VENUS WILLIAMS vaults 6 spots to #25 in the latest WTA rankings after a 3rd round showing at Wimbledon. Venus stretched eventual champion, Petra Kvitova, 7-5 6-7 5-7 but was unable to close the deal in the best women’s match of the tournament. 

VENUS WILLIAMS vaults 6 spots to #25 in the latest WTA rankings after a 3rd round showing at Wimbledon. Venus stretched eventual champion, Petra Kvitova, 7-5 6-7 5-7 but was unable to close the deal in the best women’s match of the tournament. 

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BOUCHARD RISING: Eugenie Bouchard bursts into the WTA top-10 after reaching the Wimbledon final. The top three hold steady, while Petra Kvitova rises two spots to #4 after claiming her second Venus Rosewater Dish on Sunday. 

BOUCHARD RISING: Eugenie Bouchard bursts into the WTA top-10 after reaching the Wimbledon final. The top three hold steady, while Petra Kvitova rises two spots to #4 after claiming her second Venus Rosewater Dish on Sunday. 

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BACK AT ONE: Novak Djokovic returns to #1 after winning his 2nd Wimbledon and 7th overall Slam title. Raonic and Dimitrov are the other big movers, while Andy Murray slides perilously close to vacating the top-10. 
Novak & Rafa still tower over the rest of the top-10, more than double the points of new #3, Roger Federer. 

BACK AT ONE: Novak Djokovic returns to #1 after winning his 2nd Wimbledon and 7th overall Slam title. Raonic and Dimitrov are the other big movers, while Andy Murray slides perilously close to vacating the top-10. 

Novak & Rafa still tower over the rest of the top-10, more than double the points of new #3, Roger Federer. 

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PARTNERS IN CRIME: Andy and Judy Murray through the years.

They’ve developed a loving mum and son relationship despite the rigours of growing up in tennis and subsequent super stardom. Andy makes being a “mama’s boy” look oh so good. 

Disclaimer: I do not own these photos. 

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Uncle Toni & Judy Murray pose for pictures at last year’s Wimbledon where they poured tea for fans in line to get tickets. 

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NADAL SERVES: Photos via Al Bello/Getty Images

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RAFA FOREHANDS: Photos via Al Bello/Getty Images

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SERENA SCARE: The Williams Sisters retired from their 2nd round doubles match after Serena appeared off balance and disoriented. The pair fell behind 0-3, with Serena double faulting four times to drop serve, before calling it curtains on their 2014 Wimbledon. 

Venus picked up both their bags and shepherded lil sis off the court. Hopefully it turns out less serious than it looked, and Serena can overcome this latest setback. 

Photos via: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

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NADAL THE JUGGLER: We Play Wimbledon Or We Do This Forever?

Watch Rafa Nadal juggle a tennis ball off his racquet 406 times! 

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sportscribe:

People need to stop talking about Serena/Maria as a tennis rivalry. Serena’s won 13 straight and hasn’t lost to Sugarpova in 9 years. That is embarrassing stuff for Maria.
The two clearly don’t like each other, a fact that obviously helps feed the headlines. But, outside of spats off the court (Wimbledon 2013 etc.), Maria has shown very little of the fight and spirit that tennis experts need no invitation to talk about. It’s way beyond time to put up or shut up for Sharapova.
She is in nowhere near the same class as Serena - a fact that cannot be lost on Williams. It must be a massive catalyst for Serena when they play. I imagine it must tick her off that Sharapova steals so much of the spotlight that she’s earned over the years.
UPDATE:  As expected, Serena prevailed 6-2 7-6. She is now 15-2 against Sharapova. Onward to the final where she will face her only legitimate rival, Victoria Azarenka.

Serena didn’t keep up her end of the bargain in Paris, but we may get another crack at Williams-Sharapova in the quarters at Wimbledon. The non-rivalry is now 16-2 after Serena straight-setted Maria in Miami earlier this year. 
After losing in the 2nd round at the French Open, Serena declared, “I’m going to go home and work five times as hard to make sure I never lose again.” Maria may have to run for cover should they meet at the All England Club. 

sportscribe:

People need to stop talking about Serena/Maria as a tennis rivalry. Serena’s won 13 straight and hasn’t lost to Sugarpova in 9 years. That is embarrassing stuff for Maria.

The two clearly don’t like each other, a fact that obviously helps feed the headlines. But, outside of spats off the court (Wimbledon 2013 etc.), Maria has shown very little of the fight and spirit that tennis experts need no invitation to talk about. It’s way beyond time to put up or shut up for Sharapova.

She is in nowhere near the same class as Serena - a fact that cannot be lost on Williams. It must be a massive catalyst for Serena when they play. I imagine it must tick her off that Sharapova steals so much of the spotlight that she’s earned over the years.

UPDATE:  As expected, Serena prevailed 6-2 7-6. She is now 15-2 against Sharapova. Onward to the final where she will face her only legitimate rival, Victoria Azarenka.

Serena didn’t keep up her end of the bargain in Paris, but we may get another crack at Williams-Sharapova in the quarters at Wimbledon. The non-rivalry is now 16-2 after Serena straight-setted Maria in Miami earlier this year. 

After losing in the 2nd round at the French Open, Serena declared, “I’m going to go home and work five times as hard to make sure I never lose again.” Maria may have to run for cover should they meet at the All England Club. 

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RAFA MAGIC (2): Nadal recovers from a stumble, draws Klizan into net, and then executes a perfect lob.

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RAFA MAGIC (1): Nadal & Klizan play a brilliant point during their 1st round match at Wimbledon. Nadal went on to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3

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GENIUS RETURNS: Watch some highlights of Brian Lara scoring a half century for MCC against Hertfordshire during the Anniversary Day at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday 22 June, 2014.

Lara delighted the crowd with crisp drives, nifty deflections and a couple lofty blows before intentionally gifting his wicket after reaching 50. 

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