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Wimbledon 2015
« on: July 11, 2015, 07:49:52 PM »
Another Serena slam.  You could say what you want, but now she is definitely in the conversation for greatest ever.

She had a really bad start today, and then I had to leave the house, I was expecting a tough 3-set match, instead: 6-4, 6-4.

Muguruza looks like a player who can seriously challenge her though, and that's good for women's tennis.
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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 07:55:16 PM »
And she looks like she got a few more years with her as well. When it is said and done, she could go down as the greatest female athlete of all time.

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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2015, 09:36:15 PM »
It has become customary for ppl to use superlatives when describing Serena's play, yet to listen to Chris Evert describe having extended and renewed respect for Serena was gripping.

You could see how enthralled and absorbed into amazement she was at Serena's performance today (and in the past seven weeks). According to her, Serena won despite playing not her best 🎾. She actually said Serena played "badly" today. Also referred to the adversity and character Serena has faced and shown throughout the rounds.

Evert said she expected Serena to tie Graf, and to then go beyond that to get to 24 slams ... According to Evert, 24 is an achievable target. Her colleague agreed without reservation.

By the time Evert mentioned that, in getting to the final, Serena faced the toughest opponents she could possibly face, one started to reflect on the fact that these commentators are typically critical, but could find no reasonable space to deny Serena's prospects.

The interesting bit for me is talent identification and fulfilment of promise. Already at 21 slams, it is instructive that 21 slams ago, the experts were so correct in predicting her anticipated dominance. That they are predicting more achievement at Serena's age is eye-opening ... including getting into Margaret Court territory.

Will finish with this: as they spoke, my thoughts turned to thousands of under-resourced and marginalized kids who with the proper platform, via exposure to sporting disciplines of all ilks, could have life-changing transformations.

Just looking at the panoply of disciplines in which poor Cuban kids have excelled as world-class athletes makes for a lesson in opportunity, political and systemic considerations aside.

We need to change more lives through sport.
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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 02:50:20 PM »
Serena's parents, especially her "crazy" father did one hell of a job. He was unothodox, but his method worked. You may not like him, but he proved the "establishment" wrong. As far as Cuba goes, the state has successfully accomplished standards for success. Many Western countries(especially US) show a kind of disdain for state involvement in anything. But Cuba's successes have proven them wrong.

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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2015, 08:16:27 AM »
Serena hits another milestone with ranking feat
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St. Petersburg (United States) (AFP) - Serena Williams, who owns all four tennis Grand Slam titles for the second time in her career, has achieved another historic milestone in the wake of her Wimbledon victory.

The WTA Tour revealed Tuesday that world number one Williams is the first top-ranked player ever with more than twice as many points as her nearest rival.

Records dating to the WTA's 1973 founding show the 33-year-old American's domination to be the greatest of any point in the rankings' history, with Williams on 13,161 points and Russia's second-ranked Maria Sharapova on 6,490.

In addition to sweeping the US, French and Australian Opens plus Wimbledon over the past 12 months, Williams won last year's WTA Finals in Singapore and at Miami last March to help build her runaway rankings margin.

Williams beat Sharapova in the Wimbledon semi-finals and downed Spain's Garbine Muguruza in last Saturday's final to win her sixth Wimbledon crown and 21st Grand Slam title overall.

That puts Williams one shy of matching Steffi Graf for the Open Era-record of 22 Grand Slam singles crowns and just three shy of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24.

Williams has won as many Grand Slam titles as all other active women's players combined, including Sharapova's five and seven for Venus Williams, Serena's older sister. Petra Kvitova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka have won two major titles each while Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic and Francesca Schiavone own one each.
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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2015, 08:22:58 AM »
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“An athlete shouldn’t be punished just because they’ve made us expect it from them,” said Andy Roddick, who has known Williams since childhood. “No disrespect to the women’s national soccer team, but they get it done and everyone is going nuts. But Serena gets it done every single year without fail, and just because it’s not new and shiny, maybe she doesn’t get the respect she deserves.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/sports/tennis/its-time-to-appreciate-serena-williamss-greatness.html?_r=0
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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2015, 07:24:23 PM »
What in the world happened today? All-Italian final to boot!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2015/sep/11/james-blake-nypd-tennis-police-video

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Re: Wimbledon 2015
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2015, 08:02:14 AM »
And ticket sales plummeting today...
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