It’s on the schedule for this coming week:
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
TENNIS: WIMBLEDON in London, England
Women’s final: 6 a.m., Saturday, ESPN
Men’s final: 6 a.m., Sunday, ESPN:
How much did nagging injuries, or pure exhaustion, account for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer making early exists at Wimbledon last week? Forced to endure grueling five-set matches, tournament after tournament, could finally be taking their toll, says Martina Navratilova. “It’s really becoming so taxing that I believe one day we will have two out of three sets in the Grand Slams, otherwise they’re going to be taking people out on stretchers, Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champ, with half of them coming at Wimbledon, recently told Laureus.com. England’s top men’s performer, Andy Murray, missed the French Open with a bad back recently but has plowed through the competition in the first week and, with a No. 2 seed, is aligned to meet up in the men’s final against top-seed Novak Djokovic, who has had ankle issues himself. On the women’s side, Serena Williams continues to make quick work of her opponents. Keep an eye on the only other American left in the men’s or women’s field – Sloane Stephens, who has to face 19-year-old Puerto Rican Monica Puig in the fourth round next. And the Bryan Brothers of Camarillo remain alive and well in their quest to reach the men’s doubles final on Saturday (with the semifinals on Thursday).
Women’s semifinals are Thursday (5 a.m., ESPN); men’s semifinals are Friday (5 a.m., ESPN). Channel 7 repeats the women’s and men’s final Saturday and Sunday at noon.