Despite the weather’s interference and the loss of
two complete days' play in the opening week, the 118th Championships
closed on a triumphant note with confirmation of Roger Federer's
supremacy in the men's game and the confirmation on the
women's scene of a bright, new 17-year-old star in Maria
Federer, the world No.1 and defending champion, lived up
to pre-tournament hype and expectation by fighting back
to defeat Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. It was
the first Wimbledon final between the top two seeds for
22 years – and fulfilled all hopes of drama and genius
as the climax of the fortnight.
He was number 4 in the world and has achieved more than a
lot of players out there have. So what if he got demolished
by Federer, Fed has respect for him as he has beaten him 6
times before and is a world class player. Give him a break.
If you're going to have a go at anyone, have a go at Murray
for being more unfit than my grandmother
Henman defeated Agassi last week, and consistently during
his long career has challenged on every surface, reaching
semis in the us, roland garros and Wimbledon champs in the
last few years, winning atp titles and representing tennis
well consistently has beaten players in the top 10 and
remained in the top 10 for most of his career.... so people
mocking him, earning over 11million in prize money and
reaching the highest peaks of the game is pretty pathetic in
my opinion, and they should reanalyse what they mean by
success as i promise them. Henman's tennis has been very
good all through his career. I mean, he hits the ball
perfectly and plays beautiful tennis. The problem is that
60% of success in tennis depends on mental strength and he's
always been weak in that aspect but I will always remember
him as a good player, someone I liked to watch playing.
Venus Williams did exceptionally well to win Wimbledon
last year, and odds of 8.8 for her to win again are not that
bad when one considers she is in the opposite half to
Henin-Hardenne, Sharapova, and Clijsters. Her form has not
been at all bad recently, and grass and Wimbledon is perhaps
the scene of her greatest triumphs.
There have been very few years this decade in which
Wimbledon has not had at least one or other of the Williams
sisters competing in the Final for the trophy, and odds of
8.8 are again good for a player with such a good grass court
and Wimbledon pedigree as Venus. She has a good draw, she
often finds her best form at Wimbledon, she is, in my view,
good trading material. Take Venus Williams at the best odds
you can get is my advice for that half of the women's draw.
As for the other half, Sharapova is favourite, and she is a
great player and great fighter, and has played well so far
this year. However, I think it is the turn of the Belgians.
Clijsters has yet to get close to winning this title and,
although she too has a good grass court game, she still has
too many lapses and unforced errors in her game to make her
a worthy contender.
I go for Henin-Hardenne. She is such a determined
competitor, saves up her best performances for Grand Slam
events, and must feel that lifting the Wimbledon crown will
be the pinnacle of her career to date. She is also in very
good form, grass court play does suit her game, that
backhand will win her innumerable points on the fast lush
courts of Wimbledon.
I am hoping for a Henin-Hardenne vs. Venus Williams Final.