The Story of Wimbledon 2021

Hubert’s Heroics!

The Pole’s run to the final four at Wimbledon was a tough path but one he executed with precision, accuracy and belief.

A tough start against Lorenzo Musetti but the 24 year old won in straight sets as he did against Giron and then Bublik. On ‘Manic Monday’ you wouldn’t have blamed him for thinking that was that down two sets to one against Medvedev when play was halted.

They came back on Tuesday and the Miami champion took out the world number two in five sets and then the next day put on a display of elegant but ruthless tennis to defeat Roger Federer including a bagel in the final set!

Hubi’s run came to an end in the final four to Matteo Berrettini who was just too strong in his own wonderful run to the final.

Maria’s Wimbledon Debut

One of the stories of Wimbledon that went under the radar this year was that of qualifier Maria Camila Osario Serrano. The 19 year old from Colombia won her first title on her WTA debut in Bogota and continues to go from strength to strength.

Maria made her major debut at Roland Garros having come through qualifying but lost in round one, on her Wimbledon debut the teenager battled through qualifying and made the third round.

A first round battle from a set down saw her see off Kalinskaya from Russia and then another Russian in round two in the 32nd seed, Ekaterina Alexandrova with Maria winning 7-5 6-2. Her dream debut run in London came to a 0-6 3-6 end to the second seed and semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka.

Novak’s 6th title!

An incredible achievement, a sixth Wimbledon title and a 20th Grand Slam title.

He had 17 at the beginning of the year and has been on a mission in Melbourne, Paris and now London.

Novak has looked sharp and one of the greatest compliments I can give him is that I thought Shapovalov and Berrettini played a blinder and they still only won one set between them against him, it was remarkable! Well done to the mens GOAT?

Nick & Venus

To have Nick Kyrgios back was wonderful for tennis, his run in singles and mixed doubles was sadly cut short by an ab injury but I am pleased we got to see him out there delighting crowds and having fun.

Nick teamed up with Venus who won her 90th singles match at Wimbledon for the mixed doubles and it was what we expected it to be, fun and tennis with plenty of smiles and laughs!

Korda’s Wimbledon Debut

The American who’s Dad, Petr Korda was an Australian Open champion back in 1998 is another player who has had a meteoric rise despite the global pandemic. 

He had an amazing run in Paris last year and the recently turned 21 year old continues to make strides on the tour. Start of 2020 he was ranked at 242 in the world, even with a six month ranking freeze he finished the year ranked at 116 and now is top 50 following another strong performance at a major.

I like the American’s game, his groundstrokes are lethal and remind me of Tomas Berdych, the way he is going after making round four at a major for the second time in a year I wouldn’t be surprised if he is knocking on the door of the top 30 by the end of the year. 

Shapovalov’s Breakthrough

A big breakthrough couple of weeks from Denis, he made the quarter finals in New York last year and I feel is starting to find his feet more in the latter stages.

It was heartbreaking to see the Canadian leave the court in tears following his excellent performance against Djokovic but lost three close sets, he will have regrets but should look on his two weeks with Pride.

Despite taking out Andy Murray the Canadian earned a lot of fans that night for his spellbinding tennis, off both wings he was electric and in a couple of years could be a real threat at the top of mens tennis!

Berrettini’s first major final!

Matteo should walk away with his head held very high following his title at Queens Club and his run to the Wimbledon Final, his first Grand Slam final.

I barely noticed many nerves, the improvement in his game has been exceptional and his level showed he belongs at the top of mens tennis. I thought over the four sets he played superbly well.

I’m excited for what happens going forward now for the Italian but he should be very proud of his achievements. 

Andy Murray’s Return

One of my highlights of the Championships was that of Andy Murray’s return to Centre Court. It was a truly memorable experience.

It was a rollercoaster of emotions, delight, pride and admiration for what he has done during his week at Wimbledon which came with a five set rollercoaster but we would’t have had it any other way.

Barty Party!

Soo pleased for Ash Barty, the Aussie won the title 50 years after fellow Aussie and her mentor at one time Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her first title at Wimbledon!

Ash’s game has always suited the grass courts, it was also ten years after her win in the girls singles at Wimbledon! There were nerves as expected but she came through them to win in style!

Serena’s Exit 

I remember sat there watching the match in silence after a few games, it was one of the most heartbreaking moments in tennis as Serena Williams retired, it brought a tear and I just sat watching in hope but admiration.

The way the crowd rallied behind Serena and the connection was beautiful, it moved her to tears but she was never going to just give up, unfortunately her body didn’t agree and hopefully will be back soon!

Pliskova finds her best form!

A pleasing couple of weeks for Pliskova who should just look back with only pride after her run to the final.

It did look worrying when she lost the first 14 points in the final but credit to her she did dig deep and force Ash Barty to bring her best tennis.

It is certainly something to build on for Karolina going forward when she heads to New York in a week which saw her record her first top 10 ranked win in almost five years as she beat Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-final!

Emma Raducanu’s Fairytale Run!

The story of Wimbledon! Emma Raducanu making the fourth round of Wimbledon on her debut.

She almost didn’t get a main draw wildcard and had her qualifying one upgraded quite late.

The whole journey of her Wimbledon run was amazing to watch and her performance over Sorana Cirstea in particular was simply outstanding, some of the shots she hit were out of this world as she made the fourth round.

Mate Pavic & Nikola Mektic’ 9th title of 2021!

Half way through the year and the Croatian pair of Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic have won their ninth title of the year and first major of the year having been runner-up in Melbourne not played together in Paris.

Melbourne – Champion

Australian Open – Runner-up
Rotterdam – Champion

Dubai – Runner-up

Miami – Champion

Monte-Carlo – Champion
Madrid – Runner-up
Rome – Champion
Eastbourne – Champion

Wimbledon – Champion

A remarkable run of results! In the quarter finals they came back from two sets down to beat Melo and Kubot and in the final defeated Granollers and Zeballos in four sets!

Kerber’s Resurgence

I am pleased for Angie Kerber, it has been a tough few years for her but her run to the Wimbledon final four following her win in Bad Homburg showed you should never write someone off.

When she is at her best she is a delight to watch, no wants works the back of the court likes she does and creates unimaginable angles to hit stunning winners, she entertains and it was pleasing to see!

I do hope for her that this continues over the coming months for the rest of the season and she still has plenty to give!

Ons Jabeur’s Historic Run

Once again Ons Jabeur continues to make history on the tennis court, the Tunisian has had an excellent grass court season as her rise up the rankings over the last couple of years continues.

In a Wimbledon warm-up she won her first title in Birmingham and became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title and then went on an amazing run at Wimbledon.

6-2 6-1 vs Rebecca Peterson
7-5 6-0 vs Venus Williams
5-7 6-3 6-2 vs Garbine Muguruza
5-7 6-1 6-1 vs Iga Swiatek

4-6 3-6 vs Aryna Sabalenka

A wonderful run ended by the Belarusian, three major winners including two previous Wimbledon champions and a set down against Muguruza and Swiatek before going onto dominate!

Hsieh Su-Wei’s third Doubles Title!

Hsieh Su-Wei became the 4th woman since the turn of the century to win the doubles title on three occasions after Cara Black, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Su-Wei was also only the third player since 1990 to win the doubles title with three different partners after Martina Hingis and Jana Novotna.

This time around she was paired with Elise Mertens and the pair beat the Russian, Vesnina and Kudermetova to win in three sets and save match point to do so!

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