Why Kontinen and Watson were one of my favourite stories of Wimbledon 2016

The second week of any Grand Slam is where the serious business starts. The first week is about those early nerves, exits and those surprises however one of the most enjoyable stories of this year’s championships at Wimbledon was the run in mixed doubles of Henri Kontinen and Britain’s Heather Watson who lifted the title on centre court at the weekend.

The singles didn’t really go to plan at all for Heather Watson however she decided to link up with Henri for the mixed doubles for their first ever tournament together and it couldn’t have gone better!

There was a bit of luck in the opening two rounds as they received walkovers due to their opponents withdrawing from the tournament but then managed to defeat the defending champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes on route to the biggest title of their careers winning the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in their first ever tournament together.

What I enjoyed the most about watching their matches is that they were always smiling which is great to see, obviously in the second week of a major the intensity levels rise but to just see them go out there and have fun and win is what the sport is about.

After Heather’s defeat in round one she could have just decided to call it a day at Wimbledon but she stuck around and to see a team just have fun and enjoy playing at the biggest tennis event in the world is great for the sport.

 

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