Monday, July 8, 2013

Fresh champs, eliminated seeds, controversial players make Wimbledon unique

Continuous upsets happened from the opening round of 2013 Wimbledon, which also attributed to the fair-tale victories of Britain's Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli of France.World No. 2 Murray ended Britain's 77-year wait for the men's Wimbledon crown by defeating world No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in three hours and nine minutes during Sunday's final.The last British man to win the Wimbledon title was Fred Perry in 1936.The 26-year old Murray, who lost to Roger Federer of Switzerland in last year's Wimbledon final, won his second grand slam title after 2012 U.S. Open.Murray broke the Serb twice in the first set and took the opener 6-4 after 59 minutes.The Briton played more aggressively than Djokovic, who was unable to recover quickly enough from his exhausting semi-final victory where he had taken four hours and 43 minutes to beat Juan Martin del Potro 48 hours before the final.Djokovic lead 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third, but was out-hit by Murray who finished with 36 winners to 31, and 21 unforced error to the Serb's velour tracksuitsAsked about the audience of 15,000, most of whom waited to witness Murray's victory, Djokovic said, "The atmosphere was incredible for him. For me, not so much, but this is what I expected.""This feels slightly different from Wimbledon last year," Murray said, "That was one of the toughest moments of my career..Sexy Lingerie Factory.winning Wimbledon, I still can't believe it."Murray went though the same excitement as what 28-year-old Bartoli of France did, who won the Wimbledon women's crown a day ago. Her previous best majors result was a grand slam final in 2007 but she was defeated by Venus Williams in straight sets.The 15th-seeded Bartoli won her first grand slam trophy by beating 24th ranked German's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday.When the Frenchwoman ended her opponent with an ace in about 80 minutes, she hugged her father, also her former coach, who had no background in the sport but gave up his doctor job to teach her how to be professional.

"To share this moment with my dad was the perfect day," said Bartoli.The list of fresh Wimbledon champions also included Peng Shuai of China and Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei, who won their first Grand Slam title with a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory on Saturday, beating Australian Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty in the women's doubles final.Peng and Hsieh, both 27-year-old, knew each other in 1998 and played a few tournaments together but their partnership ended after turning pro. In 2008 US Open, Peng took Hsieh's suggestion and they reunited by the end of that year.The two, who consider each other as good friends, expressed their ambition in the 2013 US Open.However, fresh champions sometimes means the disappointment to some of the fans when their idols missed the court due to injury or surprisingly being eliminated during the tournament.Italian 5th-seeded Sara Errani became the first victim when she was defeated in straight sets by Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig on day 1. Later that day, 12 Grand Slam winner, Rafael Nadal lost to the 135th ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium. His old rival, defending champion, Roger Federer, crashed of Wimbledon in the second round.Upsets continued one by one during the first week of Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams were all forced out in the following days, which made no Grand Slam winner in the semi-finals at 2013 Wimbledon.Controversy never ends at Grand Slam tournaments.

After Thursday's semi-final, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska only made a quick and cool handshake with her rival Lisicki, as well as turning her back half against the finalist, which arouse criticism of being rude."Should I just be there and dance? What could I do?" said the Polish, "I didn't feel like that (congratulating Lisicki).cheap abercrombie wholesale"And the accusation of being called graceless also happened to China's Li Na at 2013 Wimbledon. The only Grand Slam winner of China had her Wimbledon run cut short on Thursday night while a debate on her way of handling her manners still lingers on.Li failed to go farther when losing 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2 to fourth seed Radwanska in the the quarterfinals.While meeting reporters after her loss, Li didn't lose her cool as she did on Monday when the China's most famous athlete blasted at a Chinese reporter who had asked an "unpleasant" question."How surprising he sat there. How dare he? Doesn't he have any shame?" the 31-year-old said on Monday.The reporter asked Li "whether she wants to say something to Chinese fans who stayed up watching her game" after Li defeated Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 6-0, 8-6 in the third round.It is the same question that had provoked Li's anger after the former French Open champion was dumped out the Roland Carlos tournament in the second round last month."Do I need to explain?" Li then returned in Chinese."It's strange. I lost a game and that's it. Do I need to get on my knees and kowtow to them? Apologize to them?" said the player from the central Chinese city of Wuhan.Her remarks, either from the French Open or Wimbledon,Wholesale Lingerie Sexy Lingerie sparked debates among the Chinese public. Some people believed Li's character helps her become China's top tennis star, while some hope making changes would bring Li more.

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