The AELTC has crowned its Ladies’ singles champion for 2015 and it’s a name maddeningly familiar to all tennis fans. Taking into account Serena’s 6th win here, the Williams sisters have won 11 Wimbledon titles in total. With the dust settling on the results, let’s take a look back at the winners & losers of this year’s tournament.
1) Petra Kvitova: Grade C
Grass is the surface that suits Kvitova’s power game and big serve, taking time away from the opponents to get back into the point. With that in view, she’ll be sorry that she missed out on a huge chance. Indeed, the 2014 champion has a lot to feel sorry about.
Kvitova literally blazed through her first 2 rounds against clueless opponents and looked every bit the two time champion (2011,2014). But, her campaign inexplicably went south when she lost to Jelena Jankovic in the 3rd round after leading handsomely in the 1st set and a half. This means that Kvitova’s ranking is about to take a devastating hit.
2) Maria Sharapova: Grade B+
Having recently surrendered her French Open crown, a lot of fans expected Masha to go deep at the tournament where it all started in 2004 when she beat Serena in the final. 5 majors and 11 years later, Sharapova is a proven champion.
Although she wasn’t expected to lift the title this year, she would have wished she could atleast done something to change her lopsided H2H with Serena in the SF, who had looked increasingly perturbed throughout the championships.
3) Simona Halep – Grade B-
Halep was a major revelation that promised to change the entire dynamic at the top of the WTA rankings. She reached the final of Roland Garros in 2014 pushing Sharapova to the brink and looked set for a long run at the top of the tour.
However, like many of the other promising of 2014 upcomers, she’s slowly losing all her momentum and her mojo, losing to players seeded much lower than her.
4) Eugenie Bouchard – Grade B
Speaking of 2014’s newcomers struggling this year, no other name pops up as often as Genie Bouchard. Losing to unseeded Duan in the 1st round is not doing her confidence any wonders.
Yeah, that’s right. She’s lost in the 1st round yet again, sparking criticism from fans and players that she should focus more on tennis than modelling. Some have even advised her to take a break and think about her commitment and priorities. the long road ahead looks highly uncertain and daunting for the Canadian. But, right now, we’re gonna go easy on her and giver her some breathing space.
Azarenka has had to weather a long and painful path to recovery from injury and come back to her destructive best. She has done it like a true champion and almost pulled off Mission Impossible leading Serena by a set to love before losing in three very tight sets
Very visible for all of us to see, was how she kept pumping her fists and tried to fire herself up even when losing. It’s nice to see that the motivation is still there. It’ll be a good 2nd half of the year for Azarenka if she keeps it up.
4) Heather Watson – Grade A
Speaking of playing well against Serena, another name that tormented Serena for the better part of the 3 sets was the Brit Heather Watson, who unleashed an array of shots to almost oust the 19 time GS champion.
Watson has had a mixed year so far, but the future looks bright if she plays with the same level on the hard courts later in the year.
3) Agnieszka Radwanska – Grade A
Radwanska was sent out of the top 10 after newcomers dominated the tour in 2014. She hasn’t been in the limelight for a long time now.
The generally consistent and tricky Pole, ousted by Muguruza in the SF, had a good tournament after struggling for the better part of the last 6 months. It’ll be a relief that she’s done well at her favourite slam and will be hoping to get back to the upper tier of the tour where she belongs.
2) Garbine Muguruza – Grade A+
It’s none other than the 2015 Wimbledon ladies’ runner-up. Muguruza made headlines sweeping through the draw, demolishing Garbine in the SF, and looked hungry for a maiden GS title.
Although she had no answer to Serena’s power game, she did find her way through her first 6 matches and won them convincingly with her aggression.
1) Serena Williams – Grade A++
The Second Serena Slam is complete and a calendar slam looks ever more likely. A 6-time champion now at SW19, Serena has had a strange year on tour in 2015, coming back from the brink of defeat multiple times to snatch the title from the jaws of defeat.
She almost lost to Heather Watson and Vika Azarenka, before rolling through to victory. This year’s final at Wimbledon, however, was a lot easier than a lot of people expected it to be with Muguruza buckling under pressure.
Almost 34, she’s 3/4th on her way to the iconic calendar slam – historically considered as the toughest feat in all of tennis. What a Player!