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Wimbledon goes back to the future

WINNERS' CIRCLE: From left - Wimbledon 2017 victors Roger Federer and Garbine Murguruza

THIS YEAR’S Wimbledon belonged to new girl on the block Garbine Murguruza and living legend Roger Federer. Both won their respective singles titles at the recently concluded All England Championships which once again served up drama aplenty.

With Serena Williams on maternity leave and no Maria Sharapova due to injury, this year’s women’s title was wide open.

There was many a faller before Murguruza landed the ultimate prize.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, making her second Grand Slam appearance after a knife attack in her home, saw her SW19 sojourn end in the second round.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a terrible fall resulting in a ruptured knee injury. She faces many months of rehabilitation but, promises to keep fans up-to-date with her progress on social media.
German Angelique Kerber fought hard against Murguruza winning the first set in their fourth-round clash, eventually losing 6-4 4-6 4-6 and her number one world ranking too.

The gifted Murguruz, coached by former Wimbledon champion, Conchita Martinez Berat, despatched the unseeded Magdelena Rybarikova in the semi-final and was to only dropped one set in the entire tournament.

With the ageless Venus Williams playing in her 20th Wimbledon tournament and the only former champion left in the draw, the American aimed to become the oldest female player to win the title. She has five titles to her name, the last one won nine years ago. Williams’ most impressive performance saw her dismiss Britain’s new Centre Court darling, Johanna Konta, in set straights during their semi final.

Konta’s relatively successful Wimbledon will see her rocket up the ratings as she looks to build on her positive fortnight; a remarkable achievement for someone ranked in the top 50 back in 2015.
Federer achieved a historic 19th Grand Slam title. The Swiss legend beat Croatian and seventh seed Marin Cilic with ease on the last day of the tournament.

Cilic knew how to win a Grand Slam, dismissing Federer on his way to the US Open Final in2014 and was just one point away from beating Federer at Wimbledon last year, but he was outclassed on this occasion.

Incredibly, Federer won his latest Grand Slam without dropping a set, and all this after taking six months off. For his efforts, Federer, 35, will rise to no.3 when the new rankings are released.

It’s been another marvellous fortnight tennis…roll on the US Open at Flushing Meadows next month.

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