Category Archives: Grand Slams: Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2014 Women’s Singles Final

Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon 2014

Who do you think will win the Wimbledon women’s singles final today? The final commences at 9pm Singapore time i.e. 2pm local time in the UK and you can check the odds at allpro.

2011 Wimbledon champion 24-year-old Petra Kvitová takes on No.13 seed Genie Bouchard. Kvitova, the 1.83m left-handed Czech has the edge in both experience and their head-to-head record, a 6-3 6-2 victory in their only previous meeting – in 2013 in Eugenie’s homeland, Canada.

The 20-year old Bouchard’s previous best at Wimbledon was making it to the 3rd round in her first Wimbledon appearance last year. 2014 has been a whole new ball game for the 1.78m right hander, who is the only WTA player to make the singles semi finals or better of all three Grand Slams this year.

Bouchard has not dropped a set on her path to the final and is setting personal bests and first times for everything. On Monday Genie will be in the Top 10 for the first time. In juniors Bouchard reached a career-best World No.2 and won the Wimbledon junior singles title in 2012 – just 2 years ago. Many players perform best in their WTA career at the same Grand Slam as they did in juniors, so a rare junior and open Wimbledon may just be on the cards.

Bouchard’s path to the final -

  1. Semis d. [3] Simona Halep 7-6[5] 6-2
  2. Quarter Finals d [9] Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4
  3. Round 4 d. [25] Alize Cornet 7-6[5] 7-5
  4. Round 3 d. [20] Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4
  5. Round 2 d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5 6-1
  6. Round 1 d. Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 7-5

Kvitová’s path to the final -

Semis d. [23] Lucie Safarova 7-6[6] 6-1
Quarter Finals d Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 7-5
Round 4 d. Peng Shuai 6-3 6-2
Round 3 d. [30] Venus Williams 5-7 7-6[2] 7-5
Round 2 d. Mona Barthel 6-2 6-0
Round 1 d. Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 6-0

 

 

Photo courtesy of Babolat. Follow Babolat on Twitter @Babolat

 

Wimbledon Women’s Prize Money Evolution 1963 to 2013

The evolution of the Wimbledon prize money awarded to the women over the past 50 years i.e. 1963 to 2013, is covered in an interesting info graphic you can see below or in its original full size at this link-> Evolution of Sports.

The 2013 Wimbledon prize money for the women’s singles champion was increased by a further 10 per cent in 2014 i.e. from £1.6million to 1.76million for the victor in the Ladies Singles Final on Saturday 5 July commencing at 2pm local time.

 EvolutionOfSports

Wimbledon 2014

Wimbledon logoWimbledon is the only Grand Slam played on natural grass courts. Wimbledon has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) since 1887.

The 2014 edition of The Championships run from the first day of qualifying on Monday 16 June through to Sunday 6 July for the Gentlemen’s Singles Final.

I encourage you to “Follow” Wimbledon on Twitter like I do, the official handle is @Wimbledon and the official 2014 hashtag is #Wimbledon. Please “Like” the official Wimbledon Facebook page just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/Wimbledon into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there.

The 2013 women’s singles champion was Marion Bartoli who defeated Sabine Lisicki in the final 6-1, 6-4. The 2013 singles champion was Andy Murray who defeated Novak Djokovic in the final 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

OnCourt Advantage makes it easier for YOU to find the information you are looking for by listing each web page related to Wimbledon below.

Wimbledon 2013
Wimbledon 2012
Wimbledon 2011
Wimbledon 2010

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Hertz Exclusive Interview with Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund at WimbledonAs Wimbledon 2013 was another memorable and spectacular grand slam event, its longstanding transport sponsors Hertz celebrate a new 20 year sponsorship deal and cement a successful working partnership. Following this year’s tournament, Hertz clinched a series of exclusive interviews with the stars of Wimbledon 2013 and got an amazing insight to what drives the tennis players of today. With exclusive access to the player’s hopes, dreams and personal challenges we look at the life of young British hopeful Kyle Edmund. The South African born teenager made his mark on the junior tennis circuit in 2011 and now at just 18 years of age he entered his very first grand slam tournament as a senior during Wimbledon 2013 playing in both singles and doubles.

Born in Johannesburg, Kyle won an impressive two junior doubles titles when he played in the US Open in 2012 and then again in 2013 at the French Open. His doubles partner Portuguese player Frederico Ferreira Silva shared in his success for both of these titles. For such a young player the Wimbledon experience must have been an incredible one, requiring nerves of steel as he came through his first round singles loss to Jerzy Janowicz. Coached by former tennis ace Greg Rusedski together with his first coach Colin Beecher, Kyle revealed in his exclusive Hertz interview that it is “hard to motivate yourself” to train each and every day but playing at Wimbledon has perhaps been his greatest motivation.

In the light hearted, bite sized interview segments Kyle is at ease and laid back about the whole Wimbledon experience revealing his greatest vice is still chocolate which he treats himself to every day! This rising star won’t let the sweet tooth get the better of him though as he reveals his secrets for a healthy balanced diet and post match recovery meals combined with a gruelling 20 hour a weeks training schedule on court and over an hour a day in the gym.

Kyle’s sporting tennis heroes include Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman but incredibly despite his achievements to date, Kyle didn’t get into playing tennis until he was 10 years old. He had to make the choice between cricket, rugby and the sport itself. With supportive parents ensuring he made the 5am training starts, it sounds like Mr Edmunds has got a good grounding for his dream of one day winning his first grand slam.

Photo credit: Carine06

Andy Murray Serving for the 2013 Wimbledon Championship

Watch the entire final game of the 2013 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final as Andy Murray serves for the Championship. In a long game, that is a microcosm of the entire match, Murray streaks ahead as he did in the first set by going up 40-love i.e. triple Championship point. Novak Djokovic goes on a streak of his own saving all three match points and getting ahead to have the chance to level the set at five games all, as he did when he had a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set. Murray claws back to square after Djokovic has his chances like he did in winning the second and third sets to convert his fourth Championship point.

The quality of tennis is fantastic and the excitement level high. A possible come back from Djokovic – the master of long matches, begins to take hold, just as he did at the 2012 US Open against Murray when he came back from two sets to love to force a deciding fifth set. Murray comes up with positive, aggressive tennis by dictating the play and increasing the pressure on Djokovic. The tempo of the ground stroke exchanges is fast and furious, the ball is being hit so cleanly, the court coverage and movement is stellar.

Don’t miss it, watch this game from the clip below, I’ve watched it a number of times already. It is interesting to see how the choice of shots and point construction leads to openings and advantages for one player and at the same time places court coverage stress and the disadvantage to other the player whose shot selection and/or passive play hands over the edge to his opponent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSng3z18GOk

© photo credit: HEAD Tennis

Thank you Andy, Britain is shining

Wimbledon 2013 Champion

After an agonising 77 year wait, Andy Murray has become the first British man to win the Wimbledon men’s single championship since Fred Perry achieved the feat way back in 1936. Not only did the Scot make history, but he did it in the most extraordinary fashion possible. Up against the world number one Novak Djokovic, Murray blew the Serb away as he clinched his second Grand Slam title in less than 12 months in a straight sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-4) victory.

Coming almost a year to the day since the British number one clinched Olympic Gold in the men’s singles tournament at London 2012, as well as a Silver medal in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson, there is no doubt that Murray is one of the most decorated players in tennis for a generation.

Has there ever been a better time to be British than right this instant? After years of pain and heartbreak in the tennis world, our sportsmen and women are coming up trumps and inspiring us to head out on court. Other than remembering where our white shorts and trainers are, we need to get some gear; you can get some nifty tennis equipment from Decathlon – which is a good place to start and there’s probably one near you.

We’ll have to wait until August 26th to find out if Murray can continue to overpower his rivals, by retaining his US Open title when the last Grand Slam of the year gets underway at Flushing Meadows.

Thank you Andy for making Britain shine (the sun is clearly agreeing too with temperatures scorching, reaching 30 degree Celsius!)

© photo credit: HEAD Tennis

 

 

Murray Wins Wimbledon 2013

The World No.1 and No.2, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray literally went toe-to-toe in the 2013 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final on the Centre Court in London with an intense battle for ground stroke supremacy.

Murray proved to be too good as he won his second Grand Slam title in 3 hours and 9 minutes 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. In a very intense struggle for each and every set unravelled, where getting the usually critical break of serve was nowhere near enough to close out any of the sets.

One in every three games saw a break of serve and in the 32 games played, they averaged almost break point opportunity per game with 30 in total. The match was decided by the very competitive rallies and great court coverage by both players.

In fact, Murray having triple championship point and serving at 40-0 also didn’t guarantee a service game hold. Murray converted his fourth championship point in a mirror image of the Women’s Singles Final where Marion Bartoli closed it out with her fourth chance.

Murray has won two of the past three Grand Slam finals against Djokovic after being the runner-up at the 2013 Australian Open and closing out a career changing fifth set after being two sets to love up at the 2012 US Open.

The post-match on court interview with the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 is in the above clip.

Wimbledon 2013 Women’s Final

The most decisive factor in the outcome of the 2013 Wimbledon women’s singles final was the success of Marion Bartoli‘s mental discipline versus Sabine Lisicki‘s inability to manage the enormous emotional challenges of playing in her first Grand Slam singles final. This critical factor was clearly highlighted in my  women’s singles final preview after a comparison of their game styles and strengths and weaknesses.

Bartoli powered her way to a 6-1, 5-1 lead in the final before Lisicki began an exciting surge of her own. Reduced to tears as Lisicki’s desire, commitment and emotional investment to achieve her dream, where in stark contrast with the level of tennis she wanted to and can produce.

It was great to see the 23-year-old Lisicki hitting her stride once the shackles broke for the German whose mind set clearly changed once she was just one game away from defeat. The chances of seeing a deciding third set increased point after point, as the level of play that took out each of the star players on her way to the final was back.

The 1.7m Bartoli then served out the second set with an ace to become the first woman in the Open era to win the the Wimbledon Championship without dropping a set. The 28-year-old Bartoli became the player to have competed in the most Grand Slam tournaments before winning one with 47, two more than 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who watched from the stands.

The lessons that you can learn and apply to your game from Bartoli’s unique and amazing success will be featured soon here at OnCourt Advantage.

The 1.78m Lisicki has the potential to be a World No.1 and Grand Slam champion. Lisicki is fantastic for tennis, plays an exciting style of game, possesses a large variety of strokes and is a joy to watch because of her personality and obvious love for the game.

Lisicki will be ranked a career-high No.11 tomorrow when the new WTA rankings are released and hopefully take on all the positives and block out all the negatives from what she achieved at Wimbledon to climb higher up the rankings and go one step further in the Grand Slams.

On what helps her rise above difficult times, earlier this week Lisicki said, “The passion for the sport. I love the sport so much. I miss it so much when I cannot be out there playing on the court. The love for the game just gives me belief to overcome anything that comes.”