2017 Championships: The Finest Hour in Tennis
3-minute overview of the Wimbledon Championships
By Sports Editor Kahlil Ellis and Sports Columnist Matt Lieberman
- A review of the semi-finals and of the biggest stories in this year’s Championships
- Links to predict the Finals outcomes at quibbl.me
- Match highlights and read more
It’s Christmas in Tennisland. If you know anything about sports, you know about the Wimbledon tournament, no questions asked. Held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, the 131st edition Wimbledon Championships are the year’s most prestigious and prominent event in tennis. Matches began on June 25, but now, with all the semi-finals having wrapped up Thursday and Friday mornings, it is time for the final matches, held throughout the weekend.
Miss what has been going on at this year’s Championships, or need a quick refresher going into the weekend’s matches? You’re in the right place. Quibbl put together the major stories and trends to watch out for so that you can enjoy the matches, drama & betting.
Biggest Stories at Wimbledon: What You Missed
- Serena Williams missing in action this year. Two-time defending Ladies’ singles champion is not defending her title. Believe it or not, she has bigger things to cater to. Instead of chasing her 24th career Grand Slam title to tie Margaret Court for most all-time, 35-year-old tennis great Serena Williams is pregnant, expecting to her first child this fall.
Read More: CNN | ABC News
- Ageless Venus shines in sister’s absence. While Serena is not participating in Wimbledon this year, the world does not get a break from the dominant Williams sisters. Instead, 37-year-old Venus Williams has seemed to take it back a decade, showing no remorse in the Ladies’ singles. In her 20th appearance at Wimbledon, No. 10 Williams has defeated Wang Quiang, Naomi Osaka, No. 27 Ana Konjuh, and No. 13 Jeļena Ostapenko. Most notably, on Thursday, she upset No. 6 Johanna Konta of Britain 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals. Looking for a sixth career Wimbledon title, Williams is set to face No. 14 Spaniard Garbine Muguruza on Saturday.
Read More: USA Today | The New Yorker
- An American takes down the No. 1 player in the world. In the Men’s Singles quarterfinals on Wednesday, No. 24 Sam Querrey of the United States shocked the world. At one point in his five-set match against No. 1 Andy Murray of Britain, Querrey found himself down 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4). From there, he shifted gears to a notch that no one knew he had, turning heads when he won 12 of the last 14 games to win the final two sets 6-1, 6-1, eliminating wounded Murray, the heavy favorite to win it all. No American man has won a Grand Slam since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open.
Read More: ESPN | Washington Post
- No. 2 Djokovic retires in quarterfinals. Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic, World No. 2, retired from his match on Wednesday due to an elbow injury that has lingered for 18 months. His opponent, Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic, moved on to the semi-finals to face Roger Federer on Friday.
Read More: Yahoo Sports | ESPN
- Roger Federer gets lucky. With both Djokovic and Murray out of the picture in the Men’s singles tournament, No. 3 Federer has become the man to beat at Wimbledon. Most recently, he faced No. 11 Tomáš Berdych on Friday, defeating him 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 to go on to the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles final for the 11th time in his career.
Read More: ESPN | Bleacher Report
Recap: Wimbledon Semi-Finals
- Cilic takes down Querrey. Marin Cilic ended the Cinderella run of American Sam Querrey, defeating him 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5. After losing the first set by a close margin, Cilic mounted a strong comeback, taking the next three sets. In doing so, he sealed his trip to the singles finals to face the legendary Roger Federer.
Read More: The Guardian
- Federer defeats Berdych. Roger Federer made quick work of 11th-seeded Tomas Berdych, beating him 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 with a few tiebreakers along the way. Federer impressed viewers with his signature consistency. He will look to take home his 92nd (yes, 92nd) singles title when he takes on Cilic in the final match of 2017’s edition of Wimbledon.
Read More: ESPN | Bleacher Report
- Venus Williams takes down Johanna Konta. At the age of 37, Williams has advanced to her ninth Wimbledon final. The only player to beat her in a Wimbledon singles’ finals: her younger sister, Serena Williams. Williams delivered powerful strokes throughout the match, overpowering her Australian-British opponent with a smooth defeat 6-4, 6-2. Williams’ victory set up a showdown with Garbiñe Muguruza.
Read More: Washington Post | Daily Telegraph
- Muguruza dominates Rybáriková. By a score of 6-1, 6-1, the Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza made quick work of Slovakia’s Magdaléna Rybáriková. In just over an hour, Muguruza staked her claim as one of the top players in the world. “I stepped on the court super-confident and everything went well,” she told The Guardian.
Read More: New York Times | Yahoo Sports
Quibbls: This Weekend’s Wimbledon Finals
Mixed Doubles Champions?
After a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Marcelo Demoliner and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, the No. 1 ranked Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis will face defending champions Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson. The mixed final will take place Sunday at 8AM Eastern.
Quibbl || Read More: Wimbledon | Daily Express
Women’s Doubles Champions?
This match will be Romania’s Monica Niculescu and Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching versus Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, both representing Russia. The No. 2 Makarova-Vesnina are the obvious favorites but the No. 9 Niculescu-Chan duo has surprised many in their miraculous performances thus far at Wimbledon. The doubles final is Saturday at 11:45AM Eastern.
Quibbl || Read More: Wimbledon | WTA Tennis
Men’s Doubles Champions?
Poland’s Łukasz Kubot and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo upset No. 1 Peers-Kontinen in a best-of-five semi-finals match. They will now face the impressive No. 16 team of Austria’s Oliver Marach and Croatia’s Mate Pavić in the final, which will take place Saturday at 10:15 AM Eastern.
Quibbl || Read More: ATP World Tour | Tennis World
Women’s Singles Champion?
This one is for the ages. After defeating Johanna Konta of Britain 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals, American Venus Williams, ranked No. 10, will face No. 14 Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain in the singles final, set to take place Saturday at 9AM Eastern.
Quibbl || Read More: ESPN | New York Times
Men’s Singles Champion?
This is another match we will remember for decades, if not centuries. Swiss star Roger Federer will face Croatian Marin Čilić in a tightly matched singles final. The two played before in the 2016 quarterfinals, in which Federer saved match points to win in five sets. Wimbledon’s biggest match will begin Sunday at 9AM Eastern.
Quibbl || Read More: Forbes | Washington Post
The Best Wimbledon Coverage Across the Internet
- The Daily Express’s James Gray reminds us of the last time Federer faced Cilic.
- Serena Williams tells ABC News of the “luxury” of missing out of playing tennis due to her pregnancy.
- Christopher Klein of History recounts the murderous Wimbledon finalist of the late nineteenth century.
- ESPNW’s Alyssa Roenigk takes us inside the world of ball boys and girls at Wimbledon.
- Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight analyzes the “American Tennis Drought” that Sam Querrey put an end to with his performance at Wimbledon this year.
- The Daily Mirror’s Adele Berti tells you just how much the Wimbledon prizes are (Hint: it’s a lot).
- In fact, Tyson Otto of the New York Post says the money is so good, players show up just to get hurt.
- Finally, ESPN’s Kurt Streeter says that despite her age, Venus Williams should have never been doubted.
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