovic no chance whatsoever. I wonder who will win the final?,I am going with Stosur but if it gets tight I think Schiavone is mentally the strongest one. We will see, I hope it will be a good match





Australian Open final

30 01 2010

And a real finale it was between the two greatest tennis players of the last 10 years. Both incredible athletes but even more mentally real strong women. It was highly entertaining and in streaks also on a very high level. Until mid second set when Serena was leading 6-4 3-3, Serena mostly dominated the rallies but then Henin suddenly raised her level of play tremendously and breaked twice for a 3-6 win. Serena looked a bit defeated and took a toilet-break which did not seem to help with Justine leading 1-0 and she had 2 breakpoints in the second. Serena showed her strength then though and served her way to the victory with Justine running out of gas. A deserved winner but Justime is back and will be a contender for the rest of the slams this year.





Australian Open day 11

28 01 2010

The tournament gets a dream-final. Serena Williams against Justine Henin. So far Williams won more of their matches but Justine won more matches during slams, when it mattered. They have never been in the final of a slam against one another though, surprisingly enough.

Justine had it very easy against Jie Zheng. Zheng made hardly any winners and Justine played fantastic tennis. In just 51 minutes this match was already over. Cost Justine little energy and that was important because she mentioned this week that she was starting to become tired. Serena had a much tougher opponent today in Na Li. Williams seemed still tired from yesterday’s match and showed another sluggish performance. Li played pretty good and let Serena really work for it with pounding groundstrokes. But on the key moments Li made too many mistakes and Williams had that thunderous serve that made ace after ace. If both women bring their a or b game saturday it should be a great final. How fantastic would it be if Henin wins the title but I put my money on Serena. Betting against her almost always costs you money!





Serena Williams wins Wimbledon

5 07 2009

 

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

In a fairly lopsided and boring final she beat her sister Venus 7-6 6-2. It was their 8th grand slam final against each other and Serena has won 6. In their total matches played against each other she leads her older sister now with 11.

 

The first set both women started off very well, both serving fantastic and Serena was only troubled once. At 3-4 Venus had 2 breakpoints but after losing both chances she never seemed close to winning again. Serena finished the set with a great lob. The second set was pretty much a snooze, Venus made lots of errors and never seemed to have another game plan and kept getting few balls back at Serena’s serve. It’s a pity we could not see the Venus from Thursday who only made 1 unforced error. Yesterday she made 18. When they play each other almost every single time one of them does not play their best and that’s a shame. Of course they try, it just doesn’t seem to work. I think I like Venus a little more(don’t like either one of them a lot, but Serena is the best player so I am not bummed. All in all it was a great Wimbledon.