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The Wimbledon Championships is still a few days away, but, the experts have already started predicting who would dominate in the tournament. Maria Sharapova is someone whom the experts are considering as a player to watch out for in the female’s category. The Russian beauty queen has recently won the French Open and she is being backed to be in the same kind of rhythm at All England Club as well despite the fact that the surface over there is going to be completely different from that at Roland Garros.
Another name in the female’s category which almost all the experts are talking about is Serena Williams. The American veteran always remains one of the top contenders for the singles title before the start of any Grand Slam and the Wimbledon this year is no different at all. She is being tipped to reach the latter stages of the tournament again.
Serena would probably go to UK this time around with a bit of an extra motivation. She couldn’t do as well as she was hoping in the French Open and she was clearly hurt by that early loss against Garbine Muguruza. In the interview that she gave to the press right after that match, she had said that she would put more effort on her game after returning back home and would bounce back with a bang.
Another motivation for Serena going into the Wimbledon would be Sharapova’s victory in the final of the French Open. There has always been an intense rivalry between her and the Russian. So, there is no doubt that she would be eager to play at her best over the next few weeks and leave Sharapova behind in the title race at the All England Club.
Serena and Sharapova are currently at the 1st and the 5th positions in the World rankings respectively. The latter was actually at no. 8 a while back, but, the glory that she had at Roland Garros helped her jump three places up to 5.
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The mother of Andy Murray, Mrs. Judy Murray, reckons that her son has taken a good decision by appointing Amelie Mauresmo as his head coach as the Frenchwoman has got the necessary skills to do justice to the post.
Mauresmo’s appointment as Murray’s coach is only on a temporary basis at the moment, but, Judy believes that the former Australian Open and Wimbledon Champion would work impressively during the trial period and would end up getting a permanent job.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Judy said, “I used to like Amelie a lot when she was an active player and that’s why when Andy told me that he was thinking about hiring her as coach, I 100% backed that.”
“Innovation and grace were two very important parts of Amelie’s game and apart from that, she was a thinking player too. I hope she makes Andy being a little more innovative on the court because that’s the quality that he has been lacking in the recent past. He used to be innovative a while back, but, off late, he has not been doing so.”
“I certainly believe that Amelie would prove to be a good coach. She might become Andy’s permanent coach too. She is good enough for that.”
According to the information available, Murray has hired Mauresmo only for the next month at this point of time, but, if the pair gets going pretty well and the results are positive for Murray in the Wimbledon Championships, he would reward the Frenchwoman with a long term job.
Murray’s world ranking right now is 5, but, that would certainly go up a little bit if he is able to defend his singles crown at Wimbledon.
Murray has never been the world no. 1 in his career so far.
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Stanislas Wawrinka crowned as the third seed easily ousted by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the first round. Since he beat Nadal to win the Australian Open title he was coming in with lot of positives.
He was defeated in 4 sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 and 6-0. He was seen as a threat by many players in the French Open but it was not easy to adjust to the clay court easily. His performance had lot of loopholes especially unforced errors that raced up to 61 came as a shock and disappointment. Garcia on the other hand proved stronger than him breaking him twice and putting him in a disadvantageous position from which he could not make a comeback. The first set was easily lost by Wawrinka in just 36 minutes. Somehow, in the second set Wawrinka got lucky and with a little pushing managed to equal one set each with Garcia. But even then he had 17 unforced errors in the second set itself.
Garcia had put in lot of effort and his confidence just notched up and he reached quickly seized the third set and kept the momentum going in the fourth set itself. Playing under the fading light he managed to wrap up the game. Wawrinka in his press statement made it clear that he was not in the game at all as he was finding it difficult to find the correct shots. For him it is a big loss to be ousted in the first round of the grand slam but he cannot change whatever has happened rather he is looking deep into his match and practice harder. For him it was not about pressure it was just a different ball game altogether for him. The loss will haunt him for sure.