Kerber’s sheer determination emphasised in her brilliant defensive work!

Angie Kerber winning Grand Slam titles was no fluke. It was down to sheer determination and hard work that she won two Grand Slams (Australia and New York) in 2016 and was world number one. It was her sheer determination which once more got her back on track in 2018 following a tough season in 2017.

This year she has found her best tennis and no better place to put your name back on the map than at Wimbledon where she lost the final in 2016.

When Kerber is playing with confidence she is a different prospect. The German number one is tough to break down as it is but throw in confidence just takes her game to another level and what she can achieve from behind the baseline is second to none.

Serena did a great job throughout the match of putting Angie on the back foot which she did here but such is the determination of her she produced a running no look backhand sending Serena on the run and won the point.

Likewise a little later on in the set. Serena played a strong backhand and you can see where Kerber is on the court, she has no right to make this shot!

You can see from Serena’s body language that she expected the backhand to seal the point and when Kerber hit that forehand she had to try and adjust quickly.

This is probably one of the most impressive. Kerber’s serve is not the best on the tour but she can back it up well with her ability to stay in rallies.

This position on serve isn’t ideal but she got the ball back and won the point, what does hold her back is effectiveness of the serve.

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How the memory of Jana Novotna lives on 20 years after her Wimbledon triumph!

2018 celebrated 20 years since the victory of Jana Novotna at Wimbledon. One of the greatest stories the championships has ever seen.

In 1998 at the third time of trying the Czech got her hands on the title having come so close on two previous occasions with the heartache for everyone to see. During the first trophy presentation she cried her eyes out on the Duchess of Kent’s shoulder having come so close.

The two struck up a friendship which was beautiful to see with the Duchess telling Jana;

Don’t worry you will win this one day

After her second final defeat a few years later they met again on centre court;

Third time lucky

A truly incredible story.

Sadly in November of last year Jana passed away following a battle with cancer.

However her memory lives on

Barbora Krejcikova who is also from the hometown of Jana in Brno, Czech Republic and one day at the age of 18 went to see Jana and told her she was a tennis player, ranked outside 300 and looking to progress.

To Barbora’s delight and surprise Jana said she’d coach her full time on the court.

She did it because she loved tennis and she wanted to help someone improve.

The partnership did end in 2016 due to Jana’s health and on the doubles tour she did partner back up with Siniakova who she knew in juniors and was told to go and win a Grand Slam.

They won Roland Garros this year and won that Wimbledon title 20 years on from Jana’s big day at Wimbledon!

Jana’s memory will always live on and is one of the games greatest winners because she never gave up and she loved the game.

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Serena “only just getting started”

10 months ago Serena Williams gave birth, it was a complicated procedure and she had to have multiple surgeries and almost lost her life. She returned to training four months later and as ever works incredibly hard.

In her fourth tournament back (Wimbledon) she made the final and has taken her from not having a ranking to number 28 in the world.

Respect.

A lesson to us all, never write this woman off but also what a woman she is. The way she has balanced life on the tour and being a mum shows how strong she is and women are.

Seconds into her interview on Centre Court following the defeat she was emotional. She didn’t expect to do so well but said something which you don’t forget and you know is true of her character

“I’m literally only just getting started”

We don’t have a schedule for Serena right now but she won’t be playing week in week out focus will be on other titles. I expect her to go to Cincinnati which is two weeks before the US Open and will arrive there a week early. Will she go to Rogers Cup in Montreal the week before Cincinnati? I’m not sure!

Welcome back Serena!

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Angie’s day! How her determination is a lesson to us all!

In 2016, Angie Kerber was playing the best tennis on the tour hands down! The German at the age of 28 had her best season winning in Melbourne, New York and made the final of Wimbledon a year that saw her claim world number one spot.

2017 was a write off, the form deteriorated and the ranking dropped and it is sad to see someone playing so well and how quickly that can change with her ranking dropping from world number one to number nineteen in a matter of months.

This year has been a great comeback.

Angie is bar far the tours best defender and you cannot help but admire her determination.

She works incredibly hard and to win against Kerber means you have to bring your A game her confidence took a big hit last year and there is nothing easier than letting things stay as they are Kerber isn’t about that.

She turned up this year ready to bounce back! She played Hopman Cup with Alex Zverev to begin the season which adds that relax and fun start to the season. She then made her way around Australia where she won Sydney and made the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

In Doha and Qatar she made the quarter and semi-finals respectively and then at the sunshine double where she made the quarter finals of both Indian Wells and Miami. Her clay court season didn’t kick off until before Roland Garros in Rome where she made the Quarter finals and semi’s in Paris before a short trip to Mallorca followed by a final appearance in Eastbourne and then Wimbledon.

Her form has been excellent. She is back at four in the world and in pole position to finish the season on a high!

Well done Angie!

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Wimbledon Ladies 🎾 Final – Serena Williams v Angie Kerber

Determination is not a strange word for these two ladies.

Serena Williams is back in a Wimbledon final, what an achievement this is. The former world number one has come through soo much in her career and less than a year after giving birth and in just her fourth tournament back since returning is back in the big time. Serena began Wimbledon ranked at 181 in the world and is now guaranteed on Monday to be No.28 in the world which is magnificent!

Angie Kerber is a player I admire greatly. In 2016 she won the Australian and US Open and also made a Wimbledon final appearance during a stellar year for the German. 2017 however was a write off she started the year as No.1 in the world and finished at No.21 but this year she is back and guaranteed to be top 7 on Monday.

Determination.

This will be the eighth meeting between the two players, their first encounter was back in 2007 and their last meeting was in 2016 at the Wimbledon final which Serena won. Saturday’s meeting will be there fourth straight final meeting as they fight for the big prize once again!

Kerber has been really impressive. I remember watching her in Eastbourne against Wozniacki and she was so frustrated during the match and felt like she wasted opportunities and let Caro back in.

An aspect of her game which let her down was her serve. Wozniacki was all over it but she has stood it up well this tournament and been effective however there is a big difference in this game serving against other opponents and serving against Serena who will set herself early to return especially if Kerber drops the serve short which she does.

For me this match will be won on those baseline rallies. Once we get a few shots in taking control will be key, if Kerber manages to gain the momentum and move Serena about it can be a difficult afternoon for the 23 time Grand Slam champion but if Serena plays with the intensity she did against Georges playing with that controlled aggression she can take full control.

I would love Serena to win this one, it’s been a hell of a journey here and this would be the icing on the cake!

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Wimbledon 🎾 Day 10 – Serena back in a Grand Slam final!πŸ˜† Kerber finding form at the right time! β°

We now have our finalists!

The remarkable Serena Williams is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since giving birth less than a year ago with a super strong performance against Julia Georges in the semi-final as she will now play her tenth final at SW19.

Angie Kerber got her win against Jelena Ostapenko as the former finalist back in 2016 following her fourth straight set win in a row.

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Back in a final.

The performance was something else. If I were to go through Serena’s performances over the course of the tournament this was so far her best. She was hitting winners, effective at the net and serving extremely well as she booked her place in the final.

It was close to begin with but once Serena found a gap she was gone and even when she led 5-3 in the second set and was broken to love it never felt like danger and she returned the favour breaking to love to win the match.

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Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-3 Jelena Ostapenko

Angie is on form. After a horrid 2017 she has turned it around big time and credit to her character and determination for that.

You don’t get a moments peace on the court against Angie which is something Osaka, Bencic, Kasatkina and Ostapenko have all found out in the last 8 days she has been relentless!

The tennis is just fantastic when she is confident and the mood stopping her is a challenge! She is super smart, Ostapenko hit 30 winners but Kerber hit 7 and she sat there like a brick wall and soaked up the pressure so well!

Wimbledon Day 9 – Federer stunned 😲 Rafa reigns πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘‘Isner’s first πŸ₯‡ Novak favourite? πŸ†

Wow.

What a day that was! So, where else to begin…

Federer stunned by Anderson!

Roger Federer does not lose many matches from two sets to love up but Kevin Anderson from South Africa put on a performance of a lifetime as he took out the man who has won it eight times winning 2-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 13-11 against one of the best the sport has ever seen.

The talk will be on Roger being out but lets not forget the fearless performance Kevin put on. I said in my preview he needed to stick close early on and he didn’t but didn’t get himself down he just fought hard and the way he went toe to toe in rallies with deep returns was excellent!

Novak now favourite?

Novak Djokovic got his match done against Kei Nishikori without any major hiccup baring a set to the former US Open finalist. With Roger now out and Del Potro showing that you can push Nadal we know that Novak is a tough animal on the grass court as he is on any court on his day and over five sets for me he is favourite right now.

Rafa reigns!

A Wimbledon semi-final for Rafa. Rafa has played five semi-finals at SW19 in the past but has never lost one and it did look like being a tricky path as Del Potro took a two set to one lead before the Spaniard took a very close fourth set 6-4 followed by an even closer set 6-4 to claim the win. Commiserations for Del Potro but you feel he is at such a good level right now he can contend in Flushing Meadows in a couple of months time.

Isner creates history!

Wimbledon 2018 is John Isner’s 41st Grand Slam singles appearance. John made his first at the 2007 US Open at the age of 22 coming through college tennis now at 33 years old he has made his first semi-final appearance in a four match win against Milos Raonic who can take plenty of positives from the tournament but a match that came too soon for him.

Friday’s semi-finals will see Nadal take on Djokovic and Anderson take on Isner. Who will be in Sunday’s final? One thing we can guarantee a new finalist will be there!

Tomorrow is ladies semi-finals day as Serena Williams takes on Julia Georges and Jelena Ostapenko takes on Angelique Kerber for a place in Saturday afternoon’s final.