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#1587 – 2015 Wimbledon Championships

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Earlier today, the third grandslam tournament of the year, the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, was concluded. As usual, here is a short review about it.

Ladies’ Singles

Prior to the tournament, all eyes were on Serena Williams. After winning the singles titles of the 2014 US Open, 2015 Australian Open, and 2015 French Open, she had an opportunity to complete what was called a “Serena Slam 2.0”. This means winning four consecutive grandslam tournaments but not in the same calendar year. And “2.0” means it would be the second time that Serena would have done it. She first did it 12.5 years ago (yes, twelve and a half YEARS ago) in 2002/2003 when she won the 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open, and 2003 Australian Open. Btw, in those four finals in 2002/2003, she beat Venus Williams in all of them.

Talking about the pressure of creating history, eh?

When the draw came out, I felt a bit sad because the 16th seed, Venus Williams, was put on the same bracket as Serena, meaning they could potentially meet in the Round of 16 (fourth round); which they did. Nevertheless, Serena was able to overcome her packed half to reach another final. She beat local favorite, Heather Watson, in the third round, Venus Williams in the fourth round, Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, and Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. Meanwhile the other half of the draw fell apart, leaving a widely open path to the final. Garbine Muguruza, the 20th seed, advanced to her first ever grandslam final.

The final went quite dramatic where Serena started nervous and immediately fell behind. She fought back though, clawed her way back in, won the first set, and led 5–1 in the second. Then she got nervous again and Muguruza clawed back. But the lead was already too wide that it was too late for Muguruza’s final fight. Serena won the match, her 6th Wimbledon singles title, her 21st grandslam singles title, and her second Serena Slam.

Wow!!

That is legendary stuff from a legendary tennis player!! Congratulations Serena Williams!!

Gentlemen’s Singles

Same old, same old story with the men’s side where it is a bit difficult to see someone outside of the Big Four to lift the trophy in the end (except that probably Rafael Nadal was a little bit out of the question this year while Stan Wawrinka was a little bit more).

One of the biggest stories was probably Rafael Nadal’s four consecutive early loss at Wimbledon to someone ranked with three-digits. In 2012, he lost in the second round to the 100th ranked Lukas Rosol; in 2013 he lost in the first round to the 135th ranked Steve Darcis; and in 2014 he lost in the fourth round to the 144th ranked Nick Kyrgios. This year, he lost in the second round to the 102th ranked Dustin Brown.

Anyway, in the end Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made the final, thus repeating the final from last year. The match went tight especially in the first two set. In the third and fourth set, Djokovic was able to gain some advantage so he could close it out in four sets, defending his title and winning his third Wimbledon title.

Congratulations Nole!!

Serena Williams completed her 2nd Serena Slam with her 6th Wimbledon title. Photo credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe
Serena Williams completed her 2nd Serena Slam with her 6th Wimbledon title. Photo credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe
Novak Djokovic won his 9th grandslam title with his 3rd Wimbledon triumph. Photo credit:  Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe
Novak Djokovic won his 9th grandslam title with his 3rd Wimbledon triumph this year. Photo credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe

BAHASA INDONESIA

Hari ini, turnamen grandslam ketiga tahun ini, Kejuaraan Wimbledon 2015, berakhir. Seperti biasa, berikut ini review-ku akan turnamen ini.

Tunggal Putri

Semua mata tertuju pada Serena Williams. Setelah menjuarai gelar tunggal putri di 2014 US Open, 2015 Australian Open, dan 2015 French Open, ia memiliki sebuah kesempatan unik untuk melengkapi apa yang disebut sebagai “Serena Slam 2.0”. Ini artinya adalah memenangi keempat turnamen grandslam berturutan tetapi tidak di tahun kalender yan sama. Dan “2.0” artinya ini akan menjadi kali kedua Serena melakukannya. Pertama kali ia sukses melakukan ini 12,5 tahun yang lalu (iya, dua belas setengah TAHUN yang lalu) di tahun 2002/2003 dimana ia menjuarai 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open, dan 2003 Austalian Open. Btw, di keempat final itu di tahun 2002/2003, di semuanya ia harus melawan Venus Williams loh.

Ngomongin tentang tekanan untuk membuat sejarah bukan?

Ketika hasil undiannya keluar, aku merasa sedikit sedih bahwa unggulan ke-16, Venus Williams, berada di bracket yang sama dengan Serena, artinya mereka bisa bertemu di babak 16 besar (babak keempat), yang mana mereka beneran bertemu. Walaupun begitu, Serena mampu mengatasi undian yang sangat berat untuknya dimana ia akhirnya mencapai babak fial. Ia harus mengalahkan petenis lokal yang banyak didukung penonton, Heather Watson, di babak ketiga, Venus Williams di babak keempat, Victoria Azarenka di babak perempat final, dan Maria Sharapova di babak semifinal. Sementara itu, di setengah undian yang lain, undiannya kacau balau, dimana sisi ini adalah sisi yang amat terbuka bagi siapa pun untuk lolos ke final. Dari sisi ini, Garbine Muguruza, unggulan ke-20, berhasil masuk ke final grandslam pertamanya.

Finalnya berlangsung cukup dramatis dimana Serena memulainya dengan gugup sehingga ia langsung tertinggal. Ia kemudian melawan balik, berjuang keras, memenangi set pertama, dan unggul 5–1 di babak kedua. Ia lalu grogi lagi dan Muguruza berjuang balik. Tetapi Muguruza sudah tertinggal terlalu banyak sehingga perjuangannya sedikit terlambat. Serena memenangi pertandingannya, gelar tunggal Wimbledon ke-6nya, gelar tunggal grandslam ke-21nya, dan Serena Slam keduanya.

Wow!!

Ini adalah sebuah pencapaian legendaris dari seorang petenis legendaris!! Selamat Serena Williams!!

Tunggal Putra

Cerita untuk sisi putra masih cerita lama yang diulang-ulang terus: sulit melihat seseorang di luar Big Four untuk mengangkat tropinya di akhir turnamen (kecuali mungkin Rafael Nadal agak cenderung kurang difavoritkan tahun ini sementara Stan Wawrinka sedikit lebih difavoritkan).

Satu cerita terbesar tahun ini mungkin adalah kekalahannya Rafael Nadal di babak-babak awal empat kali berturutan di Wimbledon dari seseorang yang berperingkat tiga digit. Di tahun 2012, ia kalah dari Lukas Rosol di babak kedua yang berperingkat 100; di tahun 2013 ia kalah dari Steve Darcis di babak pertama yang berperingkat 135; dan di tahun 2014 ia kalah dari Nick Kyrgios di babak keempat yang berperingkat 144. Tahun ini, ia kalah di babak kedua dari Dustin Brown yang berperingkat 102.

Anyway, pada akhirnya Novak Djokovic dan Roger Federer masuk ke final, mengulangi final tahun lalu. Pertandingan berlangsung ketat terutama di dua set pertama. Di set ketiga dan keempat, Djokovic berhasil mendapatkan keuntungan sehingga ia bisa mengakhiri semuanya dalam empat set, mempertahankan gelarnya, dan memenangi gelar Wimbledon ketiganya.

Selamat Nole!!

13 thoughts on “#1587 – 2015 Wimbledon Championships

  1. Pas lihat poto-potonya di IG berasa seger gitu Ko gw membayangkan. Karena makanannya kali ya. Ama rumputnya. Hahahaha. *sori gak nyambung

    1. Hehe, tetapi beberapa waktu lalu ketika juaranya berganti-ganti, pada komplain bahwa tenis payah karena tidak ada pemain top yang konsisten😉 .

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