Serena Williams battles burden of expectation before Simona Halep final

Both Wimbledon finalists will be fighting their emotions in what should be a momentous duel, with the American well placed for a 24th slam When Sabine Lisicki lost the final at Wimbledon to won the French Open last year and has reigned as No 1 in the world; Williamss story is familiar to all, a tale of alternating glory and struggle that would seem to have at least a chapter or two left. What they both share is a lingering fight with their emotions. Until Halep calmed her outer shell over the past couple of years, she was among the most volatile of competitors on the WTA Tour. Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the …

Simona Haleps show of power and belief helps her realise Wimbledon dream | Sean Ingle

Simona Halep has worked on her mentality as well as her groundstrokes and both were in fine fettle as she dismantled Serena Williams to win the singles title at Wimbledon It took 56 minutes into the biggest match of Simona Haleps career for her legs to go finally wobbly. But at that point her opponent, Serena Williams, was shuffling towards the net, head bowed and hand outstretched. And Centre Court was rising and roaring to salute a performance of staggering intensity. Watching on it seemed impossible that when Halep was a young child in Romania she used to cry before going on to court because she was so shy. Yet on the games biggest stage the tiny introvert was transformed …

Why do so many men think they could win a point off Serena Williams?

One in eight British men believe they could take a point off Serena Williams in a tennis match. Are they all delusional? She has a serve that once topped 128mph, has won 23 grand slam singles titles and is regarded by many to be the best female athlete of all time, Serena Williams. Good luck with that, tweeted Judy Murray. The sports broadcaster Catherine Whitaker tweeted: If youre one of the 12% you should be required to declare it on online dating profiles. Like a CRB check but for delusional morons. According to a YouGov poll, one in eight men in the general population, that is, not necessarily people who enjoy playing tennis said they thought they could win a …

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet in historic Wimbledon rematch

(CNN)When Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested the 2008 Wimbledon final, men’s tennis was ever so different. “I think for me he’s the best of the history,” the Spaniard said on the eve of the 2008 final. It wasn’t the first time he’d uttered those words. READ: Roger Federer: The power and presence of the $120 million man READ: Will Nadal surpass Federer in career grand slam tally? Will Nadal pass Federer for grand slam wins? ‘We’re still here’ A few years ago, their careers were in jeopardy. Federer sat out the last six months of 2016 after undergoing knee surgery and few thought Nadal — given his physical style of play — would still be around. With Nadal also …

Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach Wimbledon mens final

Roger Federer will play Novak Djokovic in the mens final at Wimbledon on Sunday after beating Rafael Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 When Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic step on to Centre Court on Sunday to contest the Wimbledon mens singles final for the third time in six years two Spaniards back in the Balearics will pause to wonder might have been. Although there was little in the end that Roberto Bautista Agut late for his stag party in Ibiza could have done to stop the Djokovic train in the first semi-final on Friday, he did take a set off the world No 1, just as his compatriot from Mallorca briefly had Federer in his tight grip. As Nadal …

Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final

(CNN)Serena Williams remains on course for an eighth Wimbledon singles title after trouncing Czech Barbora Strycova to reach her 11th final at the All England Club. The women’s singles final takes place Saturday at Wimbledon, with the men’s final Sunday. READ: Coco Gauff: How do you protect a 15-year-old tennis prodigy? READ: Serena says she owes Naomi Osaka an apology. Osaka’s response made her cry Unforgiving America’s Williams was in unforgiving mood and forced world No.54 Strycova, a shock semifinalist, to scamper and cover every blade of grass inside the opening exchanges. The Czech defended valiantly against Williams’ blistering groundstrokes, which seemed to be tearing through Center Court with extra venom. A missed return on a short Strycova second serve …

Leo Borg follows in footsteps of famous father Bjorn Borg

Wimbledon, England (CNN)Photographers gather as Leo Borg, the world’s 356th-ranked junior, takes to the court in the junior Wimbledon qualifying event. “Today was not my day,” a disappointed Borg told CNN Sport after his match. Despite hailing from tennis royalty, the young Borg only played on grass for the first time a week ago. “It’s very different from other surfaces,” he added. “It goes very fast, and serves are very different. You have to get down with the legs and have to focus all the time.” READ: Kyrgios on Nadal: ‘I wanted to hit him square on the chest’ READ: Coco Gauff’s mom on starlet’s meteoric rise READ: Will Nadal surpass great rival Federer? READ: Roger Federer: The power and …

Prodigy Cori Gauff, 15, ready to make her Wimbledon mark

The hotly tipped American faces Venus Williams after qualifying without losing a set On Monday at Wimbledon, a teenage hopeful will take centre stage against one of the greats of the game, dreaming of one day emulating their achievements. It is something that countless players have done in the past, only for most of them to fall by the wayside. But American Cori Gauff is no ordinary 15-year-old. Nicknamed Coco, Gauff is the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, having come through three matches in qualifying without losing a set. She won the junior French Open title in 2018 at the age of 14, her agent is part of Roger Federers management group and, according …

Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff, only 15, is the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon

(CNN)American tennis prodigy Cori “Coco” Gauff, 15, just became the youngest player in the Open era to advance through qualifying to reach Wimbledon’s main draw where she will play compatriot Venus Williams. Gauff will be the 12th youngest overall to play at the Wimbledon main draw, but the 11 others didn’t make it through qualifying. Wimbledon says it also doles out wild card slots to players whose world ranking isn’t high enough to automatically qualify for the tournament, but who are noteworthy based on previous performances or their ability to “increase British interest.” The last 15-year-old to compete through a wild card slot at Wimbledon was Laura Robson in 2009, a British player who’d won Junior Wimbledon the year before. …

Wimbledons nice psychopaths continue to scare off the next generation | Greg Wood

Few would bet against Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafa Nadal triumphing again this year as the thirtysomethings march on The three names at the top of the betting for the mens singles at Wimbledon this year are so familiar that they can almost be taken for granted. Between them, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who won in 2013 and 2016 and was born a week before Djokovic, would only underline the continuing domination of Wimbledons mens singles by players who were born in the 80s. Many tens of millions of male babies have been delivered since Djokovic arrived in May 1987, and millions of those must have picked up a tennis racket at some point in their youth. But …

Andy Murray hints at singles return in US Open after doubles win at Queens

Andy Murray, who won the doubles at Queens with Feliciano Lpez, has suggested he could play singles at Flushing Meadows in September Andy Murray, his spirits lifted after Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks. I guess those would be the two options. I dont anticipate it would be much longer than that. My schedule could potentially be a bit different. I might not play three weeks in a row or two weeks back to back, for example. But Im just quite happy doing what Im doing, taking each week as it comes. If things keep going well, Ill try and play singles. If I start training and I think actually Im not going to compete …

Leading players want Wimbledon to increase prize money despite 38m pot

Wimbledon may have to pay competitors a bigger percentage of tournament revenue and change the way prize money is distributed, if players have their way Wimbledon may have to increase its prize money significantly and change the way it is distributed, if leading players have their way. While the winners of the singles events at this years championships will each collect 2.35m and first-round losers will earn 45,000, many players believe that Wimbledon, the other three grand slams and Masters 1000 events are not paying them a big enough percentage of revenue. Distribution of the prize pot in the grand slams also needs correcting, they say, while Roger Federer is among those who want more money given to the lower …

Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova to win French Open

Paris (CNN)Ashleigh Barty won her first grand slam title and became the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 after downing Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets. It was the first grand slam final for both. Once they got going, Barty raced to a quick 4-0 lead. READ: Women’s semifinal venue’s ‘unfair and inappropriate’ The eighth seed led another teen, Amanda Anisimova, 5-0 in the first set of the semifinals Friday before the American rallied to take a set and break advantage. Barty thus had to come back herself to make the finale. Visit CNN Sport for more news and videos But on Saturday as the sun came out in Paris in the late afternoon, the former …

Rafael Nadal: Will Spanish star surpass great rival Roger Federer?

(CNN)No sooner had Rafael Nadal wiped away the red dust from his eyes and taken his hands off the resplendent trophy, the inevitable question raced towards him. Despite extending his record to an astonishing 12 French Open titles, Nadal is used to his achievements being inextricably linked with those of Federer and he had his answer ready. “Being honest, I am not very worried about this stuff, no?” Nadal told reporters at Roland Garros. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV or better garden. That’s not the way that I see the life, you know.” Quite who has the biggest garden will remain one of tennis’ great …

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros to claim his 12th French Open crown and 18th grand slam title Rafael Nadal, hair thinning, legs slowing imperceptibly but genius intact, remains unbeatable on the clay of Roland Garros. Not even a spirited challenge by the world No 4, Dominic Thiem, could stop the 33-year-old Spaniard winning the French Open for a 12th time on Sunday, a feat unlikely to be matched in their lifetimes, if ever. For two sets the 25-year-old Austrian made a proper fight of it. But Nadal responded to the threat by tearing through the final two sets like the wind that has disrupted the schedule over the past few days to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 …

Johanna Konta and Ashleigh Barty look to steal teenagers thunder

Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova produced a stunning performance to defeat the defending champion, Simona Halep, and reach the French Open semi-finals The thunderstorm expected to rip through Roland Garros on day 13 will be forgotten soon enough if Amanda Anisimova and Marketa Vondrousova become the first teenage finalists in a major championship since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis at the US Open 20 years ago. That possibility describes a cycle of change that Williams had strangled with her brilliance in compiling 23 majors, a run that has stalled since the 37-year-old grande dame of tennis became a mother in September 2017. She has not won a tournament since and her game has an air of anxiety about it. Her …