2019 Wimbledon Week One Recap:
The first week of Wimbledon 2019 is in the books and it’s been interesting to say the least. The top story of Week One has been teen sen
sation Cori “Coco” Guaff. The 15 year old from America took the tournament by storm by beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. She then went on to win her next two matches to become the youngest player to reach week two at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Coco will have her hands full in the round of 16 as she will face former Number One player Simona Halep on Monday, July 8th.
As impressive as Gauff has been, Serena Williams is looking like the old Serena again. She hasn’t played many matches this year due to injuries and personal reasons, and she’s playing mixed doubles this year with Andy Murray to get more “match” ready. Right now it looks like it’s working after she defeated Julia Gorges 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday. Gorges played one of best matches ever but when Serena plays her best, few if any can beat her.
Ashleigh Barty, who took over the world number one ranking right before Wimbledon, might be the most impressive of all the ladies after week one. Barty dismantled Harriet Dart from Great Britain 6-1, 6-1 to storm into week two on an incredible high. The 5’5” Australian is the eighth woman to hold the number one spot since Serena gave it up September 12, 2016 to Angelique Kerber. Barty took over the number one ranking from Naomi Osaka June 24, 2019. Osaka has been falling ever since she split with her coach Sascha Bajin after winning the Australian Open for her second straight Grand Slam Title. The 23 year old Barty seems more mature and ready to hold onto the number one spot than the 21 year old Osaka was. I still think Naomi Osaka has more talent than any female player on the WTA circuit but she needs to really want it and she needs to be pushed, and I’m not sure that’s the case right now.
There’s no guarantee that one of those three women will win Wimbledon this year, but they have been the best stories from week one. On the Men’s side, the Big Three continue to defy injury and Father Time. Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have all cruised into week two and are the heavy favorites to win Wimbledon once again. The three of them have won 14 of the last 16 Wimbledon Men’s Titles with Roger Federer winning eight of them, Djokovic four and Nadal two. Andy Murray won in 2013 and 2016, but injuries have slowed him down the last few years. The grass at Wimbledon is playing slower this year and some seem to think that helps Nadal more than some of the others. But on the Grass at Wimbledon I’d be hard pressed to bet against Federer. Rafa is the King of Clay, but Fed Rules the Grass. Week two should be fun.
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