Tennis’ two brightest lights will not be making their familiar appearance in the Wimbledon finals this year.
On the men’s side, Roger Federer, who was shooting for his seventh Wimbledon title, lost a frustrating match to 12-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
And on the women’s side, five-time champ Venus Williams was ousted 82nd-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, 6-2, 6-3. Venus added to the disappointment by failing to advance in doubles, a category she and sister Serena usually dominate.
Neither Federer nor Williams would make any excuses, other than pointing to their own poor play. But many tennis bloggers were quick to opine that age has finally caught up with the two tennis titans.
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“Williams, who turned 30 less than two weeks ago, looked very much her age.