US Open 2012

With the end of Olympics 2012, now its the turn of US Open to grab our attentions. This summer has been jam-packed with the insertion of the Olympics into the short space between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open

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This could have a major impact on player’s preparation for US open. Also another impact factor why i did feel the preparation as an important factor is that the Olympic tournament and Wimbledon’s grass courts, and adapting to the some different environment in US open will be a tough job for players.Concerning to the tournament preparation Djokovic, the defending men’s champion and seeded No. 2 this year, flew straight from London to Toronto after losing the bronze-medal match at the Olympics.

This year, the US open will be expected to provide the same excitement as previous years though players like Rafael Nadal, the 2010 Open winner and owner of 11 major titles, is out of this Open because of the same knee injury that caused him to skip the Olympics after his second-round loss at Wimbledon.

Although some of the important players are out of the tournament, there is no lack in entertainment as The top-seeded man, Federer, begins his quest for his sixth Open title and first since 2008. He will play American Donald Young in a night match, just after three-time champion Kim Clijsters, who is retiring after this season, plays American Victoria Duval.

You can check out the schedule and all latest information about US Open 2012 here – http://www.usopen.org

Serena bows out in quarter-final

serena williamsWimbledon champion Serena Williams has crashed out of the Bank of the West Classic.

Top seed Williams lost 6-2 3-6 6-2 to Australia’s Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals of the event at Stanford.

Stosur – who is seeking her first WTA Tour title – will play Marion Bartoli for a place in the final, after the eighth-seeded Italian defeated fourth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic 3-6 7-6 6-3.

Venus Williams – beaten by her sister in the Wimbledon final last month – reached the semi-finals with a straight sets defeat of Maria Sharapova.

Williams won 6-2 6-2, accepting her second match point to wrap up victory in 80 minutes and set up a meeting with third-seeded Elena Dementieva, who beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-4

Wimbledon Winners

It was a busy weekend in Wimbledon as the champions of men’s and women’s tennis were declared.  It was a hard fought battle, but Serena Williams and Roger Federer have come out on top.

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The women were up first and it was an all American showdown on the 4th of July (how appropriate).  It wasn’t quite an epic battle as Serena beat her older sister 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.  In typical Serena fashion, she upped her game at all the key moments to secure her victory.  She managed to pull away in the tiebreak and broke midway through the second set which sealed the deal.  She had defeated her sister thus preventing Venus from grabbing a historic third consecutive Wimbledon title.

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Serena now holds 11 titles and remains the no. 2 ranked player in the world.  When asked about her ranking, she had a few laughs while poking fun at the current ranking system.  She ultimately summed it up by saying, “I’d rather definitely be No.2 and hold three Grand Slams in the past year than be No. 1 and not have any.”

In keeping with the style of the past couple of years, the men’s Finals turned out to be a bit more dramatic.  In fact, based on the number of games, it was the longest Wimbledon Final of all time.  Federer and Roddick played five sets of marathon tennis until Federer managed to pull out the 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14 win.  It was a hard fought battle for Federer, who didn’t manage to break Roddick until the very end.

Roddick played the match of his life, going up two sets to start things off. But he just couldn’t hold on to it.  In the fifth set, Roddick lost his serve for the first and ony time during the match.  Unfortunately, it handed Federer the chance at match point.  Roddick had another forehand mistake and it was over.  It was a devastating loss for the American, who sat on his changeover chair with his head in his hands, waiting for the award ceremony to begin.  Federer pulled on a tracksuit with a gold 15 inscribed on the back.  With former record holder Pete Sampras looking on, Federer hoisted his 15th Grand Slam title.

And so another Wimbledon chapter comes to an end.  Next up, the US Open set to start on August 31.

Nadal wins record fourth title at Rome

World number one Rafael Nadal overcame stubborn early resistance from defending champion Novak Djokovic to claim a record fourth Rome Masters title with a 7-6 6-2 win on Sunday. The Spaniard took the first set in a tiebreak before breaking the Serbian third seed twice in the second set to bag his fifth title of the year, his third on clay, and continue his dominance.

“(It’s) one of the most important (wins) of my career,” Nadal, who will be gunning for a fifth successive French Open title later this month, told a news conference. “Winning in Rome is a big title. I now have 15 Masters Series in my career, so that’s a lot, and I’m very happy for that.”

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Sunday’s victory lifted Nadal to the top of the Rome league, surpassing the record of three titles he had shared with Austrian Thomas Muster, Australian Martin Mulligan and Czech Jaroslav Drobny.

Nadal enjoyed a flying start to the match, which had been slightly delayed because a spectator fell ill during the warm-up, breaking in the opening game. The Spaniard looked unstoppable and had a set point in the ninth game on Djokovic’s serve but let his advantage slip. Nadal dropped serve in the next game with some uncharacteristic loose forehands, allowing the Serb to level at 5-5. Djokovic smashed up a racket up for the second time this week when he immediately conceded serve again.

The 21-year-old Serb, who rallied to beat Roger Federer in the semis, quickly regained composure to forge back on level terms and the crowd got behind him sensing a surprise only for Nadal to run away with the tiebreak 7-2. The top seed saved a break point at the start of the second and things stayed tight until a double fault cost Djokovic his serve in the sixth game. Nadal broke again and sealed victory with a superlative forehand pass