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Week 1 Wimbledon Round Up

Posted on by Abbie Coombes

The Pimms, strawberries, and cream consumption has been racked up in the past week, and those rain covers have been left untouched. The first seven days of this year's Wimbledon Championships have been glorious, with suspended play because of the scorching temperatures (who'd have thought!?), seeming a likely possibility earlier in the week. 

Whilst we might not hear an encore of 'Go on Andy' at this year's championships, there is no doubt that Murray's absence from Wimbledon 2018, has not stopped spectators coming out in full force. The return of the championship favourites; Federer, Nadal and the Williams sisters, has once again created a buzz around centre court. 

We take a look back at the first week of the tournament for the Brits, and hint at some of the exciting matches to be played in the final week of Wimbledon 2018. 

With no Andy Murray at this year's championship, all eyes have been on the up and coming British tennis players; British number one Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmunds and the women's wild card, Katie Boulter. 

Although she had a great run at the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham and reached the final to play Australia's, Ashleigh Barty, Johanna Konta made a surprising, quick exit in the second round at this year's Wimbledon Championships.  She was up against the Slovakian, Dominika Cibulkova, who, as Konta commented in her post match interview, is 'feisty in the way she plays and always goes for her shots.' Despite the disappointing defeat, Konta remained optimistic following the match, stating that she felt the support of the crowd, and only ever seeks to satisfy her own expectations. 


A look of disappointment from Johanna on Thursday, after losing to the former world number four.  (Image Source: BBC Sport)

On day 6 of Wimbledon, the winner of 12 grand slam titles, Novak Djokovic and the British underdog, Kyle Edmunds took to centre court, only weeks after they had last met in May.  Edmunds, having won against the Serb at the Madrid Open and winning the opening set 6-4 on Wimbledon's centre court on Saturday, the nation was rooting for the Briton. With England's success against Sweden at the World Cup, there was a feeling that this could be a day of great sporting victory for Brits. 

Unstoppable shots from Kyle Edmunds in the first set against Djokovic. (Image source: Wimbledon) 

Edmunds made a strong start in the second set, and Djokovic's frustrations began to show, losing his patience with one of the ball boys and looking to his box several times, shaking his head in disappointment. Yet, just as we thought there might be a chance of Edmunds taking this all the way, Djokovic seemed to up the tempo, becoming much more aggressive in his shots, and this didn't waver. Despite going to four sets, Djokovic won this third round match but as the Serb commented, what the crowds witnessed was without a doubt, some extremely high quality tennis. 

Whilst the Brits may not be acing it at this year's tournament, other centre court favourites have not failed to deliver. Roger Federer's grace and his consistency, has made another appearance at this year's event. Furthermore, the current world number one, Rafael Nadal is looking on extremely strong form, and it  provokes some rather interesting questions..

Will we see a repeat of the Nadal vs Federer 2008 final on Sunday? Will the two tennis legends meet once more? With the world cup final as well, and the possibility of it 'coming home', it is sure to be a great afternoon for sport! 


Photo taken following Federer's defeat at the 2008 Wimbledon final. (Image source: Sky Sports)

If all this talk of tennis has got you itching to hit the courts, you might just need a BB Stainless Steel bottle to ensure you stay hydrated...

 

 

Written by Abbie Coombes.

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