The third major tennis championship of the year has come to a close over the weekend from the All England Tennis Club in London. Great Britain’s Andy Murray and the United States’ Serena Williiams made history this weekend with their wins at the 2016 Wimbledon tournament.
On Saturday, Williams beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets to claim her seventh Wimbledon Women’s championship. To hear Serena Williams and her coach tell it, the process of getting her ready to win Wimbledon for a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title began with a series of chats over the phone not long after her loss in the French Open final.
That setback in Paris marked the third consecutive major tournament that Williams left without the trophy, which to any other tennis player would not be a big deal but to the 34-year-old American represented a real drought.
Kerber was looking to upset Serena in the finals of a major championship for the second time this year. The first coming back in January at the Australian Open when Kerber beat Williams in three sets.
At Wimbledon, Serena would not allow the match to see a third set as she beat Kerber 7-5 and 6-3. It is Serena’s second straight Wimbledon win, and the 22nd major championship win in her career. Williams’ 22 major titles ties the record for the most major wins in women’s tennis with Steffi Graf, who set the mark back in 1999. In addition, Williams matched Graf for Wimbledon championships in seven, and is now two behind Martina Navratilova for the most Wimbledon championships on the women’s side.
On the men’s side, Murray defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic in straight sets for his second career Wimbledon title. Raonic aimed for his first major title in his first major final, but Murray beat him 6-4, 7-6 and 7-6.
Back in 2013, Murray became the first British man to win at Wimbledon since Fred Perry back in 1936. Murray and Perry are the only two British men since 1922 to have won multiple men’s singles titles at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon championship was for his country, this one was for him. He wanted a victory to end his personal run of three consecutive losses in major finals, including at the Australian Open in January, and French Open last month.
This was his 11th Grand Slam final, but the first against someone other than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. The sixth-seeded Raonic eliminated Federer in five sets in the semifinals Friday, and also defeated the player who stunned Djokovic in the third round, Sam Querrey.
For Murray, this was his third major championship win of his career, and his first since the last Wimbledon championship. Murray also won the gold medal at the 2012 summer Olympics for the men’s singles tournament. The Olympics was also held at the All England Tennis Club in London.
It’s been a rough few weeks for Britain, what with its vote to leave the European Union, the drop of the pound’s value, and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who was seated in the front row of the Royal Box on Sunday, several seats over from Prince William and his wife, Kate.
During the trophy presentation, Murray joked: “Playing in a Wimbledon final’s tough, but I certainly wouldn’t like to be a prime minister. It’s an impossible job.”