After a fortnight of great tennis the 125th Wimbledon Championships has come to a close with the Men’s Final being played last night between Rafael Nadal and the man who had just taken over his position as world number one, Novak Djokovic.
It was a near perfect tennis match by Djokovic who had Nadal playing defensively for the majority of the match. Unlike his match against Tomic where he allowed portions of frustration to distract him, Djokovic seemed to be able to limit those moments to a simple spreading of the arms or an insult at himself. From the moment he stepped out on the court, Djokovic showed that he was going to play the match at an intense level and play his shots, often attempting to go not just down the line, but on it. Nadal never truly got in a good rhythm in this match, aside from the third set. However his rejuvenation was short-lived as Djokovic stifled any thoughts of a comeback and another Wimbledon title for the Spaniard. Final score 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
The Women’s Final was played Saturday night and it pitted Maria Sharapova against Petra Kvitova, where there was clearly a favourite and an underdog. It was a grand old day for the underdogs in this final as Kvitova upstaged Sharapova and stormed home with the larger of the silverware. Sharapova was never really able to handle the power of Kvitova’s ground strokes and the accuracy of the serves. While saying that, Sharapova herself was unable to replicate any of the brilliance seen by Kvitova, often missing serves and finding the net on more than a few occasions. It was a great win by Kvitova who, truth be told, somewhat snuck into the final after going along very quietly while the bigger names fell around her. However the eighth seed has gone home the champion of Wimbledon with a straight sets 6-3 6-4 victory.
Aside from Bernard Tomic showing the world what is to come in his future, Australia got a good glimpse of the future in the form of the Junior Tournament at Wimbledon. The Australian pair of Luke Saville and Ashley Barty both won the respective boys and girls competitions. Saville defeating home hope Liam Broady in three sets 2-6 6-4 6-2. Barty defeating Irina Khromacheva in two hard fought sets 7-5 7-6. Great to see a couple of young Australian’s doing well for themselves and their country overseas! Here’s hoping they continue and we can see some great things in the tennis world by Australian’s again.