Saturday, June 18, 2011

WIMBLEDON 2011: The return of the Williams sisters

Venus Williams, Champion of Wimbledon in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008

Serena Williams Champion of Wimbledon in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010

All eyes will be on the mercurial Williams sisters, Serena and Venus when the grass-court Wimbledon Grand Slam 2011 tournament begins Monday, 20 June 2011.

These 2 sisters have an astonishing 20 Grand Slam singles titles between them.

They faced each other 8 times in Grand Slam women singles finals, including 4 times in the Wimbledon finals with Serena winning 6 times and Venus winning 2 times.

Serena and Venus have won the Wimbledon titles a record 9 times in the past 11 years with Venus winning 5 times and Serena winning 4 times.

That unprecedented achievement made Wimbledon looks like their second home, their own backyard playground as well as favourite hunting ground for more success in the women tennis world.

For Serena, 29, the younger of the Williams sisters, it will be her first Grand Slam tournament this year 2011 and only the second event—since she took home a second consecutive title from the All England Club in July 2010.

Her nearly yearlong absence resulted from a series of health issues, including two foot operations and blood clots in her lungs, that she said left her depressed and “on my deathbed.”

The long absence also dropped her world ranking from world no.1 to world no 26 as of today.

Serena holds 27 Grand Slam titles, which include 13 Grand Slam singles titles, 12 in the women doubles, all the time partnering sister Venus and 2 in the mixed doubles.

She completed the career Grand Slam or better known as Serena Slam in 2002 and January 2003 when she won the 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and US Open Title as well as the 2003 Australian Open title, each time she beat her sister, Venus in the finals..!!! What an achievement!!

All in all, in singles, Serena won the Australian Open 5 times, the Wimbledon 4 times, the US Open 3 times and the French Open, 1 time, the sole victoy came in 2002.

Venus, 31 and curently world number 33, meanwhile, was sidelined by a hip injury from January 2011 until June 2011.

She has 21 Grand Slam titles which consist of 7 in singles, 12 in women's doubles, partering younger sister Serena and 2 in mixed doubles.

Her 7 Grand Slam singles titles include 5 Wimbledon titles and 2 US Open titles. Venus has never won the French Open and Australian Open.

So, can we see a repeat of the Serena vs Venus in the 2011 Wimbledon final?

Other interesting facts at the 2011 Wimbledon.

Can 6 time Wimbledon champions Roger Federer make a real run at a seventh Wimbledon title?

Can 2 times Wimbledon champions and 6 times French Open champions, Rafael Nadal extend his recent excellence to 5 titles in a span of 6 Grand Slam tournaments?

Can Novak Djokovic recover from the end of his 43-match winning streak in 2011 to win a major title other than the 2 Australian Open titles in 2008 and 2011?

Can Britain's Andy Murray finally—and mercifully—put an end to the locals’ 75-year wait for a British male champion at the All England Club?

Can world No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki win her first Grand Slam title?

Could China’s Li Na win her second Grand Slam singles titles in a row after her surprise 2011 French Open title?

Will the Russian beauty Maria Sharapova end her 3 1/2 -year major drought to win a 4th Grand Slam title? Sharapova won the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open.

My guess is as good as your guess. Thanks for reading and Cheers!!

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