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Serena Williams suffers cruel new blow in brutal end to 2020

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Serena Williams has missed out on finishing the year inside the World Top 10 by the barest of margins – a cruel new blow after her leanest season since 2006.

Serena will round out 2020 as the World No.11, slipping one place in the WTA’s final rankings update of the year.

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The 23-time grand slam champion looked set to remain at World No.10 before Aryna Sabalenka won the season-ending Linz Open for her third title of the year.

Sabalenka’s title meant she jumped above Serena by just 140 rankings points.

It’s the third time in the last four years that Serena has missed the season-ending Top 10 rankings.

2020 was a trying year for the American champion, failing to win a grand slam title for the third-consecutive year – the first time that has happened in her career.

Many felt this year would be Serena’s best opportunity to equal or break Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors, but despite the absence of a number of her biggest rivals (Ash Barty opted out of the French and US Opens), Serena remains stuck on 23.

The 39-year-old’s 23rd and most recent major came at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.

This year is the first since 2006 that she failed to make a grand slam final and the recent near-misses will hurt.

After returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams reached the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open, both in 2018 and 2019.

Serena Williams’ grand slam drought continues
In 2020, however, she fell in three sets in the third round in Australia to China’s Wang Qiang while the cancellation of Wimbledon, where she is a seven-time winner, was another roadblock.

She lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, before withdrawing from the French Open before her second-round clash.

Serena blamed an achilles injury suffered in her loss to Azarenka for her shock withdrawal from Roland Garros.

In New York, six of the world’s top players opted not to play.

Serena Williams, pictured here during the semi-finals at the US Open.
Serena Williams lost in the semi-finals at the US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
At Roland Garros, four of the leading 10 were missing – World No.1 and defending champion Ashleigh Barty, US Open winner Naomi Osaka, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu as well as Swiss No.12 Belinda Bencic.

At 39, Serena is now 10 years older than the next oldest in the top 10, Simona Halep.

All around her are players with time on their side – Andreescu is 20, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is 21 and Osaka, already a three-time major champion, is still just 22.

Meanwhile, Barty has clinched the year-end No.1 ranking for the second-consecutive year despite not playing since February.

With the introduction of new rankings rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barty was able to hang onto her points and remain at the top of the tree.

However French player Alize Cornet was among those to criticise the new system that allowed Barty to capitalise despite not playing a single match in nine months.

“Really @WTA?!? Big fan of Ash but come on,” she wrote on Twitter.

Season-ending WTA rankings
Ash Barty – 8717 points

Simona Halep – 7255

Naomi Osaka – 5780

Sofia Kenin – 5760

Elina Svitolina – 5260

Karolina Pliskova – 5205

Bianca Andreescu – 4555

Petra Kvitova – 4516

Kiki Bertens – 4505

Aryna Sabalenka – 4220

Serena Williams – 4080

Belinda Bencic – 4020

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‘Too hard on him’: Paige Spiranac defends ‘insane’ Tiger Woods cheating scandal

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Instagram sensation and former golfer Paige Spiranac has defended Tiger Woods from the criticism he received after his infamous cheating scandal following the release of a new documentary.

Woods’ world came crashing down in 2009 when it was revealed Rachel Uchitel was just one of a number of mistresses for the golfing legend.

The saga prompted his marriage breakdown to Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

But further details of Woods’ love affairs have been revealed after the release of the two-part series on the golfer’s life.

This prompted former golfer, turned Instagram sensation, Spiranac to defend Woods from the fierce criticism he continually receives.

“Even when all this was happening, I think people were being too hard on him,” she said on her podcast Playing A Round with Paige Renee.

“You look at your own life and the things you’ve done, no one lives a perfect life, we all make mistakes.

“It’s not like he killed someone, he cheated. A lot of people cheat in their lifetime.

“Probably 99.9 percent of people have done something bad in their life.

“It’s not for people to sit on their couch and make him out to be a monster when I don’t think anyone could have handled that any better than he has.”

Spiranac went on to claim the spotlight Woods received in the wake of the scandal was “insane” and she believes he handled the situation well.

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Based off a biography written about the golfing legend in 2018, the documentary delves into many different parts of Woods’ complicated life – from his relationship with his late father Earl, his well-documented affairs and subsequent marriage breakdown, to the incredible career turnaround that culminated in a 15th major title at the 2019 Masters.

However, the golfer’s agent Mark Steinberg has slammed the documentary as just another “unauthorised and salacious” take on Woods’ life.

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The Humble Origin Of Roger Federer and His Major Achievement ; the greatest of all time

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Roger Federer is a Swiss Professional Tennis Player, he ranked No. 7 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP).

He has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, an all-time record shared with Rafael Nadal. Federer has been world No. 1 in the ATP rankings a total of 310 weeks – including a record 237 consecutive weeks – and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles, the second-most of all-time behind Jimmy Connors and including a record six ATP Finals.

Federer has played in an era where he dominated men’s tennis together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have been collectively referred to as the Big Three and are widely considered three of the greatest male tennis players of all-time.

A Wimbledon junior champion in 1998, Federer won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2003 at age 21. In 2004, he established himself as the best player in men’s tennis by winning three out of four major singles titles and the ATP Finals,[d] a feat he repeated in 2006 and 2007.

From 2005 to 2010, Federer made 18 out of 19 major singles finals. During this span, he won his fifth consecutive titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open. He completed the career Grand Slam at the 2009 French Open after three previous runner-ups to Nadal, his main rival up until 2010. At age 27, he also surpassed Pete Sampras’s then-record of 14 Grand Slam men’s singles titles at Wimbledon in 2009.

Although Federer remained in the top 3 through most of the 2010s, the success of Djokovic and Nadal in particular ended his dominance over grass and hard courts. From mid-2010 through the end of 2016, he only won one major title.

During this period, Federer and Stan Wawrinka led the Switzerland Davis Cup team to their first title in 2014, adding to the gold medal they won together in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Federer also has a silver medal in singles from the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished runner-up to Andy Murray. After taking half a year off in late 2016 to recover from knee surgery, Federer had a renaissance at the majors. He won three more Grand Slam singles titles over the next two years, including the 2017 Australian Open over Nadal and a men’s singles record eighth Wimbledon title in 2017 later that year. He also became the oldest ATP world No. 1 in 2018 at age 36.

A versatile all-court player, Federer’s perceived effortlessness has made him highly popular among tennis fans. Originally lacking self-control as a junior, Federer transformed his on-court demeanor to become well-liked for his general graciousness, winning the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 13 times.

He has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times. Outside of competing, he played an instrumental role in the creation of the Laver Cup team competition.

Federer is also an active philanthropist. He established the Roger Federer Foundation, which targets impoverished children in southern Africa, and has raised funds in part through the Match for Africa exhibition series. Federer is routinely one of the highest-paid athletes in any sport, and ranked first among all athletes with $100 million in endorsement income in 2020.

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Srdjan’s Move Against Roger Federer has caused commotions among the Fans , see reactions

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Srdjan’s Move Against Roger Federer cause commotion among the Fans

Srdjan Djokovic’s action against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may not help his son to gain the heart of the fans, and may not even help his career. TENNIS fans on social media have opened up against Novak Djokovic Father , that his reaction may later affaect his son’s reputation.

After a 2020 full of sensational problems, such as the disqualification from the US Open and the disruption of the Adria Tour which cost many infections, Srdjan should tone down. Instead he has been the protagonist of a personal crusade against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for a year now, causing the Swiss and the Spaniard to continue.

Who, until now, as true gentlemen, have never responded to provocations. Nole should try to put a stop to the father’s tongue, trying to understand how much the parent is a problem for the public image of him in the eyes of the world.

Novak Djokovic won the Australians about a month and a half ago, where he beat the competition by taking home his 18th Slam title. Last season an episode inherent to the playing court: the sensational disqualification occurred to Novak Djokovic during his round of 16 match at the US Open immediately comes to mind.

Speaking as a guest on the television show B92 TV Dnevni Red, his father Srdjan Djokovic reiterated firmly that his son did not receive fair treatment in Flushing Meadows. The story is known: a shot from the Serbian accidentally hit a line judge and cost the elimination of the number 1 ATP.

That incident remained in the mind of the 33-year-old from Belgrade for a long time, as he saw the real opportunity to put another Grand Slam title on the table and get closer to the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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