It’s the most anticipated event in the British Tennis calendar and the first week of this year’s Wimbledon Championships has not failed to disappoint, even the weather has been amazing!
A view of the grounds during play overlooking the London skyline. The Championships 2017 at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 4 Thursday 06/07/2017. Credit AELTC/Joe Toth
After a very early exit from The Aegon Championships at Queen’s Wimbledon defending champion Andy Murray opened up the tournament on Centre Court last Monday against lucky loser Alexander Bublik. The current World and British number one won whom he defeated 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and continued in good form winning convincly against long-haired (allegedly he’s not cut his hair since 1996) German Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He finished up the first week by winning a thrilling four set third-round clash yesterday against Fabio Fognini from Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The match, that lasted over two and a half hours, thrilled fans and finished just as darkness fell over SW19. Murray is now in last sixteen and will be back in action on Monday against France’s Benoit Paire.
Joining Murray and Paire in the last sixteen is second seed Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (3), Rafael Nadal (4), Milos Raonic (6), seventh seed Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem (8), Alexander Zverev (10), Tomas Berdych (11), Grigor Dimitrov (13), Gilles Muller (16), Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Sam Querrey (24), Adrian Mannarinos and Kevin Anderson.
It’s not all been good news on the men’s tour with fifth seed Stan Wawrinka bowing out on the first day beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Russian Daniil Medvedev, 21 who was making his debut on Centre Court. Australian Nick Kyrgios who was twentieth seed was forced to retire in the first round due to a hip injury and it was a sad match for American Steve Johnson who was playing after the sudden death of his father Steve Johnson Snr, a respected tennis coach. Johnson lost to Cilic 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 in the third-round suffering an emotional outbreak during play and finishing the match in tears.
British women’s number one and sixth seed Johanna Konta reached the second week of competition for the first time in her career after beating Maria Sakkari from Greece 6-4, 6-1, she will now face twenty-first seed Caroline Garcia. In the first round she defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 followed by Donna Vekic 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8 in round two. Fellow British player Heather Watson was knocked out yesterday in the third round by former number one Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, Azarenka will now face second seed Simona Halep in her next match.
Elsewhere in the Ladies’s event defending champion Serena Williams is unable to compete this year due to her pregnancy so 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber is top seed. Kerber made light work of her first round opponent Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 in the opening event of the ladies competition and now finds herself in the fourth round against Garbine Muguruza (14). Day four saw Bethanie Mattek-Sands collapsing on court with a severe knee injury which resulted in her being rushed to hospital. Five time champion and tenth seed Venus Williams is also through to the fourth round and will face Ana Konjuh (27). Joining them in the last sixteen is Elina Svitolina (4), Caroline Wozniacki (5), Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Agnieszka Radwanska (9), Jelena Ostapenko (13), Coco Vandeweghe (24), Petra Martic and Magdalena Rybarikova.
In the Men’s doubles Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares had their hopes of a Wimbledon title dashed when they were knocked out by Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Three-time men’s doubles champions brothers Bob and Mike Bryan also made their exit from this year’s championships after losing to Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi in the second round 3-6, 5-7, 4-6. In the Ladies’s doubles Watson and partner Naomi Broady beat fellow Brit duo Harriet Dart/Katy Dunne 7-5, 6-4 in the first round. In a shock second round victory the British wildcards Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis beat second seeds and defending champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 in an exciting five set match out on court three to round off middle Saturday.
There’s still hope for some silverware for Jamie Murray in the Mixed Doubles event where he and partner Martina Hingis are top seeds and through to the third round after defeating the British pairing of Neal Skupski/Anna Smith 6-3, 6-0 in their second round match.
Totally Tennis coaches James McIntosh, Ben Jubin and Shaym Vithlani (Ben & Shyam pictured above enjoying their day yesterday) have all been enjoying Wimbledon this year with all three of them luckily enough to visit this week.
This year’s Wimbledon Championships runs until Sunday 16th July – for all the up-to-date news and results visit www.wimbledon.com
Three official photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com Additional photos kindly taken by Katherine Catlin and Ben Jubin/Shyam Vithlani.