Watch Stanford 2012 Finals Live Stream: Serena Williams vs Coco Vandeweghe

>> Sunday, July 15, 2012

It will be a battle between a veteran American tennis star and an up-and-coming American player who is 10 years younger and is playing in her first ever WTA finals when top-seeded Serena Williams plays lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe in the 2012 BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC tennis tournament in Stanford, California. The premier level tournament will have it's championship match today Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 1pm local time. The doubles final will follow after the completion of the singles final. Watch the Stanford 2012 finals live online streaming here for non-US viewers. For fans within the United States, online live streaming links are available here.

Vandeweghe, who lost in the last round of qualifying, was allowed in the main draw along with two other lucky loses after three players including no. 7-seed Petra Martic withdrew before the tournament started due to injuries. The young American then went on a tear beating Melinda Czink in the first round, no. 4-seed Jelena Jankovic in the second round, Urszula Radwanska in the semifinals, and finally downing no. 5-seed Yanina Wickmayer 62 36 62 to reach her first ever WTA final.

Vandeweghe is currently ranked no. 120 but her finals appearance guarantees her a jump to at least the top 80 in the rankings which will allow her to gain outright entry into the US Open main draw starting in the last week of August. She also is the first lucky loser to reach the final of a tournament after the same achievement was done by Czink, Vandeweghe's first round opponent, at Canberra in 2005.

In the night match, top seeded and world no. 4 Serena Williams was just too powerful for Romanian no. 9-seed Sorana Cirstea. Their semifinal match was done in an hour with Serena the 61 62 victor. Serena is playing in Stanford after winning her 5th Wimbledon title and 14th Grand Slam last weekend. She is the defending champion and has dominated her opponents losing just 10 games in three matches on her way to the final. She had a first round bye, defeated American wildcard Nicole Gibbs in the second round, beat no. 6-seed Chanelle Scheepers in the quarterfinals before her semi-final against Cirstea. She is aiming to win her fourth title of the year after lifting trophies in Charleston, Madrid and Wimbledon.

Williams has now won 27 of her last 28 matches and is aiming to match the 43 WTA titles her older sister currently have, which is the most amongst active players. Williams and Vandeweghe will be playing each other for the first time and Vandeweghe doesn't have a single top 5 win to her name. The winner takes home the $96,000 top prize money earnings and 470 ranking points. The runner-up wins $53,000 and 320 ranking points.

Watch the 2012 Bank of the West Classic singles finals in Stanford through live online video streaming featuring Serena Williams vs Coco Vandeweghe.

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Watch 2012 Newport Tennis Finals: Isner vs Hewitt Live Online Stream

It will be a battle between the American no. 1 and a former no. 1 player from Australia when John Isner and Lleyton Hewitt contest the finals of the 2012 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport today Sunday, July 15, 2012. The men's singles final starts at 2pm local time followed by the men's doubles final between the Great Britain team of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins vs the Mexican-American pair of Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky. Watch the 2012 Newport tennis finals featuring Isner vs Hewitt live through online streaming here.

The top-seeded Isner is the defending Newport titlist and is aiming for his first ATP title of the season. He defeated fellow American and no. 6-seed Ryan Harrison 7-6(4), 6-3 in the semi-finals. Harrison and Isner will be representing the United States in the Olympics and both players are using the Newport grass tournament as tune-up for the Olympics event that will also be held in the grass courts of Wimbledon. Isner reflected on his past 12 months which saw him rise all the way to being the top American player.

"It’s feeling very similar to last year... I wasn’t playing well and I was ranked in the 40s when I came here last year. I desperately needed some wins and confidence, and that’s exactly what I got... This year, it’s pretty much the same, although I’m ranked a lot higher than 46th. I didn’t play well in Europe. It’s as simple as that. I’m always most comfortable in the U.S., which is something I need to work on. This is where I play well the most."

Isner's final opponent is Australian's Hewitt who is currently ranked no. 233 in the world. Hewitt holds a 2-0 advantage over Isner winning their initial meeting in the hard courts of Shanghai in 2009 and on the clay courts of Dusseldorf in 2010. Both affairs have been identical 6-2 6-4 wins for Hewitt who has 28 ATP career titles against 3 for Isner. At 6'9", Isner is almost a foot taller than the Australian who stands at 5'11". Hewitt defeated 2009 champion Rajeev Ram 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to reach his first ATP final in more than two years. Hewitt is now through to his eighth grass court final and he has never lost in the seven previous occasions.

The winner takes home $68,220 in prize money earnings along with 250 rankings points. The runner-up wins $35,920 in prize money and 150 ranking points. Watch 2012 Newport Tennis Finals live online and enjoy the men's singles finals match featuring Isner vs Hewitt.

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Edberg and Becker Interview in Bastad - July 2012 (Video)

>> Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sweden's Stefan Edberg has been one of my favorite players. He was very mild mannered, and he had an elegant game. His main rivals were Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl, and to some extent, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. He reached all four Grand Slam finals winning twice at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. He lost a memorable 1989 final at Roland Garros to a 17-year old Michael Chang. I was very excited to watch a recent interview video of Stefan Edberg with long-time rival Boris Becker at the 2012 Bastad ATP tournament. Watch the Edberg - Becker recent interview here.

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2012 London Olympics: Men's Tennis Doubles Entry List

The gold and bronze men's tennis doubles teams at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be returning to the 2012 London Olympics to lead 30 other doubles teams in pursuit of Olympic glory for the 25 countries represented in the draw. Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won the gold medal four years ago defeating the pair of Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the gold medal match. The Swedes will not be playing this year but the bronze medal of Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States will be returning with the Swiss team in this year's draw.

The top four men's singles players will be teaming up with countrymen to participate in the doubles event as well. Joining world no. 1 Roger Federer in the doubles event are world no. 2 Novak Djokovic, no. 3 Rafael Nadal and no. 4 Andy Murray. Djokovic is pairing up with fellow Serb Victor Troicki as one of two doubles teams from Serbia. Nadal is partnering with Marcel Granollers to represent Spain, and Andy Murray will be joined by his brother, Jamie, as one of two doubles teams representing Great Britain.

The top two ranked doubles players in the world will also be pairing up with compatriots for this once-in-four-years event. Top ranked doubles player Max Mirnyi is teaming up with Alexander Bury to represent Belarus while Mirnyi's current partner and world no. 2 Daniel Nestor of Canada is teaming up with Vasek Pospisil. India's Leander Paes, the no. 5 doubles player in the world and a former singles bronze medalist in the 1996 Olympics, is pairing up with Vishnu Vardhan.

Several countries are represented in the men's doubles by virtue of an ITF wildcard. Those awarded with wildcard entries to enable participation are Argentina, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Romania, Russia, and the Slovak Republic. Countries being represented by two teams are Brazil, France, Great Britain, India, Serbia, Spain and the United States.

2012 London Olympics: Men's Tennis doubles entry list

- Argentina: David Nalbandian/Eduardo Schwank (*)
- Austria: Jurgen Melzer/Alexander Peya
- Belarus: Alexander Bury/Max Mirnyi
- Brazil: Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares, Thomaz Bellucci/Andre Sa (*)
- Canada: Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil
- Colombia: Juan Sebastian Cabal/Santiago Giraldo (*)
- Croatia: Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig
- Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek
- France: Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet
- Germany: Christopher Kas/Philipp Petzschner
- Great Britain: Andy Murray/Jamie Murray, Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins
- India: Leander Paes/Vishnu Vardhan, Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna
- Israel: Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (*)
- Italy: Daniele Bracciali/Andreas Seppi
- Japan: Kei Nishikori/Go Soeda (*)
- Netherlands: Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer
- Poland: Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski
- Romania: Horia Tecau/Adrian Ungur (*)
- Russia: Nikolay Davydenko/Mikhail Youzhny (*)
- Serbia: Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic, Novak Djokovic/Victor Troicki
- Slovak Republic: Martin Klizan/Lukas Lacko (*)
- Spain: Marcel Granollers/Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer/Feliciano Lopez
- Sweden: Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt
- Switzerland: Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka
- USA: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan, John Isner/Andy Roddick
(*) ITF Place

The 2012 London Olympics men's tennis doubles entry list is posted at the ITF website.

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Watch ATP Newport Tennis 2012 Live Online Stream

After Wimbledon, the grass court season continues with the only professional tournament played on grass in North America at the 2012 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships held from July 9 to July 15, 2012. The tournament is an ATP World Tour 250 level held at Newport, U.S.A and features a men's singles and doubles events. The total prize money is $398,250. The event has attracted several of the world's top 50 players led by defending champion and top American men's player John Isner. Watch the ATP Newport 2012 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships tennis matches 2012 live online streaming here.

Favorites: Last year, Isner became the first top seed to win the title since the inaugural edition in 1976. It was a battle featuring one of the tallest players on tour against one of the shortest player as 6’9’’ American defeated 5’6’’ Olivier Rochus in straight sets to win his second ATP World Tour title. This year, Isner reached a ranking milestone of entering the world's top 10 for the first time and becoming the top-ranked American as well. Top Japanese player Kei Nishikori is the second seed while Canada's no. 1 Milos Raonic is the third seed. Both Nishikori and Raonic are playing in Newport for the first time.

Two young Americans who are Olympics-bound are using this tournament as tune-up for the 2012 London Games that will be played in the grass courts of Wimbledon. Ryan Harrison is seeded no. 6 and reached the quarterfinals of this event in 2010. Donald Young is seeded no. 7 and he reached the round of 16 in his previous visits in 2008 and 2011. Besides Harrison and Young, sixteen other players in the draw, including Isner, Nishikori and Raonic have also qualified for the Olympic tennis men's singles draw.

Isner and Raonic are both on the top half of the draw and are seeded to meet in the semi-finals. Nishikori and no. 4-seed Dennis Istomin are the top seeded players in the bottom half of the draw. Wildcard spots were awarded to former world no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and American Jack Sock.

2012 Newport Tennis: Points/Prize Money (Singles)
Points Prize $
W 250 68,220
F 150 35,920
SF 90 19,460
QF 45 11,085
R16 20 6,530
R32 0 3,870
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Q 12
Q3 6 660
Q2 0 315
Q1 0 0

2012 Newport Tennis: Points/Prize Money (Doubles)
Points Prize $
W 250 21,800
F 150 11,480
SF 90 6,220
QF 45 3,560
R16 2,090

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Tennis Olympics 2012 - Men's Singles Entry List

2008 Olympic gold medalist and French Open champion Rafael Nadal, world no. 1 and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, and 5-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will lead an Olympic men's tennis singles field that consists of top ATP players from 33 different countries. Argentina, France, Russia, and the United States are the only four countries who will be sending the maximum number of four singles players into the men's draw. Brazil, India, Romania, Slovenia, Tunisia and Ukraine are countries that will be represented in the draw only because the ITF has extended wildcard entries to their top players. The other 56 players qualified based on their world ranking as of June 11, 2012. Fernando González of Chile, the 2008 silver medalist from 2008 will not be participating as he retired from tennis earlier this year. The 2008 bronze medalist is Djokovic, the current Australian Open and US Open champion.

2012 London Olympics - Men's Tennis singles entry list

- Argentina: Juan Martin del Potro, Juan Monaco, Carlos Berlocq, David Nalbandian
- Australia: Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt (*)
- Austria: Jurgen Melzer
- Belgium: Olivier Rochus, David Goffin, Steve Darcis
- Brazil: Thomaz Bellucci (*)
- Bulgaria: Grigor Dimitrov
- Canada: Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil (*)
- Chinese Taipei: Lu Yen-Hsun
- Colombia: Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla
- Croatia: Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic, Ivan Dodig
- Cyprus: Marcos Baghdatis
- Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek
- Finland: Jarkko Nieminen
- France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet
- Germany: Philipp Kohlschreiber
- Great Britain: Andy Murray
- India: Somdev Devvarman (*)
- Italy: Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini
- Japan: Kei Nishikori, Go Soeda, Tatsuma Ito
- Kazakhstan: Mikhail Kukushkin
- Luxembourg: Gilles Muller
- Netherlands: Robin Haase
- Poland: Lukasz Kubot
- Romania: Adrian Ungur (*)
- Russia: Mikhail Youzhny, Alex Bogomolov Jr, Nikolay Davydenko, Dmitry Tursunov
- Serbia: Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki
- Slovak Republic: Lukas Lacko, Martin Klizan
- Slovenia: Blaz Kavcic (*)
- Spain: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco
- Switzerland: Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka
- Tunisia: Malek Jaziri (*)
- Ukraine: Sergiy Stakhovsky (*)
- USA: John Isner, Andy Roddick, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison

- Uzbekistan: Denis Istomin
(*) ITF Place

The Olympics 2012 men's tennis singles entry list is from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) website.

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Tennis Olympics 2012 - Who will win in London?

It's a once-in-four-years experience for tennis players in the world's greatest sporting event - the Olympics. For the 2012 London Olympics, the top players in both the ATP and WTA professional tours will be in attendance led by current world no. 1 players Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka. The Olympic tennis tournament will be held at the grass courts of the All England Club in Wimbledon, England from 28 July to 5 August 2012. The men's gold medalist in singles will be awarded 750 ranking points while the women's gold medalist will be given 685 ranking points. In perspective, these ranking points are more than what a Grand Slam quarter-finalist would receive but less than that of a Grand Slam semi-finalist.

Who are the favorites to win in London? For the men's singles tournament - current Wimbledon champion and world no. 1 Federer, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rafael Nadal, Australian and US Open champion Novak Djokovic and hometown favorite and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Andy Murray are expected to contend for the gold medal. In women's singles, the prohibitive champion is 2012 Wimbledon titlist Serena Williams. Top ranked Azarenka - the reigning Australian Open champion, French Open champion Maria Sharapova, US Open champion Samantha Stosur, world no. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova are expected to challenge Williams for the gold medal.

Don't forget to return in two-weeks time as this blog will be covering the 2012 London Olympics tennis events. Five gold medal events are going to be contested - the men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and the mixed doubles, a new event being played for the first time in 2012.

Related Links: Women's Singles Entry List | Men's Singles Entry List | Women's Doubles Entry List | Men's Doubles Entry List | Mixed Doubles Entry List | Watch Tennis Olympics 2012 Live Streaming | 2012 London Olympics - Tennis TV Schedule

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Tennis Olympics 2012 - Women's Singles Entry List

Thirty four countries will be represented at the London Olympics 2012 women's singles tennis tournament that starts on July 28. 56 women tennis players gained direct entry into the draw based on their world rankings as of 11 June 2012, after the 2012 French Open. 8 other players were given wildcard entries - 6 ITF final qualification places and 2 tripartite commission invitation places. 2008 Olympic gold medalist in singles Elena Dementieva will not be competing as she resigned from tennis in 2012.

Russia swept all three women's singles medals in 2008 but only Vera Zvonareva is returning for the London Olympics. Last Olympics' silver medalist, former world no. 1 Dinara Safina doesn't have a world ranking due to inactivity - she ended 2011 ranked no. 129 in the world. All four current Grand Slam champions - Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Samantha Stosur - will be in attendance along with world no. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska. The venue for the Olympic women's tennis tournament is at the All England Club where the yearly Wimbledon grand slam championship takes place.

2012 London Olympics: Women's Tennis singles entry list

- Australia: Samantha Stosur
- Belarus: Victoria Azarenka
- Belgium: Yanina Wickmayer, Kim Clijsters
- Bulgaria: Tsvetana Pironkova
- Canada: Aleksandra Wozniak
- China, P.R.: Li Na, Peng Shuai, Zheng Jie
- Chinese Taipei: Hsieh Su-Wei
- Croatia: Petra Martic
- Czech Republic: Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Petra Cetkovska, Klara Zakopalova
- Denmark: Caroline Wozniacki
- Estonia: Kaia Kanepi
- France: Alize Cornet (*)
- Georgia: Anna Tatishvili (*)
- Germany: Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges
- Great Britain: Anne Keothavong (*), Elena Baltacha (*)
- Hungary: Agnes Szavay
- Israel: Shahar Peer
- Italy: Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci, Francesca Schiavone
- Kazakhstan: Galina Voskoboeva, Yaroslava Shvedova
- Liechtenstein: Stephanie Vogt (#)
- New Zealand: Marina Erakovic
- Paraguay: Veronica Cepede Royg (#)
- Poland: Agnieszka Radwanska, Urszula Radwanska
- Romania: Monica Niculescu, Simona Halep, Sorana Cirstea, Irina-Camelia Begu
- Russia: Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, Maria Kirilenko, Nadia Petrova
- Serbia: Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic
- Slovak Republic: Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova
- Slovenia: Polona Hercog
- Spain: Anabel Medina Garrigues, Carla Suarez Navarro, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Silvia Soler-Espinosa
- Sweden: Sofia Arvidsson
- Switzerland: Timea Bacsinszky
- Tunisia: Ons Jabeur (*)
- Ukraine: Alona Bondarenko, Kateryna Bondarenko (*)
- USA: Serena Williams, Christina McHale, Venus Williams, Varvara Lepchenko

(*) ITF Place
(#) Tripartite Commission Invitation Place

The London Olympics 2012 women's tennis singles entry list is taken from the International Tennis Federation website.

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Watch WTA Stanford Tennis 2012 Live Online Stream

>> Tuesday, July 10, 2012

After three weeks on grass, the WTA tour shifts to the hard court season in preparation for the year's last Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows, New York this coming September. The first tournament on the North American summer calendar is the Bank of the West Classic held in STANFORD, USA from JULY 9 - 15, 2012. The tournament is a WTA premier-level and for 2012, it has attracted four of the world's top 20 players. The surface is hard courts and the tournament director is Kim Hall Uliasz. The total 8prize money for the tournament is $740,000. TennisTv.com will start broadcasting tennis matches starting July 13 to July 15. Watch WTA Stanford tennis matches live online here.

Fresh from winning her 7th Wimbledon title, American tennis star and defending Stanford champion Serena Williams is the top-seeded player and top attraction for the 2012 Bank of the West Classic. The world no. 4 Serena used this tournament last year as part of her comeback after almost a year away from tennis. Ranked no. 169 last year, she rampaged through the draw, defeating then world no. 5 and no. 2-seed Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals en route to her first tournament win in 2011.

In this year's draw, Serena is joined by world no. 10 Marion Bartoli who will be this year's no. 2 seed. Bartoli finished runner-up to Serena in 2011 and has a good history in this tournament. She reached the finals in two other previous occasions winning in 2009 and finishing runner-up in 2008. Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova - a semifinalist in Stanford last year - and fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic will both be seeking to shake off first round losses at Wimbledon.

2012 BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Order Of Play
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Chanelle Scheepers
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Heather Watson
3. Serena Williams vs. Nicole Gibbs (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Erakovic/Watson vs. Kops-Jones/Spears
5. Coco Vandeweghe vs. Jelena Jankovic (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 6 (from 13.30hrs)
1. Chan/Chan vs. Cibulkova/Husarova
2. Gajdosova/King vs. Cirstea/Keothavong (NB 14.30hrs)
3. Burdette/Gibbs vs. Grandin/Uhlirova (NB 17.00hrs; after suitable rest)

2012 BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Seeded Players

1. WILLIAMS, Serena
2. BARTOLI, Marion
3. CIBULKOVA, Dominika
4. JANKOVIC, Jelena
5. WICKMAYER, Yanina
6. SCHEEPERS, Chanelle
7. MARTIC, Petra (withdrew)
8. ERAKOVIC, Marina
9. CIRSTEA, Sorana

2012 BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Prize Money (Ranking Points)

Winner $96,000 (470)
Finalist $53,000 (320)
Semi-Finalist $28,500 (200)
Quarter-Finalist $15,500 (120)
2nd Round $8,750 (60)
1st Round $4,600 (1)

Watch WTA Stanford Tennis 2012 live online stream through TennisTv.com.

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Serena, Azarenka, Sharapova's Next Tournaments - July 2012

Where will the WTA tennis stars play next? Wimbledon champion and 14-time Grand Slam titlist Serena Williams is defending her Stanford title by participating in the $640,000 Bank of the West Classic tournament starting on July 9. Other top 25 players joining Serena in California are #10 Marion Bartoli, #15 Dominika Cibulkova, and #20 Jelena Jankovic. This same week at the $220,000 XXV Italiacom Open in Palermo, Italy, French Open finalist Sara Errani is joined by #24 Julia Goerges in the red clay tournament.

The next main event in the WTA calendar is the Olympic Tennis Event in London, England on the week of July 30. The once in four years event will be held on the outdoor grass of Wimbledon. All top 25 players with the exception of world no. 10 Bartoli are in action. The Rogers Cup in Montréal, Canada held on outdoor hard courts will be next on the week of August 6. This premier level WTA tournament will nine of the top 10 players with Serena opting out of the tournament.

Player Schedules for Top 25 Player - July 2012

1. Victoria Azarenka --- Olympics, Montréal
2. Agnieszka Radwanska --- Olympics, Montréal
3. Maria Sharapova --- Olympics, Montréal
4. Serena Williams --- Stanford, Olympics
5. Samantha Stosur --- Olympics, Montréal
6. Petra Kvitova --- Olympics, Montréal
7. Angelique Kerber --- Olympics, Montréal
8. Caroline Wozniacki --- Olympics, Montréal
9. Sara Errani --- Palermo, Bastad, Olympics, Montréal
10. Marion Bartoli --- Stanford, Carlsbad, Montréal
11. Li Na --- Olympics, Montréal
12. Ana Ivanovic --- Olympics, Montréal
13. Vera Zvonareva --- Olympics, Montréal
14. Maria Kirilenko --- Olympics, Montréal
15. Dominika Cibulkova --- Stanford, Carlsbad, Olympics, Montréal
16. Kaia Kanepi --- Bastad, Olympics, Montréal
17. Flavia Pennetta --- Olympics, Montréal
18. Sabine Lisicki --- Carlsbad, Olympics, Montréal
19. Andrea Petkovic --- Olympics, Montréal
20. Jelena Jankovic --- Stanford, Carlsbad, Olympics, Montréal
21. Nadia Petrova --- Carlsbad, Olympics, Montréal
22. Francesca Schiavone --- Olympics
23. Lucie Safarova --- Olympics, Montréal
24. Julia Goerges --- Palermo, Bastad, Olympics, Montréal
25. Zheng Jie --- Olympics, Montréal
** 35. Kim Clijsters --- Olympics
** 68. Venus Williams --- Olympics

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ATP Men's Tennis Rankings as of July 9, 2012

>> Sunday, July 8, 2012

For the third time in his career, Roger Federer rises up to the world no. 1 ranking after a historic Wimbledon 2012 singles title that raised his record of Grand Slam wins to 17. On Sunday, Federer dashed the Grand Slam hopes of Andy Murray and all of Britain who was waiting for the first ever local hero champion at Wimbledon with a commanding 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory. With the win, Federer overtakes Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to jump from world no. 3 to world no. 1 in the newest ATP tour rankings as of Monday, July 9, 2012. In the process, he now ties Pete Sampras' record of 286 total weeks as world no. 1.

Federer first reached the no. 1 ranking when he overtook American Andy Roddick on February 2, 2004. His first reign at the top came to an end when Rafael Nadal supplanted him as no. 1 on August 18, 2008. Federer stayed for a record consecutive stay at the top for 237 weeks during his first stint as no. 1. He again overtook Nadal on July 6, 2009 and stayed as no. 1 for an additional 48 weeks before Nadal took over on June 7, 2010. Federer is assured to break the current record of 286 total weeks at no. 1 when the rankings come out on July 16.

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings as of July 9, 2012

1 Federer, Roger (SUI) 11,075
2 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 11,000
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 8,905
4 Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,460
5 Ferrer, David (ESP) 5,430
6 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 5,230
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 4,515
8 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB) 3,215
9 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 3,180
10 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP) 2,605
11 Isner, John (USA) 2,520
12 Simon, Gilles (FRA) 2,480
13 Fish, Mardy (USA) 2,355
14 Monaco, Juan (ARG) 2,130
15 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 1,825
16 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP) 1,810
17 Monfils, Gael (FRA) 1,715
18 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 1,680
19 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR) 1,620
20 Gasquet, Richard (FRA) 1,600
21 Kohlschreiber, Philipp (GER) 1,570
22 Mayer, Florian (GER) 1,545
23 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 1,540
24 Granollers, Marcel (ESP) 1,530
25 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI) 1,470
26 Stepanek, Radek (CZE) 1,420
27 Roddick, Andy (USA) 1,395
28 Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS) 1,390
29 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP) 1,355
30 Seppi, Andreas (ITA) 1,355
31 Troicki, Viktor (SRB) 1,265
32 Benneteau, Julien (FRA) 1,255
33 Anderson, Kevin (RSA) 1,180
34 Istomin, Denis (UZB) 1,167
35 Andujar, Pablo (ESP) 1,115
36 Melzer, Jurgen (AUT) 1,102
37 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP) 1,045
38 Berlocq, Carlos (ARG) 985
39 Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN) 967
40 Baghdatis, Marcos (CYP) 945
41 Nalbandian, David (ARG) 935
42 Haase, Robin (NED) 930
43 Giraldo, Santiago (COL) 923
44 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS) 885
45 Tomic, Bernard (AUS) 880
46 Ramos, Albert (ESP) 880
47 Paire, Benoit (FRA) 880
48 Harrison, Ryan (USA) 855
49 Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ) 833
50 Bogomolov Jr., Alex (RUS) 830
51 Chardy, Jeremy (FRA) 829
52 Haas, Tommy (GER) 818
53 Lacko, Lukas (SVK) 818
54 Soeda, Go (JPN) 806
55 Querrey, Sam (USA) 795
56 Karlovic, Ivo (CRO) 786
57 Young, Donald (USA) 785
58 Falla, Alejandro (COL) 754
59 Goffin, David (BEL) 753
60 Klizan, Martin (SVK) 753
61 Muller, Gilles (LUX) 746
62 Mayer, Leonardo (ARG) 742
63 Fognini, Fabio (ITA) 740
64 Bellucci, Thomaz (BRA) 722
65 Mahut, Nicolas (FRA) 717
66 Lu, Yen-Hsun (TPE) 715
67 Ito, Tatsuma (JPN) 701
68 Kubot, Lukasz (POL) 695
69 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL) 671
70 Jaziri, Malek (TUN) 660
71 Kavcic, Blaz (SLO) 657
72 Malisse, Xavier (BEL) 651
73 Matosevic, Marinko (AUS) 648
74 Roger-Vasselin, Edouard (FRA) 647
75 Darcis, Steve (BEL) 645
76 Baker, Brian (USA) 643
77 Llodra, Michael (FRA) 640
78 Gulbis, Ernests (LAT) 631
79 Volandri, Filippo (ITA) 630
80 Ebden, Matthew (AUS) 610
81 Phau, Bjorn (GER) 597
82 Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER) 591
83 Ramirez Hidalgo, Ruben (ESP) 590
84 Zopp, Jurgen (EST) 586
85 Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG) 585
86 Montanes, Albert (ESP) 585
87 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP) 581
88 Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA) 579
89 Andreev, Igor (RUS) 575
90 Levine, Jesse (USA) 573
91 Petzschner, Philipp (GER) 569
92 Stakhovsky, Sergiy (UKR) 568
93 Cipolla, Flavio (ITA) 566
94 Machado, Rui (POR) 561
95 Starace, Potito (ITA) 558
96 Russell, Michael (USA) 557
97 Dodig, Ivan (CRO) 555
98 Kamke, Tobias (GER) 555
99 Ungur, Adrian (ROU) 552
100 Dutra Silva, Rogerio (BRA) 550

The ATP Men's Tennis Rankings as of July 9, 2012 is from the ATPTOUR.com website.

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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings as of July 9, 2012

Before the start of Wimbledon, there were three players with the chance of emerging as the world no. 1 player. French Open champion Maria Sharapova, Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, and Poland's no. 1 player Agnieszka Radwanska all had a chance to be the WTA tour no. 1 player. Sharapova was upset in the fourth round and because she wasn't able to defend her ranking points from last year when she reached the finals of Wimbledon, she would lose the top ranking to either Azarenka or Radwanska. Azarenka lost her semifinal match to eventual winner Serene Williams but just had enough points to regain the top ranking from Sharapova after Radwanska lost in the final. When the new WTA rankings are released on Monday, July 9 - Azarenka would be the new no. 1 while Radwanska will rise to no. 2, a career high ranking. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams rises to world no. 4, a year after making a comeback following foot surgeries and an emergency hospitalization.

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings as of July 9, 2012

RANK NAME RANKING POINTS
1 Azarenka, Victoria 8800
2 Radwanska, Agnieszka 8530
3 Sharapova, Maria 8370
4 Williams, Serena 7360
5 Stosur, Samantha 6195
6 Kvitova, Petra 5275
7 Kerber, Angelique 5170
8 Wozniacki, Caroline 4091
9 Errani, Sara 3410
10 Bartoli, Marion 3400
11 Li, Na 3245
12 Ivanovic, Ana 3190
13 Zvonareva, Vera 3160
14 Kirilenko, Maria 2635
15 Cibulkova, Dominika 2625
16 Kanepi, Kaia 2514
17 Pennetta, Flavia 2305
18 Lisicki, Sabine 2297
19 Petkovic, Andrea 2260
20 Jankovic, Jelena 2220
21 Petrova, Nadia 2105
22 Schiavone, Francesca 2050
23 Safarova, Lucie 2040
24 Goerges, Julia 1945
25 Zheng, Jie 1910
26 Medina Garrigues, Anabel 1870
27 Vinci, Roberta 1865
28 McHale, Christina 1810
29 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia 1800
30 Cetkovska, Petra 1765
31 Peng, Shuai 1730
32 Zakopalova, Klara 1700
33 Hantuchova, Daniela 1665
34 Niculescu, Monica 1640
35 Clijsters, Kim 1591
36 Paszek, Tamira 1567
37 Wickmayer, Yanina 1520
38 Kuznetsova, Svetlana 1487
39 Makarova, Ekaterina 1456
40 Barthel, Mona 1456
41 Suarez Navarro, Carla 1391
42 Scheepers, Chanelle 1380
43 Cirstea, Sorana 1366
44 Lepchenko, Varvara 1364
45 Halep, Simona 1305
46 Shvedova, Yaroslava 1281
47 Peer, Shahar 1255
48 Martic, Petra 1240
49 Stephens, Sloane 1237
50 Erakovic, Marina 1237

Race to the WTA Championships Singles Standings as of July 9, 2012

RANK NAME RANKING POINTS
1 Azarenka, Victoria 6945
2 Sharapova, Maria 6820
3 Radwanska, Agnieszka 5567
4 Williams, Serena 4520
5 Kerber, Angelique 4070
6 Errani, Sara 3291
7 Kvitova, Petra 3091
8 Stosur, Samantha 2722
9 Li, Na 2471
10 Bartoli, Marion 2223
11 Wozniacki, Caroline 1978
12 Ivanovic, Ana 1827
13 Kanepi, Kaia 1659
14 Kirilenko, Maria 1601
15 Clijsters, Kim 1590
16 Goerges, Julia 1547
17 Cibulkova, Dominika 1510
18 Safarova, Lucie 1383
19 Vinci, Roberta 1357
20 Wickmayer, Yanina 1353
21 Schiavone, Francesca 1305
22 Makarova, Ekaterina 1276
23 Petrova, Nadia 1246
24 Jankovic, Jelena 1244
24 Lisicki, Sabine 1244
26 Zakopalova, Klara 1235
27 Lepchenko, Varvara 1200
28 Mchale, Christina 1198
29 Zheng, Jie 1161
30 Hantuchova, Daniela 1152
31 Pennetta, Flavia 1145
32 Shvedova, Yaroslava 1131
33 Barthel, Mona 1121
34 Medina Garrigues, Anabel 1112
35 Paszek, Tamira 1077
36 Cetkovska, Petra 1066
37 Cornet, Alize 1032
38 Halep, Simona 1028
39 Cirstea, Sorana 1019
40 Stephens, Sloane 946
41 Hsieh, Su-wei 940
42 Arvidsson, Sofia 922
43 Wozniak, Aleksandra 903
44 Radwanska, Urszula 898
45 Kuznetsova, Svetlana 882
46 Peng, Shuai 864
47 Hradecka, Lucie 826
48 Peer, Shahar 818
48 Pironkova, Tsvetana 818
50 Babos, Timea 813

The latest WTA women's tennis rankings are from the WTATOUR.com website.

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Andy Murray cries in Wimbledon Finals Speech (Video)

Andy Murray, the first finalist in Wimbledon from the United Kingdom in over 70 years, cries as he gave his runner-up speech after the Wimbledon 2012 men's final. Murray lost a tough 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to new world no. 1 Roger Federer and he lost control of his emotions during the awards ceremony. Murray fought tears and struggled to speak - his first words were "I'm getting closer..." before he fought again to regain composure. The crowd cheered and clapped while Murray spoke through tears, "I'm going to try but it's not going to be easy..." he stammered before losing composure again. It is probably one of the more recent memorable speeches as a young tennis player lets his emotions out after the pressure of being the best hope to end Britain's drought of not having a men's champion since Fred Perry in 1936. Say what you will, this blogger just became an Andy Murray fan today. Watch the video below:

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Wimbledon 2012 Winners List, Prize Money Earnings

The Wimbledon 2012 has now come to a close and the biggest prizes went to a pair of 30 year old tennis legends who won their first Grand Slam titles in more than two years. Roger Federer won a record equaling 7th Wimbledon title to increase his record Grand Slam titles to 17. With his title win, Federer becomes the new world no 1 in ATP men's tennis rankings. Serena Williams won her 5th Wimbledon title and has the most Grand Slam titles amongst active women players with 14. Serena also won the ladies doubles title with her sister, Venus Williams, and so she will take home the most prize money earnings from this year's Wimbledon amongst all the players who participated, both men and women. Below is a list of this year's Wimbledon 2012 winners and their prize money earnings.

Gentlemen's Singles

Winner: £1,150,000 - Roger Federer SUI (3)
Runner-up: £575,000 - Andy Murray GBR (4)
Semi-Finalists: £287,500 - Novak Djokovic SRB (1); Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (5)

Ladies' Singles

Winner: £1,150,000 - Serena Williams USA (6)
Runner-up: £575,000 - Agnieszka Radwanska POL (3)
Semi-Finalists: £287,500 - Victoria Azarenka BLR (2); Angelique Kerber GER (8)

Gentlemen's Doubles (per pair)

Winners: £260,000 - Jonathan Marray GBR and Frederik Nielsen DEN
Runners-up: £130,000 - Robert Lindstedt SWE and Horia Tecau ROU (5)
Semi-Finalists: £65,000 - Bob Bryan USA and Mike Bryan USA (2); Jurgen Melzer AUT and
Philipp Petzschner GER (10)

Ladies' Doubles (per pair)

Winners: £260,000 - Serena Williams USA and Venus Williams USA
Runners-up: £130,000 - Andrea Hlavackova CZE (6) and Lucie Hradecka CZE (6)
Semi-Finalists: £65,000 - Liezel Huber USA and Lisa Raymond USA (1); Flavia Pennetta ITA and Francesca Schiavone ITA

Mixed Doubles (per pair)

Winners: £92,000 - Mike Bryan USA and Lisa Raymond USA (2)
Runners-up: £46,000 - Leander Paes IND (4) and Elena Vesnina RUS (4)
Semi-Finalists: £23,000 - Bob Bryan USA and Liezel Huber USA (1); Nenad Zimonjic SRB and Katarina Srebotnik SLO (3)

Boys' Singles

Winner - Filip Peliwo CAN (4)
Runner-up - Luke Saville AUS (1)

Girls' Singles

Winner - Filip Peliwo CAN (4)
Runner-up - Luke Saville AUS (1)

Boys' Doubles

Winner - Eugenie Bouchard CAN (5)
Runner-up - Elina Svitolina UKR (3)

Finalists:

Winner - Andrew Harris AUS (4 ) and Nick Kyrgios AUS (4)
Runner-up - Matteo Donati ITA and Pietro Licciardi ITA

Girls' Doubles

Winner - Eugenie Bouchard CAN (1) and Taylor Townsend USA (1)
Runner-up - Belinda Bencic SUI (7) and Ana Konjuh CRO (7)

Congratulations to Wimbledon 2012 winners for their prize money earnings.

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Federer wins 7th Wimbledon title, takes no. 1 Ranking

Roger Federer won the Wimbledon 2012 men’s singles title to extend his record to 17 Grand Slams when he beat local favorite Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. The win enabled Federer to equal Pete Sampras' record of 7 Wimbledon titles and also to grab the world no. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic. Federer started the tournament ranked third in the world but jumped two spots after the top two players and last year's Wimbledon finalists - Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - failed to reach the finals this year. Nadal was eliminated in the second round while Federer eliminated Djokovic in the semifinals. Federer will take home the £1,150,000 men's singles champion prize money while Murray will take home the runner-up prize money of £575,000.

Watch the Wimbledon 2012 mens' singles championship match highlights and interviews with both Roger Federer and Andy Murray here.

Roger Federer (SUI) vs Andy Murray (GBR) - Finals Match Statistics

12 Aces 16
3 Double faults 1
90 of 131 = 69 % 1st serves in 88 of 157 = 56 %
68 of 90 = 76 % 1st serve points won 61 of 88 = 69 %
20 of 41 = 49 % 2nd serve points won 33 of 69 = 48 %
130 MPH Fastest serve 133 MPH
116 MPH Average 1st serve speed 121 MPH
98 MPH Average 2nd serve speed 88 MPH
53 of 68 = 78 % Net points won 24 of 39 = 62 %
4 of 12 = 33 % Break points won 2 of 7 = 29 %
63 of 157 = 40 % Receiving points won 43 of 131 = 33 %
62 Winners 46
38 Unforced errors 25
151 Total points won 137

Congratulations to Roger Federer for winning the Wimbledon 2012 men's singles title.

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