It’s the last grand slam for the year, and all the tennis stars (save for a few names) are in Flushing Meadows in New York to battle it out and win the crown. The usual pre-tournament predictions are already out, and most of the commentators and observers are pointing to a win by Serena Williams. They all love the comeback story of Williams who was sidelined for many months and now has returned to form and competition. On the men’s side, also the overwhelming favorite is Serbian Novak Djokovic who is having an incredible season and has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year. He also won a number of Masters Shield this year at the expense of former world number one, Rafael Nadal.
It’s a tough field right now, and it will not be easy for Williams and Djokovic to win the crown. Rafael Nadal will not allow Djokovic to have an easy time in winning his 3rd grand slam of the year, and of course there’s Roger Federer who has his own streak to preserve heading to the US Open. On the women’s side, again I am pinning my hopes on Maria Sharapova who is having her own ‘mini’ comeback story but not as compelling as that of Williams. Let the games begin, and thanks to Star Sports for showing some of the matches!
A whiff of fresh and good news this morning- Maria Sharapova earned her second title this year with a win over Jelena Jankovic in the finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. This tournament took a hit due to a number of reported injuries and pull-outs including Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Viktoria Azarenka. Number 1 Caroline Wozniaki was knocked out in the first round, making this Cincy event wide open. Sharapova took advantage of this, and took out the competition. Sharapova defeated Vera in the semi-finals, and outlasted Jankovic in an error-prone match. This is the second title for Sharapova, having won a clay event in Rome and this puts her in a good position for the US Open.
On the men’s side, fatigue caught up with Djokovic as he retired against Andy Murray. Finally, a title for Murray who is suffering from a so-so season.
Petra Kvitova defeated Maria Sharapova to win the Wimbledon title this year. It was brief, and I’m extremely disappointed that Sharapova was handled that way. I thought if Petra will win, then it should be a tight 3-setter. But it was not to be; a new champion has to be crowned. So congrats to Petra. It was not a bad tournament for Maria Sharapova though. Her finals appearance further validates the fact that she’s back in the mix and ready to fight in top events. She won Rome, a claycourt event, got into the semi-finals of French Open and now the finals of Wimbledon. Both players will get a boost in their rankings.