This post brings together the highlights from the 2017 Wimbledon Championships including a recap of the singles final and links to memorable matches, points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be found HERE. Thanks for all your comments and support during these past three weeks. I’ll now be taking a break from blogging and aim to be back for Stanford in two weeks time. Read on for the best bits from Wimbledon 2017…
Garbiñe Muguruza won her second Slam, defeating Venus Williams in Saturday’s Wimbledon final, 7-5 6-0. Muguruza saved two set points in an enthralling opener, before taking control and dropping just 12 points in the second set against a fading, Williams.
In a high quality first set where both served very well and swiped away a break point on their own serve, it was Muguruza who faced danger at *4-5 *15-40 and down two set points. The one area of concern early on had been Muguruza’s forehand, which was leaking errors long. On the first set point and in a thrilling 19-shot rally, Williams tried to break down the forehand. Muguruza held firm, eventually getting the error from Williams. Muguruza saved the second set point with a decent serve that forced Williams long on return. Muguruza had been playing the big points exceptionally well all tournament and once again, she held her nerve in the crux moments.
Muguruza went onto win the first set, 7-5, increasingly being rewarded for turning this into a physical match with longer rallies. After that first set point, the Spaniard shored up on her forehand side and made very few errors, playing the aggressive baseline game that has been so impressive all tournament. A particular highlight was Muguruza’s defensive high ball that remarkably landed in to bring up two break points in the game at 5-5.
The momentum had well and truly swung as Williams committed an avalanche of unforced errors in the second set. The American tried to change things up by coming forward, but Muguruza was just so secure in all aspects of her game, absorbing pace and producing a handful of clinical passing shot winners. From a competitive angle, i’m sad how quickly the second set went with Muguruza rolling through the final few games. The match was decided on a Hawkeye challenge.
Loved the exchange at the net and credit to Venus for her wonderful sportsmanship.
I stand by my comments in the final preview – Venus Williams is truly inspirational. Her achievements this week will move her up to number four in the Race to Singapore.
For Muguruza, she played stunning tennis during these two weeks and was spot on with her tactics all tournament, finding an almost perfect balance between defence and attack. It felt like there was a purpose in the way Muguruza was playing her tennis and that hasn’t felt like the case for much of this year.
I really, really hope that Muguruza can build on this performance. To be honest, I am still expecting many ups and downs on the tour. It’s amazing to think that Muguruza has only won four titles on tour, two of which are Slams. After such a successful two weeks with Conchita Martinez, I am fascinated to see how Muguruza will go forward with her coaching set-up…
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their third Slam together and first at Wimby, winning 6-0 6-0 (!) over Chan Hao-Ching and Monica Niculescu in 55 minutes. The match didn’t get underway until 21:30pm after a longggg men’s doubles final. Makarova and Vesnina were in stunning form, although the match was closer than the scoreline suggested with quite a few deuce games early on and Chan and Niculescu having some game points in the second set.
Understandably, Makarova and Vesnina were delighted at the end. I love how they signed as many autographs as they could at the end. Vesnina also gave her cap away – Elena is so nice 🙂
For photos of Azarenka-Vesnina, Osaka-Strycova, Team Bucie and Giorgi-Keys, all my best shots from day 3 are up on the Moo’s Tennis Blog Facebook page.
In her 20th appearance at Wimbledon, Venus Williams reached her 9th final and her first since 2009.
It was wonderful to see Sloane Stephens back in action after almost a year off the tour due to a foot injury. Sloane lost in straight sets in her first round match to Alison Riske, but did pick up a win in doubles action with Chang Kai-Chen.
There were some fantastic matches during this tournament and here are a selection of my favourites.
Muguruza d. Kerber, 4-6 6-4 6-4 (R4, 2h 18)
My favourite match of the tournament. Kerber played her best match of the year, yet Muguruza’s persistence to come forward and go after her shots in the crux moments of the third set was ultimately the difference.
Rybarikova d. Ka. Pliskova, 3-6 7-5 6-2 (R2, 2h 7)
The biggest upset from the first week and a damn good match with Rybarikova producing one of the impressive individual displays of the tournament.
Konta d. Vekic, 7-6(4) 4-6 10-8 (R2, 3h 10)
An incredible effort from both Konta and Vekic, putting on a show on Centre Court.
Konta d. Halep, 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4 (QF, 2h 38)
Another great Centre Court battle, this time under the roof, where Konta showed tremendous resilience to outlast the French Open finalist in three thrilling sets.
Martic d. Gavrilova, 6-4 2-6 10-8 (R1, 2h 35)
My hipster match of the tournament from the second day of the Champs out on Court 14 where Martic scored a first round extra-time upset over Gavrilova. The clash of styles was wonderful to watch.
This could be classed as a Rybarikova hot shot, but it was just a smashing point all round.
One of the best match points from the Championships as Svetlana Kuznetsova navigated her way past a tricky first rounder against Ons Jabeur. Sveta’s reaction at the end! 😛😂
On-the-run forehand from Jelena Ostapenko… awesome!
From the Martic-Gavrilova match already discussed, this was a gorgeous passing shot winner from Dasha.
After a magnificent match, this was just wonderful to see at the net from Jo Konta and Donna Vekic.
A longg embrace between Angelique Kerber and Kirsten Flipkens after their fun second rounder on No.1 Court.
Andrea Petkovic is the best. A nice moment with Dominika Cibulkova after a brutal first round match, which Cibulkova won, 6-3 3-6 9-7 in two hours and 43 minutes.
Bizarre, but amusing!
I wish I had asked Jo about baking in Eastbourne! 😂
This interview with Petra gave me goosebumps… good work, WTA.
Loved this from Hannah Wilks. One of my favourite follows on Twitter.
Wimby Posts on MTB
A few of my favourite posts from the week… here’s a duo of write-ups from my day at Wimbledon.
My attempt to keep up with Manic Monday where i’m pretty sure we were close to having six women’s singles match on at the same time! 😂
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