The Championships - Wimbledon 2017

 WOW! What an amazing two weeks of tennis we have been treated to at The Championships at Wimbledon.

Unfortunately for us, the biggest tournament in the tennis calendar ended yesterday, leaving us needing us to find something else to fill our summer afternoons other than watching a masterclass from Roger Federer or the bustling crowds atop Henman Hill.

Men’s Singles:

It was a memorable day for Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis player, who will now undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players as he became the first man in the history of the Wimbledon Championships to lift the titles eight times.

It though, wasn’t a memorable final. What we will remember is the despair of Marin Cilic, who came in carrying a damaged and then seemed to accentuate the problem when he slipped and fell in the fifth game of the match.

Early in the second set, the doctor and the trainer were called to attend Cilic at a changeover. His distress soon became clear and he sat weeping into his towel while Federer discreetly changed ends and returned to the court.

To be fair to Cilic he showed his mentality and played on despite the injury & did the almost unthinkable in turning Centre Court against Federer. It wasn’t that they wanted the Croatian to win, more that they wanted to watch a good spectacle and see Cilic put up a fight.

It wasn’t to be however and Federer achieved another feat, in not dropping a set throughout the entire tournament following a 3-6, 1-6, 4-6 victory.

In the end, an ace clinched Federer’s 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory in 1hr 41min. It was the first time Federer had won Wimbledon without dropping a set, and only the second time anyone had done so in the Open era, after Bjorn Borg in 1976.

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Women’s Singles

In the women’s final Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon Championship title in a straight set win over five-time winner Venus Williams.

The 23-year-old saved two set points and won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof.

Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era.

It is 14th seed Muguruza's second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.

Having lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final, Muguruza becomes the second Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title after her coach, Conchita Martinez.

She is also the first woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.

With two Grand Slam titles in short succession, Muguruza looks to have a very bright future and is adding to the growing number of Spanish tennis players making waves in the sport.

A special mention must be given to Britain’s Johanna Konta who got to the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to Williams.

Konta, who went into the Championships as an underdog impressed many and had the full support of the home crowd due to her aggressive style of play and no-nonsense attitude.

Mixing that with a never say die mentality, even when a set down meant that Konta’s performances will go down in history and she achieved the feat of being the first British lady since Virginia Wade to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

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Mixed Doubles

Top seeds Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis beat defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 to take home the Championships mixed doubles title.

Hingis, who’s career spans 20 years won her sixth Wimbledon title in this final, she now has one singles crown, three doubles and two mixed-doubles.

Murray and Hingis only decided to partner up before this tournament a decision that neither will regret.

Hingis said: "I'm really happy how we played and performed. One Briton was going to win a Wimbledon title this year and I was hoping it would be mine.”

Murray, older brother to World No. 1 Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title ten years ago, having won the mixed doubles with Jelena Jankovic.

The 31-year-old said: “I forgot what it felt like the last time I won.

"This was pretty sweet and I have to give huge thanks to Martina - when she texted me it was an easy decision and it's great to have the trophy again.

"A lot of guys in the locker room would be jumping at the chance to join Martina."

Asked whether the pair would be back to defend their title next year, Hingis said: “We have the next Grand Slam coming up and we have to talk about that.”

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Men’s Doubles

The Wimbledon Championship’s men’s doubles final was not the most beautiful match to watch, but no one could deny the passionate nature of the final, with both sets of players giving it their all.

Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo continued their doubles dominance in 2017, capturing a thrilling final at Wimbledon. The duo from Poland and Brazil saw off Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(2), 6-3, 13-11 needing four hours and 40 minutes to claim their first Grand Slam title as a team.

Photo Credit: www.timesofindia.com

Women’s Doubles

Olympic Champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina endured a late start out on Centre Court, but made up for lost time with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Chan Hao-Ching and Monica Niculescu to take home their third Grand Slam title - their first at the Championships.

"We were waiting for this title." Vesnina said after the match.

"It was our goal for the whole time that we've been playing. We had that close final two years ago, lost 7-5 in the third. We had it in our minds that we didn't finish something here. We need to finish it in the right way."

Following the pairs wins at the French Open in 2013 and the U.S. Open in 2014, the Russians triumph at Wimbledon means they have now won three of the grand slam events in doubles.

It was a short final – lasting only 54 minutes and the Russians, runners-up at the All England Club in 2015, had to save just two break points in the entire match against the pair playing in their first season together.

The top-seeded duo of American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova had to withdraw before the second round after Mattek-Sands suffered a severe injury in a singles match.

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Men’s Wheelchair Singles

Stefan Olsson won his first singles wheelchair title at the Championships after beating Gustavo Fernandez 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

For Olsson, the victory was a year overdue after the Swede finished runner-up at The Championships last year.

Olsson’s opponent, Fernandez beat teenager Alfie Hewett on his way to the final, taking revenge on the 19-year-old after being defeated in the Rolland Garros final last month.

Olsson ended a record of 23 defeats in 23 matches stretching back 11 years against Japan´s former world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda by beating him 6-4, 6-2 to reach the men’s final.

Olsson gave up the sport for the best part of 12 months in 2013-14 but was inspired to return after watching a match between Novak Djokovic and John Isner while he was on his honeymoon.

“After the Paralympics in London in 2012 I didn’t feel the motivation anymore,” he said. “My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Rhodes, Greece, when we walked past this sports bar on our way to the beach and there was a match being shown on the television there between Isner and Djokovic. Isner was leading and doing these crazy serves and everything and after watching it I thought I really want to go back to tennis.”

Photo Credit: www.timesofindia.com

Women’s Wheelchair Singles

Ruthlessly aggressive and calm until victory was within sight, Diede de Groot steadied to take her first Grand Slam title in the ladies' wheelchair singles final on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Dutchwoman closed out a 6-0, 6-4 result over German  Sabine Ellerbrock on No.3 Court to avenge an Australian Open defeat earlier in the year.

Revenge was on the cards for de Groot as she readied to take on Sabine Ellerbrock in the Wimbledon final, only months after her defeat in the Australian Open.

de Groot stormed through the opening set on 15 winners to her opponent’s six and soon surged to 4-2 in the second set.

The Dutch woman almost threw her demanding lead away. Whilst serving for the match at 5-3, de Groot’s nerves became evident and she was broken with victory in sight. The 20-year-old was not to be stopped though and she channelled her inner aggression with four straight winners to break back Ellerbrock’s serve and take home her first Slam.

“We played first round at the Australian Open but it was all very new to me and I struggled finding my rhythm, knowing that I now felt very well and I really like this surface I just felt very confident so that helped a lot,” De Groot said.

“I was very nervous so that didn’t help me but I did manage to keep control and stay focused and hit my own shots.

“I like short rallies. I like to just hit the return quite deep and make sure I make a lot of pressure from the beginning of the rally and I think that really suits the court.”

Photo Credit: Leidsch Dagblad

 Men’s Wheelchair Doubles

 Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have successfully defended their Gentleman’s Wheelchair Doubles Title at The Championships – Wimbledon, with a 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) victory over French duo Nicholas Peifer and Stephane Houdet.

Hewett and Reid overcame Gustavo Fernandez & Shingo Kunieda in the semi-finals.

The pair were a set down when play was abandoned for two hours due to bad weather. After play resumed, the Brit’s raced into a 5-1 lead and held off a well mounted recovery challenge from the top seeds to take it to a decider.

Hewett, 19 & Reid, 25, let four Championship points slip, but eventually prevailed in a tense tie-break.

It was a replica of the 2016 final & the duo had to come back from a set down in a three-hour epic this time last year as well.

On court following their victory, Reid said: “We don't like to do it the easy way,"

"The match was played in a great spirit and look at this crowd - they were amazing.

"I've been playing for 12 years and never once did I think we'd fill a stadium like this, especially when the women's final was on Centre Court at the same time.

"The sport has grown massively and the more chance we have to play on these types of courts, the more we can inspire others to play the game - and hopefully be on Centre Court one year."

Women’s Wheelchair Doubles

Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji won a fourth successive Championship Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title as they successfully saw off Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

After going a set down, Whiley, 25, and Kamiji, 23, recovered in time to take the second and went on to not lose a game in a dominant third set to extend their impressive winning run at Wimbledon.

The win makes it more impressive considering Whiley has taken eight months out through injury since her last Wimbledon title and she was visibly emotional following her victory.

Whiley said: “This is by far the most special for me. I really did try my hardest. I’m so happy.”

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So that’s it! The Championships – Wimbledon is done for another year, I don’t know about you, but I’m already very excited for next year. Will Murray reclaim his crown? Will Federer extend his record? Will Konta go one step further and reach the final? So many unanswered questions! Make sure you tune in next year to find out the answers.



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