There has been a mixture of sunshine and showers this past week and some of the favourites to win the Championships have now been knocked out. Spain won the football on the weekend and as Nadal was defeated last week, which country will now win Wimbledon? If you are lucky enough to have tickets to The Championships for the finals, it will be another exciting weekend of sport.
Who is Favourite to Win the Women’s Single Title?
Maria Sharapova was a favourite as she had just won the French Open, making her the top seed player in Wimbledon. She was the runner up to Wimbledon last year, losing to Petra Kvitova. However, Maria was knocked out in straight sets on Day 7 by German Sabine Lisicki. She will therefore will not be making an appearance on Saturday.
Kim Clijsters was another favourite to win, but she has since retired from tennis on Monday. Her last match ended in just 49 minutes when she was beaten by No 8 seed Angelique Kerber. Kim had won four Grand Slams in her career and was hoping to win her first Wimbledon title but it wasn’t the case, as she has now retired at just age 29.
Serena Williams looked like she would have made an early exit on Day 7 of the Championships, but she managed to overcome her sluggishness and beat Yaroslava Shvedova after three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. She then won her quarter final match against No 4 seed Petra Kvitova in straight to arrive in the semifinals yesterday afternoon . Serena is hungry for her 14th Grand Slam title, 5 of which she has won at Wimbledon.
Who is Favourite to Win the Men’s Single Title?
Earlier this week, Andy Murray was at a disadvantage of Court No 1 as the rain halted play just when he seemed to be beating Cilic, the score was 7-5, 3-1. The rain stopped play for the rest of the day, meaning only eleven of the sixteen single matches on Monday were played. Yesterday, after a grueling three hours and two minutes, Murray beat Ferrer on Centre Court, meaning he has secured his place in the semi finals in the fourth consecutive year. With Nadal now out, (who defeated Murray in three consecutive semi finals), Murray has a more likely chance of getting through to the final. No one wants the title more then him as it has been 76 years since the British Fred Perry won the Men’s Final.
Rafael Nadal was a favourite to win the Men’s Championships this year and claim the Men’s Title for the third time. However, it was not to be as he was knocked out of the Championships on Day 4 by No 100 seed Lukas Rosol in five sets. It was the Czech’s first time at Wimbledon and maybe it was beginner’s luck as he beat Nadal 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4.
The always cool Roger Federer breezed through his quarter final yesterday against Mikhail Youzhny as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched from the Royal Box. Federer has now won through to 32 Grand Slam semi finals in his career and he is not even 31. He is now set to meet defending champion, Novak Djokovic in the semi finals tomorrow.
If you are passionate about tennis, your eyes will be glued to the tv this weekend. This final (Men’s and Women’s) will be one of the best tennis matches at Wimbledon. Let’s hope Andy Murray gets through to the final and wins the Men’s Title for Great Britain.
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Written by Jo Turnbull