Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TENNIS TUESDAY: Venus Turns 35; Murray, Federer, Kerber Win Grass Titles; Serena Slam?

Venus Williams Turned 35 on June 17
7-time major champion Venus Williams turned 35 years old last Thursday. She is ranked #16 in the World. Wimbledon starts on Monday and the seedings and draw will be released this week. Will they move up the 5-time Wimbledon champ higher than her WTA seeding? I would probably put her at #8.

Grass Court Season Continues With Title Wins By Federer, Murray and Kerber
The King of Grass Roger Federer won his record 8th title at Halle on Sunday, defeating Andreas Seppi in straight sets. It was Federer's 15th grass court title, the most anyone has ever won on the ATP tour in the Open era. Andy Murray also demonstrated his grass court bona fides by winning the Queen's Club Wimbledon warm-up for the fourth time (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) over Kevin Anderson. Angelique Kerber played one of the best matches of the year against Karolina Pliskova to win her first grass court title of her career in a 3rd-set tiebreak at the Aegon Classic in Nottingham.

Speculation About Serena Slam and Calendar Grand Slam Continue To Grow
World #1 Serena Williams has won the three last major tournaments she competed in (2014 U.S. Open d. Caroline Wozniacki, 2015 Australian Open d. Maria Sharapova and 2015 French Open d. Lucie Safarova). If she wins Wimbledon she will simultaneously hold all four major championships, something she has done before (in January 2003) and would only need to win the 2015 U.S. Open (for the fourth consecutive year to achieve the rare calendar slam, winning all four majors consecutively in the same year. World #2 Petra Kvitova thinks Serena can do it, and so do I.

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