10 of the best British moments that made Wimbledon 2017


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Johanna Konta waves to fans at Wimbledon 2017

What a Wimbledon it’s been for the Brits, complete with Centre Court debuts, career-highs and history re-written.

From thrilling fightbacks to titles in the mixed doubles and wheelchair tournaments, here are 10 of our most memorable moments of the fortnight. 

1. Bedene battles back 

Aljaz Bedene lit up No.3 Court on the opening day of The Championships in a first-round encounter against huge-hitter Ivo Karlovic. The five-set marathon lasted four hours and 25 minutes before the Brit claimed an epic 6-7(5), 7-6 (6), 6-7(7), 7-6 (7), 8-6 victory!

Aljaz continued his remarkable run into the third-round of Wimbledon, recording his best result at SW19 and equalling his performance at Roland Garros in 2016.  

2. A Centre Court calling 

British No.2 Kyle Edmund came into the fortnight bidding to secure his first ever Wimbledon win. The draw matched him against Alex Ward in the opening round; a British compatriot who had qualified impressively for the grass-court Slam just days before.

Alex got off to a great start, but Kyle battled back from a set down to enter the second-round for the first time in his career. Up against tricky Frenchman Gael Monfils for a place in the third, the Brit made his maiden appearance on Centre Court and, despite losing in a tight three-setter, he treated fans to some beloved ‘fearhands’!  

3. Re-writing the history books 

The last time four Brits made the third-round of Wimbledon was in 1997, but then came Heather Watson, Johanna Konta, Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene to smash that 20-year-old stat, after they all came out on top of their second-round encounters.

While Heather and Aljaz’s runs were brought to an end on the first Friday, Johanna and Andy’s fourth-round victories re-wrote even more history, as they became the first British woman and man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in the same year since 1973!

4. Clarke and Willis defeat defending champions 

Last year, world No.772 qualifier Marcus Willis won the hearts of the nation after upsetting world No. 54 Ricardas Berankis to set up Centre Court clash with Roger Federer. He returned for a second year, but this time with Jay Clarke by his side as they embarked on a memorable doubles campaign.

The pair fought back from two sets down in their opening round to set up a contest against second seeds and defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. While the odds were against them, the Brits found their rhythm and edged past the Frenchmen in a sensational five-setter to wrap up Super Saturday.  

5. Family fortunes 

This year saw two pairs of British siblings team up for a run in the doubles. Naomi and Liam Broady reached the second round of the mixed doubles, while Ken and Neal Skupski delved deep into the men’s quarter-finals.

The brothers overcame fellow Brits Joe Salisbury and Brydan Klein before they defeated eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. But it was the four-set victory over Daniell and Demoliner that meant the most, edging them into their first ever Grand Slam quarter-final!  

6. The champion’s return

For the first time ever, Andy Murray entered The Championships as the top seed and although it may not have been the title defence the nation wished for, he certainly performed like the true champion he is!

For starters, his third-round victory over Fabio Fognini had fans on the edges of their seats, before the Brit eventually overcame the inspired Italian in a four-set roller-coaster.

On Super Saturday, he received a warm welcome into the Royal Box from his fellow Olympic gold medallists, and his straight-sets victory over Benoit Paire on the second Monday meant he reached an incredible 10th consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final! 

7. Johanna Konta's dream run 

Johanna Konta entered The Championships having never progressed further than the second-round, but after two weeks of phenomenal form that couldn’t seem more of a distant memory…

After overcoming Donna Vekic in a three-set classic to reach the third round, the British No.1’s dream turned more into a reality and she never looked back.

She edged past Caroline Garcia in the fourth round to set up a quarter-final contest with world No.2 Simona Halep and had the whole nation on tenterhooks as she battled back from a set down to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1978! 

8. Wheelchair records fall again

The British dominance of wheelchair tennis continued apace in the second week at SW19, with victories for home talent in the men's and women's doubles events.

Reigning champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett wrote their names into the history books yet again when they became the first Brits to defend their Wimbledon men's crown. The duo saw off the challenge of Rio Paralympic gold medallists Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France in a final set tie-break for the second successive year, completing a glorious 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(3) victory on Court No.3.

Following up on Sunday, Jordanne Whiley won a record-equalling 10th Grand Slam title in claiming the women's doubles crown alongside Japanese partner Yui Kamiji. The pair came back from a set down against the Dutch pair of Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot to pull off an astonishing 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and defend their title for a third time! 

9. Doubles delight

Murray Hingis trophyJamie Murray ensured Britain would cheer another home champion when he lifted the mixed doubles title alongside Swiss partner Martina Hingis.

The British Davis Cup hero lifted the same trophy back in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and 10 years later he was back on Centre Court to repeat the trick, this time with 2015 champion Hingis by his side.

The only downside for British fans was that Murray had to defeat his compatriot Heather Watson in order to take the crown. The Fed Cup star went into this year’s tournament as reigning champion with Finland’s Henri Kontinen. They reached the final in a brilliant defence of their title, but Murray and Hingis were just too strong at the last hurdle.

10. Feeling inspired?

After a fortnight of brilliant tennis on the grass at SW19, now it's your turn. Get out on court and GoHitIt!

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