32 year old Venus Williams, who has battled serious injuries over the last two seasons, was thumped by Maria Sharapova today. Sharapova booked her place in the fourth round of the Australian Open with the 6-3, 6-1 win, having previously won her matches in 6-0, 6-0 style.
In 2011 Venus was forced out of the Open with a psoas tear – a uncommon and difficult injury to treat. It was then revealed that Venus has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and since then she has struggled to re-find any sort of form that captured her multiple Grand Slam trophies.
‘I really wanted this victory. I was 5-1 up and made a couple more errors than I would have liked so I was very pleased to have served it out.’
Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam at the French Open last year, will face Kirsten Flipkins in the next round.
18 year old Sloane Stephens’ run at the US Open has been ended by Serbian former world number one Ana Ivanovic. The 6-3, 6-4 win puts Ivanovic into the fourth round where she faces the formidable Serena Williams who thumped Victoria Azarenka in the first set of her straight sets win over the wold number five.
Ivanovic, at times, looked good. Not Grand Slam winning good, but Ana good. There weren’t too many muffed ball tosses (until she tried to serve the match out) and she seemed to have her emotions in check. Ana managed Sloane’s home crowd well and produced some great shots but still has a way to go if she wants to really compete with the likes of Williams again. Read more
In a day of surprises at Flushing Meadows the biggest came from the announcement that Venus Williams was withdrawing from her second round match against Sabine Lisicki with an unspecified illness. Later Venus released a statement saying she had recently been diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome which explains some of her recent illness issues. Read more
It’s not uncommon for the injury list to mount before Wimbledon and the US Open and this year is no exception. The grueling clay court with minimal transition time on to grass courts cause players bodies problems as they try to adapt to the different requirements of the game on different surfaces. Likewise the hard courts are not friendly to the body and ahead of the years last Grand Slam the list of injured players is mounting.
- Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
- Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
- Andy Murray – Sore arm
- Mardy Fish – Heel Read more
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Venus and Serena Williams have graced the cover of the Hamptons Magazine. Since taking another injury time out Serena has been seen riding some roller coasters.
Despite the amount of time both Serena and Venus Williams had off the WTA with injury the sisters were still considered to be amongst the favourites at Wimbledon due to their incredible record. Serena (more than Venus) was being watched for a potential fairytale title defense.
Not long after a subdued Serena made a last ditch attempt to fight off Marion Bartoli before falling in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, Venus was also knocked out of the tournament. Venus fell to Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3, the same player who beat her at Wimbledon last year. Read more
You would expect with the restrictions on outfits at Wimbledon that the players couldn’t really go wrong with their fashion choices…. You’d be wrong.
This year there have been some shockers so lets take a look at some of the worst. Read more
Take a walk down memory lane and watch some of the greatest winning moments at Wimbledon. How incredible is the court during 1987′s Pat Cash win… Wow!
You would’ve thought Serena Williams would have been happy to just survive her second round encounter but instead she has attacked Wimbledon organizers for not putting her or Venus on the main show court.
“They like to put us on Court 2, me and Venus, for whatever reason. I haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe one day we’ll figure it out. I don’t know.” Read more
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