Reminiscing a week on. Wimbledon’s best five moments.
1.Muller defeats Nadal in a gripping five sets
After winning the French Open without dropping a set, and sweeping through his first three rounds, Nadal was set as a firm favourite, at least in my eyes. Even down two sets it was hard to see him not making a strong comeback and making it into the quarters. However Rafa’s unsuccessful run at Wimbledon continued as after almost five hours Muller triumphed, after hitting 30 aces and over 90 winners. The tense match had me gripped, and even the amazing points like the one below deserve to be on this list on their own merits.
2. Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji retain their doubles titles
After having disappointing earlier rounds in the singles it was a great success to reach the final for Alfie and Gordon, and to retain their title in front of a home crowd, thankfully not on court 17 but a show court. After losing the first set it was a true comeback.
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji continued to impress as they won their fourth doubles title at Wimbledon. This was perhaps their best, after Whiley’s eight months out for injury. What particularly stood out though, was the touching post match interview, as Whiley stated that ‘Yui’s my best friend, I would do anything for Yui, I would try my hardest for Yui and I know she would do the same.’
3. The Mixed Doubles
Once again the mixed doubles pairings smiled their way through the competition. Lighting up the final this year Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen against Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray. Top quality tennis and four smiles throughout, tennis at it’s most fun. Impressive if anyone made through the mixed doubles without a smile on their own face.
And another win for the Brits as Murray and Hingis succeeded.
4. Venus makes it to her first final since 2009.
With her sister pregnant and not playing it paved a way for Venus yet again. Venus had not been placed as favourite, but she played like she was, defeating the likes of Konta and the French Open champion Ostapenko. While she couldn’t win, as Muguruza dominated on the last Saturday, she proved she can never be counted out.
Once again an interview stood out as Venus gushed about missing Serena ‘terribly’ and touchingly said that she ‘just wish[ed] she was here’. Serena was absent, but still there in spirit.
5. Federer wins his 8th Wimbledon title.
Amazingly he’s managed it again. A strong Wimbledon, no sets dropped despite such strong opponents. While the high quality of the first few games dropped overall, Federer’s tennis did not. After only 8 unforced errors and 23 winners he graced the grass courts ruthlessly; a well deserved win.
However, what stood out to me from this final, was Cilic’s strength to carry on and cry on court. He showed what truly makes a champion; determination, passion and the importance of putting all of yourself into that one match.