Wimbledon wrap – end of tournament Posted on 14 Jul 19:21 , 0 comments
The Wimbledon tournament for 2015 is over for another year with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams winning the respective singles titles.
How they both got to the titles was done in different ways.
One had a relatively comfortably path to the title, the other had to fight hard in the final for the triumph.
Last week the Locker Room covered the first week of the event until the quarter final stage.
You can revisit that here: Wimbledon Part 1
This week will focus on the 2nd week and what happened in the final seven matches of the singles for the men and women.
The locker room will also recap who won in the doubles events.
In the women’s side the crowd got the semi-final they wanted after Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova won their respective quarter finals.
Both though would require three sets.
Williams, after losing the first set, would battle her way past Victoria Azarenka 3-6 6-2 6-3.
It would be her 5th straight win against the former world number 1.
Sharapova, after losing the 2nd set in a tiebreaker, would get past CoCo Vandeweghe in three sets as well.
It was a great tournament from the American who made her first quarter final at a Grand Slam event.
This set up the meeting between Sharapova and Williams for the 20th time in their careers.
Williams had won the last 16 matches between the two, and would make it 17, with a straight set win.
The world number 1 would serve 13 aces, and break 3 times, to seal her spot in the final with a 6-2 6-4 win.
This set up a meeting in the final with Garbine Muguruza, who became the story of the event.
After beating Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, in the 3rd and 4th round respectively, Muguruza made her 3rd quarter final at a Grand Slam event.
She wasn’t finished there though as she defeated Swiss 15th seed, Timea Bacsinszky, 7-5 6-3 to make her first semi-final.
The 20th seed would then face Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-final, after the Polish star got past Madison Keys in the final quarter final.
In three tough sets, the Spaniard would prevail, and move into her first final against the world number 1.
Muguruza started well by breaking in the opening game of the match against her nervous opponent.
She would then hold for 2-0 as Williams started to get into the match.
The American got control of the match, but couldn’t break the 20th seed, as Muguruza held her serve.
Muguruza would get to a 4-2 lead before Williams made inroads on the scoreboard.
She would break in the next game, and level at 4-4, before winning the next two games to take the first set 6-4.
Williams continued the dominance in the 2nd set as she raced to a 4-1 lead.
At 5-1 up, she would serve for the match, but struggle to complete the deal.
Muguruza, to her credit, punished the nerves of Williams and broke twice to bring it back to 5-4.
Unfortunately for the Spaniard, she couldn’t hold serve, and Williams would be the champion of 2015.
It is her 6th Wimbledon title and her 21st overall.
Williams, regardless of your opinion of her, is heading towards legend status in this game.
She is unstoppable at her best, in the current era, and hit almost three times more winners than Muguruza in the final.
Williams completed her 2nd slam – all four titles at once – at Wimbledon and will look to win a calendar slam at the US Open at the end of August.
It was a similar story in the men’s draw, with a player at his best, winning the title.
Novak Djokovic, in the final in particular, was extraordinary as he won his 3rd Wimbledon title.
His run to the final was made easier with Richard Gasquet upsetting Stan Wawrinka in one of the matches of the tournament.
The Frenchman, who ended Australia’s campaign at Wimbledon, fought back from two sets to one down to take the match into a final set.
He would win 11-9 and get his first match points in the final game of the match.
In fact that would be the first match points of the contest.
The only problem was that it provided Djokovic with a match against a heavily fatigued player.
After accounting for Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the quarters, Djokovic would make light work of Gasquet in the semi’s.
In the Frenchman’s first semi since 2007, he would get take the first set to a tiebreaker, before losing the last two sets with a break in each one.
Djokovic would be in his 3rd straight final and on course for his second straight title.
He would play Roger Federer, who demolished Gilles Simon and Andy Murray, on his way to the final.
In the much anticipated semi, between the two winners at Wimbledon, Federer outplayed Murray.
He served his best in years and hit plenty of winners against Murray.
The Brit, who had all the support of the home crowd, couldn’t stop him with his defence.
The 7-5 7-5 6-4 win was a masterclass from the 7 time champion.
Unfortunately for him, and the crowd who cheered for him in the final, he ran into the human brick wall of Djokovic.
The first set was a case of what if for Federer.
He had an early break, at 4-2 in the first set, before handing it back immediately in the next game.
Federer would also miss a set point, late in the set, as it went to a tiebreaker.
The world number 2 would rue those missed opportunities as Djokovic dominated the breaker.
He would win it 7 points to 1 to take control of the match.
Federer would come back though in the 2nd set, in dramatic fashion.
After the set would again be decided in a tiebreaker, with both players surviving break points during the set, Federer would be down 6-3 in the breaker.
Facing three set points, and a potential two sets to love deficit, Federer would respond by saving them all.
The Fed Express would save another three set points, with some incredible tennis, and eventually win the set 12-10 in the tiebreaker.
Unfortunately for him, this would be where his run would end, as Djokovic took control of the match.
Djokovic would get an early break in the 3rd set, before a shower stopped play, and gave the world number 1 the momentum.
He would win the 3rd set 6-4 and break early in the 4th set to put the foot down against the seven time champion.
One more break, to seal the set 6-3, would hand Djokovic his third Wimbledon title.
As is now customary for the Serbian, he would consume the hallowed grass of Wimbledon, after winning against Federer.
He now remains at number 1 in the rankings and has 9 Grand Slam titles overall.
It will be interesting to see how close he can get to Federer’s 17 titles.
If he keeps playing like he did in the final, he made just 16 unforced errors, then he will win more yet.
In doubles it was almost an Aussie tasting success in men’s doubles.
John Peers, with his doubles partner Jamie Murray, made the final as they took on Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.
Unfortunately for the duo, they would lose in straight sets, to fall short in the final.
Peers would have become the first Aussie in ten years to win the men’s doubles if they won the final.
In the other doubles events, Martina Hingis turned back the clock, to win them both.
She took out the women’s doubles with Sania Mirza and the mixed doubles with Leander Paes.
The women’s doubles title was her first since coming back to the sport in 2012. She now has 10 overall.
It is her 2nd mixed doubles title with Paes after winning the Australian Open with him in January.
That covers, and ends, the 2015 Wimbledon championships.
It was one full of drama, great tennis, and big results for some of the greats.
Just one Grand Slam remains for the year with the field heading to New York for the US Open at the end of August.