Wimbledon 2010: In Hindsight

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IIJuly 5, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04:  Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain look on at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Or woman!

And may it never be said that Serena and Rafael don’t know how to party!

They came to the Wimbledon party and how!

Nadal , as though his year-long hiatus from the sport was a mere blip in the chasm of tennis time!

And Serena, who perhaps believes that it’s  now time to just buckle down to it and claim her space in among the greats! Not that she does not belong there already but who’s to say that she might not have been the greatest?

Quote of the day:
If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner. - Tallulah Bankhead

Tomas Berdych and Vera Zvonareva can console each other that they lost to the better player on the day.

Tomas talked the talk and walked the walk all the way to the final, but the man who kept calling all his opponents and matches difficult made winning Wimbledon look so easy. Tomas waited for the tide to turn, just a small service break, a little respite, but the Mallorcan was unrelenting. Nadal knew that this was his title to lose and he would not gift it away.

Zvonareva was overpowered by the stronger Serena. When this Williams is on song, she’s unstoppable! It is a pity that she seems to lose more matches than have her opponents win them. But let’s not quibble. With thirteen titles under her belt and still on the right side of thirty, Serena has a few more Slams in her.She may not end up with the most Slams but who’s to say, that she’s not a better person for it!

Zvonareva will consider the 3rd of July 2010 doubly unlucky for her. Her partner Elena Vesnina and she lost to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova in the women’s doubles final later that evening.

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For Nadal, however, demolishing long established traditions seems to come easy. Nadal  put to the sword the myth that winning the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year is well-nigh impossible. Along with Federer , last year, his win last evening made it the third year in succession that the two trophies have the same name inscribed on them. No mission impossible indeed! The last time this happened, a certain gentleman named Borg was making it look like a run-of-the-mill occurrence.

Oh, Samantha! Oh, Francesca! How cruel is sport indeed! The women’s finalists at the French Open were unceremoniously dumped out of the All-England championships in the first round. Schiavone, in three sets, by another Vera -Dushevina of Russia- and Stosur in  straight sets by Kanepi of Estonia.

Indian tennis fans had something to cheer about as well. Leander Paes and Cara Black annexed the Wimbledon mixed  doubles title making it 12 Grand Slam titles for this scion of Vece Paes.

Overall, it’s been an enthralling tournament with history being created by the Isner-Mahut marathon match, Leander Paes adding his bit by becoming the second man to win Wimbledon titles across three decades, and Federer’s early exit perhaps signaling the end of an era. We wish it isn’t so!

Have a great day!

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