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Andy Roddick’s countrywoman, Serena Williams, will start her campaign in the China Open 2013 from tomorrow and her opponent in the opening round will be Elena Vesnina of Russia.
This has been a great year for Serena who has been given the top seed in this competition. The American superstar has lifted a total of 9 trophies this year out of which 2 were the Grand Slams.
Serena has played a total of 71 matches this year and has won 67. This clearly suggests how dominating she has been right through the year.
It’s certain now that Serena will be the no. 1 player in the world at the end of this season. It was confirmed by World Tennis Association a couple of days back.
Serena is a professional player since the last 18 years and this is the third time in her career that she will end the season at the top of the rankings.
Yesterday, in an interview, Steffi Graf who currently holds the world record of winning the most number of Grand Slam singles trophies in Women’s tennis said that if Serena maintains her fitness, she can easily go past her.
Graf won 22 Grand Slams, while, Serena currently has 17 only. But, the kind of form she has been in the last couple of years, winning 6 more Grand Slams is not out of her reach; that’s for sure.
On the other hand, Serena’s opponent Vesnina has generally been considered as a doubles specialist. She has started to concentrate on singles matches since the last one year or so and she has actually performed quite well this season. She has lifted a couple of trophies including the one at Hobart at the start of this year.
These two players have faced each other thrice in the past and on all 3 occasions, Serena has been the winner.
On the basis of experience, form and past records, Serena is the clear favourite in this contest. To pull off an upset, Vesnina will have to play out of her skins.
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Andy Roddick’s compatriot, John Isner, has defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the final of BB&T Atlanta Open. Isner won the match in three sets by 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2).
This is the 7th ATP title won by Isner in his career. With this win, he earned himself prize money of 98,700 US Dollars.
This win didn’t come easily for Isner. He was made to work hard for each and every point by Anderson who was given the second seed in this tournament. The match went on for 2 hours and 54 minutes.
Talking to the reporters after the match, Isner said, “I have lost so many close finals in the past. So, it’s quite satisfying to end up on the winning side this time around. I never got panicked. I always had that self belief that I could pull it off.”
On the other hand, Anderson was perplexed in the post match interview. The South African player said, “I lost my composure towards the end of the match. It was so close and if I had cashed on the chances in the third set tie breaker, the result could have been different.”
“I congratulate John for winning the title. He hung in there and played well during the crucial moments. He deserved the win.”
It was a strange sort of a match. Neither of the two players dropped his serve in the entire match and all the three sets went into the tie breaker.
The tie breakers were pretty one sided though. The first one of them was dominated by Anderson, while, in the next two, it was Isner who came on top.
This was the 10th match between these two players and Isner defeated Anderson for the 6th time.
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