Did you watch the 2019 Wimbledon Championship? It ran through June 24th and July 14th, and we're here to give you a breakdown of what exactly went down in the final games of the biggest tennis tournament of the year. But first, here's a little bit of background on Wimbledon.
Wimbledon, as many might already know, is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. It was founded in 1877 and held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. Unlike most venues, these courts are easily recognizable and unique because they are the only major still played on grass courts. In terms of rules and regulations, there is still a strict "all white" attire to be worn by all players during the tournament. Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. They have multiple types of tennis matches being played: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
This year in the 2019 Men’s tennis singles, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battled it out in an epic match during the finals in Centre Court. Djokovic is a tennis legend from Serbia who has five Wimbledon titles. Federer, from Switzerland, has a whopping eight Wimbledon titles, making this matchup one of the best. This back-and-forth battle into the fifth set was 4 hours and 57 minutes long, which set the record for the longest singles match to ever happen at Wimbledon. Three of the five sets went to a tie breaker, including the last set. The nail-biter ended in Djokovic's victory after winning all three tiebreakers.
This is Djokovic’s third Wimbledon win against Federer in 2014, 2015 and now 2019. Djokovic was the first man since 1948 to win the title after being championship points down, having saved 2 when down 7-8 in the fifth set. After the long, hard-fought match, the championship was well deserved.
Serena Williams from America and Simona Halep from Romania played for the title in the championship match. Halep defeated Williams in two straight sets to win her first Wimbledon title. This was Williams’ 11th singles championship match she had performed at Wimbledon, seven of which she had won. If Williams would have won, she would have secured her 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would have had her tied for the record set by Margaret Court in the 70s. Instead, Halep dominated against Williams and controlled the match the entire time with her aggressive, rally ending strokes. This might be a new era for Halep, but Williams assured the public that this is not her last run.
This year’s final game was Nicolas Mahut and Ėdouard Roger-Vasselin from France against Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah from Colombia. In the best of a five set match, Cabal and Farah ended up winning it all! Cabal and Farah’s win was special, but that wasn’t the only special thing about that match. It was incredible to hear about their brotherhood and lifelong friendship since age five. Who knew their friendship would lead to a Wimbledon trophy?!
Barbora Strycová and Hsieh Su-wei dominated the two-set match against Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan. Strycová from Czech and Hsieh from Taiwan come together to battle against some high competition. They faced no issue with the pressure from the championship final. The dream team, Strycová and Hsieh, dominated the entire match with an impressive win in two!
The championship for the mixed doubles was between Jelena Ostapenko and Robert Lindstedt versus Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig. All the way from Croatian and Taiwan, Dodig and Chan came together chasing another Wimbledon trophy. This duo was still hungry for their second win together after they tasted last year's victory. As projected, they controlled the match, winning in two straight sets, making it their second Grand Slam in a row!
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