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Barbora Strycova Dashes Konta’s Wimbledon Dreams To Reach Semis

The world No.54 produced a solid display to prolong Britain’s 42-year wait for a female Wimbledon champion.

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WIMBLEDON: Czech veteran Barbora Strycova has sealed a place in the last four of a grand slam for the first time in her career at the age of 33 after downing Johanna Konta in straight sets at Wimbledon.

 

The unseeded Czech showed no sign of nerves as she rallied to the 7-6(5), 6-1, victory on Center Court. The gutsy display was similar to that of the previous round where Strocova came from 4-6, 2-5, to defeat Elise Mertens. Taking the pace of the ball with the use of slice to make her opponents uncomfortable on the court. Illustrated by Konta’s unforced error count of 33, which was 24 more than her.

“I can’t really believe this is happening because it is just right after the match,” Strycova told BBC TV following her win.
“I’m extremely happy. I felt like I was playing well, but she was striking the ball very quick and very hard.’
“I just stuck to my game and tried to mix it a little bit. I then got into the match and started to feel better, and better. “

In what was their second meeting on the tour and first since 2017, the match started with a roller coaster set. Strocova’s use of the slice along with serving and volleying proved problematic for the home favorite. Initially, the Czech trailed 0-3 before managing to claw her way back to level 4-4. Courtesy of a lackluster Konta Service game.

With little to distinguish between the two players, a tiebreaker eventually separated them. Continuous momentum changes saw four mini-breaks take place during the first six points. Eventually, it was Konta who buckled at the worst possible time. Trailing 5-6 in the tiebreaker, a forehand into the net gifted Strocover the lead. Silencing the British crowd on Center Court.

Disrupting Konta’s rhythm with the variation of her shot-making, Strycova continued to dictate against her growingly erratic opponent. A poor service game from the Brit ended with a backhand drifting wide to gift the Czech a set and a break lead. Prompting a frustrated Konta to glare towards her camp.

The mood of the Brit deteriorated further as she dropped serve once again. Hitting a forehand long beyond the baseline to increase Strycova’s stronghold to a set and 5-1. Serving for a chance to achieve one of the biggest milestones of her entire career, the Czech sealed victory with ease. Capitalizing on back-to-back errors from across the court.

“I think it was one of the best matches I played here,” Strycova commented about her latest performance at Wimbledon.

23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams will be the next test for Strycova. The 11th seed defeated Alison Riske in three sets earlier in the day. Williams leads their head-to-head 3-0 and is yet to drop a set against her.

“It’s a great week to play her and it is a match I am looking forward to playing. I can’t wait to be on the court on Thursday.” Declared the 33-year-old.

 

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Serena Williams Named Most Stylish Athlete Of 2019 As She Brushes Off Critics

The 37-year-old says she ‘doesn’t care’ about what people think about what she wears.

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23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams has been awarded with another accolade in her record-breaking career.

 

The 37-year-old has come top in this year’s Most Fashionable list by Sports Illustrated in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers In America. The honour recognizes athletes who have stood out from the crowd with what they wear. Those who make the shortlist are selected by a panel of stylists, fashion editors and executives and other influencers across the sports and fashion industries.

“My whole career has been really about tennis and fashion. I always try to make a statement when I walk out on the court—to be bold and to be unique and to kind of transcend. I always try to send the message of just being confident and being fierce.” Williams told Sports Illustrated.

Williams has made headlines on the court for the outfits she wears. After wearing a catsuit at last year’s French Open, she opted for a more straightforward design in this year’s tournament. Wearing a zebra-striped outfit decorated with the words ‘mother, champion, queen, goddess’ in French. It was designed by Virgil Abloh, who was named in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world back in 2018. At Wimbledon, the Nike tick on her all-white clothing was made up of 34 Swarovski ® crystals to mark the last time she won the title at the age of 34.

The fashion sense of the American wasn’t a hit with everybody. Her catsuit triggered criticism from the head of the French Tennis Federation. Bernard Giudicelli told France’s Tennis Magazine in 2017 ‘I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.’ Williams later played down those comments.

“People always have things to say when you’re wearing fashion. It could be good things. It could be bad things. I don’t care what people say. I’m like just so past it—you could say whatever you want to say.” She said.
“Honestly, you’re allowed to have your opinion. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things. I have a daughter, I have a family, I have a career. I have too much to worry about.”

Williams recently finished runner-up at Wimbledon after losing to Simona Halep in the final. She is set to play at both the Rogers Cup in Canada and Cincinnati Open before the next grand slam tournament.

Note: video embedded from si.com.

 

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The 22 Matches That Roger Federer Lost After Having Match Point

Ubitennis looks back at the times where the Swiss maestro was on the verge of victory before going out.

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On Sunday Roger Federer was twice a point away from winning his 21st grand slam title at Wimbledon. Taking on world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the Swiss player failed to convert two match points. Resulting in him eventually losing in the final set tiebreaker after five hours of play on Center Court.

 

It was the 22nd time Federer has lost after having match point opportunities and the sixth time he has done so in a grand slam tournament. 13 out of those 22 matches saw him have more than one chance to seal victory. The most notable of those took place back in 2010 at the Paris Masters. Playing France’s Gael Monfils, Federer failed to convert five match point opportunities as he lost 7-6(7), 6-7(1), 7-6(4).

The unfortunate outcome has happened to the 37-year-old at least once every year since 2013. Furthermore, since 2017 he has failed to win after having match points twice each season.

Djokovic is the only person to fight back against Federer on multiple occasions at grand slam level. Besides his recent triumph at Wimbledon, the Serbian also saved two match points to beat Federer in their US Open clashes in 2010 and 2011. Djokovic is the only player to have ever done this against Federer on three separate occasions.

Looking at the overall picture, those 22 matches represents only 0.83% of his total losses on the ATP Tour since turning pro (22 out of 265). Federer’s current win-loss record stands at 1222-265. Claiming a total of 102 titles, which is the second highest in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors is currently first with 1274 wins and 109 titles.

Since 2000, there has been five seasons where the former world No.1 hasn’t lost a match after being in prime position. They were in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Here is a breakdown of those 22 matches:-

YEAR TOURNAMENT ROUND OPONENT
MATCH POINTS  WASTED
2019 Wimbledon Final Novak Djokovic 2
2019 Madrid Quarter-final Dominic Thiem 2
2018 Wimbledon Quarter-final Kevin Anderson 1
2018 Indian Wells Final Juan Del Potro 3
2017 Stuttgart Two Tommy Haas 1
2017 Dubai Two Evgeny Donskoi 3
2016 Stuttgart Semi-final Dominic Thiem 2
2015 Madrid Two Nick Kyrgios 2
2014 Rome Two Jeremy Chardy 1
2013 Dubai Semi-final Tomas Berdych 3
2011 US Open Semi-final Novak Djokovic 2
2010 Paris-Bercy Semi-final Gael Monfils 5
2010 US Open Semi-final Novak Djokovic 2
2010 Miami Two Tomas Berdych 1
2010 Indian Wells Third Marcos Baghdatis 3
2006 Rome Final Rafael Nadal 2
2005 Monte Carlo Quarter-final Richard Gasquet 3
2005 Aust. Open Semi-final Marat Safin 1
2003 Miami Quarter-final Albert Costa 3
2002 Rotterdam Quarter-final Nicolas Escudé 1
2002 Aust. Open Two Tommy Haas 1
2001 Paris-Bercy Two Jiri Novak 1
2001 Halle Quarter-final Pat Rafter 1
2000 Wien Semi-final Tim Henman  2

source of data – Simon Graf/derbund.ch

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Halep’s Olympic Honour To Kuznetsova’s Visa Woes: Four Post-Wimbledon Stories You Might Have Missed

Wimbledon may have finished on Sunday, but the world of tennis does not stop for anybody.

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When a grand slam ends, many take a break to rest and recover from what has been a blockbuster two weeks of action. Headlined by Simona Halep’s and Novak Djokovic’s triumphs in the singles tournaments. However, the sport does not rest and plenty has gone on during the past couple of days.

 

Here are four post-Wimbledon stories you might have missed.

Halep’s hero’s welcome

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Since winning the Wimbledon title, Simona Halep has made headlines across her home country of Romania. She returned back home on Monday and later that day it was announced that she would receive the ‘Star of Romania.’ The highest honour that can be handed out by the state. Halep is the first Romanian to have ever won the Wimbledon title.

“The final wasn’t as easy as it looked like. Emotionally, it was difficult, there was a big emotional charge, but I was clear in my tactics. I consider I played the perfect match on the perfect day.” The 27-year-old said during a press conference earlier this week.
“I didn’t think for a moment about the score or about what happens on court. All I wanted was to do my job and take my chances. Darren Cahill gave me some tips before the final, but it was just some friendly advice. My official coach is now Daniel Dobre.”

It has also been revealed that Halep will be the official flag bearer for Romania at the 2020 Olympic Games. The confirmation first occurred when she was questioned by a journalist. In the background there was a nod of approval from Mihai Covaliu, who is the head of the Romanian Olympic Committee.

“This is a huge success because, as you know, we don’t have grass tennis courts in Romania. As a matter of fact, there aren’t many countries to have lawn courts.” She said.
“When we are children it’s difficult to think we will ever have the chance to play at Wimbledon and win, but now the dream has come true and I hope to be an inspiration to the young generation. Make them believe in themselves, that everything is possible and never give up.”

A celebration to honour Halep’s latest achievement will take place on Wednesday at the National Arena in Bucharest.

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