The green grass courts of Wimbledon and the formal attire of the club are the first things that strike you when you watch the games played there. The game appears almost elite and even exclusive in these imposing courts. But then you watch Novak Djokovic win his third Wimbledon title at Centre Court and still bend over for a bite of the grass.
“I dreamt of winning Wimbledon as a kid,” he says and flays his arm around as explanation. And there you see it: it’s the place where dreams come true.
While the winners this year may seem like the usual candidates for the job, their journey to the top was certainly not a given. Women’s singles champion Serena Williams battled it out with promising young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the finals and Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals. To what is now popularly referred to as the Serena Slam, Williams says she never thought she’ll manage all four Grand Slam titles when she started off winning the US Open title last year.
In 2003, Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon title. Since then he has repeated the feat seven times, including five in a row, which is why when he makes it to the final, the crowd seems to be completely behind him.
However, defending champion Novak Djokovic made sure he left with his share of fans along with his trophy. The gripping four-set match had former pro and coach Boris Becker constantly out of his seat and exchanging steely expressions with Djokovic.
“He has been doing great this year, and the last, plus the one before,” admitted a grinning Federer at the presentation ceremony.
In the women’s doubles event, Martina Hingis paired with India’s Sania Mirza to take home their title after a tussle with Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. 34- year old Hingis continued her tryst with Wimbledon playing with India’s Leander Paes in the doubles finals on Sunday, the day after her win with Mirza.
The pair played Austrian Alexander Peya and Hungary’s Timea Babos and were through with the duo in 40 minutes, winning 6-1, 6-1. The win recorded the Swiss’ second Wimbledon title in two days.
Men’s doubles hopefuls Jamie Murray and John Peers lost to fourth seeds Rojer and Tecau in straight sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4. The younger Murray has to his credit a previous Wimbledon doubles title.