Two have won Wimbledon before. Two have not.
Three of the four are 25 or nearabouts. The fourth is 21.
The 25-year-olds have 15 majors between them. The fourth has none.
The 24-year-olds have 15 majors between them. The fourth has none.
Three insiders , so to speak. One palpable outsider.
The three champions’s names are B/R keywords. Petra Kvitova’s is not.
The former champions are favourites in their respective match-ups. One more than the other.
Their challengers are similar, yet different.
Novak Djokovic is the World No.1. ATP rankings on Monday will reflect his new status.
For Czech Petra Kvitova, it is her first major final. She reached the semis last year.
The Djoker has a better chance of upsetting the odds and dethroning current champion, Rafael Nadal.
Kvitova, however, can only hope that Maria Sharapova will leave her A-game in the locker room to stand a chance of clinching her first ever major.
Sharapova has not dropped a set in her march to the finals.
Rafael Nadal has not been as dominant but he is yet a formidable force.
Novak Djokovic regained the momentum of his 41 match unbeaten streak.
To lose just once, this year, a loss to Roger Federer in the French Open semi-final takes some doing.
Knocking over the Majorcan in a Wimbledon final will require some more mojo.
If anyone can dismantle the Spaniard, it is the Serb.
An old champion in the women’s draw is predicted; a second Wimbledon title for Maria Sharapova beckons.
The stage is set. Let play commence.
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What she said:
“I’m more devastated than ever.I’m just a much better actress now."
Serena Williams is a reporter’s delight despite her early loss to Marion Bartoli in the fourth round at Wimbledon. The only thing that could upset her on a tennis court is facing “Nadal at the French Open. That would drive me insane.”
What she really meant:
“I’m better at masking my emotions now. Isn’t that what grown-ups do?”
What she definitely didn’t:
“Where’s my Emmy?”
The quarter-finals dawned with not a Williams in sight. No Serena, No Venus.
Yes, they had both returned from injury. They had adequate warm-ups before the championships but not the desired results for bookies to up the ante.
Yet it all seemed business as usual, past the first week.
The odd-makers re-installed Serena as queen over the weekend.
It was not to be. Serena could not stop a rampaging, charged-up Marion Bartoli.
"I’ve been in trouble with [my temper] since I was young.When I was 5, 6 years old, every single time I got mad or threw a racket, I had to do 20 push-ups. And it wasn’t that I stopped the racket throwing or getting mad — I just did a lot of push-ups."
Ryan Harrison, the hope of American men’s tennis, admits he has a temper from an early age and was penalised for it—often.
What he really meant:
“I’ve always had a vile temper.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I love doing push-ups.”