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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.

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.

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

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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.

Really @WTA ?!? Big fan of Ash but come on…

— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) November 16, 2020

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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Rafael Nadal’s message to Tiger Woods after car accident

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In the past few hours, the entire world of sport has come to know with surprise and apprehension of the car accident involving the American Tiger Woods, star of world of golf. The American, born in 1975, boasts a truly formidable palmarès: world number one for a total of 683 weeks, he won 15 Majors trophies between 1997 and 2019.

Woods’ official Twitter account made it known on social media: “We thank everyone for the enormous support and messages received in this difficult period. As previously reported, Tiger was involved in a car accident with his car in California this morning.

He underwent a long surgery on his right leg and side after being transported to the hospital.”

Rafael Nadal’s message to Tiger Woods
Further below we read: “At the moment he is awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room.

We thank the wonderful doctors and staff of Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Department. Your support and your help has been incredible.” Taking up these words, ATP number 2 Rafael Nadal wrote: “When I heard about the news, I was really worried.

I am happy to know that you are fine. Get back to health soon, my friend!”

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‘Without Roger Federer’s patience…’, says famous trainer

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After more than a year of inactivity, Roger Federer will return to play a tournament on 8 March in Doha. The Swiss maestro last played an official match at the 2020 Australian Open, when he was defeated in three sets with Novak Djokovic (later winner of the tournament).

Many questions that arise spontaneously to millions of fans around the world, above all “Will he be able to get back competitive?” His former coach, Heinz Gunthardt, told him about the matter. “It will be one of the greatest challenges ever seen in the world of sport.

There is no doubt. A couple of things have to be fine. He has to move well, he has to build a little confidence with the pitch and with the game, as well as with his body. Playing at a high level right away? Possible, but the first thing to do will be to serve well.

Of course, though, he won’t be used to the game, but that’s not the biggest problem. The focus will be on how well he can move. Why not, he could even win Wimbledon maybe. Why don’t fans have to be optimistic about his return? There is much more to be curious than pessimistic about his condition.”

While speaking with Rene Stauffer, Pierre Paganini made a startling revelation, explaining how Federer’s body has suffered significant degradation during this period – which is in sharp contrast to its condition during his 2016 injury hiatus.

Paganini talks about Roger Federer

“Without Roger Federer’s patience, the guillotine would have fallen long ago,” Pierre Paganini stated. “He depends on it (passion), and so do we! When a player who’s almost 40 has to do exercises that a 70-year-old can do without any problems, and is happy that it gets better every day – if that’s not passion (then what is).”

Paganini further revealed that Roger Federer’s participation at the Dubai Open is not yet a guarantee, as was previously believed to be. “At the moment it is only clear that he is playing Doha, then we’ll see,” Paganini revealed.

Federer is the most successful player at the Doha Open, winning the tournament previously on three occasions in 2005, 2006, and 2011. The event is played on hard courts in an outdoor environment. The tournament will be played from the 8th of march and will end on the 13th of the month. The ATP Dubai 500 will begin on the 14th of March and will end on the 20th of March.

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Novak Djokovic: ‘I once showed my son Stefan who Rafael Nadal is’

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Novak Djokovic attended an event held by his endorsement Asics, shoe producer, on Saturday in Shanghai, China, and the interviewers showed him a photo featuring him and his son Stefan staying on a bench together looking at something on the Wimbledon practice courts.

That was actually a very funny moment. ‘I was showing him (Rafael) Nadal, who was playing two courts away because he doesn’t know anybody from tennis but he knows Nadal because I explained him, This is the guy who hits the ball very very hard.

When he sees him, he says, Oh, you are the guy who hits the ball very very hard’, said Djokovic. Talking on his comeback, the 31-year-old added: ‘I worked very hard to be able to regain confidence on the court after that I had surgery in February.

It took me several months to be able to get my game together. I have made some compensations with my game especially with my serve, I made certain changes with the racket so it took a little bit of time to get used to the new racket and serve and not to have the elbow disturbing me.

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