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Added September 14th, 2015 by Ian

Roberta Vinci ousts Serena Williams in biggest-ever tennis upset then loses final

Thirty-two-year old Italian Roberta Vinci pulled off perhaps the greatest upset in women’s tennis history on September 11th when she ousted American Serena Williams from the U.S. Open semifinals in three sets. However, Vinci’s moment of glory didn’t last too long as she was beaten in the final in New York the next day by fellow county woman Flavia Pennetta in three sets. When the tournament began, a lot of bookmakers didn’t even offer betting odds on Vinci winning the tournament and the odds of Pennetta capturing the crown were about 200/1.

Against Vinci, Williams went into the match as the 30/1 favourite. She was entering her 47th Grand Slam semifinal showdown while it was the first ever for Vinci. Williams also had a 33-match winning streak on the go in Grand Slam events and had lost just 22 matches in the past decade. Vinci had already lost 24 matches this year alone and it was just the third major quarterfinal of her career. Williams had made three quarterfinals during the same year a total of 10 times.

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Added August 26th, 2015 by Ian

Pro tennis players getting better with age

Pro sports have long been considered to be dominated by younger athletes, especially when it comes to tennis. However, recent statistics show that’s not the case anymore. It seems older players are now better than their younger counterparts. In days gone by we saw Boris Becker win Wimbledon when he was just 17 years old and Rafael Nadal took the French Open when he was 19, but the days of young guns ousting veterans appear to be over.

Let’s take a look at the stats and see how tennis has evolved over the past couple of decades. Back in 1992, each player ranked in the men’s top 10 was an average age of 23.2 years old. In 2002 the age rose to 24.5 and this year it reached 28.6. There have been 10 occasions when a male Grand Slam tournament was won by a teenager. However, there are now just four male teenagers ranked in the top 100 and just one in the top 75. Back in 1985 there were two teenagers in the top 10. Also in 1985 just three players in the top 40 were older than 28. In 2015, 24 players in the top 40 are 28 or older.

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Added February 16th, 2015 by Ian

Why tennis player Serena Williams dominates her sport

American female tennis player Serena Williams recently won the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and many sports experts now consider her to be the world’s most dominant athlete. When fans check out her statistics it might be hard to argue against that statement. Let’s take a look at her numbers.

Williams has managed to win 23 out of her last 24 matches against top-10 ranked players. This means the other nine top female players have managed to beat her just a combined 4.1 per cent of the time over those contests. The only woman to beat her was Simona Halep at the WTA Finals last year. However, Williams still managed to win the event. In the men’s division, Australian Open winner and top-ranked Novak Djokovic has gone 21-3 against top-10 ranked players in his past 24 matches.

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Added September 9th, 2014 by Ian

14th-seeded Marin Cilic captures U.S. Open

Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic went into the U.S. as the 14thseeded male tennis player in the world with the odds in the online tennis betting of winning the tournament stacked against him at 66-1. Two weeks later those who bet on him cashed in big time as he beat Kei Nishikori of Japan quite handily by scores of 6-3. 6-3. And 6-3 in New York City on September 8.

Hardly anybody expected the 25-year-old to win the event, including Cilic himself. Cilic wasn’t the lowest seeded player to win the U.S. Open, but he was probably the least expected to take it. In fact, the odds of a Cilic vs Nishikori final were very low indeed. When Andre Agassi won the event back in 1994 he was unseeded and when Pete Sampras captured it in 2002 he was seeded 17th.

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Added April 7th, 2011 by Jonas

Djokovic the new king of clay?

Added April 7th, 2011 by Jonas

Nadal teaches Federer a lesson again

Added January 3rd, 2011 by Ian

Rafael Nadal and Blanka Vlasic named athletes of the year Rafael Nadal from Spain and Blanka Vlasic was named sportsman/sportswoman of the year for 2010, after votes from different journalists across the world.

Added December 24th, 2010 by Chalk

Gillette Cuts Tiger Woods Tiger loses another sponsor, as Gillette drops him and some soccer players but keeps Derek Jeter, Roger Federer and Alex Ovechkin.

Added October 14th, 2010 by Jonas

Federer in Fedtastic Form I admit it. I believed Federer would lose yesterday against Isner and so I placed bet on that at 6 times my money. But when I tuned in to the match in the end of the first set I saw a Federer that reminded me of the old, dominating Fed Express. He looked Fedtastic and I realize I was about to lose a little money.

Added October 13th, 2010 by Jonas

Nadal and Federer Might Lose, Djokovic Won’t Soderling just beat Tipsarevic in straight sets which was an indication that he is back to decent form after a few mediocre performances. This made me think of his chances in Shanghai and the draw in general, which in turn made me realize that both Federer and Nadal are in danger of losing today.