Wimbledon 2015 Review
The outcome of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships might have been predictable – both the mens and the womens number one seeds won their respective titles – but their respective journeys were far from straightforward.
It was a tournament of agony and ecstasy, of highs and lows and plenty of laughs along the way. Let’s take a look back at some of the best bits:
Best in the World
For fns of sporting purity it is always satisfying when the number one seeds and the best players in the world win the biggest tournaments. And that’s exactly what happened at Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic, despite a battle in the fourth round with giant South African Kevin Anderson, won the mens crown with ease – dropping just 3 sets from a possible 35.
And Serena Williams, despite a few scares along the way, was back to her terrifying best to dispose of Garbine Muguruza in the ladies final.
It just shows how much their respective main rivals need to improve to get up to their level. Although if this clip is anything to go by, Novak and Serena’s dancing still needs plenty of work….
There was plenty for British fans to cheer throughout the fortnight; and it’s not often you can say that. Our brightest hope, Andy Murray, waltzed his way through to the semi-finals before running headlock into a Swiss juggernaut by the name of Roger Federer, whose performance in that 7-5,7-5, 6-4 victory was as good as he’s ever played on the All England Club grass.
Our other Davis Cup star, James Ward, reached the last 32 of a Grand Slam for a first time, and took Vasek Pospisil to a deciding fifth set before eventually succumbing to defeat. The signs are good ahead of that crucial Davis Cup tie against France later this week.
And what about Heather Watson pushing Serena all the way in their last 32 match? The poise and control that Watson showed in front of a partisan Centre Court crowd suggests that we may well have another British Wimbledon singles champion in our midst before too much longer.
Shot of the Tournament
This accolade has to go to Roger Federer for this unbelievable between the legs lob against Sam Querrey. Just don’t try this at home if you don’t fancy tearing a hamstring/groin/calf etc….
Ace in Your Face
Here’s one way to ace your opponent: simply serve it into the wrong box. It didn’t quite work out for Andy Murray, who lost his bearings momentarily here, but he did ultimately win the match so no harm was done.
One player who attracted more media interest than perhaps any other is Australia’s Nick Kyrgios – and not always for the right reasons.
He played well, and looks ready to fulfil the promise he showed in reaching the quarter finals in 2014. However, Kyrgios’ temperament is something of a worry at times; which undoubtedly, makes him more entertaining to watch than the ‘whiter than white’ likes of Federer etc.
I mean, you couldn’t imagine Roger refusing to play….
And you wouldn’t seem him ‘tanking’, i.e. not trying, either….
But, there’s plenty of fun to be had when Kyrgios is around too….