Results and highlights from the UK's biggest tennis tournament.
Wimbledon is the oldest and the most well-known tennis tournament in the world and it has been held in London since 1877. Bringing together the world's top players for an incredible action packed two weeks of tennis action. In recent years Wimbledon’s men’s singles has been won by Novaj Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, all players to look out for throughout the 2019 tournament.
Day 1 - Novak Djokovic began his battle to defend his Wimbledon title on the centre court against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, opening the tournament with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win. The victory meant Djokovic achieved his 1,500th game at The Championships. Over on Court 12, British player Heather Watson progressed into the second round with 7-6 6-2 win after a tie-breaker against Caty McNally. But the biggest news of the day, on No.1 Court, 15-year-old Cori Gauff (the youngest player to advance) won 6-4, 6-4 against five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams. Venus had previously won four Grand Slam titles (including two Wimbledon titles) before Gauff was even born! Other players advancing into the second round include last year’s Men's Singles Runner Up Kevin Anderson, Ladies' Singles Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina.
Day 2 - Australian Nick Kyrgios went back and forth with Jordan Thompson on No.3 court in the morning for 3 hours, fortunately after five sets he advanced with a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 0-6, 6-1 win. Ladies World No.1 Ashleigh Barty secured her place in the next round adding to her seven wins on route to the Roland-Garros title after her victory against Zheng Saisai. Despite Tatjana Maria’s impressive return through her legs (thought to be shot of the day) Angelique Kerber stole the win and advanced into the second round. Other players to watch after their success today are Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Kiki Bertens.
Day 3 - We welcomed back the remaining single second round matches and the first round of ladies and gentlemen’s first round. 15-year-old Cori Gauff who made headlines on the first day went on to win her second round against Magdalena Rybarikova, a former Wimbledon finalist. Reilly Opelka and Stan Wawrinka went head to head and after 5 long sets, Opelka took victory with 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6.
Day 4 - It was a good day for Roger Federer and Serena Williams who both beat their opponents in just 3 sets. Crowds were pleased to see 2016 Wimbledon winner Andy Murray back on the court with partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert for gentlemen’s doubles defeating Copil and Humbert 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-0 and advancing into the second-round. A second-round meeting between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios started slow but even though Kyrgios stole victory in the second set, Nadal went on to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-7. Although Kyrgios didn’t win, he did walk away with the second fastest serve in record history.
Day 5 - Another fantastic day for 15-year-old Cori Gauff, this time round she took on Polona Hercog who was looking to take a memorable centre court victory advancing her to the furthest step in her tennis career at a major tournament. 2019 Wimbledon will certainly be one of Gauff’s career highlights as her win against Hercog meant that she was the youngest player to reach the fourth round since Jennifer Capriati, 1991. The youngest players are taking the courts by storm and so far, 21-year-old Ugo Humbert is set to play against world No.1 Novak Djokovic on Monday after victories over Gael Monfils, Marcel Granollers and Auger-Aliassime.
Day 6 – It’s no surprise that another young player is advancing his way through Wimbledon, Italian player, Matteo Bettettini won a 5-set game against Diego Schwartzman. With this win under his belt it means that he will be going head to head with World No.3 Roger Federer. Federer has just reached a new record after his win against Lucas Pouille making history, becoming the first player to hold 350 grand slam victories. Andy Murray and Serena Williams are the mixed double team to beat as they advance into the second round with 6-4, 6-1. Serena went on to win her Women’s singles match against Julia Goerges but unfortunately for Murray, he lost Gentleman’s doubles with partner Pierre-Hugues.
Last 16 - It took Roger Federer just 17 minutes to win his first set against Matteo Berrettini making this the 10th fastest in Wimbledon history. No.68 Karolina Muchova’s thrilling victory over No.3 seed and fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova is said to have been the stand out match of the morning and the last singles to finish. An unexpected result from former runner-up Milos Raonic and Guido Pella, who on the fourth set was fighting back and managed to nick the tie-break. Pella stole the match with a 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 8-6 victory and his first Grand Slam quarter-final. Unfortunately Halep ended Gauff brillitant Wimbledon run in the 4th round 6-3,6-3.
Ladies Quarter Final - A successful day for Barbora Strycova who is advancing into her first Grand Slam semi-finals after her victory against British No.1 Johanna Konta 7-6, 6-1 on Centre Court. Strycova then went on to win her third-round doubles match with partner Su-Wei Hsieh against Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu.
Men's Quarter Final - In the Gentlemen's Singles David Goffin came up against world No.1 Novak Djokovic but despite his best efforts and 3 sets Goffin lost 6-4,6-0,6-2. American tennis player Sam Querrey and Rafael Nadal battled it out on the No.1 court for a place in the Men's Semi-Finals, but after 3 sets it was Nadal who advanced.
Ladies Semi-Finals - Another win for Serena Williams, who was only on the court for an hour against Strycova and winning her semi-final round with 6-1, 6-2 result, this will be her 32nd Grand Slam Singles Final. Romanian ladies’ tennis player Simona Halep went head-to-head with Elina Svitolina in their semi-finals match, but Halep advances to the next round after her 1-6,3-6 win meaning she will go against Williams in the Final.
Men's Semi-Finals - It was a match anticipated by most, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. These two heavyweights produced a 3 hour tennis match to remember, but it was Federer who on his fifth match point made his attack and has advanced into the Final, his 9th Wimbledon singles trophy. Whilst Djokovic ran 4 sets with Spanish opponent Roberto Bautista Agut, after just under 3 hours Djokovic managed to steal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win and a place in the Final.
Ladies Final - The Women’s Final, where Serena Williams would take o Simona Halep for the Wimbledon Women’s Final trophy. Halep made a perfect start and set the tone for the rest of the match, claiming her first Wimbledon title and Second Grand Slam crown after 6-2, 6-2 win. After almost 5 hours Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal won the Wimbledon Men’s doubles making them makes them Colombia’s first Grand Slam men’s doubles champions.
Men's Final - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer make it to the Men’s Singles Final, two of the best tennis players come head-to-head. Some have been saying that this was the match of the tournament as they delivered one of the best Wimbledon finals. After 5 hours on court (the longest Wimbledon singles final to date), 5 thrilling sets and the first ever deciding shootout at 12 games apiece it was world No.1 Novak Djokovic who managed to scrape his fifth Wimbledon trophy and 16th Grand Slam title 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3). Gustavo Fernandez also won his first Wimbledon win and claim the men’s wheelchair singles title.
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