Posted on: July 7, 2008 4:34 pm
Wimbledon this year lived up to its billing in all respects. I personally like tennis doubles and while i was disappointed the Bryans didn't make it to the finals they still made it to the mixed doubles final and faced each other. Mike was teamed with Ekatarina Srebotnik and was the number one seed. They lost the final to Bob who teamed with Samantha Stosur. The mens final was won by Zimonjic and Nestor who beat the team that topped the Bryans in the semis - Ullyet and Bjorkman. Jonas Bjorkman is retiring and that may have been motivation enough to knock off the Bryans.
The women had plenty of drama. Venus played Serena for the title and it was a magnificent power game. They two have, not surprisingly, played pretty even over the years. Venus seems to have her heart set on Wimbledon and rose to the occasion to win for the 5th time here. Then the sisters teamed to steamroll Raymond and Stosur who are what you could call doubles specialists 6-2,6-2.
Yes, we haven't forgotten the mens final. It has joined the ranks of tennis classics as some are arguing it was the greatest tennis match ever played. No one is arguing that it was the longest. Nadal pried the crown away from Roger Federer's stiff fingers as dusk began to settle on the court 6-4,6-4,6-7,6-7, 9-7. I am thankful the majors still play best of five sets so this one could go down as one of the great matches for the ages.
All those prognosticators who picked these two to make the final must have been happy and all those who didn't pick them to make the final must have been happy, too. It was not a bad finale. What happens next? I don't think this will be the last we see of these two in the final of this and other tournaments. They both will win more majors and one or both will break Pete Sampras record of 14 grand slams.
What say you?
Posted on: March 7, 2008 8:45 pm
Serena and Venus haven't faced each other since 2005. I don't think they really care to face each other but as the world of tennis turns it is inevitable since they are indeed in the top echelon of players. Their head to head record is 7 to 7 so you could say this will be a tie breaker. Between them they have won 14 grand slam titles with Serena winning 8. That's not too shabby. Who would you pick to win this one. They are not twins but each have powerful games. I will pick Serena for this one. She seems to be healthy for a change and has slimmed down showing a desire to move back to the top of women's tennis. Serena in 7 to 5 in the 3rd set.