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RUSSIAN youngster Maria Sharapova produced one of the memorable moments in sporting history with her fairytale Wimbledon triumph - but do not ask her how she did it!
MARIA Sharapova is in the WTA Top 10 for the first time this morning at No8. In every sense bar the official rankings, however, she is already world No1.
ANDY Roddick came out of the traps like a hare but ended up fulfilling the role he was supposed to play as the universally-regarded underdog. It was never a meek surrender, though. How could it ever be with Roddick, who turns every performance into a passion play and who came out yesterday afternoon pumped up to the eyeballs with an adrenaline which seemed not simply to supply him with extra vigour but also served to banish fears?
THE mesmeric skills of Roger Federer spiked the world’s most potent serve yesterday as the Swiss champion retained his Wimbledon crown in dramatic fashion.
TODD Woodbridge won a record ninth Wimbledon men’s doubles title when he and Jonas Bjorkman beat Julian Knowle and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1 6-4 4-6 6-4. However, the Australian’s day ended in disappointment as he and compatriot Alicia Molik lost the mixed doubles final to Zimbabwean pair Wayne and Cara Black.
AT THE end of one of the wettest Wimbledons on record, it was appropriate that the men’s singles title should go to someone capable of soaking up an inordinate amount of pressure. Roger Federer, more accustomed to winning matches by piling on the agony himself, had to become a virtual human sponge yesterday before defeating Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4.
SERENA Williams summed it up perfectly. "Congratulations on winning your first grand slam," she said, having been run ragged by Maria Sharapova for two startling sets. ‘First’ grand slam. She made the point clearly. There will be more. If yesterday’s nerveless performance is anything to go by, there will be many more.
WELL, that’s it, or so she says. Martina Navratilova will never again grace the green grass of Wimbledon.
AS JOHN McEnroe lamented this week, when you are taking on one of the best, the last thing you want is to see circumstance add the advantage of a lengthier rest period to their burgeoning arsenal.
"THIS is it," Marat Safin announced back in January, "this is the new generation." He had just beaten Andre Agassi at the Australian Open and was on his way to the final to face Roger Federer. At last the young lads had grown up and replaced the greats of the game.
YOU couldn’t make it up. Last year it was quick snaps for the family photo album, this year it’s mini- documentaries for whom only goodness knows. Maybe Richard Williams has the same movie-related delusions of greatness harboured by his daughter Serena.
WHAT is it with teenage girls and mobile phones? As Maria Sharapova walked across the most famous tennis court in the world to take her place for the biggest moment of her life, the presentation of the Venus Rosewater Dish to the new Wimbledon champion, she was fiddling with her mobile, trying to call her mum, Yelena, in Florida.
THE trouble with Roger Federer is that we used up all the superlatives last year. His magical, emotional and tearful path to the title left everyone open-mouthed in awe. Six sets of brilliance had taken him through the final two rounds as he cut Andy Roddick and then Mark Philippoussis to ribbons.
SO MUCH for Maria Sharapova being the next Anna Kournikova. The looks may be as marketable but this version of tennis totty came with hidden extras. True desire, a big-game mentality, gifted groundstrokes and, now, a Grand Slam title.
NO HALF measures. No pussyfooting around. And no suspicion of a carve-up either.
SOMETIMES rain seems to be a sentient force, taunting those underneath the clouds. Yesterday in south-west London was one of those occasions.
MARTINA Navratilova’s long ride into the sunset could have done with some sun yesterday but the tennis legend, bidding to become outright owner of the record for number of Wimbledon title wins, was frustrated in her efforts to keep fighting on two fronts by first the showers which fell over SW19 and then by the Zimbabwean brother-sister partnership of Cara and Wayne Black.
A FORMER RAF clerk from East Lothian will be leading the finalists on to Centre Court at Wimbledon tomorrow.