Saturday 2 July 2011

Wimblemund 2011, day 12

Petra Kvitova bt. Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4
A superbly assured performance brought Petra Kvitova her maiden Grand Slam title in her first final. Full of focus, aggression and astonishing composure under pressure, it will not be her last one. And not a grunt to be heard. From her side of the net, at least. If you're looking for the player who will step up to fill the Williams sisters' shoes when they retire, Kvitova seems as likely as any to be the one.

Also today, the Men's Doubles final. As I write this, Bob and Mike Bryan lead by two sets to love and look set to secure their second Wimbledon doubles title. But it's most exciting for the fact that, as written, their team name could just as easily be that of a singles player. Here I present a list of the last eleven such Doubles champions at the All England Club:
  1. Bryan Stosur (Bob Bryan/Samantha Stosur, Mixed Doubles 2008)
  2. Murray Jankovic (Jamie Murray/Jelena Jankovic, Mixed Doubles 2007)
  3. Clement Llodra (Arnaud Clément/Michel Llodra, Men's Doubles 2007)
  4. Bryan Bryan (Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan, Men's Doubles 2006)
  5. Pierce Bhupathi (Mary Pierce/Mahesh Bupathi, Mixed Doubles 2005)
  6. Raymond Stubbs (Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs, Ladies' Doubles 2001)
  7. Raymond Paes (Lisa Raymond/Leander Paes, Mixed Doubles 1999)
  8. Stewart Garrison (Sherwood Stewart/Zina Garrison, Mixed Doubles 1988)
  9. Jordan Flach (Kathy Jordan/Ken Flach, Mixed Doubles 1987)
  10. Jordan Sayers Smylie (Kathy Jordan/Elizabeth Sayers Smylie, Women's Doubles 1985)
  11. Lloyd Turnbull (John Lloyd/Wendy Turnbull, Mixed Doubles 1984)
And in exciting BREAKING NEWS, as I compiled that list, Bryan Bryan did indeed win his second Men's Doubles title.

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