Finally, it’s down to the final four or what I’d rather term the Fab Four.
The women’s semi-finals are on us.
The final three days of the US Open promise fans everywhere more engrossing , lip-smacking tennis.
A quick dekko at the women’s singles semi-finalists.
Cometh the time, cometh the man! Or woman!
And may it never be said that Serena and Rafael don’t know how to party!
They came to the Wimbledon party and how!
Nadal, as though his year-long hiatus from the sport was a mere blip in the chasm of tennis time!
And Serena, who perhaps believes that it’s now time to just buckle down to it and claim her space in among the greats! Not that she does not belong there already but who’s to say that she might not have been the greatest?
So, it’s final! The last men and women standing at Wimbledon are Serena & Vera, Tomas & Rafael. 11 days of tennis and the draw has whittled down to these 4 contenders for the throne at the green lawns at SW18. Could it have gotten any better than this? Of course, we will miss Federer…
Wimbledon is about tradition, guts and glory and strawberries and cream! It’s also about the unpredictable English weather. It’s also about great champions who have weathered all odds to be crowned king after 2 weeks of spilling their guts out on the lawns of Wimbledon.
This show is dedicated to all the men singles champions starting with Bjorn Borg and ending with Federer. A tribute to the grass warriors!
There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded or cornered tiger and Nadal was a wounded tiger who had been licking his wounds ever since he was diagnosed with acute tendinitis in his knees in 2009. After being out for the most part of 2009 and unable to defend his 2008 Wimbledon crown, Nadal decided that it was time to ration out his appearances in the clay court season.
He was yet able to sustain the fire and ended a perfect clay court season with an emphatic victory over Robin Soderling in the French Open final. Soderling’s run to the final had been impressive but the phlegmatic Swede simply had no answers to the ferocity of Nadal’s game this time around. Admittedly, Nadal reserved his best for the final but that’s what champions are made of!
Nadal crowned himself king at Roland Garros for the 5th time, his 7th Grand Slam title and in the process regained the no. 1 spot he had lost to Federer last year. It just seems so natural to see Nadal biting into the silverware again at the French Open; it is an image that we have come to associate with Roland Garros over the past 6 years that last year’s Federer’s victory seems an anachronism! A historic anachronism, though!
Nadal ,though ,appears to be back and with a vengeance! His demolition of Soderling sends the message across very clearly!
Have a great week!
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