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Belinda Bencic sets up final against Sofia Kenin in Mallorca

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This year’s Dubai champion Belinda Bencic fought back from one set down to beat 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

 

Kerber earned an early break at the start of the opening set to take a 2-0 lead. Bencic earned two break-back point chances, but Kerber held serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead.

Kerber opened up a 4-1 lead with a break and saved break points before serving out the opening set 6-2 after 33 minutes.

Bencic fended off three break points to earn her first break of the match in the eighth game for 5-3, but Kerber broke straight back to set up a tie-break.

Kerber took a 2-1 lead in the tie-break, when Bencic missed a smash into the open court, but Bencic broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Bencic won six consective points to win the tie-break 7-2.

Bencic saved three break points at 1-1 before earning the only break for 2-1. Kerber earned two more break points, but Bencic saved them to clinch the third set 6-4.

Bencic set up a final against Sofia Kenin, who broke serve four times to knock out Anastasjia Sevastova 6-4 4-6 6-2 in three sets reaching the third WTA Tour final of her career and her first final on grass. Kenin reached her second semifinal in the Spanish tournament. Sevastova won this tournament in 2017 and finished runner-up twice.

“It means a lot to me. I am going to enjoy it and I just play freely because I am in the final. Kenin is a tough opponent. We practised here together. I think it will be a great match. I thought I fought very hard today. I definitely tried to give my best today and fought until the end, so I am happy to be in the final”, said Bencic.

Kenin earned her only break to take a 2-1 lead and earned five break points in two other Sevastova’s service games. Sevastova could not earn any break point chances, as Kenin served out the opening set 6-4.

Sevastova earned her first break point chances at the start of the second set, but Kenin saved them to hold her serve before breaking in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Both players went on serve until the eighth game, when Sevastova broke back to draw level to 4-4. Sevastova won the final four games to seal the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the third set.

Kenin went up a double break to take a 4-0 lead and never looked back in her next service games to seal the third set 6-2.

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The Women’s Stats Leaders Of Wimbledon 2019

Although Simona Halep won Wimbledon, it was Serena Williams who dominated most of the stats at this year’s tournament.

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As the third grand slam of the year concludes, let’s reflect on who the stats leaders at Wimbledon in the Women’s tournament. 

 

The Women’s tournament once again provided many shocks, unpredictable results, storylines and great champions rising to the top.

But in the end it was Simona Halep who won her second grand slam and first Wimbledon title as she demolished Serena Williams in the final.

As the tournament has now ended let’s break the tournament down and see how the Women’s tournament reflected overall in terms of Quality.

Most Aces

Serena Williams reached another Wimbledon final this year and her serve was the key to reaching the second Saturday as she dominated most of her opponents.

Although Simona Halep may have figured her service patterns, her previous six opponents didn’t as she topped the aces chart.

  1. Serena Williams – 47
  2. Karolina Pliskova – 36
  3. Karolina Muchova – 29
  4. Johanna Konta – 28
  5. Ashleigh Barty – 26

Double Faults

Although both Dayana Yastremska and Alison Riske made the second week of this year’s Wimbledon, both Women topped the double faults tally.

  1. Dayana Yastremska – 26
  2. Alison Riske – 25
  3. Kristina Mladenovic – 19
  4. Kaia Kanepi – 17
  5. Cori Gauff – 15

Fastest Serve (MPH)

Serena once again topped this particular statistic although 15 year-old rising sensation Cori Gauff came close en route to the fourth round.

  1. Serena Williams – 122
  2. Polona Hercog – 120
  3. Cori Gauff – 119
  4. Venus Williams, Petra Martic, Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka – 118

Longest Match

Karolina Muchova’s surprise win over Karolina Pliskova was the longest match of the Women’s tournament and the closes to a 12-12 tiebreak.

  1. Karolina Muchova def Karolina Pliskova – 3 hours and 17 minutes
  2. Alison Risek def Ivana Jorovic – 2 hours and 50 minutes
  3. Elise Mertens def Qiang Wang – 2 hours and 49 minutes
  4. Cori Gauff def Polona Hercog – 2 hours and 47 minutes
  5. Monica Puig def Anna Karolina Schmiedlova – 2 hours and 35 minutes

The Most Serve and Volley In Their Game 

One of the reasons why Barbora Strycova made the semi-finals of the singles and became the new doubles world number one, was her ability to serve and volley, which is why she tops this particular chart.

  1. Barbora Strycova – 19% (69/366)
  2. Kirsten Flipkens – 14% (16/118)
  3. Taylor Townsend – 11% (17/153)
  4. Andrea Petkovic – 10% (9/91)
  5. Laura Siegemund – 9% (13/169)

Most Return Winners

Dayana Yastremska and Serena Williams top this stat as they made their opponents pay for any average serves coming their way.

  1. Dayana Yastremska – 25
  2. Serena Williams – 17
  3. Petra Kvitova – 12
  4. Shuai Zhang – 12
  5. Amanda Anisimova, Karolina Pliskova, Karolina Muchova and Alison Riske – 10

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Wimbledon Day 13 Preview: The Gentlemen’s Final

In a championship match with significant GOAT implications, Roger Federer plays for a record-extending 21st Major, as Djokovic defends his title and vies for his 16th.

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By Matthew Marolf

 

In 25 days, Roger Federer will turn 38 years of age. Remarkably, here he is in his 31st Major final, and his 12th at The All England Club. His most recent Slam final came 18 months ago in Australia, where he defeated Marin Cilic in five sets. Playing the French Open last month for the first time since 2015, and advancing to the semi-finals on his worst surface, provided Roger with considerable confidence. After falling to Rafael Nadal in Paris, he avenged that loss here on Friday in a thrilling semi-final. But in order to win his ninth Wimbledon, he’ll need to do something he’s never done before: defeat both Nadal and Djokovic at the same Grand Slam event.

One year ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at SW19 ranked outside the top 20. After holding all four Majors at once, he hadn’t claimed another in over two years. But a semi-final victory over Nadal would propel Djokovic to win three consecutive Slams. He’s now the definitive world No.1, and looks to pull within four Major titles of Federer, and within two of Nadal.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Roger Federer (2)

This is their third time playing in the gentlemen’s singles final. In 2014, Djokovic pulled out the win in five sets, a turning point in Novak’s career having lost his last five Major Finals outside of Australia. A year later, Djokovic prevailed in four. Overall Novak has the slight edge in their head-to-head 25-22, and has taken eight of their last 10 meetings. At Majors, Djokovic leads 9-6, and hasn’t lost to Federer at a Slam in seven years, which was their first Wimbledon matchup in the 2012 semi-finals.

Both men needed three sets and about three hours to win their semi-finals, though Federer’s match against Nadal was the tighter and more draining affair. For Roger, coming back less than 48 hours later to play the other GOAT contender, who is also nearly six years younger than Federer, is a huge ask. But if Roger plays with the same energy he did on Friday, he has a shot. He’ll need to serve even better than in the semi-finals, as he faces the best returner in the game.

The crowd could play a critical role here. They’ll undoubtedly be raucously behind Roger, and we saw on Friday against Roberto Bautista Agut how bothered Novak can get by crowds cheering for his opponent. He receives it as disrespect, though he often seems to thrive on it. But Novak would be wise to not outwardly mock the Centre Court audience today, as it will only increase their enthusiasm for Federer. On paper, Djokovic is a solid favourite. There’s no real weakness in his game, and the best-of-five format plays to his advantage, especially if this goes the distance.

However, we saw on Friday the magic Roger is still capable of on Centre Court. He’ll know this may be one of his last chances to win a Major, though will that inspire him or unsettle him? We saw Serena Williams tighten up under similar circumstances yesterday. While I don’t think this will be a blowout like the ladies’ championship match, Djokovic will be too much for Federer to overcome in the end. Novak will be joining Simona Halep at the champions ball on Sunday evening.

Other notable matches on Day 13:

In the ladies’ doubles final re-scheduled for today due to the length of the gentlemen’s doubles final, singles standouts Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strycova (3) vs. Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu (4), who upset the defending champion in the semi-finals.  Singles semi-finalist Strycova would become the new doubles No.1 with a win today.

In the mixed doubles final, which has unfortunately been bumped to No.1 Court, French Open champions Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan (8) vs. 42-year-old Roberto Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko, who is a former junior champion here, and was a singles semifinalist a year ago.

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WIMBLEDON: Novak Djokovic Vs Roger Federer By The Numbers

Ubitennis looks at the figures behind the latest installment of one of the greatest rivalries in the history of men’s tennis.

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WIMBLEDON: The top two seeds will fight it out for the men’s title at Wimbledon on Sunday. 

 

Novak Djokovic will be seeking his second consecutive title at The All England Club against Roger Federer, who has won the singles trophy more times than any other man in history. It will be the 48th meeting between the two on the tour with the world No.1 currently leading the head-to-head 25-22.

Here are some numbers behind the 2019 Wimbledon men’s final.

1: Only one player have ever defeated both Rafael Nadal and Djokovic in the same grand slam. That was Stan Wawrinka during the 2014 Australian Open. Federer could become the second player to do the double win if he triumphs on Sunday.

3: Federer has lost all three of the five-set matches he has played against Djokovic. In all of those, he won the first set.

4: Should Federer win, he would be the first player in the ATP Tour this season to win four trophies. He has already triumphed in Dubai, Miami, and Halle.

5: Federer is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win a fifth grand slam title after his 30th birthday. Since reaching the milestone, he has won Wimbledon twice (2012, 2017) and the Australian Open twice (2017, 2018).

7: Djokovic hasn’t played an ATP grass-court tournament before Wimbledon in seven out of the last 10 years.

9: Federer will be bidding to become the first man to win a ninth Wimbledon singles title. A milestone that has only been achieved by Martina Navratilova.

11: Wimbledon is the 11th consecutive grand slam where it has been won by a member of the Big Three. The last player outside the group to triumph was Wawrinka during the 2016 US Open.

12: Federer will be playing in his 12th Wimbledon final in what is a tournament record. This is five more than his nearest rivals. Boris Becker, Arthur Gore, and Pete Sampras all made seven appearances.

16: It is the 16th time Djokovic has faced Federer in a grand slam tournament. An Open Era record. The world No.1 currently leads the head-to-head 9-6.

20: It is the 20th time the two have faced each other in the final of a tournament with Djokovic winning 13 of those meetings.

21: The number of grand slam tournaments where Djokovic has been the top seed.

31: Federer is playing in a record 31st grand slam final.

48: It will be the 48th meeting between the two players. Placing their rivalry second on the list for most match-ups behind Djokovic and Rafael Nadal (54). Djokovic currently leads Federer 25-22 in their head-to-head.

48: It is also the 48h time in the Open era that a grand slam final has been contested by the top two seeds in the men’s draw.

71: Djokovic has won more matches at Wimbledon than any other grand slam. His current tally (before Sunday’s final) is 71.

94: The number of grass court wins achieved by Djokovic

187: The number of grass-court wins achieved by Federer

The men’s final at Wimbledon will take place at 14:00 GMT on Sunday afternoon.

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