Beyond the News
This weekend was that strange that I had to take an extra day to suck all in and digest what happened on Saturday and Sunday in the sports world. Finally, Britain has its winner and saw a new lady lifting the trophy in the traditional Wimbledon tournament. In Germany the F-1 was absolutely out of control, while FIFA U-20 had a game on Sunday night that served as a lesson for all new players coming up. This is my (delayed) weekend review!
After 77 years, on the 7th day of 7th month of 2013 Andy Murray broke Novak Djokovic service 7 times to win the Wimbledon title for Britain for the first time. Coincidence? Oh yes! I could actually spend whole my day looking at the numbers to find a 7 something related to this game, but honestly, it is better to talk about the action!
Actually, action only happened out of the court because Novak Djokovic was not threat! The score: 6/4, 7/5, 6/4 says it all! I am not saying that Djoko made things easier for Murray, but the environment inside the Central Court was too strong to stop the World’s number 2 on Sunday. It seemed like that all that energy built throughout the past years, the semifinals ends, the runner-up tears from 2012, all came down to one unique match. And Murray was out of control!
This energy and pressure was ratified by Murray during an interview for BBC on Monday when he said that after winning his first Grand Slam last year in US he did not sleep for 2 nights. He did not feel tired! However, he felt “exhausted” right after the Sunday’s match. And it is understandable! Most of human-beings alive have not seen a British tennis player winning at home until Sunday night. Hopefully, it will also help other local players to come up onto the grass and make their way through. Who knows next time will be an English one? Or perhaps it will be Murray’s first of 7 straight Wimbledon titles! Anyway, congratulations Andy Murray!
On the ladies side the stars again were playing out in London for the last 2 weeks. All top players ended up their campaigns quite early, including Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, respectively, World’s number 1 and 2. Finally, the French Marion Bartolli with her world’s weirdest service came to lift her first Grand Slam trophy. She was unstoppable, just like Murray. Her opponent, The German Sabine Lisick was completely lost, clearly extremely nervous, and only found her game at the end of 2nd set, but it was too late. I actually believe that if it was not a Wimbledon final she would fight back and win the match. Anyway, Bartolli’s IQ higher that Albert Eistein and her one Wimbledon final experience made the difference in the final. She kept it cool and shut down the doors with an ace! Congratulations Bartolli!
In men’s doubles, not much say! Bryan brothers made it again and end of story! But in the ladies doubles the World’s number 2 Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka lost the quarter finals to the Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in an incredible 2 x 1 win. However, in the final the Ozzy ladies went down against Su-Wei Hsieh, from Taiwan, and Shuai Peng, from China.
And to close the tournament in the best and weirdest way ever, there was an unbelievable dispute for the mix double title between Bruno Soares (Brazil) and Lisa Raymond (USA) against Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Kristina Mladenovic (France). The last set finished 8 x 6 to Nestor and Mladenovic, after they managed to save 2 match points in the previous game.
On and on, Wimbledon 2013 was the weirdest in history with top players like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer being knock-out in the first and second rounds, respectively. And it could not finish in a different way. With new Champions getting it in their way! I cannot wait for the US Open to start. Will Murray manage to get a back-to-back victory in US to become the World’s number 1 in 2013? This would be insane!
Yes, Pirelli tires were back on the hot asphalt of European circuits, this time in Germany. However, on Sunday the headlines were not about how they blew up in the sky, but the fact that one of the tires hit a cameraman in the boxes’ area. A type of headline that no one wants to see! The professional photographer did not have any serious injuries, but it could be really tragic!
Anyway, back to the track, this time Sebastien Vettel did not have problems with his RedBull, although he believes that in the very end his car was not going as faster as in the beginning, and he could actually lose the first position for Kimi Raikkonen. Well, the Finish pilot managed to finish only 1s008 behind the three times Champion after being almost 2s behind 4 laps earlier; so Vettel was honest to admit that other 2 or 3 laps and Kimi would be on the top of the podium.
Another one who was very frank is Felipe Massa. After losing the control of his Ferrari and get out of the track on the 5th lap, he said: “the engineers did not see anything wrong in the car”. In other words it means: I made a mistake! With the car stacked on the 5th gear he did not manage to get back on track and went home, disappointed. Would this be his end at Ferrari?
Well, I do not believe so, but I think that Massa needs to go somewhere else. It is too much pressure on him and with Fernando Alonso in the Italian team it is going to be hard for him to get anywhere. Remember that his country mate Rubens Barrichelo took “ages” until change to a new team and almost won the 2009 title. And this is a good time to move. Raikkonen is about to go to RBR and so far Lotus does not have a replacement for him in 2014, which should be a good year for the British team. Massa, it is time to move on, mate!
Ah, I almost forgot to say: Romain Grosjean went to Germany like a Lion! He rocked and got the 3rd position. Well done!
Is anybody here watching FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey? Well, if you are not, you should. If you are, you have witnessed the best of this new generation coming up. I already said here last week that South Korea has a great team, with players passing the ball from foot to foot, from the defense to attack. Pep Guardiola’s style is making school all over the world!
But what I saw last Sunday night was unbelievable! Chile and Ghana were playing in the quarter-finals. With 2 x 2 in the score board in the first 90 minutes, the game went to the extra time. The South Americans quickly put themselves in advantage and were dominating the African team. However, Ghana equalized in the beginning of second half of extra time and when everyone was already expecting the penalties shoot-outs Ghana scored a goal in the last minute! What a game!
The semifinals will be on Wednesday between Uruguay and Iraq on one side and Ghana versus France on the other! Who likes football should watch it!
I will be back here next week. For now I gotta go! My mother in law awaits for me at the train station!