The 2013 Wimbledon turned out to be both strange and historically dramatic. From top ranked players suffering shock defeats in the early rounds, to the first British man re-claiming the Men’s Singles title in 77 years, the tournament proved to be a “Wimbleweird”. Looking ahead to the US Open, there will surely be a full host of tennis stars looking for redemption and playing for pride.
After the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka fell short of any respectable Wimbledon outings for such high rankings, the 2013 Men’s Wimbledon Championship match featured a duel between the top ranked men, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
In a grueling three sets that were more competitive than the straight-set victory suggested, Andy Murray made history and re-inspired the British tennis nation. In the Ladies’ Singles Championship match, 15th ranked Marion Bartoli defeated number 23rd ranked Sabine Lisicki. Bartoli didn’t lose a set all tournament long and was ruthless, while also quite lucky to not face a top-10 opponent throughout Wimbledon.
Looking ahead to the US Open, the pressure will be on both champions to prove that Wimbledon wasn’t a fluke. For the defeated, the US Open will provide a shot at redemption. While 2012 US Open Champion Andy Murray is feeling comfy right now, he knows that he and Novak Djokovic are establishing a tremendous rivalry. Having met in several recent finals matches, including the final of last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon, the two could be at another Grand Slam final as soon as early September.
But Federer, who famously lost last year in the quarterfinals to Tomas Berdych, and Rafael Nadal, whose health is fully in question at the moment, will both be eyeing a comeback. So will Serena Williams, last year’s US Open Champion woman. It all sets up nicely for a tremendous 2013 US Open.
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