Five moments that made the first week of Wimbledon

09/07/2018

| Wimbledon

Kyle Edmund on Centre Court

The first week of Wimbledon saw British debuts, career milestones and Centre Court thrillers. Check out our five of our favourite moments so far…

1. Major milestones

Katie Swan and Katie Boulter put their wild cards to best possible use by scoring maiden main draw Grand Slam and Wimbledon victories.

19-year-old Swan faced world No.36 Irina-Camelia Begu in her opening round clash and sailed through to the second round for the first time with a solid 6-2, 6-2 win.

Then 21-year-old Boulter gave home crowds even more to cheer for as she battled past world No.123 Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Feeeels right now 🙈😄First main draw slam win 💃🏼

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2. Fantastic four  

2018 marked the first time British wild cards Katy Dunne, Harriet Dart, Gabriella Taylor and Jay Clarke made main draw appearances and they certainly rose to the occasion. Their runs may have been brought to an end in the opening round but they showed plenty of promise as they showcased their best tennis on home turf.

Dart was first up and did an excellent job putting seventh seed Karolina Pliskova through her paces. After losing the opening set in a tie break, she showed plenty of grit and determination to take the second set, before the Czech took charge again to win 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1. 

Many players would feel the heat from playing on Centre Court on their Wimbledon debut, but Dunne remained unfazed as she faced 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian claimed the first set 6-3, but the 23-year-old from Hemel Hempstead pushed hard in the second to force a tiebreak before eventually falling 6-3, 7-6(3).

Clarke played Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis and treated crowds to a five-set epic. The 19-year-old was in impressive form to capture the first and fourth sets but the Latvian’s experience proved dominant as he claimed a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4 win.

Finally, Gabriella Taylor proved a strong challenge for 2014 finalist Eugenie Bouchard. The 20-year-old from Southampton recovered brilliantly from a set down to take the second before going down 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

3. A memorable marathon  

Jay Clarke turned heads last year in the men’s doubles as he teamed up with 2016 Wimbledon hero Marcus Willis to defeat the defending champions in a five-set thriller.

This year, he partnered British No.3 Cameron Norrie and endured a five-hour, five-set epic against Marcelo Arevalo and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo that spanned three days.

In a match carried over from Wednesday evening's light rain, British duo Clarke and Norrie went into Thursday's resumption 3-2 up in the first set. Fading light forced the players off court again and saw them return on Friday, with the Brits two sets to one ahead.

Arevalo and Podlipnik-Castillo battled back on Friday afternoon to take the fourth set and force a decider. With no tiebreaker to rescue them in the fifth, both teams struggled to find the break they needed for victory, before Arevalo and Podlipnik-Castillo finally grabbed the win with a stunning scoreboard of 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5, 4-6, 22-20.

Despite the loss, Clarke dismissed the setback and returned later that day for his first mixed doubles clash with Harriet Dunne. The pair faced Yang Zhaoxuan and Robert Lindstedt and battled back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

4. Kyle’s class

Playing for the first time at SW19 as British No.1, Kyle Edmund certainly didn’t disappoint! After an opening round victory over Australian qualifier Alex Bolt, he scored a second consecutive straight sets win over American qualifier Bradley Klahn to reach the third round for the first time in his career.

In front of a packed Centre Court on Saturday night, he faced three-time champion Novak Djokovic for a spot in the final-16 and used his fearhand to full effect to capture the opening set 6-4. Djokovic soon stepped up with some of his best tennis, causing Edmund to bow out 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. 

5. Doubles delight

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares sent a strong message to their competitors in the men's doubles by reaching the quarter-finals without dropping a single set. The fifth seeds sailed past Paolo Lorenzo and Albert Ramos Vinolas, Taylor Fritz and Matthew Ebden and British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski to seal their spot in the final eight.  

2018 Nottingham champions Joe Salisbury and Frederik Nielsen also continued their fine grass court form to reach the quarter-finals after overcoming French duo Adrian Mannarino and Julien Benneteau, 12th seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Rohan Bopanna and Colombian sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Dom Inglot aims to be the third Brit into the quarter-finals as he teams up with Franko Skugor. The pair ousted Mischa Zverev and Marton Fucsovics in the opening round and survived a five-setter against Santiago Gonzalez and Marcelo Demoliner to set up a final-16 clash with Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry on Monday.

In ladies’ doubles, Heather Watson made the quarter-finals with Germany’s Tatjana Maria. The pair captured their first doubles title together back in March at the Mexican Open and are just three wins away from adding a second trophy to their cabinet. They started their campaign with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory over Chinese duo Zhang Shuai and Liang Chen, followed by a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over 11th seeds Anna-Lena Gronefeld and Raquel Atawo and a walkover in the third round.

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