The 2011 Wimbledon Championship is just around the corner. Actually, it is just around the weekend.
The two week tournament is slated to start at 7 am EST on Monday, June 20th, and will conclude with the gentlemen's final on Sunday, July 3rd.
Unless you are an amazingly hard-core tennis addict with ample amounts of free time, chances are you will miss some of the action. That is where we, and this slide show come in.
We are going to be here with you every step of the way. This slideshow will be updated at the conclusion of each day's action, and will be designed to bring you up to date on any of the men's or women's action that you may have missed.
We will start with the draw, and we aren't stopping until the tournament does.
It was Djokovic's third grand slam title, and his first at Wimbledon. In fact, it was his first tournament championship on any grass court. I guess we can say he saved the best for first. This was also the first time he had ever beaten Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam event.
Just in case a Wimbledon victory wasn't enough for Djokovic he is also going to be the world's new No. 1 player on Monday. A well deserved ranking after an amazing year.
Djokovic was beside himself after the victory. He collapsed on the court and started eating the grass. It was definitely a unique celebration that seemed to even catch Djokovic by surprise. Here is Djokovic after the match as quoted by ESPN:
I felt like an animal. I wanted to see how it tastes. It tastes good. It came spontaneously, really. I didn't plan to do it. I didn't know what to do for my excitement and joy.
Djokovic let everyone know that he is not going to be content with just winning Wimbledon. Djokovic:
I want to win more Grand Slams. I will not definitely stop here, even though I have achieved (the) two biggest things [winning Wimbledon and becoming world No. 1] in my life in three days.
After his performance at Wimbledon, I don't think anyone will be surprised if he goes onto win many Grand Slam tournaments. He just better hope they don't test for grass.
No. 8 Petra Kvitova was hardly the favorite in her final against No.5 Maria Sharapova.
As we've seen before in sports, pre-match expectations mean absolutely nothing when the match starts. Kvitova downed Sharapova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to win her first grand slam.
This match drew comparisons to Sharapova's 2004 Wimbledon win, where she defeated heavily favored Serena Williams in the final.
Sharapova didn't play well in her final match, which was in stark contrast to her run to the finals, where she didn't drop a set.
Kvitova had a similar run, at least until the quarterfinals. She didn't drop a set until the round of eight, when No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova pushed her to a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win. No. 4 Victoria Azarenka pushed her to three sets in the 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 semifinal.
In the final, Sharapova was broken five times by Kvitova.
This was the first grand slam title for Kvitova, who made the quarterfinals in the Australian Open in 2011 and lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2010.
Sharapova is still stuck on three grand slam titles, with her only Wimbledon coming in her 2004 win against WIlliams.
Nadal has now won 20 straight matches at the All England Club and will be the clear favorite when he meets new world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final.
Novak Djokovic also advanced to the final with a four set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. Djokovic is now the No. 1 ranked player in the world, even though he meets the current No. 1 player Rafael Nadal in the finals.
Andy Murray had the most disappointing day of all the players at the All England Club. Murray got off to a fast start and played what was possibly the best set of his life. However, it all fell apart when the match was tied at 2-2 in the second set. Nadal broke Murray's serve three consecutive games after that and everything went downhill for Murray.
He had his chances to break Nadal in the fourth but was unable to capitalize and was forced to walk off at the court after a semifinal defeat once again.
Mario Sharapova continued her winning ways at Wimbledon 2011 by beating Sabine Lasicki in the semifinals. Fifth-seeded Sharapova beat Lisicki 6-4, 6-3 despite 13 double-faults. She moves on to the final where she looks to win her second Wimbledon title since the one in 2004.
Petra Kvitova will meet Sharapova in the finals and is boasting a left-handed shot. She beat Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 and hit nine aces on her way to advancing to the finals.
The two will meet Saturday at the All England Club for the 2011 Women’s final.
Roger Federer had met little resistance and tasted little defeat at the 2011 Wimbledon tournament. He had lost only one set for the entire tournament as he entered the quarterfinals.
It was the same old story on Wednesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer took the first set 6-3. He was then extended to a tiebreaker, but easily took the tiebreaker 7-3.
Match over, right? After all, Roger Federer was 178-0 when taking a 2-0 set lead in a grand slam event.
Federer won only four games in each of the next three sets, and he is ousted out of the tournament. It is an almost unthinkable, and it is certainly unprecedented, outcome.
Federer's unbeaten 2-0 set lead streak is now part of history, and so is Roger Federer at the 2011 Wimbledon tournament.
At least Federer is just a person. The entire USA was ousted from the tournament when Rafael Nadal easily beat Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
The big news for this match was Nadal's foot. After injuring it in his last match everyone was curious to see how it held up. Well, it did just fine, and so did Nadal.
Nadal will face Andy Murray in the semifinals after Murray easily dispatched of Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Novak Djokovic won the other match of the day as he defeated the young Bernard Tomic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Djokovic will face Tsonga in the other semifinals match.
Well the women's 2011 Wimbledon bracket is certainly not going according to plan. Upsets have ruled the last two days. And the result is that fourth seeded Victoria Azarenka is the highest remaining seed. Maria Sharapova is the only grand slam winner left in the field.
Sharapova despite the slightly lower seeding Sharapova looks like the favorite to win this title. She is on the top of her game, and that is a game well suited for the fast grass courts of Wimbledon.
Sharapova quickly dispatched of No. 24 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1.
Victoria Azarenka didn't look so bad herself as she beat the unseeded Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-1. That match was interrupted by rains, and ended up concluding under the roof of Centre Court. Sharapova and Azarenka appear headed to a clash in the finals, but first they will have to face Sabine Lisicki and Petra Kvitova.
Liciski's remarkable Wimbledon run takes her to a semifinal showdown with Sharapova after the unseeded Lisicki bounced tournament No. 9 seed Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.
Kvitova had a similar match with Tsvetana Pironkova. No. 8 seed Kvitova took down No. 32 Pironkova 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. Kvitova now moves on to face Azarenka.
The men had Tuesday off at Wimbledon, but that didn't stop Rafael Nadal from making headlines. Nadal underwent an MRI on Tuesday after he felt something "crush" in his foot during his Monday quarterfinal victory over Del Potro.
The results came back negative, and Nadal told reporters he would be practicing Tuesday afternoon. Nadal will face American Mardy Fish in the semifinals.
Manic Monday could have been upset Monday at Wimbledon 2011. Both Williams’ sisters end up losing in their fourth round matchups.
Defending champ Serena lost 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Marion Bartoli and Venus fell at the hands of Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3.
Women’s bracket top- seeded, Caroline Wozniacki was sorely upset 1-6. 7-6 (5), 75 by Dominika Cibulkova.
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With one week down in 2011 Wimbledon we are three rounds closer to finding a new champions, but not any closer on figuring out who those champions are going to be.
With just 16 players left on the men's and women's side, for the most part, all of the tournaments top seeds have survived. The people we expected to contend at Wimbledon have moved on with little resistance.
It certainly would not come as to anyone's surprise to see these four men filling out the semifinals. On the men's side the match most worth watching on Monday may be Rafael Nadal going against 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro.
If Nadal plays like he has been he will advance, but this could be the first time Nadal is tested in his title defense.
The story on the women's side is much the same as the men's. The top seeds are cruising. Other than the reigning French Open champ Li Na they have all survived and moved on. Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova have both looked particularly sharp.
They are not the only one's looking sharp. The Williams sisters have looked great in their comeback.
Venus Williams may have the most compelling match on Monday as she faces No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova. Pironkova beat Venus in last year's quarterfinals.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have advanced to the fourth round of Wimbleon 2011 without losing a set. Although it did not come without a price for Nadal as he experienced soreness in his right leg during his match with the lightly 92nd ranked Gilles Mueller.
The sore leg certainly wasn't effecting his serve as he did not have his serve borken all match. It also was apparently not getting worse as the match wore on. Nadal was tested in the first two sets 7-6, 7-6. He then quickly closed the door in the third set and won 6-0.
Federer had a much steadier match against 23rd ranked David Nalbandian. Federer won 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Here is Federer after the match:
I'm very happy if I keep playing this way. It's a matter of keeping it up and then adjusting to what's coming from opponents. They all play very differently.
Federer should be happy. He looks as good as ever as he quests to win his seventh Wimbledon.
None of these players were as impressive as 18-year-old Bernard Tomic. Tomic dismantled fifth seeded Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. Tomic is turning heads as he advances into the fourth round.
Andy Roddick was eliminated by Feliciano Lopez in straight sets Friday at the All England Club 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 after defeating just a week earlier at the ATP AEGON Championships.
Roddick failed to advance past the quarterfinal round for the second straight year since losing to Roger Federer in the finals of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
Venus Williams cruised to victory against Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Venus has won five Wimbledon Championships to date and will be looking to add her sixth this year. Venus will meet Tsvetana Pironkova next, the player who knocked her out in 2010.
Maria Sharapova also cruised to victory in her second round matchup against Laura Robson 7-6, 6-3. She will meet Klara Zakopalova in her third round matchup.
Play was suspended early today as Rafael Nadal had just completed his difficult first set against Gilles Muller, winning the set in a tiebreak.
American Mardy Fish's third round match was cancelled and he will have to wait until tomorrow for that match to begin.
Djokovic eliminated South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Federer took even less games to take down France's Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
There were no upsets of note on the men's side on Thursday, but unranked 19 year-old American takes a 2-1 set lead over seventh seeded David Ferrer into the night as they wait for the sun to allow them to play again.
The women's side was the home of the upset on Thursday as reigning French Open champ fell to Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 4-6, 6-8. The powerful 19 year-old German used 17 aces to key her upset victory.
Elsewhere in the women's bracket Serena Williams lost the first set before finding her game and taking the last two sets to advance to third round play. The match took place on the outskirts of the All England Club on court No. 2 and Serena was not happy about that.
After the match Serena told the press:
They like to put us on Court 2, me and Venus, for whatever reason. I haven’t figured it out yet.
The roof over Centre Court is really paying off for Wimbledon 2011. After two straight years of remarkably fantastic weather the rain is falling. It is off and on, but thanks to the roof the action goes on non-stop.
Venus Williams took advantage of the roof to get her match in, and she apparently enjoyed it so much she thought she would maximize her time there.
Williams went the distance in her opening match. 40-year-old Kamiko Date-Krumm extended Venus to extra games in the third set before giving way to her more decorated opponent, but that may be the second most memorable result from this match.
During the broadcast legendary announcer was telling a story about a conversation he had with an All England Club member about balls. "Do you realize," Enberg said the member told him, "if we have yellow balls and green grass stains we're liable to have bloody blue balls?"
You can watch video of his comments here.
On the men's side the favorites advanced with ease. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick dominated in straight sets. Nadal obviously gets the edge looking forward due to his recent reign of dominance, but all three looked good enough to capture Wimbledon.
Roddick didn't have his best control on his first serve, but he was in complete control of his game and he only had six unforced errors.
It has been a long road back for Serena Williams. A road she really didn't think was going to lead to the 2011 Wimbledon.
“I usually don’t cry, so I don’t understand it, but it’s just been so hard." Williams told the press after her opening match victory. "I never dreamt I would be here right now."
For Williams it wasn't so much the 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Aravane Rezai, but the fact that she was playing at all.
Williams had to have surgery on her foot almost a year ago after cutting it on some glass and tearing a tendon. She then suffered from blood clots in both lungs and a hematoma, which then required more surgery.
“It’s been a disaster year, but you know I’ve been praying and I have my family and I love tennis, and to be able to come back at Wimbledon is pretty awesome,” Williams said. “I didn’t expect to play. I’m just excited. I never cried with joy for anything.
John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut—the rematch—looked like it might offer some of the 11-hour, three-day magic it provided last year when it began with a first-set tiebreak.
But that was as close as that match got. Isner dominated the tiebreak, then the match 7-6(4), 6-2, 7-6(6).
Elsewhere, all of the top players in action on Tuesday survived and moved on.
After two years of amazingly spectacular weather Wimbledon is back in its comfort zone. Rain began to fall as action was underway on the opening day of tournament play.
Enter the roof. For just the fourth time the roof over Centre Court has been put into use, and this has allowed play to continue on a soggy Monday.
31 matches were completed before the rain started to fall. 13 matches, including Andy Rodick's, have been postponed. Off and on rains are expected for the next two days.
Highlighting play that was completed on the opening day was Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams. Nadal fell behind a break early, but then snapped into form and went onto dominate in just under two hours, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 over American Michael Russell.
Venus Williams looked fantastic on Monday. I'm talking about her tennis game—you can decide for yourself on the fashion. On the court Williams didn't show any signs of rust from her recent five month layoff stemming from abdominal pain.
Venus quickly and easily dispatched Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-1.
In other and developing news, Andy Murray shockingly fell behind by dropping his opening set to clay court specialist, Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4. Murray seems to be on track now, though. He captured the second set 6-3 and the third 6-0. The fourth set is just underway.
It's been a long, hard road back to tennis action for Serena Williams. After suffering various health ailments that hit their low point with potentially fatal blood clots in the lungs she missed almost a year of tennis.
She will definitely have some rust on her game as she tries to defend her Wimbledon Championship. She did manage to get in a tune-up match last weekend, but as she told the press, as reported by Foxnews.com, her whole game did not make that tune-up match:
I didn't travel with my serve to Eastbourne, so I hope it came with me. I hope he was in my luggage coming to Wimbledon, because I've missed him.
I am sure the rest of the field wouldn't mind if that serve got lost in transit.
Here is Nadal as quoted on CNN.com:
I am not close to the 16 of Roger. Sixteen is a lot. We can dream about a lot of things. For me it's a dream. Maybe not for you.
16 is a lot, but Nadal has crept up to 11. 16 is certainly not out of the question.
Venus and Serena Williams have dominated Wimbledon. They have won nine out of the last 11 championships, and they will both return to try and further dominate, but they do so after lengthy layoffs.
Serena will try to defend her title with only has one match under her belt since a near year-long layoff due to serious health issues.
Venus is coming back from her own health issues as she was sidelined from January to June with hip issues. If they are going to win 10 out of 12 championships they are going to do so as underdogs.
The biggest plot story on the men side is can someone crack the Federer-Nadal strangled hold on the tournament. Those two men have combined to win each Wimbledon since 2003.
In a staggeringly amazing chance of probability the two men that were the talk of the 2010 Wimbledon became the talk of the 2011 Wimbledon before the draw was complete.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were paired in the first round of Wimbledon for the second year in a row. Chances are that they will not be forced to play for three days this year.
John Isner had this to say in the Sporting News about the uncanny twist of fate, “It’s weird; it’s almost cruel."
Neither Isner nor Mahut are expected to get far in this year's tournament.
And with those seedings the stage is set for another possible Nadal-Federer finals. If things go according to form Nadal and Murray will meet in one semifinals and Djokovic and Federer in the other.