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.