Serena Williams' 2005 racket to be put up for auction at a stunning price


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Serena Williams' 2005 racket to be put up for auction at a stunning price

The racket that Serena Williams used in the first round of 2005 Wimbledon will be put on sale for auction starting from $8,000. With that racket, Williams came from a set down to defeat Angela Haynes 6-7(12), 6-4, 6-2. Williams lost in the third round that year at Wimbledon.

The women's singles title was won by her sister, Venus Williams. Venus defeated fellow American Lindsay Davenport in the final. Heinz Gunthardt has been working as a TV commentator in Switzerland for more than 30 years. In 1978 he became the first Swiss to win an ATP title and he won four more during his career.

In the rankings he achieved his career-high at No. 22, he also won 30 doubles titles between 1979 and '86 including at Wimbledon and French Open. In 1990, he retired from the professional tour due to a hip injury. "I was able to play well but it hurt a lot and I was very limited.

That's why my career was relatively short," explained Gunthardt. "There were doctors who thought it was worth to undergo surgery. But there were also doctors who thought it was dangerous. I suffered since I was 17 years old and it was always hurting when I was playing."

Gunthardt coached Ana Ivanovic, Steffi Graf and then became Switzerland's Fed Cup team captain. He is now a SRF commentator. "I commentate for around 10,000 hours, always continuing to be professional even after a lot of hours," said Gunthardt who also admitted he had his funniest interview with Roger Federer when the Swiss player was at the beginning of his career.