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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, July 6, 2015
LONDON---One five-time Wim-
bledon champion is guaranteed to
reach the quarterfinals. Another is
assured of elimination.
That s what will happen today
when Serena Williams plays older
sister Venus Williams for the sixth
time at the grass-court Grand Slam
in southwest London.
"They ve been unbelievable for
the sport. I ve said that many times,"
said Roger Federer, a seven-time
Wimbledon champion who will also
be playing on Manic Monday. "Their
head-to-heads, I don t know how
much that has to do with it. I think
it s more their individual play."
Individually and together, the
Williams sisters have become two
of the greatest champions at the All
England Club. They have each won
five singles titles, and have teamed
up to win five more in doubles.
Against each other on the grass
at Wimbledon, Serena leads 3-2,
with all three of her wins coming
in finals. Venus won one final, and
also won a semifinal match against
her younger sibling in 2000---the
first time they met on court at the
Although Serena is still at the top
of her game and going for a true
Grand Slam this season, Venus has
been struggling for the past few years
and was diagnosed with an ener-
gy-sapping autoimmune disease in
2011, three years after her last Wim-
bledon title. It was the previous year,
in 2010, when she last reached the
quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
But this year, Venus has been
nearing her past high standards,
winning all three of her matches in
"She s playing so well," Serena
said. "I m practicing next to her
every day and I m in awe of how
she s doing. It s a little frustrating
because I know I have to play her."
The Williams match-up is just
one of the 16 fourth-round matches
on the schedule for Monday---eight
for the men and eight for the
Here are some things to know
about Monday s matches:
Roger Federer is the only current
player with more Wimbledon singles
titles than a Williams, and the seven-
time champion is one away from a
Federer has had a relatively
straightforward first week, winning
his first two matches in straight sets
and his third in four. His next oppo-
nent is 20th-seeded Roberto Bautista
Agut, a Spaniard who is playing at
Wimbledon for the third time and
has never reached the fourth round.
But for Federer, the pursuit of No.
8 and breaking the tie with Pete
Sampras and 1880s player Willie
Renshaw doesn t seem to be the
only thing spurring him on.
"This is more something like you
talk about for a couple weeks, it s
gone again, then you have to wait
a year if you don t do it," Federer
said. "I just take Wimbledon as such,
what a huge tournament it is, what
an opportunity it is."
Maria Sharapova and Victoria
Azarenka, the other two Grand Slam
champions in the fourth round, have
been two of the most consistent
players at this year s tournament,
and another pair of wins for each
would set up a semifinal meeting
Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon
champion, has lost only 15 games
through three rounds and will next
face Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
Azarenka, a two-time Australian
Open champion, has lost 17 games
and will next meet 30th-seeded
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Sharapova has played Diyas once
before, beating her 6-1, 6-1 in the
third round at this year s Australian
"You can t underestimate anyone s
level," Sharapova said.
GO GO DJOKO
Novak Djokovic missed out on a
chance to make a run for a true
Grand Slam when he lost to Stan
Wawrinka in the French Open final.
But the top-seeded Serb can still
defend his title at Wimbledon, a
victory that would give him a third
championship at the All England
"I try to put myself only in the
present moment, not fight against
the thoughts and the pressure and
the excitement," Djokovic said, refer-
ring to his past experiences at the
Djokovic s next opponent will be
Kevin Anderson, a 14th-seeded
South African who has never been
past the fourth round at a Grand
Four women who have come
close but are still looking for their
first major title will also be on court
Monday: Caroline Wozniacki,
Agnieszka Radwanska, Lucie Safaro-
va and Jelena Jankovic.
All four of them lost to 20-time
major champion Serena Williams
in Grand Slam finals.
Wozniacki lost to Serena in the
2014 US Open final, Radwanska
was beaten in the 2012 Wimbledon
final, Jankovic in the 2008 US Open
final and Safarova in this year s
French Open final.
Wozniacki also reached the US
Open final in 2009, losing to Kim
Wimbledon at a glance
LONDON---A look ahead today at
Wimbledon after yesterday s day
off:Men's fourth-round matches: No.
1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 14 Kevin
Anderson, No. 2 Roger Federer vs.
No. 20 Roberta Bautista Agut, No.
3 Andy Murray vs. No. 23 Ivo
Karlovic, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka vs.
No. 16 David Goffin, No. 6 Tomas
Berdych vs. No. 12 Gilles Simon/No.
18 Gael Monfils, No. 9 Marin Cilic
vs. Denis Kudla, No. 21 Richard Gas-
quet vs. No. 26 Nick Kyrgios, No.
22 Viktor Troicki vs. Vasek Pospisil.
Women's fourth-round matches:
No. 1 Serena Williams vs No. 16
Venus Williams, No. 4 Maria Shara-
pova vs. Zarina Diyas, No. 5 Caroline
Wozniacki vs. No. 31 Camila Giorgi,
No. 6 Lucie Safarova vs. CoCo Van-
deweghe, No. 13 Agnieszka Rad-
wanska vs. No. 28 Jelena Jankovic,
No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky vs. Monica
Niculescu, No. 21 Madison Keys vs.
Olga Govortsova, No. 23 Viktoria
Azarenka vs. No. 30 Belinda Ben-
Stat of the day: 2009---The last
time the Williams sisters played each
other at a Grand Slam tournament.
Monday's forecast: Partly cloudy.
High of 73 degrees F (23 degrees C).
SYDNEY---Bernard Tomic has been sus-
pended from Australia s home Davis Cup
quarterfinal against Kazakhstan for his ver-
bal attack on Tennis Australia officials,
including Pat Rafter and chief executive
Australian Associated Press reported from
Wimbledon on Saturday that Tennis Australia
president Steve Healy said Tomic s disre-
spectful post-match comments following his
third-round loss to top-seeded Novak
Djokovic on Friday effectively ruled him out
Healy said Tomic s behavior "was unac-
ceptable ... playing for our country is an
absolute privilege, and with that privilege
comes an obligation to behave appropriately.
He didn t."
Tomic s comments included accusing the
governing body of abandoning him after he
underwent hip surgery last year, and that
former player Rafter, Tennis Australia s direc-
tor of player performance, had no idea how
to control the budget for player funding.
"The allegations are misinformed and
untrue and he publicly derided some out-
standing people," Healy was quoted as saying.
"We are trying to build a strong culture
underpinned by a philosophy of opportunity,
Healy ruled out legal action against Tomic,
while Tiley hoped the 22-year-old would
accept the punishment rather than go down
a "destructive path" so that he could return
to Australia s Davis Cup team.
"The sanction of not selecting Bernard in
this tie is sufficient," Healy said.
Tomic was particularly critical of Rafter,
calling him a "mask" for Tiley.
"Pat is a nice guy," Tomic said. "If the Aus-
tralian public don t know Pat, he s a good
actor, he s well-spoken, always prepared and
knows what to say. He s prepped by Tennis
Australia to know what to say."
The grass-court quarterfinal in Darwin is
set for July 17-19. Australia s team will now
likely include Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios,
Sam Groth and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Tomic suspended for Australia over comments
All-Williams match-up on Manic Monday
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning a point against
Heather Watson of Britain during their singles match at the All England Lawn
Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday. AP PHOTOS
Venus Williams of the United States returns a ball to Aleksandra Krunic of
Serbia during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday.
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