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Five Facts About The Wimbledon Women’s Final

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Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza will lock horns on Saturday afternoon in the final of the Wimbledon Championships. It will be the fifth meeting between the two players, but their first in a grand slam tournament. With a lot at stake for both players, here are five facts about their upcoming clash.

 

1) The winner will claim their first title of 2017

Whoever clinches the Wimbledon trophy will claim their first title of the season. During their careers, Williams has won a total of 49 titles compared to Muguruza’s tally of 3. Furthermore, she has also already played a grand slam final this year, losing to sister Serena at the Australian Open.

On the other hand, Muguruza has played and won more matches on the tour this season than the American (29-26). She is also the most recent grand slam champion out of them both. Muguruza claimed her first major title at the 2016 French Open. Meanwhile, Williams’ last success at this level was nine years ago at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.

Overall, Williams has played 323 grand slam main draw matches compared to her opponent’s 65. Currently the American has a winning average of 80% (257-66) and Muguruza is at 74% (48-17).

2) Both are ranked outside the top-10

In the WTA rankings both women are ranked outside the top-10 with Muguruza at 15th and Williams at 11th. This means for only the fifth time since the induction of the WTA ranking system in 1975 a non top-10 player will lift the title. On two previous occasions Williams has won the title as a lower ranked player. In 2005 (ranked 16th) and 2007 (ranked 31st).

Wimbledon champions ranked outside the top-10 (since 1975)
2007 – Venus Williams USA (31)
2005 – Venus Williams USA (16)
2004 – Maria Sharapova RUS (15)
2013 – Marion Bartoli (FRA (15)
2017 – ???

Whoever wins the title will re-enter the world’s top-5. Williams could rise to fourth in the world, her highest position since October 2010. Meanwhile, Muguruza could rise to fifth after dropping out the top-five in May.

3) Williams’ Age record

37-year-old Williams is already the oldest player to contest a women’s final since Martina Navratilova in 1994. Should she win, the American would be the oldest grand slam champion in the Open era, breaking sister Serena’s record at this year’s Australian Open (34 years and 287 days).

Williams would still not be the oldest women’s champion in Wimbledon history. The record is currently held by 1908 champion Charlotte Sterry of great Britain, who lifted the title at 37 years and 282 days. Williams’ age is currently 37 years and 28 days.

During this year’s Wimbledon championships, Williams defeated three players who were born after she made her Wimbledon debut in 1997. Jelena Ostapenko, Ana Konjuh and Naomi Osaka.

4) Muguruza’s bid to join an elite club

Bidding to become the first Spanish female winner at SW19 since Conchita Martinez in 1994, Muguruza could also become one of the few Multiple grand slam champions on the tour. If she achieves this, the 23-year-old would become only the eighth active player to do so.

In the Open Era only one Spanish female has won multiple major titles. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won three French Open titles as well as one at the US Open during her career.

Active players with Slam titles
Serena Williams – 23
Venus Williams – 7
Maria Sharapova – 5
Victoria Azarenka – 2
Angelique Kerber – 2
Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2
Petra Kvitova – 2

5) The Spain Vs. America rivalry

For only the fifth time in the Open Era a grand slam women’s final will see players from America and Spain clash. Muguruza has participated in two of the previous clashes. Losing to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2015 before getting her revenge the following year in Roland Garros.

Overall Muguruza is aiming to win Spain’s 7th grand slam title in women’s tennis since 1968. Meanwhile, Williams is seeking the 86th for America.

Previous USA – Spain clashes
Wimbledon 1994 (Conchita Martínez defeated Martina Navratilova)
Roland Garros 1998 (Arantxa Sánchez Vicario defeated Monica Seles)
Wimbledon 2015 (Serena Williams defeated Muguruza)
2016 Roland Garros (Muguruza defeated S.Williams)

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Dominic Thiem Rules Federer Out Of GOAT Debate

The Austrian puts forward his theory on who should be regarded as the best player in history.

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The honour of which player deserves to be regarded as the greatest of all time (GOAT) should be decided based on one factor, according to Dominic Thiem. 

 

The former world No.3 has weighed in on the debate by suggesting that the argument should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles a player has won as they are the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. In tennis, the four major tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Thiem’s GOAT criteria have therefore ruled Roger Federer out of contention. The Swiss maestro was at one stage the frontrunner due to the numerous records he has broken throughout his career. However, he retired from the sport last year with 20 Grand Slam trophies under his belt which is less than both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are currently on 22 each. 

“In my opinion, the Grand Slam titles should be the defining criteria when determining the best of all time, they are the four most important tournaments in tennis,” Eurosport quotes Thiem as saying. 
“Everything else is fine, but it’s not the same. The Slams are what counts, so the GOAT will probably be the one with the most Grand Slams.”

Others will argue that more factors should be taken into account in the subjective debate. For example, Federer has won 103 ATP titles which are more than his two rivals, Djokovic holds the record for most weeks as world No.1 and Nadal has won more tournaments on clay than any other player in history. Furthermore, there is the players’ win-loss rate on the Tour and their records against the top 10 players. 

Recently at the Australian Open Djokovic won the men’s title for a historic 10th time in his career. An achievement that has been hailed by Thiem who was runner-up to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2021. 

“I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young,” he said. “Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It’s like he was 25 years old.
“We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising.”

Thiem has won one Grand Slam title which was at the 2020 US Open when he became the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down to win in the final. He has also been runner-up at the French Open twice, as well as the Australian Open once. 

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Australian Open: Steve Flink Talks Djokovic’s Fitness, Nearest Rivals And Future Of American Tennis

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta to discuss Novak Djokovic’s tenth Australian Open title.

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Novak Djokovic won his tenth Australian Open title last week but what does the future hold for the Serb?

 

This was something that was discussed between hall of fame writer Steve Flink and UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta.

After Djokovic’s stunning straight sets win to claim a 22nd Grand Slam title, the pair discussed who the Serb’s future rivals may be for the rest of the season.

Flink stated that Alcaraz is Djokovic’s nearest challenger and would love to see them face off several times this season, “I think the smallest gap is between Djokovic and Alcaraz, I think we’ll found that out,” Flink explained.

“I think that’s what we need to see this year, Ubaldo. Is Alcaraz going to pick up where he left off last year, winning his first major, finishing the year number one. Has the temperament, has the game?

“I want to see Djokovic and Alcaraz play this year, I hope maybe 3-4 times at least and I think that could be great for the game and that maybe the biggest test would be to play the young Alcaraz who’s so fearless.”

Reflecting on the Australian Open Flink was very impressed with the way the world number one played over the two weeks especially managing his injury.

Flink thinks that Djokovic getting to world number one is a great achievement given the circumstances, “Just imagine how far ahead he would be in the rankings,” the Serb explained.

“If he had 2000 points for Wimbledon as he should have received, he’d be way way ahead of the pack. But just the fact he got back to number one which no one was really expecting since last fall is a great achievement.

“He was all along the overwhelming favourite to come back and win the Australian Open for the tenth time. However I honestly believe that he was genuinely very worried about his leg. Some people didn’t want to believe that but I definitely believed it because he got hurt in Adelaide and then you saw he was cancelling practice sessions in the middle of the leading up to the Australian Open.

“He was very worried and he kept wearing that strapping on his leg. Plus there was those medical time-outs he was taking in the earlier rounds and I don’t think it was until he played De Minaur in the fourth round that he was physically close to his best. And then from that point on he looked pretty invincible but I do think coming in he had deep concerns about his physical condition.”

Also in their chat, they discussed other rivals to Novak Djokovic such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Holger Rune and Sebastian Korda.

There was also much encouragement from Flink over the future of American men’s tennis with him comparing the current generation to the mid 1990’s, “This is the best group we’ve had since you have to go back, I mean we can look at the Roddick-Blake-Fish era and yes I mean Roddick was the last American man to win a major singles title at the 2003 US Open. And Blake was in the top five in the world and Fish had some great exploits but this group has more depth,” Flink explained.

“This is more like the mid-90’s, I’m not saying we’re going to have a Sampras, Courier, Chang, Agassi, you know the greatest American generation but all of these guys starting with Fritz and Tiafoe and then Korda who we already mentioned and Tommy Paul, his first major semi-finals despite the fact he lost to Djokovic in straight sets, Tommy Paul has burst into the top 20.

“And we’ve got an awful lot of talent in the top 50 now, I haven’t been this encouraged in a long time. I think it’s a very impressive American line-up.”

Below you can see the full video where they also discuss who has the most potential between Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti.

Video Breakdown:

00:00: Intro

00:26: Discussion over Djokovic’s level and injury concerns at Australian Open.

3:40: Reflecting on Djokovic’s post Wimbledon form

4:38: Reflecting on Djokovic’s physical state in comparison to Nadal and Djokovic’s competition

7:23: Discussion about Tsitsipas

12:45: Further discussion about Alcaraz  

14:55: Talk about Medvedev’s disappointing form

16:32: Talk about Ruud’s style of play

18:10: Talk about Auger-Aliassime

20:24: Discussion about Holger Rune, Sebastian Korda and American Tennis

24:26: Discussion about biggest potential amongst Sinner, Berrettini and Musetti

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Andreescu edges Kostyuk to reach semis in Hua Hin

Bianca Andreescu is into the semi-finals in Thailand.

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The Canadian is into the final four in Thailand after beating the Ukrainian in straight sets.

 

Bianca Andreescu booked her spot in the semifinal of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after beating the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in straight sets 6-0, 7-6 in one hour and 28 minutes.

The number one seed hit 19 winners and won 69% of her first serve points in a match where she had an amazing start but was dealt some adversity in the second set.

“I don’t think I started playing bad in the second set,” Andreescu said. “I think she just raised her game and she is always a tough opponent so I wasn’t expecting anything easy.”

The Toronto native who was making her first trip to Thailand came out to a flying start breaking three times in the first set en route to serving a bagel 6-0 set in a mere 25 minutes on court.

Riding the momentum into the second set, the Canadian broke again in the first game and at 3-1 went up a double break and found herself up 5-1 and a game away from the semis.

That’s when the number five seed started fighting back and at 5-2 broke Andreescu for the first time in the match and won the next two games to level the set at 5-5, using her powerful forehand to do it.

The set and the match were ultimately decided by a tiebreaker where the top seed got the early lead at 4-2 and served out the set and match at 6-3 in the breaker to secure the win.

After the match in her on-court interview, she was asked about her chances in the next match.

“I am hoping to win the tournament and I really believe in myself and if I get the support I need hopefully I can win the next two matches.”

Andreescu will face another Ukrainian in the semi-finals Lesia Tsurenko who had no issues getting past the German Tatjana Maria in straight sets 6-1 6-1 in one hour and 16 minutes.

In the other two quarterfinal matches, Lin Zhu of China beat the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 15 minutes to set up an all-Chinese semi-final with the number seven seed Xinju Wang.

Wang needed three sets to get past the Brit Heather Watson 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in two hours and 40 minutes.

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