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How are the Wimbledon Finals looking for this Weekend?

Men’s Semifinals

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Kevin Anderson upset Roger Federer to reach the semis. He will face John Isner who took out Milos Raonic. Their match is scheduled for this morning at 7 am ET on ESPN.

Novak Djokovic who is attempting his comeback after an elbow injury will have a hard task ahead of him to get past Rafael Nadal to the final. Their Semifinal follows at 10 am ET on ESPN.

The Men’s Final will be this Sunday at 8 am ET. If it is a quick one, it will not clash with the World Cup Final that starts at 10am ET.

Women’s Final

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Serena Williams is back in a Grand Slam final! She will play Angelique Kerber, who she defeated to win Wimbledon in 2016 in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. The final is tomorrow at 8 am ET on ESPN.

Even though Serena is the G.O.A.T in the open era, will she get to 24 Grand Slams to match Margaret Court?

Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Who’s still in it to Win it on Manic Monday at Wimbledon?

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It’s Manic Monday at Wimbledon as everyone in the Round of 16 battle it out on the courts on the same day! Every Wimbledon ticket holder wins today.

The King and Queen of the grass are surely still in it. Serena Williams is showing some fight to reach to her historic 24th Grand Slam title in her first few months after returning from her new life of motherhood.

Roger Federer who has 15 Wimbledon singles like Serena is looking good. But, fellow Champ, Rafael Nadal is playing some of the best tennis of his life and previous World no. 1, Novak Djokovic is showing determined signs of a comeback following his elbow injury.

Young Kei Nishikori, John Isner and Milos Raonic are still in it though and so is Kyle Anderson and the experienced, Juan del Potro.

The ladies could have some newcomers or young Champs vying for the title.

Karolína Plíšková, the last of the ladies ranked in the top 10 is currently battling it out with Kiki Bertens who is up a set on her and leading in the second. Kiki Bertens had previously eliminated veteran, Venus Williams in an epic 3-setter.

Angelique Kerber will be challenged by the promising Swiss talent, Belinda Bencic this morning.

Young, 2017 French Open Champ, Jelena Ostapenko and Daria Kasatkina are still in it to win it.

Today it’s all about tennis! Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congratulations to the Wimbledon Champs!

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Congratulations to the Wimbledon Champs, Garbiñe Muguruza and Roger Federer!

Muguruza won her 2nd Grand Slam title and 1st Wimbledon Title. After Venus Williams missed a few set point opportunities in the 1st set, she took full advantage of hers, then took full charge in the 2nd set to win 7-5, 6-0.

For the Gentlemen, Marin Cilic, who already has a US Open title, had a good run but didn’t meet any of the big four until the Final with Roger Federer. He called for the trainers when down a set and down 3-0 in the second, visually breaking down in tears. But the trainers didn’t do anything for him until they were called after the second set. They unwrapped his foot and gave him some pills before the 3rd set. He still wasn’t moving as well but didn’t make the Final a complete blowout, as he was able to hold serve towards the end of the set before being broken. He was beaten by Federer, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. In an interview with the Press, he stated that he developed a blister under his foot during the Semi Final that got worse. Regardless of the blister, I think Federer would have still won. It would have probably at least gone to 4 sets but Federer is at the top of his game and I think only Nadal can challenge him at this time.

Roger Federer’s win cemented his name into history as the greatest of all time yesterday by being the Gentleman to win the most Wimbledon titles ever, finally passing the great, Pete Sampras who had 7. He has also stretched his lead for the most Grand Slam titles to 19 over Rafael Nadal’s 15 titles.

Federer also has the chance to end the year as World #1 but is happy with enjoying his victory at Wimbledon at the moment.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Garbiñe Muguruza is a Wimbledon Champ!

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1st set

Muguruza won the toss and allowed Venus to serve.
Both women held their games until late in the 1st set.
Venus had 2 break and set points when she was up 5-4, but could not convert them. She missed an easy forehand winner on the 2nd set point opportunity.
Muguruza then broke Venus to go up 6-5. She lost her 1st of 2 break points, then was able to convert the 2nd to win the 1st set 7-5.

2nd Set

Venus was broken at the start and just couldn’t recover. She had nothing left in the tank after a fatal accident, overcoming young 2017 French Open Champ, Jelena Ostapenko and the Brit, Johanna Konta.
Muguruza turned into a bulldozer and rolled over her to take the 2nd set, 6-0 and her 1st Wimbledon title.

Two years ago, Serena beat Muguruza in the Wimbledon Final and told her she would win Winbledon one day. Who knew it would be versus her sister.

Muguruza has been far from consistent in Grand Slam Tournaments but she had the privilege of being coached by vet and fellow Spaniard, Conchita Martínez in the last 2 weeks and was able to play the best tennis of her life and remain composed with more experience.

She is now the only player that has beaten both Serena and Venus Williams in a Grand Slam Final.

Congratulations Garbiñe Muguruza!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Wimbledon Update! Who’s still in it to Win it?!

Ladies Moving on to the QuarterFinals!

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Garbine Muguruza (14), who reached the Final in 2015, upset World no. 1 Angelique Kerber today in quite a showdown, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Kerber hasn’t been playing well all year and even had a scare after losing the 1st set and going to a tiebreak in the 2nd set with American, Shelby Rogers in the round before.

Kerber will lose the no. 1 ranking as a result of losing in the 4th round to Muguruza.

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Venus moves on to the round of 8!  Photo: theguardian.com

Venus Williams (10) is also moving on to the Quarter Finals. She had a few early, hard fought matches but cruised pass Ana Konjuh (27) in the 4th round, 6-3, 6-2.

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French Open finalist, Simona Halep (2), who has never won a major, put a halt to Victoria Azarenka’s post-baby return.

The young American, Coco Vandeweghe (24) has been playing well under the guidance of her new Coach and upset Caroline Wozniacko (5) in straight sets. Wozniacki usually has difficulties on the grass.

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Jelena Ostapenko through to the Round of 8! Photo: http://www.eurosport.com

Jelena Ostapenko (13) has not lost a match since her 1st career win at the French Open this year! She beat Elena Svitolina (4), who has been suffering from a foot injury in straight sets, 6-3, 7(8)-6(6).

Unseeded, Magdaléna Rybarikova is still in it and will play Coco in the Quarterfinals.

Svetlana Kuznetsova took out Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to get to the Quarterfinals. Radwanska had the task of beating Timea Bacsinsky in the 3rd round before meeting Kuznetsova.

Home favourite, Johanna Konta (6) is also through to the Quarters.

Quarterfinal Schedule and Match ups for Tomorrow morning:

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Gentlemen moving on to the Quarterfinals!

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Gilles Müller (16) upset Rafael Nadal (4) in an epic 5-set thriller today, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13! They went really deep into that 5th set.

Home fave and World no. 1, Andy Murray is safely through to the Quarterfinals.

Roger Federer (3), who decided to forego the Clay court season at his age, is doing well on his road to claiming a historic title. He beat Grigor Dimitrov (13) in straight sets to advance to the Quarterfinals.

Here is the Schedule for the Men’s Quarterfinals and Match ups for Wednesday morning:

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Tomás Berdych (11) upset Dominic Thiem (8) in 5 sets. Berdych now awaits the winner of the Novak Djokovic (2) and Adrian Mannarino match tomorrow morning at 6am. Mannatino just defeated Gaël Monfils (15).

Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The Champions of the Weekend!

Tennis

Congratulations to all winners this weekend! Huge Congrats to Serena Williams for finally hitting 22. She now ties Steffi Graf for winning the most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Margaret Court still stands at 24.

Congrats to Venus Williams for winning her 6th Doubles Wimbledon title with Serena. It has been a struggle for her since diagnosed with her autoimmune disease but she has never given up. She made it to the Semi Finals of the Singles in Wimbledon and did well in the Doubles to win the Finals with her sister. 

Andy Murray won the Gentleman’s title in straight sets as well. Congrats to him.

Football

For the big winners of the weekend, Portugal! EURO 2016 Champions! Should I also say Cristiano Ronaldo? He came off the field after about 25 minutes with an injury to the knee but he won from the sidelines. How does the great Lionel Messi feel now? He didn’t rally his team together like that. It is hardly likely they will ever get that opportunity again to win an International title. Congrats to them for seizing the moment.

Athletics
Dafne Schippers ran 10.90s for the 100m in the European Championships. Although she had no competition, I expect her to be more impressive in the 200m at RIO. I haven’t seen her time for that as yet.

At the US trials, Justin Gatlin had to run for his life after running 2nd in the semis and getting lane 8 for the final. He beat LaShawn Merritt (19.79s) and Ameer Webb in 19.75s.

For the 200m, Allyson Felix did not make it! Prandini edged her out for the 3rd place spot and it was all about Tori Bowie who won in 22.25s.

The Women’s 100m Hurdles was one to see! Such a packed field. Dawn Harper did not make the finals. Jasmin Stowers fell before the line, Sharika Nelvis did not make it and one of the favourites, Keni Harrison who ran 12.24s this year did not make ut either! 

Brianna Rollins won in 12.34s followed by Kristi Castlin, then Nia Ali.

The US Men’s 110m hurdles had a new winner, Devon Allen! David Oliver did not run the final. He had a hamstring injury after the semis. Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson also failed to make it. 

Gymnastics

Gabby is back! After falling on the beam Friday night at the US Gymnastics trials and again last night, Gabby Douglas still made the US Fierce Five team for her solid routine on the bars.

Congrats to Gabby and the other 4 who made it, especially Simone Biles who won it all. That team is probably one of the hardest to make. Looking forward to seeing them in RIO!

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon and finally hits that no longer elusive 22!

If you missed the Ladies’ Wimbledon final today, you missed history. Serena defeated Kerber 7-5, 6-3 and finally won her 22nd Grand Slam title.

Serena started out looking very good! Her serve was on point for the entire match. She won ALL service games. The wind started to pick up in the 2nd set but she overcame that.

Kerber won more of the rallies especially the long ones. But towards the end of both sets when it mattered, Serena won the important rallies and pressured Kerber to make unforced errors. Kerber made very few unforced errors. It was quite a competitive and clean match on both sides. Spectacular tennis.

Angelique Kerber met the real Serena Williams today and when Serena plays her best tennis, there are no answers, she is unbeatable.

Kudos to Kerber for keeping her composure and playing out the match with quality shots. We look forward to seeing her as the future of women’s tennis with Garbiñe Muguruza. 


Serena now finally ties Steffi Graf with the most Grand Slams in the Open era, 22. Suga believes she can keep it going a bit more. Margaret Court still stands at 24. Afterall, Serena IS the GOAT. She said it herself, not only is she one of the best female athletes of all time but one of the best athletes of all time.

Congratulations to Serena Williams who is also immediately ready to take on the Doubles Final and win one for ‘V’, her sister, Venus Williams, which will be played later today.

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