Serena Williams shows her winning streak by claiming U.S. Open

Serena Williams once again proved her worth by sheer determination and unquestionable skill by beating the World No.1 Victoria Azarenka – 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in a stunning and dramatic performance to clinch her fourth U.S Open Title at the Flushing Meadows.  This is her 15th Grand Slam title overall and with this win Serena Williams had become the first women tennis player to cross the $40 million in earnings. Williams showed her physical endurance by surviving a ferocious comeback from Azarenka.  Serena Williams also became the oldest U.S. Open champion in nearly four decades.

The U.S Open this time was billed as a clash between the greatest player of her generation and the top player in the world this year and this game quite lived up to the expectations. Serena raced through the game through the opening set in just thirty-five minutes with two service breaks and sixteen stunning wins. Adding to that, Serena Williams has not dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before this Sunday game. In addition, to that she had an immense pressure and a negative reaction to her loss at the French Open in late May this year.

Serena Williams now joins the ranks of Martina Navratilova as the only women over the age of 30 to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in the same season since 1968. She will turn 31 on September 26 and now she is dominating the game. Serena Williams won her first major championship at the age of 17 at the 1999 U.S. Open.  The crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court roared in excitement as the two titans produced some excellent shots with the stakes rising and the excitement refusing to die down.

Roger Federer reaches the pinnacle of his tennis career

Roger Federer added another feather to the cap of his tennis career by gaining another record when he began his 287th week as world number one ranker. Roger Federer got his ranking as World No.1, by winning Grand slam 17 times after beating Britain’s Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final last week. The Swiss’s seventh title at the England Club ensured that he would be equal and then pass on Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at the top of the ranking. Sampras won 14 grand titles in 14-year tour career.

It is hoped that the Federer will keep the number one spot throughout the London Olympics thereby extending the mark still further. The Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP also lauded Federer. The passion towards tennis showed no signs of waning despite his age and being the second oldest man after Andre Agassi to hold the top ranking. Federer also holds a 75-point lead over world number two Novak Djokovic.

Federer now holds best five titles in 2012 that includes his 20th Master crown in Madrid in the run up to French Open. In spite of equaling Sampras’s record of seventh Wimbledon title, Federer believes that it was not just his victory at the All England Club over Andy Murray in the final that enabled him to win the Wimbledon cup and return to the top, but also due to a series of high and low periods he had to face in his tennis career. For instance, his notably heartbreaking loss to Djokovic in the US Open semi finals last September where he was two sets to love ahead with match points.

An abrupt end to Venus Williams dream run

Venus Williams the 32-years old, five times winner of Grand Slam suffered her first round loss at Wimbledon for the first time in her career spanning fifteen years. Venus Williams lost submissively without opposing much with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against the 79th ranked Elena Vesnina of Russia. Venus Williams’s loss of game this time resembled that of losing game way back in 1997 when she was making her first appearance in a Wimbledon tournament.

However, she confided that she will be back at the London’s Olympics next month and is also planning to get back at the Wimbledon next year. She had a hard time to convince herself but put a brave face in front of the media and said that she is still a great player but unfortunately had to deal with.

Venus Williams, the three times Wimbledon runner up has played sparingly over the last several months after being diagnosed with the Sjogren’s syndrome which is an incurable disease, the symptoms of which are fatigue and pain in joints. The loss of Venus Williams in her first match was preceded by the a second round ouster at the French Open even though the tournaments present favorite in action like Roger Federer had won. Venus Williams along with her sister Serena William made history in the grand slam events when they played in the later part of 1990’s and early part of 2000’s with ferocious forehand.

 

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