Venus Williams has extended Great Britain’s 40-year wait for a female finalist at Wimbledon after dispatching of Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2, in the semifinals of the tournament.
Thursday’s match at SW19 saw experience prevail in Williams’ favour. Against Konta she was bidding to win her 87th match of the tournament to reach her ninth final. Meanwhile, her rival was aiming to win only her seventh match and progress to her maiden major final. This difference proved detrimental as the 37-year-old moved effortlessly around the court. Meanwhile, a nervous Konta struggled with her own consistency as well as her opponent’s power.
“She played so well. No point was easy.” Williams told the BBC about Konta following the match. “I just tried to climb on top each time to get another point and then ‘wow’ it was done. I’m just so happy.”
Gracing Centre Court, both players were resilient during the start of the match by giving away very few chances. Williams’ power guided her throughout the set against Konta, who continued to apply the pressure with an array of winners. Eight games came and went before it was the Brit who grabbed the first opportunity.
A winning forehand down the line from Konta elevated her to a duo of break points, but she was denied by Williams’ gutsy play. On the second break point, the American managed to hit a 106 mph second serve to force the game to deuce before moving ahead 5-4. The comeback frazzled Konta’s mind as she served to stay in contention. Unexpectedly, three consecutive unforced errors from the sixth seed guided Williams to a trio of set points. She then converted on her second after a backhand from Konta drifted long.
The anti-climatic end to the opening set continued into the second. Williams had lost to Konta on three previous occasions and she knew the crowd was against her. Nevertheless, she was too strong for the home player. Another error-stricken Konta service game secured break No.2 for Williams as she edged closer towards the final. The win was inevitable as the animated British crowd grew silent, knowing that there will be no home representation in the final. Admirably Konta kept fighting until the end by saving a duo of match points. Still, it wasn’t enough as 37-year-old Williams progressed to her second grand slam final of the year with the help of a clean forehand winner down the line.
“I have played a lot of finals here. It has been a blessing.” Said Williams, who last played in a Wimbledon final in 2009. “I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’ll ask for a little more. You know, one more win would be amazing. It won’t be a given, but I’m going to give it my all.”
The dream continues
Playing in her 20th Wimbledon main draw, Williams’ route into this year’s tournament was marred by a car crash that resulted in a fatality. Still, she managed to seek solace on the court by dismissing four seeded players in the draw. Against Konta, she also had to contend with the British crowd. Although, she never felt intimidated by them.
“I thought the crowd was very nice to me actually. They could have been really boisterous, but I thought they were so fair.” She explained.
“I know that they love Jo and she gave it her all today. There is a lot pressure. It is a lot of pressure. I thought she handled it well. I think my experience just helped a lot.”
Standing in her way of the title is Garbine Muguruza. She leads their head-to-head 3-1, but lost to her in Rome earlier this year. Looking ahead to the clash Williams will seek advice first sister Serena. Serena defeated the Spaniard in the 2015 final at SW19.
“We both play really well on the grass.” Williams said about facing Muguruza. “The last time she played Serena (in a Wimbledon final) so I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers.”
Williams is the oldest finalist in the tournament’s history since Martina Navratilova in 1994. She has also become the most successful active female player at Wimbledon with 87 wins.
US Open 2022: Djokovic, Medvedev Early Favorites but Will the Serb Be Allowed to Compete?
Wimbledon was a great success for the World’s No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic, as the Serbian star claimed another Grand Slam title. However, with the grass season officially behind us, tennis enthusiasts are looking towards the US Open.
The Hard Court season is around the corner, and the usual suspects are topping the bookmaker’s odds to win the final Grand Slam of the season – the US Open – which will take place at Flushing Meadows, New York City.
US Open 2022 betting odds & favorites to win it all
To the surprise of nobody, Djokovic is topping the current US Open tennis odds at Caesars sportsbook New York as he looks to finish the Grand Slam season with another success added to his resume.
Daniil Medvedev is the second favorite to win the competition, and Carlos Alcaraz is the third betting favorite. Interestingly, Rafael Nadal – all-time record holder with 22 Grand Slam titles – is currently priced at +660, making him an outsider to the aforementioned players.
Tennis fans eagerly anticipated a meeting between Djokovic and Nadal in the Wimbledon finals, but the Spaniard was forced out of the competition due to an injury. A US Open final meeting between the two most successful ranked tennis stars is undoubtedly a match we’re all craving, but can Nadal prove the sportsbooks wrong and battle his way into another final?
With less than a month until the first round begins, here are the latest available odds to win the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, taking place between Aug 29 – Sep 11, 2022.
|Players||Odds to win the US Open outright|
|Carlos Alcaraz Garfia||+350|
Despite owning the favorable betting position to win the US Open outright, Djokovic remains unvaccinated. The current regulations state that non-US citizens must be vaccinated to compete in the US, so he’s ineligible to play.
Djokovic hasn’t given up hope
The unvaccinated tennis stand-out was removed from the Australian Open in January, as the government declared he’d disobeyed strict Covid-19 regulations.
The 35-year-old is now facing a similar fate at Flushing Meadows but has insisted on continuing his US Open training camp.
As it currently stands, Djokovic won’t play at the US Open. Still, the Serbian star remains hopeful and recently took to social media with a video clip of himself preparing for the tournament.
‘I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to the US,’ Djokovic wrote on Twitter.
After posting a video of himself preparing, fans showed their support in abundance with the hashtag #LetNovakPlay.
Further support for the Serbian star has continued with a petition on Change.Org. As of Saturday morning, close to 45,000 people had signed the petition requesting the US Tennis Association and the federal government to agree for Djokovic to gain entry into the US.
‘I just wanted to take a moment and say to all of you how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from all around the world these days,’ Djokovic wrote to his fans.
‘It feels special that people connect with my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and wish for me to continue to compete.’
Several US politicians have expressed their opinions on the matter and have insisted that US President Joe Biden ease the rules so that Djokovic can participate at the upcoming Open.
American politicians aren’t the only ones speaking up against Biden’s rules. The Serbia-American Voting Alliance (SAVA) has also written a letter asking the President to reconsider the regulations preventing Djokovic from competing in the United States. It read, “The US Open is the biggest tennis tournament in the world, and it won’t be what it is without Novak Djokovic.
“Considering the economic situation and the crisis at all levels, America must not allow the US Open not to take place in its full glory and capacity, which means the arrival of Novak Djokovic, who has been crowned three times at the US Open, Novak does not pose any security threat, is one of the healthiest people in the world due to his disciplined life and serves as a role model and inspiration to millions around the world.
“It is in America’s interest that the biggest tournament in the world hosts the best player in the world, especially since he just won the seventh Wimbledon in London.”
Should the restriction be removed, Djokovic has the opportunity to level Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles of all time (22).
McEnroe Labels Novak Djokovic’s Possible US Open Ban As ‘Crazy’
The American tennis great says he ‘respects’ Djokovic’s decision not to get vaccinated against covid-19.
John McEnroe says he is hoping that a solution can be found for Novak Djokovic to play at the US Open later this year.
As it currently stands 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will not be allowed to play in New York due to government rules related to the entry of unvaccinated individuals. To travel to America, visitors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for a special exemption. Djokovic has not been jabbed and stated after his Wimbledon triumph that he is not planning to do so.
On Wednesday the United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued their entry lists for the US Open which also included Djokovic in the men’s draw. However, they also posted a statement confirming that they will ‘respect’ the American government’s rules concerning unvaccinated players.
“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the USTA said.
Weighing in on the debate, former world No.1 McEnroe described the prospect of Djokovic missing the US Open as ‘crazy’ during an interview with Tennis 365. The Serbian has won four out of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments. He missed this year’s Australian Open following a high-profile legal dispute over the legitimacy of his visa which resulted in his deportation.
“We have to find a way to get Novak into the US Open,” said McEnroe. “How can he not be there? He has just won Wimbledon, he is a great champion and he should be in the US Open.
“I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect it. He is one of the fittest guys in the world and everything he puts into his body, he is watching carefully.
“Now we are saying that because of his choice, he can’t play at the US Open. I mean, come on. He has already been deported from Australia for the same reason and here we are again.
“I hope someone finds a way to sort this out. It’s crazy that Novak misses the US Open at this stage.”
Djokovic has won the US Open three times in his career with his most recent triumph occurring in 2018. He also won the title in 2011 and 2015. The 35-year-old was also runner-up at the tournament on six other occasions.
Should he be unsuccessful in trying to enter America, it is unclear when Djokovic will play his next tournament. He has previously hinted that he could feature in the Laver Cup that will take place in September.
US Open: Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic On Entry List But Former Champion Thiem Is Missing
Novak Djokovic has automatically entered himself to play at this year’s US Open even though there is a strong chance that he will not be allowed to participate.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion has been included in the provisional entry list which was published on Wednesday. However, organizers confirmed that they will ‘respect’ the US Government’s rules on the admission of vaccinated individuals into the country. As it currently stands those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter the country unless they qualify for a special exemption.
“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the USTA said in a statement.
Djokovic is one of those who are not vaccinated against the virus. Following his win over Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, the former world No.1 stated that he still has no intention of being jabbed. Even though it could result in his missing a series of key Masters 1000 events across the summer, as well as the US Open. Djokovic has previously said he is cautious about injecting substances into his body due to concerns about how he may react. The COVID-19 vaccination has been deemed safe by the World Health Organization.
“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or exemption,” Djokovic told reporters at Wimbledon. “I don’t know. I don’t think the exemption is realistically possible. If that is a possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about.”
As Djokovic hopes for a change in the law for him to play, 2020 champion Dominic Thiem will be relying on receiving a wild card for him to participate. The Austrian has decided not to join the entry list with the use of his protected ranking. Thiem was unable to defend his title last year due to a right wrist injury which ended up sidelining him from the Tour for months.
Elsewhere, a trio of former top 20 players are using their protected ranking to join the field. Stan Wawrinka, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund are all using their passes. Wawrinka and Coric have both started their comeback from injury but Edmund hasn’t played a singles tournament since October 2020. Aljaz Bedene, who is set to retire from the Sport at the end of this season, is also using his protected ranking.
Williams joins the women’s field
In the women’s tournament, Serena Williams has used her protected ranking of 16th to join the field. The American recently played her first tournament for 12 months at Wimbledon where she lost in the first round to France’s Harmony Tan. Williams, who is one major title away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24, has also entered herself into other tournaments leading up to the US Open.
Reigning champion Emma Raducanu is 10th on the list and will be hoping to repeat her heroics from last year where as a qualifier she won 10 matches in a row without dropping a set en route to the title. Since then, the Brit hasn’t featured in another Tour final and has been hampered by various physical issues.
Raducanu and Williams are two out of six former US Open champions on the entry list. The others are Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Bianca Andreescu.
Venus Williams, who last won the tournament back in 2001, isn’t on the list. However, she could enter via wild card if she is given one.
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