The mixed doubles final brought down the curtain on Wimbledon 2018 – that’s a wrap! I think it’s been a good Wimbledon for the women, perhaps missing that one stand-out wow match. This Set Points post brings together stories from the last day and with a quick look back at some of my personal highlights from the 2018 grass court season.
Angelique Kerber wins Wimbledon
Angelique Kerber won her third Slam with a 6-3 6-3 win over Serena Williams on Saturday. I wrote about the final HERE. I loved Angie’s tweet on Saturday and I will never tire of seeing her beaming smile 😁.
Tennis with an Accent
Matt Zemek’s piece on Kerber over at Tennis with an Accent is definitely worth a read. Love Matt’s writing! 👍
Krejcikova and Siniakova win doubles
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won their first Wimbledon title with a 6-4 4-6 6-0 win over Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke on Saturday evening. The Czech pair were absolutely peak in the third set!
I’m annoyed that the women’s doubles match was moved to No.1 Court. All four players earnt their spot on Centre Court. I thought we might get through the tournament without any major scheduling issues. While a disappointing end, I was encouraged to see more women’s matches make the top two courts in the first week.
Krejcikova and Siniakova do the double
I’m pleased that the Czech pair got their moment on Centre Court after the men’s doubles final. The photographers were urging them to raise their trophies above their heads which they finally did! A really incredible effort to do the double of winning the French Open AND Wimbledon.
Barbora Krejcikova and Jana Novotna
This was a lovely piece from Ben Rothenberg.
Melichar and Peya win mixed doubles
Nicole Melichar and Alexander Peya both won their first Slam titles on Sunday with a 7-6(1) 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray. I really thought Azarenka and Murray were going to win this, particularly having had so many tough matches in the tournament. All the credit to Melichar and Peya who played a brilliant match and didn’t waver at all at the end.
I was disappointed by some of the commentary on the BBC – there was a comment in the second set criticising Azarenka and implying she wasn’t supporting Murray! From what I saw of the match and from their previous matches, it was Azarenka who was carrying Murray. It just wasn’t their day on this occasion.
With that final result, Wimbledon 2018 came to a close.
Kerber-Kasatkina Match Review
A shout out to Mert for this excellent write-up on the Kerber-Kasatkina quarter-final. I really enjoy these detailed posts and I always learn so much! If you’re not already, go give Mert a follow on Twitter and check out his site at Mertov’s Tennis Desk.
Gstaad and Bucharest
Tennis just keeps on giving… i’m not ready! This main draw for Gstaad next week is decent with Schiavone-Stosur and Bacsinszky-Bouchard the highlights from the first round. I’ve got everything crossed for Timea. There’s also a WTA International in Bucharest where there are eight Romanian players in the draw and this could increase once the qualifying has finished.
The future of the Hopman Cup 😭😭😭
I’m not surprised by this but I am very sad to hear that the Hopman Cup is set to be ending in 2019. It’s such a unique event and I absolutely loved going this year. I urge anyone who can… goooo next year! I adore Perth. Seriously, screw the ATP.
My personal experiences at Eastbourne & Wimby
It’s been three crazy weeks of tennis. It all started back in Eastbourne (feels years ago) where I had the opportunity to attend the tournament as media for the third time. It was another surreal experience, still scary but very rewarding, and I was trying to just soak it all in! Getting to do a one-to-one interview with Jo Konta will definitely stand as one of my highlights of 2018. I was also thrilled to ask one of my faves, Daria Kasatkina, a few questions in one of her press conferences. I got to meet so many great people during the tournament. It’s the one week where I am surprisingly sociable 😂. A particular highlight was getting to meet one of my blog readers from Canada. Thanks, Alexander!
Then it was onto Wimbledon where I was lucky enough to go on the first Wednesday. I was honoured to be invited onto the Tennis with an Accent podcast before the tournament to talk about the women’s draw. Everything I predicted was wrong (😂) but it was still a good experience. Wimbledon is always hectic and I still push myself hard on the blog. It’s one of the rare times when I have the freedom to write with some time off from my day job so I like to take advantage of this.
Thanks for reading and for all your comments during the last few weeks. I need a break from tennis and I want to get back into baking too. I’ve got thousands of tennis pictures still to process! I’d like to be back for Stanford/Washington but I will see how I feel. I’m positive moving forward to the US Open series and it’s a stage of the season that i’ve become more and more fond of with time.
Thanks again and be back soon! 😘😘😘