Neal Skupski wins maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon
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Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title after a straight sets 6-2, 7-6(1) win over all-British pair Harriet Dart and Joe Salisbury.
Skupski and Krawczyk produced a flawless opening set claiming it 6-2 to take charge on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The second set was a tighter affair going all the way to the tie break before the British and American pair took home the title. In winning the title Skupski claimed his first Grand Slam title.
Gordon Reid’s strong Wimbledon ended as runner-up after losing to Joachim Gerard 6-2, 7-6(2) in the Wimbledon single’s final.
The inaugural Wimbledon men’s wheelchair singles champion in 2016 fought back from 4-1 down to lead the second set 6-5, but ultimately his efforts were thwarted. He said:
“I thought, in general, my level was high. I think he played the big points really well. There were a few break opportunities at the start of the first set. Maybe I could have returned a little bit better on a couple of those. But I felt like he played most of the big points well today.
Cheered on by an adoring crowing on Court No.3 and with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge sat courtside, Rio Paralympic champion Reid added:
“The crowd was awesome today. They were getting right into it. They were creating an awesome atmosphere for both of us. It's just great to see so many people enjoying our sport.
“Hopefully these kind of situations, these kind of scenarios are what inspires more people to play. The odd person here or there might have watched on the TV, been here today, that could be the start of their journey in the sport. Hopefully we can get as many people playing in the UK as possible and see where it goes from there.
It's been a good week. I'm proud of the way I played this week. I thought I competed well. The doubles was special yesterday with Alfie. To regain the title here, keep our streak going, was really, really good for us.”