Tag Archives: Venus Williams

Sabine Lisicki’s happy hunting ground.

1 Jul

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki – the moment of triumph.

Sabine Lisicki is one of those players who seems to grow a foot taller out on Wimbledon’s famed centre court. Super powers? Kryptonite? Super-hero status is something that happens to Lisicki – and for those driving Serena Williams into unbackable odds, they probably wish Sabine Lisicki would put away the cape. While Lisicki has never been past the 4th round at any of the other 3 Slams, she is through to her 4th quarter final appearance at Wimbledon in 5 years.

In a see-sawing battle which produced some stern tests of character in the deciding 3rd set, it was Lisicki who had the resolve and belief to get the job done. If you saw the post match Lisicki BBC breakdown you realise how big a deal it is for a player to overcome not just Serena, but their own demons, and the relief was tangible. Serena, the 5 time Wimbledon champion and world #1, bows out with a career best winning streak halted at 34 matches. That won’t please her, because it puts her second to sister Venus, who had a streak of 35. No one likes coming second to their sister.

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US women. Out of the blue..

2 Jun

Serena Williams came into the final with a 12-0 clay court record on the year, losing just one set.

While US women’s tennis has, on the surface, looked healthy as far back as one cares to think, it has been riding on the dominance of Serena Williams. With a little help from sister Venus over the past 11 years, the “sisters” have amassed 23 Grand slam singles titles between them, Serena with an astounding tour win-loss % of .839 and Venus .800. They have battled every challenger: from Russia, Czech Republic, France, Serbia, China and even Belgium and Denmark have thrown up contenders. All the time they must have been looking in the rear view mirror wondering when, or even if, the cavalry would arrive. Where are the next line of US female players?

Perhaps they can breathe a little easier, after a breakthrough semi-final result for Sloane Stephens at the 2013 Australian Open, including a win over Serena herself. Stephens today joined Serena, Bettina Mattek-Sands and Jamie Hampton in the 4th round of the French Open. Hampton’s was a solid straight set win over WTA#7 Petra Kvitova. Following closely on their heels are improved WTA tour players Melanie Oudin, Christina McHale and Lauren Davis – all under 23 years of age.

And next in line. The prodigious junior talent, lefty, Taylor Townsend. Townsend just 17, won the 2012 Australian Open Junior Girls Singles and is the first US girl to hold the year end world #ITF junior ranking since 1982.

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Taylor Townsend unleashes a forehand

While Serena is in no hurry to abdicate the throne it appears there are now likely candidates pressing their claims. Watch out for Taylor Townsend’s transition through to the senior tour. Perhaps the real question to ask of US tennis: where are the American men?

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