Monday, July 6, 2009

Wimbledon 2009

Men's Singles
Roger Federer of Switzerland defeated Andy Roddick in one of the most extraordinary finals ever seen at Wimbledon Championship at London on July 5, 2009, holding off an incredible challenge from the American to win 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. The final set alone of an unforgettable Centre Court duel lasted 95 minutes before Roddick's mishit forehand gave Federer his sixth Wimbledon title and the record of 15 Grand lam titles he so cherished.

Fittingly, Pete Sampras, the only other man to have previously won 14 slams, was sat in the Royal Box as a match of unrelenting drama stretched into a fifth hour.

Federer, who claimed his first French Open title in June 2009 to complete his career grand slam, dropped just one set in reaching the final and had won 18 of his previous 20 matches against the American who is still waiting for a second career grand slam title after winning the US Open in 2003.

Women's Singles
Famous sibling feuds may go back to Cain and Abel and beyond but few blood relatives might have battled each other in public as many times as Venus Williams and Serena Williams. And fewer still might have been quite as friendly with each other in private.

Serena Williams celebrated American Independence Day by defeating sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 to win her third Wimbledon crown in the women’s singles final of the 123rd Wimbledon Championships on July 4. Once five-times champion Venus dumped a backhand into the net on Serena's fourth match point, the younger of the Williams sisters sank to her knees after finally winning her third singles crown at the grasscourt major following a six-year gap.

The 27-year-old quickly got back up on her feet to embrace Venus and then turned to lap up the applause of the 15,000 fans who had packed into a sun-kissed Centre Court.

After winning a close first set in the tiebreak, Serena ran away with the match 7-6(3), 6-2 in an hour and 27 minutes to take the Venus Rosewater dish, a trophy she last held in 2003. It was Serena’s 11th Grand Slam title and she has now won three of the last four.

Canadian Daniel Nestor and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic won their second straight Wimbledon men's doubles title Saturday, beating top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (7), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Nestor and Zimonjic were playing in their third Grand Slam final together. Besides winning the Wimbledon title last year, they lost in the 2008 French Open final. The Bryan brothers, who have won seven major titles together, entered the match on Centre Court without having dropped a set at the All England Club in 2009.

In the women's doubles, Serena Williams won a pair of Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, just like her sister Venus did in 2008.

Serena added the women’s doubles title to her take at the 2009 championship, teaming with big sister Venus to beat Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6(4), 6-4 on July 4. It is their fourth Wimbledon title together, part of their haul of nine Grand Slam women’s doubles championships.

Top seeds Leander Paes and Cara Black were shocked by the pair of Mark Knowles and Anna-Lena Groenefeld as they went down 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the mixed doubles on July 5.

In the last match of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, the ninth seeds hit back from 5-2 down in the first set to win eight games in a row and take control. Cara Black reduced the deficit to 3-1 but that was not enough as Knowles held his serve while Groenefeld sealed the win.

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