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Britain has undoubtedly enjoyed some fond memories on the tennis court in recent years, with the latest crop of British talent surpassing the expectations of many a critic. In this article we examine some of the nation’s finest sporting specimens as we look ahead to another year of exhilarating court-side action.
The man at the forefront of Britain’s tremendous success has been, without doubt, Andy Murray. The spirited Scot, who currently boasts the coveted World Number One spot, has achieved remarkable success following his senior professional debut in 2005.
After claiming a superb opening Grand Slam title in 2010 at the Australian Open, the British tennis ace has since triumphed in a further eight major tournaments, taking his Grand Slam title tally to a resounding nine, with his most recent win coming at the game’s jewel in the crown, the magnificent Wimbledon Championships.
It was certainly a sight to behold when Britain’s finest sporting specimen took to the sun-splashed grass courts at the All England Tennis Club in 2016. Murray’s scintillating form and resilience sent the crowd into overdrive with euphoric roars echoing around Centre Court as he dispatched his opponents one by one with consummate ease. The Scot faced Milos Raonic in what become an exhilarating affair, but Murray’s stunning ground strokes and lightning fast serve ensured a fabulous title victory in straight sets.
In contrast to last year’s heroics however, 2017 has been a relatively disappointing crusade for the British Number One. A season, rife with niggling injuries, has had a detrimental effect on Murray’s recent performances with early exits from Queen’s and Wimbledon setting the tone for the Scot’s substandard campaign. But with the US Open looming, Murray is confident of a swift return to the fold after shaking off a minor hip injury, and with his long-term adversary, Novak Djokovic, unavailable due to a recurring elbow problem, the stage looks set for the Brit to take back the title by storm.
The future also looks incredibly bright for fellow Brit, Johanna Konta, whose impressive rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable. In April she made her mark in scintillating style, winning the biggest title to be held by a British female tennis player – since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 – as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 in a captivating final at the Miami Open. The spectacular victory saw Konta rise to seventh in the world, and she will certainly be striving to climb even higher in the rankings when chance permits.
The brilliant Brit almost made it two title victories for 2017 when she faced Donna Vekic in the Aegon Open Final in Nottingham. In what turned out to an extremely pulsating encounter, however, the Croatian ground out a resounding victory after trailing Konta by a set to love in the opening stages.
As the Brit’s prospering career continues to gather pace, it can surely only be a matter of time before she challenges for her first Grand Slam title. Her superb performances at the All England Tennis Club this year have certainly given fans much cause for optimism.
Following an incredible run of form, Konta became the first British woman – since Wade in 1978 – to reach the coveted Wimbledon Semi-Finals, facing five-time Ladies Singles Champion, Venus Williams, in a thrilling showdown. It was to the dismay of the home faithful, however, that Konta was defeated by her American rival but the Brit was not downhearted by losing to her decorated opponent, stating that she still had much room for improvement and that a future title at the All England Club would be well within her reach.
It has also been a splendid year to remember for British pair Jamie Murray and Heather Watson. The two doubles’ extraordinaires met head-on in an enthralling battle of Britain at this year’s Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final. With a Brit standing on either side of the net, the crowds were decidedly split on who to support, but it was the Scot who ultimately romped to victory alongside partner, Martina Hingis, dispatching his British counterpart and reigning champion in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Crucially, the match signified just how much British tennis had prospered in recent years. In a game which boasted two British finalists competing against one another at one of the world’s most prestigious Grand Slam tournament, fans saw the revival of a British sporting masterclass which continues to blossom with every passing step.
It’s safe to say that the future of British tennis looks bright.
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