Change of leadership…

The 2011 Wimbledon championships saw two champions emerged in the limelight.

In the ladies’ draw, Petra Kvitova, the 21-year-old Czech revelation was too strong to be beaten, as she completed her maiden Grand slam title win a straight set win over 2004 Wimbledon Champion, Maria Sharapova.

Kvitova was not expected to win as there were many other contenders: with the Williams sisters’ comeback, Na Li, Caroline Wozniacki etc… it was not easy at all. Kvitova served faster, played deeper to finally dash away Sharapova’s hope to capture a second Grand Slam title after a 3-year drought.

Sharapova was quite impressive during the tournament, never lost a set until the final when she lost handily to big hitter Kvitova. It would have been a relieving achievement for the Russian if she had won the Championships, but she couldn’t handle the Czech revelation down.

 In the rest of the draw, The Williams sisters came back from the brink at this Wimbledon but didn’t pull through: Venus registered a second straight loss in the fourth round to the same player: Tsvevana  Pironkova. As for Serena, she was clobbered up in the same round by French number one player, Marion Bartoli. Bartoli vanquished Serena for the first time of her career.

Bartoli and Pironkova ended a 4-year reign of the Williams sisters  at Wimbledon ( 2007-2010).

World number one, Caroline Wosniacki, made once again a disappointing peformance in grand slams, losing in the third round to surprising Sabine Lisicki. Wosniacki, still slam less, can’t prevent people from gossiping about her lack of success in grand slams.

Prior to upsetting Wosniacki, Lisicki had downed French Open Champion, Na Li, in a nail bitter.

The WTA Tour is still in search of a leader as Wosniacki keeps on flaking.

In the men’s draw, we can talk about a change of guard, a change of leader, as Novak Djokovic outplayed defending champion, Rafael Nadal, in four sets. Djokovic, by claiming his first Wimbledon title, stripped Nadal of the World number one spot. Djokovic was always joking around, saying he would, one day, be the best player in the world. It became a reality on Sunday, July 3rd 2011. « Nole » had a fantastic run to the title and confirmed that he is the best player from now on.

Rafael Nadal lost it all in one day: the Wimbledon title and the number one spot. He is number 2 once again, it is reminiscent of the times when he was lagging behind Roger Federer. Now he has to keep up with Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer dramatically lost to French young gun, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a topsy-turvy battle in the quaterfinals. It is the second straight time in his career that the Swiss loses prior to the semis at Wimbledon. The first time was no farther than last year, when he was downed by 2010 Finalist, Tomas Berdych. Tsonga was down two sets when he unexpectedly turned the match around to upset the six-time Wimbledon champion, in front a stunned crowd.

People may be wondering what is actually happening to the pair Federer/Nadal… but it seems like there’s a change of leadership embodied by the  »hurricane » Novak Djokovic. As for the ladies, a new star is born: lefty Petra Kvitova.



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