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Serena Williams Reveals Inspiration Behind One-Legged Catsuit After Australian Open Win

The former world No.1 says the design of the outfit is based on a former Olympic great that she idolised growing up.

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Serena Williams’ bid for a record equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open has got off to a near perfect start after she brushed aside Germany’s Laura Siegemund.

 

Williams, who hasn’t won a major title of any sort for four years, proved too strong for the 2020 French Open quarter-finalist as she eased to a 6-1, 6-1, win in less than an hour. Dropping just 10 points behind her serve as she hit 16 winners to 15 unforced errors. The only blip for the former world No.1 was in the first game of the match where she was broken. However, from then on she dominated proceedings on the Rod Laver Arena with the help of a 10-game winning streak.

“I was happy just to get through it,” Williams said during her press conference. “I wasn’t sure how my serve would be after a little bit of that shoulder (problem), but it’s feeling good and I’m feeling good.”

Heading into the Grand Slam there was an injury scare for Williams who had to pull out of a tournament last week due to soreness in her right shoulder. Fornately for the American she appeared to experienced little discomfort in her latest match but has made adjustments to her training routine as a precaution.

It wasn’t just the powerful hitting of the 39-year-old which caught the attention of many in Melbourne, it was also what she was wearing. Her latest outfit is a multi-coloured one-legged catsuit produced by Nike. Afterwards Williams explained that the design was inspired by legendary athlete Florence Griffith Joyner. A three-time Olympic champion and 100 meter world record holder who passed away in 1998.

“I was inspired by FloJo, who was a wonderful track athlete, amazing athlete when I was growing up,” she said. “Watching her fashion, just always changing, her outfits were always amazing.’
“This year we thought of what can we do to keep elevating the Serena Williams on the court. The Nike team actually thought of this design of inspiration from FloJo. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is so brilliant.’”

Unlike previous events, this year’s Australian Open is set to welcome up to 30,000 fans each day under an agreement reached with local health officials. Although they weren’t out in full force when Williams was playing earlier in the day she is grateful for their support.

Obviously it’s not a full crowd like I’m used to. At the same time compared to last year, it’s definitely different. Just to have any sort of crowd, like playing in New York where there was no crowd, it’s definitely nice to have some people,” Williams commented.
“I think the crowd always motivates me, albeit good or bad. There’s always something that can get you motivated from the crowd.”

Williams will play Serbia’s Nina Stojanović in the second round on Wednesday. 24-year-old Stojanović defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4, to win her first ever main draw match in a Grand Slam.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Care How Much Pain He’s In, He Gets The Job Done

Hall of Famer Steve Flink gives his verdict on Rafael Nadal’s epic victory which might result in his withdrawal from Wimbledon!

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Matches don’t come as dramatic as the one Rafael Nadal played on Wednesday. 

 

The 22-time grand slam champion dealt with an abdominal injury, lost a break advantage in three sets and still managed to win after four hours of pulsating play. Awaiting him in the next round will be Nick Kyrgios if he is fit enough to play. Kyrgios dismissed Cristian Garin in straight sets in his quarter-final match. 

Flink and Ubitennis’ CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta review all the action that took place on day 10

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Injured Rafael Nadal Ousts Fritz In Wimbledon Thriller

The world No.4 is through to the semi-finals but there are new doubts over his current health.

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Rafael Nadal has kept his chances of achieving a calendar slam alive by defeating American Taylor Fritz in a dramatic quarter-final match at Wimbledon where he struggled with injury. 

 

The second seed took a medical time out during the second set but continued to battle to a sensational 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4), win over Fritz. Two days ago Nadal was seen wearing tape on his abdomen but refused to go into details when asked by reporters. Although it was clear that this issue is ongoing with the Spaniard crouching over a couple of times after serving in pain. 

“The body is generally fine. Of course, in the abdominal area, something is not going well. I had to find a way to serve a little bit differently,” said Nadal. “I was thinking during a lot of moments that I would not be able to finish the match but the energy (of Center Court) was something else.”

In the roller-coaster encounter, 19 breaks of serves occurred throughout the marathon match. During the gut-busting 260-minute showdown Nadal saw plenty of chances come and go. In each of the first two sets, he had a break advantage before losing them. He also failed to maintain a break advantage in the decider before coming through in the tiebreak. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top with the help of 5 aces and 55 winners. 

“I enjoy playing these kinds of matches in front of you guys (the crowd),” the Spaniard continued. 
“It has been a tough afternoon against a great player. All the credit to Taylor, he has been playing great the whole season.’
“From my side, it was not an easy match and I am happy to be in the semifinal.”

The triumph is a bitter pill for Fritz to swallow who was bidding to become the youngest American man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since 2005. Until now he had been on an eight-match winning streak.

As for Nadal, he is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 38th at a major event. He is now 8-0 when it comes to playing quarter-final matches at the tournament.

Amid concerns over the abdomen, Nadal now has only two days to recover in time for his blockbuster showdown against the formidable Nick Kyrgios who came through his match in straight sets against Cristian Garin. Nadal leads their head-to-head 6-3 and has won their two previous meetings at SW19.  

“I hope to be ready to play it,” he said of the semi-final.
“TNick is a great player on all surfaces, especially on the grass. He’s having a great grass-court season and it’s going to be a great challenge. I need to be one hundred percent.”

At the age of 36 Nadal is seeking to reach his first Wimbledon final since 2011.

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“I Thought The Ship Had Sailed’ – Nick Kyrgios Reaches Maiden Wimbledon Semis

The 27-year-old reacts to achieving a new milestone in his career.

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Nick Kyrgios has achieved his best-ever result at a Grand Slam tournament after beating Cristian Garin in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. 

 

Kyrgios, who was playing in the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2014, rallied to a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5(5) win over his Chilean rival. Becoming the first player from his country to reach the last four of the men’s draw since Lleyton Hewitt did so back in 2005.  


”I felt I was playing on the back foot a lot. He’s a hell of a player,” Kyrgios said afterward. “He’s obviously very confident. Hell of a tournament for him to make the quarter-finals. I got lucky on a couple of break points here and there. It could have been him standing here (giving the winner’s interview).”

In what was a largely controlled match from Kyrgios, he produced a total of 17 aces alongside 35 winners against 29 unforced errors. There were the occasional outbursts and criticism of the lines officials but it was by nowhere as controversial as his previous encounters against Stefanos Tsitspas in the third round and Paul Jubb in the first.

The breakthrough comes during what has been a turbulent career. Kyrgios has been a player involved in many controversies and was at one stage issued with a suspended ban from the Tour due to unsportsmanlike conduct. However, his talent was never doubted but many were unsure if he could be consistent enough to have a deep run at a major event. He once was at a pub until 4 am on the same day he was due to play Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

“It was an amazing atmosphere out here (on court one). I never thought I will be in the semifinal of a grand slam. I thought my ship had sailed.” He admits. 
“I didn’t go about things earlier in my career great and I may have wasted (time).’
‘I’m really proud of the way I’ve come back out here with my team and with that performance.”

As one of the few top 100 players who travel without a coach, Kyrgios paid tribute to those around him. 

“I don’t have a coach I would never put that burden on someone,” he jokes.
“Each and every one of my team plays an important role. I feel like nobody knows my tennis better than I do. I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and to be in the semi-final of a slam I am pretty happy.”  

Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semi-finalist since 2008.

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