So we are at end of a fornight action packed with shocks, rain, new talent, more rain, the rise of 2 new champions and did i mention the rain?
The womens draw was anticipated to be one of the widest draws in recent years as the Williams sisters had both been out for long period of time although they were still seen as a force to be reckoned with due to thier joint success of 9 Wimbledon titles since the start of the millenium. There were many players expected to make an impact, these included Wozinacki - the current world number 1 , Sharapova -Champipn in 2004 and coming back to form and Li Na - who had just won the French Open were all strong contenders. No one however expected the likes of Lisicki to make an impact who put Li Na out. Another big suprise was finalist Kvitova although seeded 8th she wasn't seen as a genuine contender to make the final let alone go on and beat the favourte Maria Sharapova in straight sets.
The mens draw on the other hand was seen as a 4 way battle. This included Nadal, Djockovic, Federer and Murray. These 4 were expected to make the Semi Finals and that all looked like a routine until Tsonga had something to say about it, 2 sets down to the man dubbed as "The king of grass" Roger Federer no one gave Tsonga a chance of making the semi finals but he put on an inspired performance including a bit of his legendary diving which Boris Becker would of been proud of, to seal a remarkable comeback and set up an encounter with the man of the year so far Novak Djockovic. Djockovic went onto win the semi final match despite a great effort from Tsonga, with Nadal dispatching Murray in the other semi, Wimbledon got to see the final that was seeded to be. Nadal v Djockovic, it had an added twist as Djockovic had just claimed the World Number 1 ranking due to his incredible start to the year. Djockovic totally outclassed Nadal which is unusual to see as Nadal is such a complete players as his Grand Slam haul of 10 at the age of 25 suggests.
There were a few suprises aswell in the draw as qualifier Bernard Tomic made his way through the mens draw to the quarter finals until he got stopped by the eventual champion Djockovic. On his run Tomic defeated the likes of Davydenko, Mayer, Malisse and most noteable the 5th seed and the pre tournament dark horse Robin Soderling.
There was British joy aswell to add to the usual pain as there were many encouraging performances, besides Murray's run to the semis before he lost to Nadal in 4, there was also promising signs from youngsters Laura Robson who made the second round only to lose to runner up Sharapova in 2 tight sets, everything looked to be going well for Heather Watson until she picked up an arm injury in her first round match. British number one Elena Baltacha also did well pushing 20th seed Peng Shuai to 3 sets in their 3rd round match. In the boys tournament there was the emergance of Liam Broady who made it all the way to the final only to unfortunately lose in 3 sets on Court 1. There was also British success in the boys doubles George Morgan and his partner Mate Pavic beat fellow brit Oliver Golding and his partner Jiri Vesely.
Wimbledon 2011 will definately be seen as one of the most entertaining tournaments to date whether it was the upsets, the trickshots (Tsonga,Murray,Federer all contributing), the rise of new champions, the amount of rain of the rise of the grunt coming from the women tennis players (Maria Sharapova in particular).
Posted: 7/8/2011 8:30:30 AM by
Nat Whitney | Filed under: british, djockovic, federer, grand, laura, murray, nadal, number, rain, robson, sharapova, slam, tomic, tsonga, wimbledon, world, 1