AZARENKA WANTS NUMBER 1 SPOT

Victoria Azarenka who frustratingly lost her World Number 1 ranking after just 19 weeks has produced an impeccable performance at Wimbledon demonstrating her determination to regain her place at the top.

Destroying rival Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final earlier this year rewarded the Minsk Number 1 seed; making the history books as the highest ranked Belarusian. However, after a surprising defeat in the fourth round of the French Open in June, Azarenka returned the title to Sharapova, but evidencing from her on-court demeanour at Wimbledon, she wants it back.

Her 2012 Wimbledon tournament has seen her face Falconi, Oprandi and Cepelova and with a poised and composed performance she effortlessly beat them in straight sets taking her into the fourth round to go head to head with Ana Ivanovic today.

Azarenka attained a strong start, securing the first set, 6-1. She continued to dominate throughout the second set and Ivanovic supporters watched agonisingly as their Serbian idol struggled to cope with the Belarusian’s patient style of play, dynamic shots, and rhythm. It was obvious as the second set proceeded Ivanovic’s confidence had been brutally dented; she was unable to secure a game.

In just one hour and one minute, Azarenka shrieked her way into the quarter finals where she is due to face Tamira Paszek sometime this week. So far Azarenka’s Wimbledon experience has seen her in untouchable form and it seems her bitter defeat in the French Open is long forgotten. With the women’s single number 1 seed Sharapova making a premature departure from the tournament today at the hands of Sabine Lisicki both titles; Wimbledon and World Number 1 look well within Azarenka’s grasp.

Clijsters Prepares for First Round Test

In her final Wimbledon Championship, Kim Clijsters has been handed a tough opening assignment, with a first round clash with former world number one, Jelena Jankovic. Four-time Grand Slam winner, Clijsters, is due to retire at the end of the 2012 season, and she will go in search of her first title at SW19.

Surprisingly, the Belgian star has never reached the final at Wimbledon, having twice been knocked out at the semi-final stage, in 2003 and 2006. Clijsters will need to hit the ground running at this year’s championships, against Jankovic, who is a mixed-doubles title winner at Wimbledon.

The two players have met on eight previous occasions, with Clijsters having the upper hand, seven wins to one. Their only meeting on grass came back in 2009, when Clijsters won in straight sets at Eastbourne. (more…)

Andy Murray slow motion smile at Wimbledon

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Federer makes the history books

As the Swiss number one Roger Federer chases his 17th grand slam victory at the French open this week, he has just toppled another tennis record as he equals jimmy Connors record of winning 233 grand slam matches, with his very first coming against Michael Chang back in 2001 in the French Open where he set his new record.

Federer brought up the record after a straight set win against German tennis pro, Tobias Kambe 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. The Record equalling victory was not the thirty year olds best match, having dropped his serve three time and making an uncharacteristic forty seven unforced errors during the match up, but The Swiss superstar was said to be happy to have won, conceding that first round matches are never easy regardless of opposition.

Although this record may not be Federer’s greatest achievement to date, one thing it does demonstrate the longevity of his ability. Since bursting onto the scene as an eighteen year old the former world number one, which he held for a record of two hundred and thirty seven weeks and two hundred and eighty five throughout his career has been an ever present figure at grand slam championships and dominated the sport since his first grand slam victory at Wimbledon in 2003.

However with his last grand slam victory nearly two and a half years ago, at the Australian Open and a loss in last year French Open final against clay expert Rafa Nadal, it is uncertain where his next grand slam will come from. Although still incredibly impressive on court his sense of invincibility has been tarnished by the rise of both Nadal and Djokivic who have began to dominate grand slam victories in recent years. Tennis fans across the globe will be hoping he can bag himself a few more especially at Wimbledon which has become entwined with Federer’s career.

Nadal vs Murray-SF-Highlights Wimbledon 2011 [HD]

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ALWAYS A RUNNER-UP

Andy Murray is currently ranked number 4 in the World Rankings, though was as high as number 2 as recently as 2009. He first broke into the top 10 in 2007, and has improved considerably since then – ending up as the runner up in three grand slam finals – the 2008 U.S Open, and the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens.

He lost two of these matches to World number one (at the time) Roger Federer and the final match to rising star Novak Djokovic.

Murray started playing tennis in 2005 and started off ranked at number 407 – it’s been a very long but a very successful journey for the star.

In 2012 he appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach. When he started the season at the 2012 Brisbane International he started playing doubles with Marcos, and made it all the way to the semi-finals. At the Australian Open, Murray started off with a 4 set win against Ryan Harrison, and proceeded through to the last sixteen. After a long struggle Murray reached the semi finals to face Djokovic in a long 5 hour match but was ultimately defeated by him.

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