Sara Errani will lock horns with Sabine Lisicki of Germany in her first match in the upcoming Canadian Open tennis tournament which is also known as Rogers Cup.
It’s going to be the second match between these two players in the professional circuit. They had faced each other for the first time in 2013 at Rolland Garros and its Errani who had emerged victorious there.
Errani has not featured on hard courts of late. After the Wimbledon, she opted to take part in a clay court event which was not such a smart move by her as she is already quite strong on clay. It’s the other surfaces that she is not that comfortable with and thus, she should have rather played in a grass court event after her exit from the All England Club.
As far as Lisicki is concerned, she has gone down quite a lot ranking wise in the recent past. She is currently at the 29th position and she would definitely be eager to move up from there. Her journey in Wimbledon wasn’t that bad as she had managed to get to the Round of 8.
Thereafter, the German player suffered first round exit in the Bank of the West Classic. However, in spite of the defeat, it was a memorable match for her as she broke Venus Williams’ world record of the fastest serve in the female category in that match.
Although Errani is quite higher than Lisicki in the world rankings, she is not the favourite to win this contest purely because her game doesn’t suit to the hard courts as much as Lisicki’s game does.
Lisicki, in all likelihood, would put Errani in trouble with her lightening serves. The 24-year old German might wrap up the proceedings in a short period of time. A straight set victory for her is very much possible.
The British people seem to get impatient with their sports personalities very soon. No matter which sport those personalities belong to, as long as they are having a good time, they are getting plaudits and just as they go down a little bit, severe criticism starts.
The sportsperson who is experiencing that criticism thing at the moment in Britain is Andy Murray. One year back, the Scot was at the top of the world. He had given the British tennis fans something that they had been waiting for 70 odd years. A year later, he is finding himself on the floor. All the love that was being given to him at the same point of time last year has turned into hatred now. Why? It’s just because he couldn’t defend his crown at All England Club this year.
The disappointment of the fans is totally understandable. But, being disappointed doesn’t mean that you should start using harsh words against somebody who, just about a year ago, had given you a whole lot of joy.
It’s only a game at the end of the day. Somebody has to lose and the other one has to win. Murray is not the only one to have suffered a shocking defeat in his career; the other greats have suffered too. Roger Federer is a good example. He was almost impossible to be beaten at one point of time, but, in the last couple of years, he has lost to a lot of young players. Has he been criticized the same way in Switzerland as Murray is being criticized in Britain at the moment? The answer is no.
Murray is a tough character mentally and he would not let this tough phase get him down and out, that’s for sure. He would bounce back at some stage, but, right now, the Scot needs a bit of support from the British fans.
Sighted as one of the greatest rivalries yet again it will be Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the first semi final clash. The comparisons have already begun between the two as to who will get the better of who in a neck-neck match. Both had their share of ups and downs in the Rolland Garros grand slam 2014 and most importantly both are coming to the semi final after a rough quarter final match against David Ferrer and Gael Monfils respectively. Both Nadal and Murray dropped sets each with Nadal dropping 1 set and Murray 2.
Both had almost similar conditions to play under. While Nadal had to wait for the rain to stop, Murray continued in the darkness. It almost seemed that the match between Nadal and Ferrer would continue the next day and so did the match between Murray and Monfils. But both were in a hurry to finish off the match. It is yet another achievement for both the players to reach the semi final of the French Open.
It will be really tough for Murray to knock down Nadal as Nadal’s record in French Open reads as 64-1 losing to Robin Sorderling once. Murray however has a lot of expectations from himself and feels that it is a long tournament for him which has an underlying meaning that he wants to win the French Open title but the rock solid and only obstacle that is hinging between the two is Novak Djokovic whom no one can sideline. It is obvious that Nadal has much more experience of being in a grand slam final than Murray so he definitely has a slight edge over Murray. Nadal has beaten Murray in three semi finals of grand slam. A tough duel for the two is predicted.
Maria Sharapova won her second French Open singles title yesterday by beating Simona Halep of Romania in a very close final encounter. After toiling hard for more than 3 hours, the Russian beauty queen managed to register the victory.
The final matches at Roland Garros had been pretty one sided in the last one decade or so and it was believed that something similar could happen this time around as well. But, that wasn’t the case to be. An epic battle was fought between the two finalists and the spectators present there got their money’s worth.
Sharapova had not performed that well in the last few Grand Slams that she had played and because of that many people had started to believe that she was losing her spunk. But, in this tournament, the Russian superstar showed that she was still one of the best in the business.
When Sharapova had first burst onto the scene, she wasn’t a great clay court player. She used to be more comfortable on grass courts and hard courts. The first three Grand Slams titles that she won, neither of them came on clay courts.
But, in the last few years, Sharapova has worked very hard on her game on clay courts under the guidance of some fantastic coaches and the result is that she has now lifted two trophies at Roland Garros in 3 years.
Speaking in the post match interview, Sharapova said, “It feels surreal really. If, at the start of my career, somebody had told me that two out of my first five Slam titles would be French Open, I would have laughed that off.”
“During the last couple of weeks, things have gone absolutely perfectly for me. It’s a very emotional moment.”