Thursday, June 20, 2013

Williams has mental edge over rest at Wimbledon

2013 junior champions crowned at Roland Garros

World number five Sara Errani, who was on the receiving end of one of Williams's most emphatic maulings in the semi-finals in Paris, losing 6-0 6-1, neatly summed up the sense of foreboding. "You have to have one of your best days and try to think she can have one bad day," she said. INTIMIDATION FACTOR At 31, Williams is already the oldest woman to win a major since Martina Navratilova claimed a ninth Wimbledon singles title in 1990. She needs two more to draw level with both Navratilova and Chris Evert who sit above her with 18 major titles on the all-time women's list headed by Margaret Court with 24. While the ultra-competitive men's game holds few parallels with the Williams-dominated women's, the American needs one more grand slam to draw level with Roger Federer, often hailed as the greatest player to pick up a racket. "She's playing the best tennis of her career, mentally she's in the best place I've ever seen her," three-times men's champion John McEnroe said during a conference call organised by ESPN.
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Ferrer was looking to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Andre Agassi at the Australian Open in 2003. Prior to the final, the 31 year old had not lost a set. Ferrer dropped to 37-10 on the season. "To beat Rafael [on a] clay court, I need to play more aggressive," said Ferrer. "I need to finish the points at the net and play my best tennis to beat him. But when the court is slower, it's very difficult.
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Nadal Makes Major History At Roland Garros; Beats Ferrer In Final

Nadal, Bolt Molitor wasn't in attendance, but Bencic already had been in touch with her by phone. Her mother wasn't here, but Hingis was and she was courtside to watch Bencic follow her path to winning the Roland Garros junior title. Hingis won the junior girls' title here in 1993 and 1994. "She (Hingis) congratulate me and she was very happy for me," Bencic said. "She give me a lot of tips during the tournament. So, yeah, I'm very thankful for that that she have time to watch my matches." Bencic was on top of her game in the first set, never allowing an opening for Lottner to make a statement.
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