Wimbledon 2013 Wrap-Up
The 2013 edition of Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam events on the calendar, took place in London, England from June 24th through July 7th. Roger Federer was the defending men’s champion, while Serena Williams was the red hot favorite to retain the women’s title. Meanwhile, Andy Murray of Scotland was the British hopeful and carried the burden of a nation on his shoulders. It was to be two weeks of drama, action, and plenty of surprises along the way.
Although Rafael Nadal is arguably the greatest clay court player of all time, he is less invincible on grass, but no one expected his extraordinary first round defeat at the hands of Steve Darcis. Unfortunately, Darcis was one of an unusually large number of players that was forced to later withdraw due to injury. The second round held another massive upset with Federer knocked out by #116 ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky. For the first time in 11 years, neither Nadal nor Federer would be in the final.
This opened the way for Andy Murray to become the first British male player to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936. In the quarter-finals, he came from two sets down to defeat Fernando Verdasco in one of the tournament’s best matches. He reached the final and faced an old adversary Novak Djokovic, the world ranked #1. Murray seemed to thrive on the pressure and produced an amazing performance to take the title 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
#5 seeded Sara Errani was the high profile first round casualty, while the rest of the seeds tumbled at an incredible rate. Indeed, half of the top 16 ranked players were eliminated in the first or second round; however, no one saw the biggest shock of the tournament coming. Serena Williams looked unstoppable until she met Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round and was beaten in three sets.
On the other side of the draw, #15 seed Marion Bartoli was making good progress and once Williams was defeated, the entire tournament seemed to open up for the rest of the players. Bartoli was simply exceptional as she didn’t drop a set in the entire tournament. In the final, Lisicki seemed overwhelmed by the occasion and was easily beaten 6-1, 6-4 by the jubilant Bartoli.
You will not be surprised to learn that the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, were the immoveable objects in the men’s doubles as they beat Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig in the final. It was their 9th title of the year and 3rd Grand Slam of 2013. They are the first duo ever to be holders of all four Grand Slams and the Olympic title at the same time. Now they are aiming for a calendar year slam to complete a record breaking season.
Unheralded Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei won the women’s title and it was the first Grand Slam for either woman. They defeated Australian duo Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty 7-6, 6-1.
It was a memorable event with upsets, great tennis, and a national hero being made. Here’s hoping that the 2014 Wimbledon championships are equally exciting!
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