The magical Tennis Player, Roger Federer has had a remarkable season this year too. He was voted as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for the fourth time. He returned after long-time knee trouble to win the grand slam after 2012 at the Australian Open. Following it, he won for the record-breaking eighth time the Wimbledon Crown. He is on number 2 ranking in the world just behind his top rival Rafael Nadal. He has also won the best overseas personality award chosen by the public. He has earlier won this award in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Close to Federer, Usain Bolt and Muhammad Ali have won this award three times. On this moment of great honor, Federer said he is proud to be chosen by the UK public as the best overseas personality for 2017. He added on that the support provided by the UK public is just amazing and it helps celebrities like him to stay grounded and be thankful for the immense trust and encouragement showered by the public.
Federer competed with various other sports personalities for the BBC overseas personality of the year award. His competitors included the American quarterback footballer Tom Brady, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, swimmer Katie Ledecky, dart player Michael Van Gerwe and athlete Sally Pearson. However, the votes favored the one and only Federer, and he got awarded at a beautiful ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. His winning the award for Sports Personality of the year is no new news. His caliber and significant contribution to tennis are incomparable. He is 36 years old and is still going strong! He plays each season with the zest and energy as if he is playing his very first series. He is certainly a source of inspiration for all the budding tennis enthusiasts out there.
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Iceland made its place in the world cup finals after a 2-0 win against Kosovo. Heimir Hallgrimsson team was fully aware that if they win over Group I’s bottom side will finalize their team’s position to qualify for the world cup finals. On the other hand, Gylfi Sigurdsson from Everton and team set their nerves pumping on the goal before the halftime. Even in the second half the spirit continued when Johann Berg’s second was set up by Sigurdsson during the next half of the game. Iceland was firm on ending the sports campaign by winning the last three finals. This paved the way for their entry into the quarterfinals of Euro cup in the year 2016.
Iceland’s emphatic final match victory by 3-0 in Turkey took them to the top in the ranking list. However, they tried their best to impose against the group’s bottom side. Earlier in the game, Samir Ujkani easily saved the far post shot made by Bodvarsson. Following the incredible shot Milot Rashica soon gave a shot that was long-range enough to flow past the Halldorsson post. It was an unexpected game turn that set our adrenaline pumping like never before. Iceland kept moving ahead, and their next move in the game completely changed its face to something that was unexpected.
Sigurdsson collected the ball and made his fourth goal for the qualifiers. With all his might he went past Amir Rrahmani and Ujkani for the fantastic shot. He was unstoppable! The hosts had a huge smile on their face seeing an incredible effort. All of this later led to the Iceland team entering the finals of the world cup for the first time. It was a happy moment for all the people of the country. It broke the records of Tobago and Trinidad to become the smallest country of all time to go for the World cup finals in football. The best part was that they won with pretty good scores too! Now, this is what we call an inspirational win!
We keep hearing about the achievements of top-class sports players. On the one hand Federer became the oldest man to win a Wimbledon, and on the other hand, we have Venus Williams who keeps on breaking records and winning games. At the age of 37, Venus Williams is nothing but a great source of inspiration for us. She has made it to the second week of her seventh straight major. While she was near the end of her first week, her sister and star performer Serena Williams gave birth to a daughter. These sisters have been in the news only for their exceptional achievements and nothing else.
Player Maria Sharapova returned from a drug suspension to play the Grand Slam. She was quite a headliner then in the first week of the open. She also won three matches in the week making sports lovers go gaga. However, the Williams sisters are a tennis family that has never been reported for any scandalous activity. We should certainly salute the spirit of this family that has brought many prestigious wins for the country. They are one of the best American sports persons who are an inspiration to all of us.
Venus and Serena have won 30 major singles and 14 more Grand Slam doubles championships in their career. They have ruled the Tennis arena for more than two decades now. Earlier there were the great Althea Gibson and Ashe before Venus and Serena came out of Compton to change the Tennis world. Serena played matches even while she was pregnant. The public couldn’t figure that out until she won the championship and the news was released that she is expecting a baby soon. It was a shock for all of us seeing the high spirits of this great lady for the love of tennis.