2016 Wimbledon Recap

It’s certainly a result that would have delighted the locals. Andy Murray claimed his second Wimbledon title with a straight sets win over Canadian Milos Raonic on Sunday. Murray had a great run throughout the fortnight but to his credit played some superb tennis and was a worthy winner. For Milos Raonic, he will be better off for the experience. He has a great head on his shoulders and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see him go one better at a major in the near future.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams claimed her stake as the greatest female player of all time. In taking her seventh Wimbledon singles crown, she is now tied for most grand slam singles titles in the open era along with German great Steffi Graf. Serena was too good for German Angelique Kerber, taking out the title in straight sets. She also put the icing on the cake by taking out the Women’s Doubles title with her sister Venus just a few hours later. Serena now sits on 22 grand slam singles titles and 14 grand slam doubles titles. It’s an incredible feat, especially considering the lack of doubles played by the top singles players nowadays.

Who Impressed

Sam Querrey – He had a great run this year in making his first ever grand slam quarter-final. This included a huge victory over Novak Djokovic. He would be looking at building on this moving into the American hard-court season.

Lucas Pouille – The Frenchman took a couple of big scalps including Juan Martín del Potro and Bernard Tomic to reach the quarter-final. At 22 he has a bright future ahead of him.

Elena Vesnina – Had her best ever grand slam run with a semi-final appearance before getting soundly beaten by Serena Williams. Has moved up to number 24 in the rankings and can take advantage of this moving into the hard-court season.

Venus Williams – Has returned very strongly from injury and made her first grand slam semi-final in 6 years. Now consolidates her ranking once again in the top 10. To top it off, she also claimed the doubles title with sister Serena.

Who Disappointed

Stan Wawrinka – Del Potro was a tough second round opponent but I expected better from Stan. Had an opportunity to jump into the top 4 with Rafael Nadal out injured but he wasn’t able to capitalise.

Dominic Thiem – He had a great build-up by taking out the Stuttgart title and I really rated his chances pre Wimbledon. His second round loss in straight sets was far short of what I though he would be able to achieve at this year’s tournament.

Garbiñe Muguruza – Got thrashed in the second round. I expected her to take up the challenge to Serena Williams after having defeated her to take the French Open crown. Also had a tough first round match and didn’t seem to transition to the grass very well this year.

Sam Stosur – Put in some extra work in order to improve her results on grass including acquiring a new coach. Despite this she had a very ordinary lead-up and didn’t do much better at this year’s tournament. Another disappointing Wimbledon result for her but she will be keen to make amends on the hard-courts in the upcoming tournaments.

Where to Next…

As the grass-court season comes to a close, we look ahead to the summer hard-court season in North America and of course the Olympic Games in Rio. All the big names will be back on the court by month’s end when Canadian Masters is held in Toronto, followed by the Olympics in Rio. The Cincinnati Masters is the last major tournament prior to the US Open, which commences in late August. It is a busy schedule that will no doubt produce some more quality tennis for all the fans.

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