WikiVidi.com John Millman John H. Millman is an Australian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 34 in October 2018. He is coached by German former professional player Jonas Luetjen. Personal life Millman was born in Brisbane, Australia, into a family of five children and is the second youngest. During his schooling years he attended Brisbane Grammar School then the Anglican Church Grammar School. Outside tennis he enjoys soccer and supports Liverpool Football Club who compete in the English Premier League. Millman is represented by Sasha Skyba of Skyba Sports Management. Junior career Millman made his ITF junior tournament debut in Darwin as a 15-year-old in 2004 and reached the quarterfinals. He made his junior Grand Slam debut at the 2006 Australian Open. He won his first junior tournament in June 2006 at a tournament held in New Caledonia. He then won his next two tournaments in a row held in Fiji and New Zealand respectively. He competed in his last junior tournament at the 2007 Australian Open. 2008–2010 In 2008, Millman started to pursue professional tennis. He won the F8 Futures in Australia, was runner-up at an F1 in Romania losing to Răzvan Sabău and made the semis of a Morocco F5 tournament. In 2009, Millman’s success on the junior circuit continued, making the final of an F2 in Bulgaria and claiming semi-final appearances in two Italian tournaments and another Bulgarian one. In the same year, Millman injured his back while training with the Australian junior Davis Cup team. Millman improved his career ranking from close to 1,000 to the 300s in 2009. He achieved this by a semi-final performance in a Challenger tournament in Burnie, Tasmania. He won his second Futures event in Kalgoorlie defeating Matthew Ebden and Millman also made the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open. Millman started 2010 by winning a wilcard entry into his hometown tournament, the Brisbane International. Unfortunately, he was drawn to play defending champion Radek Štěpánek in the first round and lost in straight sets. Millman reached the final round of qualifying at the Australian Open qualifying losing to Ukrainian Illya Marchenko. He won his third Futures title in Berri on grass defeating Greg Jones in the final in February. In September, Millman returned to Australia to claim his fourth Futures title of his career in Darwin. In October, he won his first Challenger title in Sacramento by defeating Robert Kendrick. 2011–2012 Millman was again awarded a wildcard into the 2011 Brisbane International main draw where he drew fellow Australian Matt Ebden, but fell 6–4, 2–6, 4–6. He then competed in Sydney and Australian Open qualifying, but fell in the second round in both tournaments. He then competed in Challengers spread across Asia, Australia and Europe before injuring his shoulder during an Italian futures tournament in April. He continued playing injured until Wimbledon qualifying where he lost in the first round 6–2, 3–6, 5–7 to Fritz Wolmarans. Following the loss at Wimbedlon he returned to Australia and did not compete in a tennis tournament again until 2012. At the beginning of 2012 Millman used his protected ranking to enter the 2012 Brisbane International qualifying tournament and managed to win three matches to qualify into the main draw. In the first round of the Brisbane International he faced Santiago Giraldo, but lost 3–6, 3–6. He then travelled to Melbourne to compete in Australian Open qualifying, but was ousted in the first round by Vasek Pospisil 6–3, 6–7, 2–6. After a year with mixed results on the Future and Challenger circuits, Millman won his first title in over two years in Bendigo where he defeated Ben Mitchell in the final 6–3, 6–3. He finished 2012 with a ranking of 199. 2013: Top 200 and injury Millman began 2013 at the Brisbane International where he entered qualifying and recorded straight set wins over Luke Saville, Alex Bogomolov and Donald Young to make it into the main draw. He then recorded his first ever ATP win against Tatsuma Ito 6–4, 6–1 in the first round. Following that victory, he was awarded a main draw wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open. In the second round of Brisbane he faced World No. 3 Andy Murray and lost in three sets 6–1 5–7 6–3. Following an impressive performance at the Brisbane International, an Australian Writer/Sports Physiologist coined the term ‘Millminions’ to describe Millman’s extensive and loyal fans base. This has since been adopted by the Australian tennis community. Millman received a wildcard entry into the 2013 Apia International Sydney in the lead up to the Australian Open and drew Tommy Robredo in the first round, winning 6–3 6–4. He next took on the third seed, Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarterfinals. Millman impressed taking a set off the world No. 23, but eventually lost in three sets 2–6 6–3 3–6. Millman then competed at the 2013 Australian Open, which was the debut in the main draw at his home slam. He played World No. 84 Tatsuma Ito in the first round. Millman had recently defeated Ito at the Brisbane International, but Ito got the better of Millman in an epic 5 set match 4–6 4–6 6–3 6–0 5–7. After the loss, Millman mentioned ambitions to make the top 100 by the end of the year. Millman then played a $50,000 Challenger event at the 2013 McDonald’s Burnie International. He defeated compatriot Benjamin Mitchell in the first round despite losing the first set. Although having a first round scare, he cruised through to the final where he faced Stéphane Robert. Millman won the match 6–2 4–6 6–0. This became his second Challenger title. Millman then headed to Adelaide to compete at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International where he again had to face Robert. This time though, it was in the first round and Robert won the tough match 6–3 3–6 6–7. Attempting to build on his early success in Challenger events in 2013, Millman took part in the $35,000 Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships in Kyoto, Japan. Seeded 4th Millman dispatched two local qualifiers Toshihide Matsui and Hiroki Kondo although he required a third-set tiebreaker against Hiroki Kondo. In the quarter-finals, Millman faced 7th seeded German Peter Gojowczyk and again needed a third set – defeating him 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In the semi-finals, Millman again was pitted against Japanese local hope and 5th seeded Hiroki Moriya who defeated the top seed Yuichi Sugita. The first set was tight with Millman and Moriya trading breaks. Eventually, Millman prevailed in straight sets by the scoreline of 7–6, 6–1. In the finals, Millman faced Swiss 2nd seeded Marco Chiudinelli who defeated Millman’s doubles partner Matthew Barton in the other semi-final. Millman ousted Chiudinelli in 2 hours and 26 minutes 4–6, 6–4, 7–6 to claim his second Challenger title in 2013 and third overall to cap a terrific start to the year. Millman was awarded a wild card into the 2013 French Open, but on 20 May 2013, Millman announced his withdrawal due to a shoulder injury. Millman was replaced by countryman and rising star Nick Kyrgios who previously had a wildcard for qualification rounds. 2014 Millman had not played a match since May 2013, but he announced via Twitter on 19 February 2014, that he hoped to be back playing by the end of March. It was later announced that his first competition in eleven months would be the Chengdu China F4, commencing on April 7, where he made the quarter final. His ranking as of June 2014 had fallen to 1193. In August 2014, Millman won the Korea F10 and F11. These were his first titles in 17 months. In September, Millman made the semi final of the Sacramento Challenger, losing in three sets to world number 54 Sam Querrey. The following week, Millman made the final of the Tiburon Challenger, but again lost to Sam Querrey in two sets. He rose 241 ranking positions in these two weeks; up to 285. In November, Millman won his fourth career Challenger title at the Traralgon 2 against James Ward. 2015: Top 100 [^] Millman commenced the 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International with a wild card into the main draw. He defeated Rhyne Williams in round one and almost caused an upset, leading world no. 2 Roger Federer in round two 6–4, 3–1 before losing 6–4, 4–6, 3–6. At the 2015 Australian Open, Millman lost in round 1 to Leonardo Mayer in straight sets. In February, Millman was forced to retire in round 1 of the Burnie Challenger with a lower back concern. He returned to complete in the Kyoto Challenger where he reached the final, but lost 3–6, 6–3, 3–6 against Michał Przysiężny. Millman lost in round of qualifying at the French Open, then played Vicenza Challenger where he was seeded 6th and lost in the final to Íñigo Cervantes. In June, Millman secured his first Grand Slam main draw entry via qualifying for the first time in his career at Wimbledon. Millman defeated 19th seed Tommy Robredo in round 1, before losing to Marcos Baghdatis in round two, despite having a 2 sets to 0 lead. This result increased Millman’s ranking and he reached the top 100 for the first time in July 2015. In August, Millman won his sixth and seventh Challenger titles in Kentucky and Aptos. Millman ended 2015 with a ranking of 92. 2016: Third round at slam and top 60 Millman commenced 2016 making the second round of Chennai, before playing in Sydney after being awarded a wildcard. He lost in round one to Tommy Robredo. He advanced past the first round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career with a victory over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. In the second round Millman defeated Luxembourg world no. 38 Gilles Müller in five sets to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. In the third round, Millman fell to fellow Australian and 16th seed Bernard Tomic. He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Montpellier Open with wins over Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin. He lost to eventual finalist Paul-Henri Mathieu. Millman next competed at the 2016 Memphis Open, where he defeated Austin Krajicek in the first round before losing to Benjamin Becker. He next suffered back-to-back losses at the 2016 Delray Beach Open and the 2016 Acapulco Open, losing to Steve Johnson and world no. 8 David Ferrer respectively. He next competed at the 2016 Indian Wells tournament, where he defeated Alexander Sarkissian before again losing to Steve Johnson. He then played at the 2016 Miami Open, where he defeated Pablo Carreño before losing to Pablo Cuevas. Millman next played at the 2016 French Open. He was pulled against 15th seed John Isner. He lost despite winning the first set and having eight set points in the second set and a few in the third set. In the second set, Millman led 5–4 40–0 and was serving, but was still not able to capitalize. Millman next competed at the 2016 MercedesCup. Starting off against eighth seed Lucas Pouille. He lost the first set, but came back to win the next two. He then played wildcard Juan Martín del Potro, losing in straight sets. Millman next competed at the third Grand Slam of the year at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. He started off against Albert Montañés. He was down two sets to one, but came back to win. He then reached the third round of a major for the second time in his career after beating 26th seed Benoît Paire in four sets. His third round would be against 2nd seed Andy Murray. He lost there in straight sets. Millman next played at Citi Open. He defeated Denis Kudla, but lost to 15th seed Marcos Baghdatis. Millman’s next tournament was the Rogers Cup. He retired during his first round match trailing 4–6 3–4. Millman then played at the Olympics for the first time. He defeated Ričardas Berankis without losing a single game in the first round, marking this the first time in Olympic tennis history that any player won a match in such fashion. Millman’s second round match was against fourth seed Kei Nishikori. Millman served for the opening set and was up 4–0 in the first set tiebreak and was even up a break in the second set, but eventually ended up losing in straight sets. In August, Millman qualified for and made the second round of Cincinnati Masters then made the semi final of the 2016 Winston-Salem Open; defeating Albert Ramos-Viñolas and Richard Gasquet along the way. At the US Open, Millman lost to 8th seed Dominic Thiem in round one, despite leading 2 sets to 1. In October, Millman reached the semi final of the 2016 Ningbo Challenger, but was forced to retire with a hip injury. Millman ended 2016 with a ranking of 84. 2017: Injuries and US Open third round Millman was given a wildcard into the 2017 Brisbane International, but withdrew prior to the tournament with a hip injury, which sidelined him for the first five months of the season. Millman made his return at the Mestre Challenger in May, losing in the first round. At the French Open, just one week after re-joining the tour, Millman lost to 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets. Following his exit at Roland Garros, Millman went on to compete in three Challenger events in the lead up to Wimbledon, but failed to make it past the second round in any tournament. At Wimbledon, Millman drew Rafael Nadal in the first round and was easily beaten in straight sets. After little success since returning from injury, Millman had a breakthrough at the Lexington Challenger in August, making it to the final before being defeated by Michael Mmoh in three sets. At the US Open, Millman produced his best tennis of the season to upset fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios and Malek Jaziri to progress to the third round, where he eventually lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber. In September, Millman made his Davis Cup debut in the world group semi-final against Belgium. Millman lost to world number 12 David Goffin in 4 sets. Millman then reached the quarter finals or better in five consecutive Challengers across Asia, winning Hua Hin. Millman ended 2017 with a singles ranking of 128. 2018: First ATP final, Top 50 and first Grand Slam quarter-final Millman commenced 2018 with a wildcard into the 2018 Brisbane International. He defeated Peter Polansky in round one and had two match points against world number 3 Grigor Dimitrov before losing in three sets. Millman reached the second round of the 2018 Sydney International and Australian Open. In February, Millman won the Kyoto Challenger, the tenth of his career, propelling him back into the world’s top 100 after a 12-month absence. In April, Millman reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final and his first final at Budapest International after saving three match points against Aljaz Bedene in the semi-final. He lost to Marco Cecchinato in the final. In May, Millman won the Aix-en-Provence Challenger, but lost to Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the French Open. In June, Millman qualified for Queen’s Club, but lost to Novak Djokovic in round 1. He reached the quarterfinal of Eastbourne losing to Marco Cecchinato again. At Wimbledon, Millman lost to Milos Raonic in the second round. By July, Millman’s ranking peaked inside the top 50 for the first time. In September, Millman pulled off a huge upset by defeating the second seed Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open, in four sets. This was Millman’s first win over a top ten player and saw him advance to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, where he subsequently lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Fan popularity [^] Millman revealed in early 2012 that support he received while injured and contemplating retirement in 2011 gave him the drive to continue pursuing tennis as a career. While competing at his hometown tournament, the 2013 Brisbane International, Millman received an immense amount of support at every match he competed in. It was later revealed his supporters had developed a reputation in the locker room. Millman is well known for thanking his supporters following each match and often hands out drinks from the fridge to his fans at the conclusion of his matches. Following his match against Andy Murray, the hashtag term ‘illman’ began trending worldwide on Twitter for several hours. WikiVidi.com [ Visit WikiVidi.com or browse the channel ]
WikiVidi.com Raheem Sterling Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for club Manchester City and the English national team. Born in Jamaica, Sterling moved to London at the age of five and began his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. In July 2015, following a lengthy dispute over a new contract, he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player. He then went on to help Manchester City win the Premier League in 2018. Sterling made his senior debut for England in November 2012 after previously being capped by England youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. He was chosen in England’s squads for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2016. Early life Sterling was born in the Maverley district of Kingston, Jamaica, and spent his early years there. At the age of five, he emigrated to London with his mother, and attended Copland School in Wembley, North West London. His absent father was murdered in Jamaica when Sterling was two years old. Early career [^] Sterling was signed by Liverpool from the Academy at Queens Park Rangers in February 2010 by Rafael Benítez for an initial fee of £600,000, with the possibility of rising up to £5 million depending on how many appearances he made for the first team. Sterling played in the youth team, scoring his first goal in a friendly against Hibernian in a 2–2 draw. His first Premier Academy League match was a 2–2 draw against Aston Villa, his first win coming at home to Bristol City a week later. On 15 December, Sterling scored in the FA Youth Cup in a 4–0 win over Notts County. On 14 February 2011, Sterling scored five goals in a 9–0 win over Southend United. On 24 March 2012, Sterling made his senior Liverpool debut as a substitute in a league match against Wigan Athletic, aged 17 years and 107 days, becoming the third-youngest player to play for the club in the process. He made two more appearances over the remainder of the campaign, again as a substitute. 2012–13 season In August 2012, he made his European debut for the club, coming on as a substitute in a UEFA Europa League qualifying match against Gomel, replacing Joe Cole in a 0–1 away win. The following week, Sterling scored his first goal for the senior team with a first-half strike in a friendly against Bayer Leverkusen. On 23 August 2012, he started his first match for Liverpool in a Europa League qualifying match away to Hearts in a 0–1 win. He was given his first start in the league three days later in a 2–2 draw at Anfield to Manchester City. He played the full 90 minutes in the loss to Arsenal on 2 September, and the draw with Sunderland on 15 September, where he registered one assist and was named man of the match. On 19 September, Sterling was one of the group of teenagers that traveled to Switzerland to play Young Boys in a UEFA Europa League group match. He replaced Stewart Downing in the second half as Liverpool won 3–5. On 20 October, Sterling scored his first senior competitive goal for Liverpool in the 29th minute in a 1–0 league win against Reading with a strike from the edge of the box. As a result, he became the second-youngest player ever to score in a competitive fixture for Liverpool, behind only Michael Owen. On 21 December 2012, Sterling signed a contract extension, committing his future to Liverpool. He scored his second league goal for the club on 2 January 2013, opening the scoring in a 3–0 win against Sunderland with a lob over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. 2013–14 season [^] On 27 August 2013, Sterling scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season, the opening goal against Notts County in a 4–2 win in the League Cup. On 4 December, Sterling scored his first Premier League goal of the season for Liverpool in a 5–1 win over Norwich City. His form in December saw him score two further goals in wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City. On 8 February 2014, he scored twice in a 5–1 win against Arsenal at Anfield. On 13 April, he scored Liverpool’s opening goal in a 3–2 win over Manchester City. A week later, he scored two goals and assisted another as Liverpool won 2–3 against Norwich City at Carrow Road. On 18 April 2014, Sterling was named as one of the six players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He was named Liverpool Chartered Player of the Month for April. At the end of the season, he was named Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year. 2014–15 season On 17 August 2014, Sterling scored to help Liverpool to win their opening match of the 2014–15 season, a 2–1 win at home to Southampton at Anfield. On 31 August, Sterling scored the opening goal in a 0–3 league win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and was named man of the match. Sterling was named the Liverpool Player of the Month for August. On 16 September, Sterling made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–1 victory over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield. On 14 December 2014, he made his 100th appearance for Liverpool in a match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. On 17 December, Sterling scored a brace in a 1–3 victory over Bournemouth at Dean Court in the League Cup quarter-final. On 20 December, Sterling was named as the recipient of the 2014 Golden Boy award. “It’s down to hard work. I’m really happy that people are recognising that I’m trying to work hard and do my best for this football club. I’m really grateful for this award,” he stated upon receiving the award. Sterling was officially excused from Liverpool’s FA Cup match against AFC Wimbledon in January 2015, with manager Brendan Rodgers aiming to prevent the player becoming exhausted. He used the time off to holiday in Jamaica. [^] On 20 January 2015, Sterling scored a fine solo goal against Chelsea in a 1–1 draw in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield, going past Nemanja Matić and Gary Cahill before beating Thibaut Courtois to find the net. On 31 January, Sterling scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win over West Ham United. On 4 February, Sterling scored the equaliser against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium in a 1–2 away win for Liverpool. On 22 February, he scored the second goal for Liverpool in a 0–2 win over Southampton. On 13 April, Sterling opened the scoring in a 2–0 win over Newcastle United. He was named the team’s Young Player of the Season on 19 May for the second consecutive year in a row, and when receiving the award was booed by fans due to his rejection of a new contract; he was also booed on 7 June, while playing for England in Dublin. On 16 April 2015, for the second consecutive year, he was named as one of the six players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Contract dispute On 9 February 2015, Brendan Rodgers said that Sterling had been offered “an incredible deal” to stay at Liverpool, rumoured to be a new contract worth £100,000 a week, but he also stated Liverpool were “certainly not a club that is going to give way, way above what a player is worth at a certain time in their career.” However, on 20 March, Rodgers said Sterling’s contract situation would not be resolved until the summer at least. On 1 April, Sterling gave an unsanctioned interview with the BBC, where he confirmed he had turned down a new deal, but denied that this was for reasons of money. He had two years of a £35,000 per week contract remaining and said that he would not negotiate a new contract until the end of the season. Four days later, Brendan Rodgers slammed Sterling’s advisors on the interview, saying, “You are not a 20-year-old boy and you pick up the phone and ask to speak to the BBC. You don’t do it. Him in particular. But, of course, if he is asked to do that by other parties then that is what he’ll do.” On 21 May, amid rumours that Sterling intended to leave the club his agent, Aidy Ward gave an interview to the London Evening Standard saying, “I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week.” On 11 June, Liverpool reportedly rejected an initial bid of £30 million from Manchester City. One week later, they reportedly rejected a second bid from City for £40 million, with Liverpool valuing Sterling at £50 million. Sterling reportedly later asked to be left out of Liverpool’s preseason tour to Asia, and missed two days of training through illness, which was met with widespread criticism from former Liverpool players, including Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness. 2015–16 season [^] On 12 July 2015, a deal was agreed for his transfer to Manchester City for an initial £44 million, with a further potential £5 million in add-ons, subject to personal terms and a medical, which would make him one of the most expensive transfers of all time. On 14 July, Sterling officially joined Manchester City, signing a five-year contract. His debut came on 10 August, starting as City began the season with a 0–3 win away to West Bromwich Albion. Nineteen days later, Sterling scored his first competitive goal for Manchester City in a 2–0 defeat of Watford at the City of Manchester Stadium. Sterling scored his first career hat-trick as City beat Bournemouth 5–1 on 17 October. On 3 November, Sterling scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a 1–3 win away to Sevilla. On 8 December, he scored twice in the final ten minutes of City’s last group stage fixture against Borussia Mönchengladbach, helping turn a 1–2 deficit into a 4–2 win and ensuring City overtook Juventus in the final group standings. On 20 March 2016, he suffered a groin injury in a 1–0 loss to rivals Manchester United, and was ruled out for 8 weeks. Sterling eventually lost his place in the starting lineup. He failed to feature in any of the most effective performers of the 2015–16 season, and was considered one of the worst signings of the season. 2016–17 season Sterling appeared regularly for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola for the opening matches of the 2016–17 season. He was Premier League Player of the Month for August 2016 after he scored two goals and provided one assist in three games. On 21 February 2017, Sterling scored the opener before setting up a goal for Sergio Agüero in a 5–3 home win against Monaco. 2017–18 season On 26 August 2017, Sterling scored the winner in a 2–1 away win away to AFC Bournemouth in stoppage time. He was sent off by Mike Dean with a second yellow after he celebrated among traveling supporters that had run onto the pitch. He scored his eighteenth and final league goal of the season during a 5–0 victory at Swansea City on 22 April 2018, his most ever at this point in his career. 2018–19 season Following England’s World Cup campaign, Sterling made an immediate return to the Manchester City starting line-up. On 12 August 2018, less than a month after starting in England’s 2–0 loss against Belgium in the third place play-off, Sterling scored the opening goal in Manchester City’s 2–0 away win against Arsenal. Youth teams Sterling’s international career coincided with the introduction of the “home nations agreement.” It was not until September 2009 that FIFA agreed to the proposals by the English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations to update the agreement, allowing players who were educated in their nation for five years or more to become eligible for their national team. Sterling first represented England at under-16 level in November 2009 in a match against Northern Ireland. When speaking of the possibility of playing for Jamaica, Sterling said, “When it comes to that decision, that is when I will decide, but if Jamaica calls for me, why not?” Sterling was selected to play for England for the 2011 U-17 World Cup. He scored a long-range goal in England’s opening 2–0 win against Rwanda in Pachuca. He also scored against Argentina in the second round in a match where England won 4–2 on penalties. On 10 September 2012, Sterling was called up to the senior England squad for the first time for a 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine, where he was an unused substitute. In early October he was called up for the first time to the England under-21 squad and made his debut as a substitute during a match against Serbia on 16 October. He scored his first goal for England U21 on 13 August 2013, in a 6–0 win against Scotland. Senior team [^] Sterling made his senior debut for England on 14 November 2012, starting in a friendly away to Sweden. On 5 March 2014, Sterling earned his second cap and was named man of the match as England beat Denmark 1–0 in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium. On 12 May 2014, Sterling was named in England’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In a pre-tournament friendly on 4 June, against Ecuador in Miami on his fourth cap, Sterling slid into Antonio Valencia, who reacted by grabbing Sterling’s neck; both received red cards for their actions. Valencia later apologised for his reaction. On 14 June, Sterling started in England’s opening group match, a 2–1 loss to Italy in Manaus, and was rated as the team’s best performing player by the BBC. On 27 March 2015, Sterling scored his first senior goal for England in a 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley Stadium. On 9 October 2015, Sterling scored his second goal of the qualifying campaign in a 2–0 victory against Estonia, by which point the team were already qualified. He was one of 23 players chosen for the final tournament. He was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After a run of 27 games without a goal for England, Sterling scored twice in a UEFA Nations League group game against Spain on 15 October 2018. England went on to win the match 3–2. Style of play Sterling plays as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker, though he is more comfortable as a natural winger. Sterling has been praised for his adaptability and ability to play wide, at the tip of a midfield diamond and centrally, offering flexibility. Known for his pace, low centre of gravity, and dribbling skills, Sterling has been compared to Alexis Sánchez by his former manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has also praised him for offering a “real threat,” his use of pace with composure and his maturity. Despite his small stature, he also possesses considerable upper-body strength, which aids him in withstanding challenges, and retaining possession. Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi said in November 2014 that Sterling is good enough to play for the La Liga club, praising his physical and technical qualities. In April 2015, BBC Sport columnist Phil McNulty wrote that Sterling was “very good with the potential to be outstanding”, but remained a “work in progress” due to inconsistent performances. He also wrote, “He is blessed with natural pace that makes even the best defences and defenders take a step back.” Personal life In 2013, citing the influence of his mother, Sterling was quoted as saying he was “not 100 per cent religious, but my belief is strong. When the time is right, I will fully be Christian.” He added that he put his faith in God and that he prays regularly. He has one daughter, Melody Rose, born in 2012 after a brief relationship. On 8 August 2013, Sterling was arrested for an alleged common assault on his former girlfriend, a model. He was found not guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court on 20 September, when the complainant was unable to offer consistent evidence. A few months earlier, on 20 May 2013, a charge of common assault on a different woman was dropped after a witness failed to turn up to court. In April 2015, Sterling was photographed by the Sunday Mirror allegedly smoking a shisha pipe, and by The Sun allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide for recreational purposes. Manager Brendan Rodgers said, “I don’t think it is something you should be doing, it’s as simple as that.Young players make mistakes. As long as they learn from them, that is what is important.” In June 2017 following the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people died, Sterling made a “substantial” donation to those affected by the fire. On 16 December 2017, Sterling was attacked outside Manchester City’s training ground by a man who used racist language towards him. Four days later, 29-year-old Karl Anderson, a convicted football hooligan, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and a £100 fine. The Guardian praised Sterling’s resilience and courage in deciding to play only four hours afterwards. Sterling has an M16 rifle tattooed on his leg. He received criticism from anti-violence groups, but said that the tattoo had deeper meaning and referred to his father who was killed when Sterling was two years old. The treatment of Sterling by Britain’s tabloid media, especially The Sun, has been deemed unfair and racist by pundits including Ian Wright. WikiVidi.com [ Visit WikiVidi.com or browse the channel ]
WikiVidi.com Kevin Anderson (tennis) Kevin Anderson is a South African professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 8 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals as of 8 October 2018. He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of world No. 5 on 16 July 2018. He was the first South African to be ranked in the top 5 since Kevin Curren was No. 5 on 23 September 1985. On 6 February 2011, he defeated Somdev Devvarman in his hometown of Johannesburg to capture the South African Open title for his first ATP-level event title. His second ATP title came at the Delray Beach Open in 2012 when he defeated Marinko Matosevic. Anderson won his third ATP 250 championship in 2015 at the Winston-Salem Open with a victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert. His fourth ATP World Tour title came in February 2018 at the New York Open. Anderson made his Grand Slam final debut at the 2017 US Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. He ended 2017 winning the Abu Dhabi hosted World Tennis Championship. In June 2016, Anderson co-founded a tennis instructional and lifestyle website titled Realife Tennis, which offers online instruction and access to life on the professional tennis circuit. In the 2018 Wimbledon semifinals, Anderson reached his second major final by defeating American John Isner in the second longest match in the history of major tournaments. The match, which lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes, was only beaten in length by the 2010 match between Isner and France’s Nicolas Mahut. Early years Anderson started playing tennis at age 6 and was competitive in 800-metre races at school. On the eve of their meeting in the finals at the 2017 US Open, it emerged that as a 12-year old, Anderson regularly competed against future world number one Rafael Nadal on the juniors circuit. Collegiate career Anderson played three seasons of college tennis in the United States at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a three-time All-American in singles and two-time All-American in doubles. During his sophomore year, he won the national doubles championships with playing partner Ryan Rowe. In 2007, Anderson led Illinois to a runner-up team finish, losing to host Georgia on their home courts. In the championship dual match, Anderson lost at singles to future ATP top-ten player, John Isner. During the singles tournament, Anderson lost in the semifinals to eventual two-time national champion, Somdev Devvarman of Virginia. In doubles, Anderson and partner, Ryan Rowe, fell short of repeating as champions, losing in the championship match to Marco Born and Andreas Siljeström of Middle Tennessee State in three sets, after having a couple match points. 2003–2007: Early career At age 17, Anderson entered his first professional tournament, winning four main-draw matches in the four-week tournament to earn a world ranking of No. 1178 from his only tournament of the year. He also finished the year with a doubles ranking of No. 902. In November, Anderson entered his third pro tournament and won the Botswana F1 to push his ranking to No. 769. He followed that up the next two weeks in South Africa, reaching the final in F1 and the semifinals in F2 to finish the year ranked No. 665 in singles from just 3 tournaments. At age 19, Anderson continued to play at the Futures level, exclusively in the United States, reaching the semifinals of USA F21 in August. In November, he played his first Challenger event in Champaign, qualifying and beating No. 192 Jan-Michael Gambill in the first round. He finished the year ranked No. 766. In 2005, Anderson played his first pro tournaments of the year in June, again in the United States, reaching the finals of USA F13 and F21. He returned to Champaign again in November, beating No. 107 Kevin Kim to reach his first Challenger quarterfinal. He finished the year ranked No. 517. In doubles, he won a pair of USA Futures back to back in June and finished the year ranked No. 530. In 2006, Anderson again waited until June to play his first tournaments. He repeated as a finalist in USA F12, and then won USA F13 before qualifying two weeks later in the Winnetka Challenger and reaching the final to push his ranking to No. 310. He recorded his first win over a top-100 opponent in the qualifying for the ATP tournament in New Haven, beating No. 88 Chris Guccione, before losing in the main draw to No. 41 Arnaud Clément. In September 2007 in the Challenger in New Orleans, he needed to qualify to make the main draw in both singles and doubles, and won all 13 matches that week to take the singles and doubles titles, beating four top-200 singles players and the top three seeded doubles teams. His Challenger success in New Orleans helped him to career-high rankings at the end of 2007 of No. 221 in singles and No. 398 in doubles. 2008: 1st Grand Slam Entry Anderson began 2008 with a bit of success, reaching the quarters of the Challenger in New Caledonia before qualifying in his first Grand Slam attempt in Australia. He lost in the main draw first round to No. 84 Alejandro Falla in 5 sets, but his efforts got his ranking to a career high of No. 190. At the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, as a qualifier, he managed to defeat sixth seed Michaël Llodra in straight sets, 6–2, 7–6. In the second round he beat giant John Isner 7–6, 7–5. He beat Evgeny Korolev in his first ever ATP quarter-final 6–2, 6–0. In the semi-finals he won in straight sets against Robby Ginepri to reach his first ever ATP tour final. In the final, he fell to Sam Querrey in 3 sets. In the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, he beat Novak Djokovic for his first win against a top-10 player. At Wimbledon, Anderson and partner Robert Lindstedt of Sweden reached the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual tournament champions, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić. Anderson also represented South Africa in the Beijing Olympics, defeating Komlavi Loglo before losing to Nicolas Kiefer 4–6, 7–6, 4–6 in the singles tournament and losing to Nicolás Almagro and David Ferrer of Spain 6–3, 3–6, 4–6. 2009: Victory at Sanremo Challenger After a slow start to the year, he won the Sanremo Challenger in May, beating Blaž Kavčič in the final in three sets. At the Aegon Championships, Anderson won three matches to qualify, and then defeated no. 57 Fabio Fognini in the first round of the main draw, before losing to no. 46 Sam Querrey in the second round. 2010: 3rd Round at US Open and Canadian Masters At Wimbledon, he was defeated by seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko after winning the first two sets. Anderson advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships in July, upsetting fifth seed Janko Tipsarević in the first round. He qualified and reached the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating Leonardo Mayer and Sam Querrey before losing to no. 1 Rafael Nadal. He then won his first Grand Slam match at the US Open over Somdev Devvarman in straight sets and backed it up with a five-set win over 26th seed Thomaz Bellucci. 2011: 1st Career ATP Title He began the 2011 season by advancing to the semifinals of the Brisbane International Tournament, before losing to Andy Roddick in three sets. He then went on to lose in the first round of the Australian Open to Blaž Kavčič. At the SA Open,, he claimed his maiden ATP Tour title, by beating Indian Somdev Devvarman, rising 19 positions in the ATP rankings to a career high of No. 40. He reached a career-high of world no. 33 after making the quarterfinals of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open. At the Atlanta Tennis Championships, Anderson reached the quarterfinals as the second seed, defeating Michael Russell, before losing in straight sets to Gilles Müller. Next at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Anderson defeated Chris Guccione in the second round, before being defeated by Victor Troicki in the third round. At the 2011 Rogers Cup, he defeated Pablo Andújar in straight sets before beating an out-of-sorts Andy Murray in the second round with an easy victory. He was defeated in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka in a tight three set contest. 2012: 2nd ATP Title Anderson opened 2012 with a third-round loss at the 2012 Australian Open. He followed it up with a win in Delray Beach, defeating qualifier Marinko Matosevic in the final. At the French Open, he reached a career-best third round, where he was defeated by seventh seed Tomáš Berdych in five sets. 2013: 1st Grand Slam 4th-Round Appearance Anderson started the year at the Sydney International, where he reached the final, but lost to Australian Bernard Tomic in three sets. At the 2013 Australian Open, he defeated Fernando Verdasco in the third round, but lost to Tomáš Berdych in the fourth round. This was his career best in any Grand Slam event. He played at Indian Wells, where he knocked out fourth seed David Ferrer. He reached the quarterfinals there before losing to Tomáš Berdych. He reached the fourth round of the French Open, before falling to Ferrer in straight sets. At Wimbledon, he lost in the third round to Berdych. He reached the final in Atlanta in July, but lost his third final of the year in three tiebreaks to John Isner. 2014: 4 wins against Top-5 Opponents Anderson started the year by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, before being knocked out in straight sets by Tomáš Berdych. He then reached the final at Delray Beach, before losing to Marin Čilić in two tiebreaks. At the Mexican Open held in Acapulco, he again reached the final, losing to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets, with tiebreaks in the first and third sets. In the Indian Wells Masters, Anderson reached the quarterfinals, after beating third seed Stan Wawrinka in three sets. He lost to Roger Federer in straight sets. At the 2014 Madrid Open, he beat Radek Štěpánek, before losing to Tomáš Berdych. He repeated his success of 2013 by again reaching the fourth round in the French Open, before losing to fifth seed David Ferrer in four sets. He then reached the quarterfinals of the AEGON Championships held at the Queen’s Club, London, before losing to Radek Štěpánek. At the Wimbledon Championships he defeated Fabio Fognini to reach the fourth round, where he lost to Andy Murray. Anderson made it to the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 event in Toronto after defeating Fognini and Stanislas Wawrinka. At the Cincinnati Masters, he had a disappointing first-round, straight-set exit at the hands of John Isner. He made it to the third round of the US Open, where he lost to eventual champion Marin Čilić. At the Paris Masters he again defeated Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals, after which Tomas Berdych beat him. The South African ended the year no. 16 in the ATP year-end rankings. 2015: Top-10 debut Anderson made the final in Memphis, losing to Kei Nishikori, but he made early exits in Estoril and Madrid. He then at Queen’s Club made the final before being defeated by Andy Murray in straight sets. He again reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, where he led eventual champion Novak Djokovic two sets to love, taking both sets through tiebreakers. However, he was unable to sustain his form for the next three sets and eventually lost the match in five sets. Anderson became the champion of the ATP 250 in Winston-Salem, earning his third career singles title. Anderson’s big moment came in the US Open, where he defeated Andy Murray, advancing to his first quarterfinals in a Grand Slam after seven attempts. He won the first two sets, then lost the third set via tiebreaker, but after a fourth set, Anderson pulled away, winning the tiebreaker 7–0 and captured the victory. He would next face Stan Wawrinka, whom he had beaten the last four times they played, including once that year. This was their eighth match overall, but the first at Grand Slam level. Wawrinka levelled the head to head at 4–4, beating Anderson in straight sets, including a bagel in the third. Following the US Open, Anderson traveled to Asia for the Japan Open, where he lost in the round of 32 to Gilles Müller. Despite this loss, he reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 on 12 October, the first South African tennis player in the top 10 in 18 years. He then traveled to Shanghai for the Shanghai Masters , where he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This was followed by the Vienna Open, where he lost to Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals. Traveling to Basel next, he was defeated by yet another American in Donald Young in the Round of 16. He reached the third round in the 2015 BNP Paribas Masters, but failed to capitalise on a match point against Rafael Nadal. 2016: Injury struggles [^] Anderson started his season at Auckland as the fourth seed. He defeated Robin Haase in the second round, but lost to Jack Sock in the quarterfinals, despite winning the first set. Anderson was then scheduled to play at the Chennai Open, but withdrew due to a left knee injury. Anderson exited the Australian Open early in the first round and was advised to take some time off to sort out problems with his shoulder. He took the break and also had minor surgery on his ankle while he was out. Anderson then returned to Delray Beach as the top seed. He lost the first set of his match against Austin Krajicek in the first round and then retired before the second set. Anderson did not play again on tour until May at the Madrid Open. He lost in the first round against 13th seed Gaël Monfils. Anderson then played in Rome as the 16th seed. Anderson won his first-round match against Feliciano López, but lost in the second round to Juan Mónaco, despite winning the first set. Anderson then competed in Nice as the third seed. He defeated qualifier Diego Schwartzman, before losing to fifth seed João Sousa. Anderson then played at the French Open as the 18th seed, where he lost in the first round to Stéphane Robert. Anderson started his grass season at Queen’s Club. Since he entered late, he had to go through qualifying. Anderson defeated Edward Corrie and Jiří Veselý, both in straight sets, to enter the main draw. He then lost to Bernard Tomic in the first round of the main draw. Anderson then played at Nottingham as the top seed. He defeated Ivan Dodig and 14th seed Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to sixth seed and eventual champion Steve Johnson. Anderson then played at Wimbledon as the 20th seed. He lost in the first round to Denis Istomin, despite winning the first two sets. Anderson played at the Citi Open as the ninth seed. He lost in the second round to Malek Jaziri, despite winning the first set. Anderson then played in the Rogers Cup. He won his first-round match against Viktor Troicki. He then defeated sixth seed Dominic Thiem, because Thiem had to retire. He then reached the quarterfinals after he defeated 12th seed Bernard Tomic for the first time. Anderson, however, lost to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. The US Open saw his best performance in a Grand Slam for the year, defeating both Yoshihito Nishioka and Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, before bowing out to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, also in straight sets. 2017: US Open final 2017 was a better year for Anderson, despite a slow start. He began the year at the Memphis Open in February, where he lost in the first round to Bosnian Damir Džumhur. He also lost in the first round of the Delray Beach Open to resurgent Juan Martín del Potro. In March, he made it to the second round of Indian Wells, where he lost to Steve Johnson. In Miami, he again made it to the second round, where he was defeated by Kei Nishikori. In Houston, he played doubles with Sam Querrey, making it to the semifinals before losing to Dustin Brown and Francis Tiafoe. He then traveled to Barcelona, where he got past Carlos Berlocq and David Ferrer, losing in the third round to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. In May, he defeated Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals of Estoril, before succumbing to an in-form Gilles Müller in the semifinals. He had to go through qualifying in Rome, only to lose in the first round to eventual champion Alexander Zverev. He then traveled to Geneva, where he made it to the quarterfinals, falling again to Kei Nishikori in three tight sets. At the French Open, he had to retire from his fourth-round match against Marin Čilić. Anderson was back in action on the grass-court swing, making it to the second round of Eastbourne, where he lost to Richard Gasquet. At Wimbledon, he made it to the fourth round before falling to Sam Querrey in five sets. He had his best result at the Citi Open in Washington, where he defeated Dominic Thiem in the second round and Jack Sock in the semifinals to earn a runner-up finish against Alexander Zverev. Anderson also made the quarterfinals in Montréal, again falling to Zverev. After losing in the first round in Cincinnati, he withdrew from Winston-Salem. Anderson reached the quarterfinals at the 2017 US Open and defeated Sam Querrey in four sets. He defeated Pablo Carreño Busta in the semi-finals. In his first ever Slam final, he lost to Rafael Nadal in three sets. WikiVidi.com [ Visit WikiVidi.com or browse the channel ]
WikiVidi.com Venus Williams Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 21 in the WTA singles rankings. She is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis and, along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. She first reached the No. 1 ranking on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all time since Althea Gibson. Williams’ seven Grand Slam singles titles are tied for 12th on the all-time list, and 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female player except Serena. She has reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women’s doubles titles, all with Serena; the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Williams also has two Mixed Doubles titles. Her five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but gives her sole possession of No. 4 on the Open Era List, trailing only the nine titles of Martina Navratilova and the seven of Serena and Steffi Graf. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments in that span. At the 2018 US Open, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 80. With her run to the 2017 Wimbledon singles final, she broke the record for longest time between first and most recent grand slam singles finals appearances. Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women’s doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles, pulling even with Kathleen McKane Godfree for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female tennis player. She is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four Olympic Games. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody in 1924. With 49 singles titles, Williams trails only Serena among active players on the WTA Tour. Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest since January 1, 2000. She is also one of only three active WTA players to have made the finals of all four Grand Slams, along with Serena and Maria Sharapova. Early life Williams was born in Lynwood, California, to Richard Williams and Oracene Price. Her talents were apparent at the age of seven when a professional local tennis player named Tony Chesta spotted Williams and quickly identified the talent. The Williams family moved from Compton, California, to West Palm Beach, Florida, when she was ten, so that Venus and Serena could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci, who took notice of the sisters and who would provide additional coaching. He did not always agree with Williams’s father, but respected that “he treated his daughters like kids, allowed them to be little girls”. Richard stopped sending his daughters to national junior tennis tournaments when Williams was eleven, since he wanted them to take it slow and focus on schoolwork. Another motivation was racial, as he had allegedly heard parents of other players disparage the Williams sisters during tournaments. At that time, Williams held a 63–0 record on the United States Tennis Association junior tour and was ranked No. 1 among the under-12 players in Southern California. In 1995, Richard pulled his daughters out of Macci’s academy, and from then on took over all coaching at their home. Playing style Williams is a very powerful baseliner who also has an attacking all-court game. Her game is well adapted to grass, where she feels most comfortable, which is reflected in her five Wimbledon singles titles. She has developed into a skilful volleyer who uses her long arm span and agility around the net. Williams also has great court coverage and can hit winners from a defensive position. Williams holds the record for fastest serve in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments: 2007 French Open second round, 2008 Wimbledon final, 2007 U.S. Open first round – 129 mi/h. 1994–96: Professional debut Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen. In the second round of her first professional tournament, the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, Williams was up a set and a service break against world No. 2 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario before losing the match. That was the only tournament Williams played in 1994. In 1995, Williams played three more events as a wild card, falling in the first round of the tournament in Los Angeles and the tournament in Toronto, but reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament in Oakland, defeating No. 18 Amy Frazier in the second round for her first win over a top 20 ranked player before losing to Magdalena Maleeva. Williams played five events in 1996, falling in the first round four times, but reaching the third round in Los Angeles, before losing to No. 1 Steffi Graf. 1997: Debut Grand Slam singles final Williams played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I tournaments. She reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events – the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zürich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. In Indian Wells in March, Williams defeated No. 9 Iva Majoli in the third round for her first win over a player ranked in the top 10. She then lost in the quarterfinals to No. 8 Lindsay Davenport in a third set tiebreak. Her ranking broke into the top 100 on April 14, 1997. She made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the French Open, reaching the second round before losing to Nathalie Tauziat. She then lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Magdalena Grzybowska. During her debut at the US Open, she lost the final to Martina Hingis after defeating Irina Spîrlea in a semifinal which saw Spîrlea intentionally collide with Williams during a changeover. Richard Williams, her father, later claimed that this incident was racially motivated. She was the first woman since Pam Shriver in 1978 to reach a US Open singles final on her first attempt and was the first unseeded US Open women’s singles finalist since 1958. On September 8, 1997, her ranking broke into the top 50 for the first time. She ended the year ranked No. 22 1998: 1st WTA singles title and entering the top 10 In her debut at the Australian Open, Williams defeated younger sister Serena in the second round, which was the sisters’ first professional meeting. Williams eventually lost in the quarterfinals to No. 3 Davenport. Three weeks later, Williams defeated No. 2 Davenport for the first time in the semifinals of the IGA Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City. Williams then defeated Joannette Kruger in the final to win the first singles title of her career. In her first Tier I event of the year, Williams lost in the semifinals of the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells to No. 1 Hingis. The following week, Williams won the Tier I Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals. On March 30, 1998, her ranking broke into the top 10 for the first time, at No. 10. Williams played only one tournament on clay before the 1998 French Open. At the Italian Open in Rome, she defeated sister Serena in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals before losing to No. 1 Hingis in the final. Williams lost again to Hingis in the quarterfinals of the French Open. Williams lost her first match at the Direct Line International Championships in Eastbourne on grass before losing to No. 3 and eventual champion Jana Novotná in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. On July 27, 1998, her ranking rose to No. 5. Williams played three tournaments during the North American 1998 summer hard court season. She reached her fifth final of the year at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, defeating No. 6 Monica Seles in the semifinals before losing to No. 1 Davenport. Patellar tendonitis in her left knee caused her to retire from her quarterfinal match at the tournament in San Diego while trailing Mary Pierce 4–0 in the third set. At the US Open, Williams defeated fourth-seeded Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals before losing to second seeded and eventual champion Davenport in the semifinals. Williams played four tournaments in the remainder of 1998. She won her third title of the year at the Grand Slam Cup in Munich in September, defeating No. 9 Patty Schnyder in the final. She lost in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt before losing in the final of the Tier I Swisscom Challenge in Zürich to No. 1 Davenport and the semifinals of the Tier I Kremlin Cup in Moscow to Pierce. She had earned enough points during the year to participate in the year-ending Chase Championship, but withdrew from the tournament, because of tendonitis in her knee. She finished the year ranked No. 5. In 1998, Williams teamed with Justin Gimelstob to win the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and the French Open. Her sister Serena won the other two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles that year, completing a “Williams Family Mixed Doubles Grand Slam”. Williams won the first two women’s doubles titles of her career, in Oklahoma City and Zürich. Both titles came with sister Serena, becoming only the third pair of sisters to win a WTA tour doubles title. 1999: Three Tier I titles and 1st Grand Slam doubles title Williams started the 1999 tour in Australia, where she lost to No. 10 Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International in Sydney and No. 1 Davenport in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. However, she rebounded at the Faber Grand Prix in Hanover, defeating Graf for the first time in the semifinals before losing the final to No. 3 Novotná. Williams then successfully defended her titles in both Oklahoma City and Key Biscayne. She defeated Novotná and Graf to reach the final in Key Biscayne, where she defeated Serena in three sets in the first final on the WTA Tour to be contested by two sisters. Williams played four clay court events during the spring. She lost her first match at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida. Three weeks later, however, she won her first title on clay at the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg, defeating Mary Pierce in the final. Williams then won the Tier I Italian Open in Rome, defeating No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals and No. 8 Pierce in the final. At the French Open, she extended her winning streak to 22 matches before losing in the fourth round to No. 125 Barbara Schwartz. Williams teamed with Serena to win the women’s doubles title at this event, the first Grand Slam title the pair won together. At the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, Williams defeated No. 17 Anna Kournikova in the fourth round to reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, where she lost to eventual runner-up Graf. Williams rebounded in the summer when she won two Fed Cup matches against Italy and lost in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford to No. 1 Davenport. One week later, Williams defeated Davenport in the semifinals of the TIG Tennis Classic in San Diego before losing to No. 2 Hingis in the final. In her last tournament before the US Open, Williams won the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Connecticut, defeating No. 5 Seles in the semifinals and Davenport in the final. On August 30, 1999, her world ranking reached third for the first time. Seeded third at the US Open, Williams lost in the semifinals to No. 1 Hingis in three sets. However, she teamed with singles champion Serena at this event to win their second Grand Slam women’s doubles title. During the remainder of the year, Williams contributed to the USA’s victory over Russia in the Fed Cup final, winning one singles rubber before joining Serena to win the doubles rubber. At the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Williams defeated Hingis in the semifinals before losing to Serena for the first time in the final. Williams won her sixth title of the year at the Tier I event in Zurich, defeating No. 1 Hingis in the final. Four weeks later, she lost to Davenport in the semifinals of the tournament in Philadelphia. Making her debut at the year-ending Chase Championships, Williams lost to Hingis in the semifinals. She finished the year ranked No. 3. 2000: Olympic gold medals and 1st & 2nd Grand Slam titles In 2000, Williams missed the first five months of the year with tendinitis in both wrists. She returned to the tour during the European clay court season. She lost in the quarterfinals of the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg to Amanda Coetzer and in the third round of the Tier I Italian Open in Rome to Jelena Dokić. Although she had won only two of her four matches before the French Open, she was seeded fourth there. She won her first four matches in Paris without losing a set before losing in the quarterfinals to eighth-seeded and former champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in three sets. Williams then won 35 consecutive singles matches and six tournaments. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating No. 1 Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals, sister Serena in the semifinals, and defending champion Lindsay Davenport in the final. She also teamed with Serena to win the women’s doubles title at this event. She won three Tier II events during the North American summer hard court season, defeating Davenport in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford and Monica Seles in the finals of both the Acura Classic in San Diego and the Pilot Pen Tennis championships in New Haven. At the US Open, Williams defeated No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals and No. 2 Davenport in the final. At the Olympic Games in Sydney, she defeated Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals, Seles in the semifinals, and Elena Dementieva in the final to win the gold medal. She also won the gold medal in women’s doubles with her sister Serena. Davenport eventually snapped her winning streak in October in the final of the Linz Open. Williams did not play a tournament the rest of the year, because of anemia. She finished the year ranked No. 3 and with six singles titles. 2001: 3rd & 4th Grand Slam titles In 2001, Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time, where she lost to No. 1 Hingis. However, Williams teamed with her sister Serena to win the doubles title at the event, completing a Career Golden Slam in women’s doubles for the pair. Williams also reached the semifinals of the Tier I Tennis Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, California, where she controversially defaulted her match with sister Serena just before the match started. Williams had been suffering from knee tendinitis throughout the tournament and eventually this prevented her from playing. The following day, Williams and her father Richard were booed as they made their way to their seats to watch the final. Serena was subsequently booed during the final with Kim Clijsters and during the trophy presentation. Due to this, neither Williams sister entered the tournament for 14 years, with Serena entering in 2015 after appeals for forgiveness from the event and the WTA Tour. Williams rebounded from the Indian Wells ‘boycott’ controversy to win the next tournament on the tour calendar, the Tier I Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida. She defeated Hingis in the semifinals and No. 4 Jennifer Capriati in the final, after saving eight championship points. Because of this victory, her ranking rose to a career high of No. 2. During the European clay court season, Williams won the Tier II tournament in Hamburg, but lost in the third round of the Tier I EUROCARD Ladies German Open to No. 18 Justine Henin and the first round of the French Open to Barbara Schett. This was only the second time that she had lost in the first round of a Grand Slam singles tournament. Williams then successfully defended her Wimbledon title, defeating third-seeded Davenport in the semifinals and eighth-seeded Henin in three sets in Henin’s first Wimbledon final. During the North American summer hard court season, Williams won for the second consecutive year the tournaments in San Diego, defeating Seles in the final, and in New Haven, defeating Davenport in the final. Williams also won the US Open singles title for the second consecutive year, without dropping a set. In the quarterfinals, she beat fifth-seeded Clijsters, followed by a semifinal victory over No. 2 Capriati. She played Serena in the final, which was the first Grand Slam singles final contested by two sisters during the open era. Venus won the match and her fourth Grand Slam singles title. Williams also became only the sixth woman in history to win the singles titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in consecutive years, the others being Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Althea Gibson, Maureen Connolly Brinker, and Helen Wills Moody. WikiVidi.com [ Visit WikiVidi.com or browse the channel ]
WikiVidi Documentaries Maria Sharapova Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012. Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She has also won three doubles titles. Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women’s game. She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors, with John McEnroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen. Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel. According to Forbes, she has been named highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned 285 million including prize money since she turned pro in 2001. In March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open on January 26, 2016. She had tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned, effective January 1, 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency. On June 8, 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years by the International Tennis Federation. On October 4, 2016, the suspension was reduced to 15 months, starting from the date of the failed test, as the Court of Arbitration for Sports found that she had committed “no significant fault” and that she had taken the substance “based on a doctor’s recommendation. with good faith belief that it was appropriate and compliant with the relevant rules”. She returned to the WTA tour on April 26, 2017 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Early life Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR. Her parents, Yuri and Yelena, are from Gomel, Belarussian SSR. Concerned about the regional effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born. Introduction to tennis In 1989, when Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. There her father Yuri befriended Aleksandr Kafelnikov, whose son Yevgeny would go on to win two Grand Slam singles titles and become Russia’s first world No. 1 ranked tennis player. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racquet in 1991 when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park. Maria took her first tennis lessons with veteran Russian coach Yuri Yutkin, who was instantly impressed when he saw her play, noting her “exceptional hand-eye coordination”. Start of professional training In 1993, at the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended professional training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which had previously trained players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and Anna Kournikova. With money tight, Yuri Sharapov borrowed the sum that would enable him and his daughter, neither of whom could speak English, to travel to the United States of America, which they finally did in 1994. Visa restrictions prevented Sharapova’s mother from joining them for two years. Arriving in Florida with savings of US$700, Sharapova’s father took various low-paying jobs, including dishwashing, to fund her lessons until she was old enough to be admitted to the academy. Before she entered the IMG business, she trained with Rick Macci, in the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies. Originally, she did train with Rick Macci, but after the deal with IMG, she could not see Rick Macci anymore. In 1995, she was signed by IMG, who agreed to pay the annual tuition fee of $35,000 for Sharapova to stay at the Academy, allowing her to finally enroll at the age of 9. Thank you for watching. 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WikiVidi.com Jo Durie Joanna Mary Durie is a former singles World No. 5 professional tennis player from the United Kingdom. During her career, she also reached No. 9 in the world in doubles, and won two Grand Slam titles, both in the mixed doubles with Jeremy Bates. Durie was the last British woman to reach the semi final of a grand slam until Johanna Konta reached the semi final of the 2016 Australian Open. Singles career After a successful junior career which included winning junior British titles on all three surfaces in 1976; Jo Durie turned professional in 1977, and played her first match at Wimbledon that year against the eventual champion Virginia Wade. In 1980 Durie suffered a major back injury which kept her out of the game for eight months. However, she made a successful return to the woman’s tennis circuit in 1981, reaching the 4th round of the singles at Wimbledon and the US Open and climbing to her highest singles ranking so far of 31. 1983 proved to be her most successful year as a singles player, ending the season at number 6 in the world rankings and on the prize money leader board. As an unseeded player Durie reached the semi-finals of the French Open, beating both Pam Shriver and Tracy Austin along the way. Later that year she made another Grand Slam singles semi-final appearance at the US Open, where she eventually lost to Chris Evert in straight sets. Her dramatic rise up the singles rankings that year ended with a quarterfinal at the Australian Open in December. Durie’s success as a singles player during 1983 gained her a coveted place at the 1984 WTA Tour Championship as the 5th seed. Her most successful year at Wimbledon as a singles player came in 1984 when she reached the quarter-finals, beating a 15-year-old Steffi Graf in a memorable fourth round match. It was just after Wimbledon in 1984 that she reached a career high singles ranking of World No. 5. She won two top-level WTA singles titles at Mahwah, New Jersey and Sydney, and had career wins over Steffi Graf, Zina Garrison, Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlíková, and Tracy Austin. Further back injuries in 1989 led to a remodeling of her service action. Durie made her last appearance in a WTA tour singles final at the Virginia Slims of Newport tournament in 1990. In 1991 at the age of 30, and one of the oldest singles competitors that year, she had another successful run to the 4th round of the US Open. She was ranked the No. 1 British player for most of her career. She won the British National Singles title a record seven times. She was the second British woman player after Virginia Wade to win $1 million in prize money. Doubles career Partnering her fellow British player Jeremy Bates, Durie won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1987, the first British doubles team to win the title for fifty-one years. In 1991 they became the first British doubles team ever to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title. As of 2013 both of these records still stand. As a team Bates and Durie reached an additional three mixed doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 1986, 1990 and 1993. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 1992 as defending champions. Durie would go on to win five woman’s doubles titles from eighteen finals during her career. Her most successful year as a doubles player, aside from the Grand Slams in 1987 and 1991 was in 1983, when she reached six finals, winning three titles. Durie also reached the semi finals of the women’s doubles at the French Open and Wimbledon. By virtue of this success she gained a place at the 1984 WTA Tour Championship in doubles, and reached the final partnering Ann Kiyomura. Durie won the British National Doubles title a record nine times. Team tennis Durie was a stalwart member of the British Wightman Cup, British Federation Cup and British European Cup teams. Durie was the youngest member of the British Federation Cup team, alongside Virginia Wade and Sue Barker, which reached the team final in 1981. Durie led the British team to victory in the European Championship in Prague in 1992. Retirement Durie retired from competitive tennis at the Wimbledon Championships in 1995,, and marked it with a memorable performance. After three successive operations on her left knee, Durie went into the Championships ranked 326 in the world; yet reached the second round of the ladies singles. She beat France’s Alexia Dechaume-Balleret, ranked 85 in the world in straight sets in the first round. Her second round, and last singles match at Wimbledon was against Jana Novotná. After losing the match 6–2 6–2 Jo Durie was given a full standing ovation by the crowd on the ‘old’ No. 1 Court. Her last match at Wimbledon was appropriately a mixed doubles match on Centre Court, where she played alongside her long-standing partner Jeremy Bates. She is one of very few players to have a winning record against Steffi Graf and leads 4–3 in head-to-heads. Note, however, that all of her wins against Graf were before or during 1985, when Graf was typically a much lower-ranked player during the initial stages of her career. After retiring from the professional tour, Durie had heart surgery to rectify a problem that she had originally been prescribed Beta blockers for early in her career. She did not take the prescribed medication, as she didn’t feel well after taking them. She revealed this fact in March 2016 in interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, after the revelation that Maria Sharapova had been found taking a similar heart-issue drug, which later had been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Since retirement, Durie has worked as a TV tennis commentator for both the BBC and British Eurosport. She used to coach British number one Elena Baltacha alongside her own former coach Alan Jones. She won back to back Wimbledon Ladies Senior Invitation doubles titles in 1996 and 1997. Durie currently works as an academy coach at the FC Academy in Middlesex. Thank you WikiVidi.com Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE below. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE below.
WikiVidi.com Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is the reigning US Open champion in women’s singles. Osaka has a career-high Women’s Tennis Association ranking of No. 4 in the world, which she achieved in October 2018. She has won two titles and reached four finals on the WTA Tour. Osaka first came to prominence at the age of sixteen when she defeated former US Open champion Samantha Stosur at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, which was her first time in the main draw of a WTA tournament. She reached her first WTA final two years later at the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open, which took her into the top 50 in the world rankings. Her breakthrough year was 2018; in March she won Indian Wells, beating former world number ones Maria Sharapova and Karolína Plíšková in the first round and quarterfinals respectively, before defeating current No. 1 Simona Halep in the semifinals. In September, she won the 2018 US Open, defeating 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the final, and becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Osaka has an aggressive playing style, with a powerful serve that can reach 125 miles per hour. Personal life and family Naomi Osaka was born in Chūō-ku, Osaka to a Haitian father, Leonard “San” François, and a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka. Naomi and her older sister Mari were given their mother’s maiden name for practical reasons when the family lived in Japan. Her father was born in Haiti and went to New York University before moving to Japan, where he met her mother and later married her. In racially homogeneous Japan, Osaka is considered hāfu, which is Japanese for biracial. Her Japanese grandfather was furious when he found out that her mother was romantically involved with a black man. As a result of the interracial relationship, her mother did not have contact with her family for over ten years. In a 2016 interview, Osaka said: “When I go to Japan, people are confused. From my name, they don’t expect to see a black girl.” Osaka and her sister Mari, who is also a professional tennis player, have played together in doubles. Osaka moved at the age of three with her family to the United States where she currently resides in Florida. She attended Elmont Alden Terrace Primary and Broward Virtual High School. Osaka has been described as Japanese, American, Japanese-American, American-Japanese, Haitian-Japanese, and Haitian-American-Japanese. Being raised in the United States while having a mother who is Japanese and a father who is Haitian-American contributes to Osaka’s multi-ethnic identity. Osaka has dual Japanese and American citizenship, but she is not fully fluent in Japanese. Early years Osaka practiced at Utsubo Tennis Center in Japan. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Long Island. and Pembroke Pines’ public court in Florida. Her first tennis club was the Harold Solomon Institute, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2007, she won the “National Public Parks Girls’ 14 Doubles Championships” with her sister Mari. Although Osaka has both Japanese and American citizenship, her father chose to register her as Japanese when she began her career, aged 13. She made her debut at the 2011 ITF Women’s Circuit in a first round qualifying match in Montego Bay on 17 October 2011, the day after her fourteenth birthday. 2013–14: WTA Tour main-draw debut Osaka turned pro in September 2013. Her WTA Tour main-draw debut was at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, after she defeated Alla Kudryavtseva and Petra Martić in qualifying. In the first round proper she met 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur and came from a set down to defeat the Australian in a match lasting 2 hours. 2015–16: First WTA final and top-50 ranking During the 2015 WTA Finals she won the Rising Stars Invitational exhibition tournament, defeating Caroline Garcia in the final. In her Grand Slam debut, Osaka reached the third round of the Australian Open as a qualifier by defeating Donna Vekic and 18th seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets. She lost in the third round to former champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. During the clay season, Osaka reached the third round of the French Open. She defeated 32nd seed and future champion Jeļena Ostapenko and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, both in straight sets. She then lost to former finalist and sixth seed Simona Halep in three sets, despite capturing the first set. After an injury prevented her from participating in Wimbledon, Osaka reached the third round at the US Open. She came from a set down to defeat 28th seed CoCo Vandeweghe and then defeated Duan Yingying in straight sets, before falling to American Madison Keys in three sets. She had led 5–1 in the third set. [^] She started the fall Asian swing competing at the 2016 Japan Women’s Open, where she conclusively beat Anett Kontaveit in the first round, before falling to Zhang Shuai in straight sets. The next week saw Osaka’s breakthrough at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, where she was given a wildcard and went on to defeat fellow countrywoman Misaki Doi, Dominika Cibulkova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Elina Svitolina to reach her first WTA final. In the final, she fell to former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. With this result, Osaka entered the top 50 of the WTA rankings. Osaka was voted the newcomer of the year at the 2016 WTA Awards. 2017: High-profile matches [^] At the Australian Open, Osaka won her first-round match against Luksika Kumkhum, before losing to Johanna Konta in straight sets. She also lost in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships to Christina McHale. She had multiple second-round and third-round losses at Indian Wells, the Miami Open, and the Volvo Car Open before she qualified for the Women’s Stuttgart Open and losing to Konta again in the first round. She was unsuccessful in the rest of her clay-court season. Osaka lost in the first round of the Nottingham Open, in straight sets. At the Birmingham Open she lost to Lucie Safarova in round two. She also lost to Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at the Eastbourne International. At Wimbledon, Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo and Barbora Strýcová before losing to Venus Williams in the third round. At the US Open, she had the biggest win of her career to that point, defeating defending champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the first round. She then defeated Denisa Allertová in three sets before falling to six-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi. In October, she beat Venus Williams in the second round of the Hong Kong Open before being beaten in the quarterfinal by the eventual winner, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. 2018: Indian Wells and US Open champion, top 4 ranking [^] Osaka entered the 2018 season ranked 68. After triumphs over Kristína Kučová and 16th seed Elena Vesnina, Osaka reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time when she beat Ashleigh Barty in the third round of the Australian Open. She was beaten by Simona Halep in the fourth round. Competing as a wildcard in the Dubai Tennis Championships, she defeated Kristina Mladenovic and Anett Kontaveit before losing to Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinal. In the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she beat former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round. She said afterward, “There are three people I wanted to play, Venus [Williams], [Sharapova] and Serena. Now I’m just waiting to play Serena.” She continued her good form with straight-set wins over 31st seed Agnieszka Radwańska and qualifier Sachia Vickery to advance to the fourth round, where she battled through three tough sets to overcome Maria Sakkari, thus advancing to her first Premier Mandatory tournament quarterfinal, where she upset former world No. 1 Karolína Plíšková in straight sets to advance to her first Premier Mandatory semifinal. She then beat world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets to advance to the biggest final of her career to date. Osaka won BNP Paribas Open by defeating Russian 20th seed Daria Kasatkina in straight sets. In March 2018, Osaka finally drew a spot against her idol, former world No. 1 Serena Williams, in the first round of the Miami Open. Osaka, ranked world No. 22, was unseeded, as was Williams, who was playing her fourth comeback match following the birth of her first child. Osaka won in straight sets. She then lost in the second round to fourth seed Elina Svitolina. By May 2018, Osaka had moved from Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton, Florida, and was training at Evert Tennis Academy there, while playing for Japan. [^] Osaka matched her 2016 performance at the French Open, reaching the third round before losing to 13th seed Madison Keys. In the grass-court season, she reached the semifinals of the Nottingham Open, where she lost to top seed Ashleigh Barty. She was seeded 18th at Wimbledon, and matched her 2017 performance by reaching the third round where she was defeated by 11th seed and eventual champion Angelique Kerber. After a string of early losses at Washington, the Rogers Cup, and Cincinnati, Osaka saw a return to form at the US Open, defeating Laura Siegemund and Julia Glushko to match her 2016 and 2017 third-round performances. She then recorded a victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich where she lost no games, her best ever match win. In the fourth round, she overcame 26th seed Aryna Sabalenka in three sets. In the quarterfinals, Osaka beat unseeded Lesia Tsurenko in just 58 minutes, yielding only two games. With this win, she reached her first major semifinal. In the semifinals, she defeated Madison Keys in straight sets, becoming the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final. In the final, Osaka defeated Serena Williams in straight sets to claim the 2018 US Open trophy. She became the first Japanese tennis player to win a major tennis tournament. Her victory was marred by an on-court dispute between Williams and the umpire, which led to boos from the crowd both during the match and at the award ceremony. Osaka later said that the win was “a little bit bittersweet”, and that she tried to keep from thinking about it over the following days, because “it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory” for her. Her first tournament after the US Open was the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she had reached the final in her breakout tournament in 2016. Her good form continued as she dominated in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, reaching the final without dropping a set. In the final, Karolína Plíšková defeated Osaka in straight sets. Osaka became the third player to qualify for the 2018 WTA Finals, after Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, with a first round victory over Zarina Diyas in the 2018 China Open in October. She beat Danielle Collins in the second round, Julia Görges in the third round, and Zhang Shuai in the quarter-final. She was then defeated by Anastasija Sevastova in the semifinals. Due to her strong performance and Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitová’s early losses, Osaka rose to a new high ranking of World No. 4. She thus matched the record of both Kimiko Date and Kei Nishikori as the highest ranked Japanese player of all time. Fed Cup Having not previously played in Japan, Osaka was spotted in qualifying at the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo by Shinji Yoshikawa, the Japan Fed Cup team coach, who reported to the Japan Tennis Association that she had “awesome talent”. She was first selected for the Japan Fed Cup team in 2017. She had three consecutive wins in the Asia/Oceania Zone, against Khim Iglupas of the Philippines, Karman Thandi of India, and Zhang Kailin of China, as Japan won the group 3–0. In the play-offs she beat Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, but the team was not promoted. In the 2018 World Group II Play-offs, Osaka beat Heather Watson and lost to Johanna Konta of the Great Britain team, as Japan was promoted to World Group II. Hopman Cup In the 2018 Hopman Cup, Osaka played two singles matches and two doubles matches in Group B, against Switzerland and Russia, where she won only one singles match. In the doubles match with Switzerland, she served an “ace” against men’s world no. 2, Roger Federer. Playing style and equipment Osaka is an aggressive, offensive baseline player, able to hit winners off both sides. She likes to attack with her big forehand, but she can plant her feet and rip her backhand for winners as well. Her serve is consistent and very strong – up to. She plays with the Yonex Ezone 98 racquet. Management and sponsors In 2018, Osaka signed a worldwide marketing and management agreement with IMG. Osaka has been sponsored by racket manufacturer Yonex since 2008. 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WikiVidi.com Christina McHale Christina McHale is an American professional tennis player. Her highest-ever Women’s Tennis Association rankings are No. 24 in singles and No. 60 in doubles. Known for an aggressive baseline game, McHale has been recgonized by The New York Times for her “booming” groundstrokes and fast footwork. She has reached the third round of all four Grand Slam tournaments, and has represented the United States in Fed Cup and Olympic competitions. In September 2016, McHale won her first WTA title at the Japan Women’s Open. Early life Christina McHale was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. She is the daughter of John and Margarita McHale. Her father John is an Irish American, while her mother Margarita was born in Cuba. Her family lived in Hong Kong from the time she was three until she was eight, and she speaks a degree of Mandarin Chinese, along with fluent Spanish. In 2000, the McHale family moved back to the United States and bought a home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In June 2006, she graduated from Upper School of the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools as the eighth-grade valedictorian. At the age of 15, she left home to train at the USTA Training Center headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. She has been homeschooled through Kaplan Online High School since age 15. Her sister Lauren is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she plays tennis for the Tar Heels. 2009 McHale was granted a wildcard into the main draw of the 2009 Australian Open, where she lost a three-set match in the first round to Jessica Moore. She also joined the US Fed Cup team and competed against France. She received a wildcard into the main draw of the 2009 US Open, where she won her first career Grand Slam match by defeating Polona Hercog in straight sets. However, she lost to Maria Sharapova in the second round. 2010 In Boca Raton, Florida, McHale beat Asia Muhammad in qualifying. Soon afterwards, she earned a qualifying victory over Beatrice Capra for the 2010 French Open. She lost in the first round to Varvara Lepchenko. At the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open, McHale defeated Nadia Petrova in the first round and Ayumi Morita in the second. She then lost in the third round to the eventual winner and former world no. 1 Kim Clijsters. 2011 In June, she gained her first ITF singles title, winning a $50,000 event in Italy. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, McHale won her second Grand Slam match by defeating 28th seed Ekaterina Makarova in three sets. She lost in the second round to Tamira Paszek of Austria. In the second round of the Western & Southern Open, McHale beat then-world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. In the first round of the US Open, she earned a three-set victory over Aleksandra Wozniak. She went on to beat eighth seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets. McHale exited after a third-round loss to 25th seeded Maria Kirilenko. 2012 McHale kicked off her season with a straight sets win over Alexandra Dulgheru at the 2012 ASB Classic in Auckland. She lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. At the 2012 Australian Open, she beat Lucie Safarová in the first round and Marina Erakovic in the second, only to be defeated in the third round by Jelena Jankovic. She won both of her Fed Cup matches against Belarus in February, beating Anastasiya Yakimova and Darya Kustova. McHale then traveled to Doha, where she recorded wins over Chanelle Scheepers, Peng Shuai, and Shahar Pe’er, before falling to Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Qatar Total Open. McHale opened March with wins over Elena Vesnina and Petra Kvitová after receiving a bye in the opening round, before losing to Angelique Kerber in the 4th Round of the 2012 BNP Paribas Open. McHale wrapped up March with a win over Galina Voskoboeva, before going out to Petra Cetkovská in the 2nd Round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. McHale started the clay court season in Charleston at the 2012 Family Circle Cup, where she lost in the first round to Aleksandra Wozniak. She was then selected for the Fed Cup World Group Playoff Tie in Kharkiv, Ukraine. McHale played the opening rubber against Lesia Tsurenko, and prevailed in three sets. In the 2012 French Open, McHale defeated Kiki Bertens and fellow American Lauren Davis in the first two rounds before falling to defending champion Li Na in the 3rd round. McHale advanced to the third round for the fourth consecutive grand slam event in the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She advanced over Johanna Konta and Mathilde Johansson, but was defeated by 8th seeded Angelique Kerber in the third round. McHale then participated at the Olympic tennis tournament in London where she was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic. In New York at the 2012 US Open, McHale was defeated in the first round by Kiki Bertens. McHale then competed in the China Open in Beijing, but she was defeated in the first round by Ana Ivanovic once again. 2013 McHale started her 2013 season in Auckland, New Zealand at the 2013 ASB Classic, but lost to Pauline Parmentier in the opening round. McHale’s slump continued into the 2013 Australian Open, falling to Yulia Putintseva in the first round. McHale then recorded her first win of the year in Paris at the 2013 Open GDF Suez, defeating Pauline Parmentier in the first round. She subsequently lost to Marion Bartoli in the second round. McHale’s next tournament was the 2013 Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar, where she defeated Vera Dushevina in the opening round. Following that, she went on to defeat Lucie Šafárová in the second round before falling to Victoria Azarenka in the third round. The following week, McHale continued in the middle east swing by partaking in the qualifying event for the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, in which she defeated Kai-Chen Chang before falling to Kurumi Nara. She continued her 2013 campaign at the WTA Premier Mandatory 2013 BNP Parbias Open in Indian Wells, California, opening with a victory against Tsvetana Pironkova. She subsequently lost to Maria Kirilenko in the next round. McHale started her European clay swing at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid Spain. She was the second seed in the qualifying event in which she advanced through to the main draw with victories over Andrea Hlavácková and Mathilde Johansson. In the main draw, McHale opened with a win against Peng Shuai, before falling to Maria Sharapova in the second round. In Rome, McHale defeated Karin Knapp in the first round, before losing to seventh seed Sara Errani in the second. The match against Errani was the third time in as many meetings in which the match was decided in the third set. Her French Open campaign ended in a first round defeat, whilst Wimbledon saw an improvement, where she reached the second round and was defeated by the 15th seed and eventual champion, Marion Bartoli of France. At the US Open, McHale reached the third round, where she faced Serbian nemesis Ana Ivanovic. After winning the first set, she served for the match at 5–4 up in the second set, but was broken, and ultimately lost the match in three sets. Despite the loss, she earned praise for her fighting performance against the former world number one. Thank you WikiVidi.com Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE below. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE below.