- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet21 days ago
Just as J.K. Rowling promised, Serena WIlliams looks stunning in a ballgown. She glammed up for the Wimbledon Champions' Dinner on Sunday night.
While the dinner is given, the champions have not shared a dance since 1986, according to Djokovic. He decided it was time to bring back the tradition.
"Of course, she cannot refuse," Djokovic told "CBS This Morning" on Monday. "We thought we want to give a little rebirth to this tradition and hopefully any other next champion will do the same."
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet22 days ago
Roger Federer came into the men's final hungry for his first title since 2012. Novak Djokovic came in looking to avenge a stunning loss in last month’s French Open final.
They were about as evenly matched as any players could be, Federer holding a slight 20-19 advantage in their head-to-head and each playing phenomenal tennis throughout the fortnight in London.
Each won 37 points in the first set. Each won 51 points in the second set – a dead heat, exactly as expected, as they split tiebreaks in each.
The next two sets seemed clinical for Djokovic, who did not let Federer break him again as he claimed the 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over the Swiss legend. Federer may be the best ever, but Djokovic left no doubt that he is the best right now.
The first set was an all-out battle, Federer earning a break at 3-2 only to see Djokovic break right back, then hold to 4-4. At 6-5, Federer could've closed out the set, but failed to convert two break-point opportunities. Djokovic took over in the tiebreak, winning 7-1. The final point came on a Federer double fault. His service game, which had carried him over Andy Murray in the semifinals, was just not as strong on Sunday.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet23 days ago
J.K. Rowling was really excited about Serena Williams' Wimbledon victory. Like millions of others, she tweeted about the win shortly after Williams claimed her 21st Grand Slam title.
#SerenaSlam! I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!
When a Twitter troll responded with a demeaning tweet, Rowling wasn't having it.
Williams has dealt with these types of trolls throughout her career, usually brushing off the hatred without even acknowledging them.
Rowling is the latest in a long line of defenders – and surely won't be the last – but for now, at least she shot down one of the trolls. The tweet has been favorited more than 55,000 times and retweeted more than 44,000.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet23 days ago
On Saturday afternoon to ever win a Grand Slam title, capturing the crown in straight sets. Sunday, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will attempt to become the oldest man to do so. Both are 33 years old.
Williams defeated a 21-year-old who was making her major finals' debut. Federer will face a much more formidable foe: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, winner of this year's Australian Open and runner-up last month in Paris.
It's the dream ending for what has been a mediocre men's tournament, a rematch of last year's final in which Djokovic out-lasted Federer in five sets. It's the king of tennis versus the man who could potentially dethrone Federer before his career is through.
Federer has not won a title since winning Wimbledon in 2012, but he came awfully close here last year. And he's been playing his absolute best the past two weeks, only dropping one set thus far.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet23 days ago
She's done it. Serena Williams is the 2015 Wimbledon champion. She's completed her second Serena Slam, her sixth Wimbledon title, and her 21st Grand Slam championship. She's become the oldest woman to win a title in the Open era.
Williams defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. At next month's U.S. Open, she'll attempt to make more history, going for the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988. She'll be looking to tie Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles in the Open era.
Muguruza was playing in her first Grand Slam final. She more than proved that she belongs here, building a 4-2 lead in the first set before Williams truly took over.
Williams jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and would serve for the win. One of the strongest servers the game has ever known, the win seemed inevitable.
But 21-year-old Muguruza wasn't quite done yet. She earned the break, held, then earned another break to bring the match to 5-4. Williams seemed to have finish-line jitters, something rarely seen in this champion but understandable with the amount of history on the line.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet24 days ago
David Beckham stole the show at Wimbledon on Thursday. The British soccer star was sitting in the Royal Box for the men's doubles semifinal match featuring fellow Brit Jamie Murray and John Peers. Yes, Murray – as in the older brother of singles star Andy Murray.
David Beckham! pic.twitter.com/lhAY7EcsOq
When a ball bounced off the line judge's chair and straight into the stands, Beckham reached out and caught it with one hand. He started laughing and waved to the crowd as everyone realized it was him. Even the players stopped and applauded against their rackets.
Beckham was taking in the match beside his mother, Sandra. Pippa Middleton and brother James Middleton were sitting nearby. The soccer star has been spotted with his sons earlier in the week.
Murray and Peers won in four sets to advance to the final.
The Murray brothers were the first to advance to the single and doubles semifinals since 1962. Jamie Murray was part of the Wimbledon mixed doubles winning pair in 2007. He'll play for the title on Saturday, while younger bro Andy takes on Roger Federer in the men's singles semifinals on Friday.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet25 days ago
Serena Williams will play for the Serena Slam on Saturday. The five-time Wimbledon champion cruised past No. 4 Maria Sharapova in an uneventful semifinal match, 6-2, 6-4.
The crowd at the All England Club seemed subdued throughout the match, almost as though the fans felt sorry for Sharapova as they watched the 2004 champion struggle. They finally started to show some life as Sharapova clawed her way back into the second set.
With Williams serving at 4-3, Sharapova built a 0-30 lead. Would she finally break? Would Williams let her into the match? No. Not this time. Williams was in too much of a rhythm. She quickly closed out the game and built a seemingly insurmountable 5-3 lead.
Her strong serve overpowered Sharapova throughout the match, while Williams took full advantage of Sharapova’s weak second serve. With Sharapova serving to stay alive at 3-5, Williams forced match point but failed to convert. Sharapova held to stay in the match, but that would be it for her.
Williams made a final statement at 5-4, serving three powerful aces before closing the match with another strong, unreturned serve.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet26 days ago
Stan Wawrinka came into the quarterfinals as the only man who hadn’t dropped a set in the first five rounds. Richard Gasquet came in with only one win in his last 16 matches against top-10 opponents. The matchup definitely looked to favor Wawrinka, but it’s No. 21 Gasquet moving on with the tremendous upset over No. 4 Wawrinka, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
Gasquet quickly ended Wawrinka’s streak, taking the opening set. Two-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka settled in after that, closing out the next two sets without a hitch. After only taking 62 percent of first serve points in the first set, Wawrinka improved to 84 percent in the second.
He seemed poised to close out the match in four sets, to set up a rematch of last month’s thrilling French Open final against Novak Djokovic, who was winning his match on Centre Court.
But Gasquet wasn’t ready to go home just yet, winning the fourth to set up the decisive fifth set.
The Frenchman held serve to open the fifth set. The set stayed on serve through seven games, as the crowd seemed to back the underdog more with each shot. There is nothing Wimbledon fans seem to love more than an upset (except, of course, seeing a Brit win).
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet27 days ago
Serena Williams is now two wins shy of her 21st Grand Slam title. It took another come-from-behind victory to get there, the latest in a series of comebacks that have left some wondering whether Williams just prefers the added pressure of a third set. It’s doubtful that she’s purposefully playing herself into these situations, but it’s certainly making this Wimbledon run more interesting.
Her latest comeback victory came against No. 24 Victoria Azarenka, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The final score doesn’t show just how close Azarenka seemed to pulling off the upset. The two-time Grand Slam champion earned a crucial break early in the match en route to easily claiming the first set.
Different from earlier matches in this fortnight, falling behind was never a matter of Williams playing poorly. Rather, 25-year-old Azarenka was at her peak: Williams had hit 22 winners and only committed five unforced errors through 2-2 in the second set, yet she trailed. It mirrored the three-set showdown Williams and Azarenka played earlier this year at the French Open; there’s a reason Azarenka is one of only two women to beat Williams multiple times in recent years.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet28 days ago
While Serena Williams has had a dominant year, she has hardly been playing her best tennis. It has at times seemed that she’s had a hard time finding motivation. That changed Monday morning as the 33-year-old faced sister Venus Williams, 35, in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Venus came in playing stronger than she has in years. She had yet to drop a set in this tournament, and she’d won the last meeting between the pair.
With both playing at their peak Monday, it was Serena advancing with the 6-4, 6-3 victory. She was focused on her game, but it was hard not to think about the moment.
“I’m 33, and she just turned 35, I don’t know how many more moments like this we’ll have,” Serena said after the match. “It was kind of surreal out there.”
This was the 26th meeting between the sisters, the 12th at a Grand Slam and the sixth at Wimbledon. The only other time they met prior to the quarterfinals of a major was at the 1998 Australian Open. At Wimbledon, they’d never met before the semifinals.