Roger Federer’s beautiful one hand backhand (above).
“You don’t have that room for movement with the 2-hander that you do with the one hand.”–Martina Navratilova
September 5, 2010
June 23, 2010
5 time ladies female champion and second seeded Venus Williams defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia who won her first grass court championship at Eastbourne last week, 6-0, 6-4 in 65 minutes. The elder Williams looked excellent in the match, facing only 1 break point while converting on 5 out of 14 of her own break chances.
Check out the match stats below:
|Makarova (RUS)||Williams (USA)|
|1st Serve %||35 of 60 = 58 %||25 of 41 = 61 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||22 of 35 = 63 %||22 of 25 = 88 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||7 of 25 = 28 %||8 of 16 = 50 %|
|Winners (Including Service)||12||29|
|Receiving Points Won||11 of 44 = 25 %||31 of 64 = 48 %|
|Break Point Conversions||1 of 1 = 100 %||5 of 14 = 36 %|
|Net Approaches||3 of 8 = 38 %||18 of 20 = 90 %|
|Total Points Won||40||61|
|Fastest Serve Speed||107 MPH||125 MPH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||101 MPH||113 MPH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||83 MPH||94 MPH|
Williams awaits the winner of the all Russian matchup between Kleybanova and Kudryavtseva in the 3rd round. Andy Roddick also carried the flag proudly for America in a tough 2nd round matchup against Michael Llodra, who also won at Eastbourne last week. Roddick’s match was more of a classic attack style grass court matchup, as Llodra, with new coaching consultant Amelie Mauresmo in his box, served and volleyed on approximately half the points, to much early success.
Until Roddick mustered a break in the 9th game of the 2nd set, Llodra seemed untouchable on serve. From that point, Roddick had it a bit easier, winning in a tight 4 sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2) in 2 hours and 23 minutes. The level of tennis in this match was extremely high, seeing Llodra strike 80 winners to only 16 unforced errors, while Roddick struck an astounding 82 winners to only 11 unforced errors. Here are the match stats:
|Llodra (FRA)||Roddick (USA)|
|1st Serve %||60 of 97 = 62 %||86 of 119 = 72 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||48 of 60 = 80 %||70 of 86 = 81 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||21 of 37 = 57 %||15 of 33 = 45 %|
|Winners (Including Service)||80||82|
|Receiving Points Won||34 of 120 = 28 %||28 of 102 = 27 %|
|Break Point Conversions||1 of 5 = 20 %||3 of 3 = 100 %|
|Net Approaches||45 of 69 = 65 %||35 of 53 = 66 %|
|Total Points Won||103||113|
|Fastest Serve Speed||128 MPH||135 MPH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||117 MPH||123 MPH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||104 MPH||108 MPH|
Roddick will face giant killer Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round, who defeated Roddick’s conqueror in Paris, Teimuraz Gabashvili this morning in 5 sets, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 9-7 in the 3rd round.
Unfortunately, American Mardy Fish’s Wimbledon odyssey ended this morning when he was beaten by Florian Meyer of Germany, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Mayer upset 11th seed Marin Cilic in the first round.
June 19, 2010
Talented French one hander, Michael Llodra (top), won his 2nd career singles grass court title and his 5th career title this morning, defeating another talented one hander, Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-2 at the AEGON Championships at Eastbourne.
Llodra followed up a quarter-final showing at Queen’s Club last week with a great week at Eastbourne, where he saved 17 of 19 break points faced throughout the tournament, and only surrendered 7 points on serve in today’s match. Llodra has made recent news by working with French Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, Amelie Mauresmo, in a stunning move to some, as it is rare that male pros receive coaching from females. Here’s to Llodra for making a smart call to Mauresmo, in the face of conventional wisdom.
For Makarova, a Russian qualifier this week at Eastbourne, the win is her first title on grass, and her first tournament victory since 2007. Ekaterina Makerova notched an impressive win today over Victoria Azarenka, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in which she saved ten out of eleven break points and converted on her only two break points when receiving in the match.
Makerova came into the week the 100th ranked female in the world.