Crazy Wimbledon 2013
Two surprising weeks of tennis are now behind us with two new champions – a heartfelt congratulation to first time Wimbledon victors: Marion Bartoli and Andy Murray.
What a special victory for Andy, his team and his country – the long awaited trophy is back in British hands after 77 years. Andy came back strong from an injury that took him out of the French Open to win at Queen’s Club and then play an outstanding tournament at Wimbledon. In the finals against Djokovic, Andy stayed focused and played aggressive throughout the match even when Djokovic tried changing things up. It seemed that Djokovic’s brilliant semi-final against Del Potro, the longest in Wimbledon history, physically left a mark.
The disappointing and somewhat surprising early losses by Nadal and Federer opened the field to give lesser known players such as Janowicz and Kubot from Poland a chance to reach the quarterfinals.
Congratulations to Marion Bartoli on her Wimbledon title and her first Grand Slam victory! She played almost flawless against Sabine Lisicki in the finals; dictated the points, took the ball early and stayed calm to win the match and the tournament – without dropping a single set.
Unfortunately Sabine, who reached a Grand Slam final for the first time, seemed overwhelmed by the occasion and struggled to find her form. Nevertheless, an impressive performance from Sabine, who defeated both Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska. It was a joy to follow and watch her matches, now one can only hope that this success gives the other talented German girls the confidence to follow suit.
Nadal’s first round defeat against Steve Darcis; Serena Williams winning streak stopped by Sabine Lisicki; the first week’s Black Wednesday where 7 of the former No. 1 players, including Federer, Hewitt, Jankovic, Sharapova, Azarenka, Ivanovic, Wozniacki and following it Tsonga were either eliminated or retired with injury; a Wimbledon champion who did not have to compete against a top 10 player and many more surprises…what a crazy Wimbledon.
Already the preparation for the hard court season and the final slam of the year, the U.S. Open, is underway. I can’t wait to see what awaits us then.