2007 Wimbledon Championships

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2007 Wimbledon Championships
Date:   25 June – 8 July
Edition:   121st
Category:   Grand Slam (ITF)
Surface:   Grass
Location:   Church Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Champions
Men's Singles
Switzerland Roger Federer
Women's Singles
United States Venus Williams
Men's Doubles
France Arnaud Clément / France Michaël Llodra
Women's Doubles
Zimbabwe Cara Black / South Africa Liezel Huber
Mixed Doubles
Serbia Jelena Janković / United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Boys' Singles
United States Donald Young
Girls' Singles
Poland Urszula Radwańska
Boys' Doubles
Italy Daniel Lopez / Italy Matteo Trevisan
Girls' Doubles
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Poland Urszula Radwańska
Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles
Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Ladies' Invitation Doubles
Czech Republic Jana Novotná / Czech Republic Helena Suková
Senior Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles
United Kingdom Jeremy Bates / Sweden Anders Järryd
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan / Netherlands Ronald Vink
Wimbledon Championships
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The 2007 Wimbledon Championships were held between 25 June and 8 July 2007. For the first time there was equal prize money for the men's and women's singles champions. Reconstruction work on Centre Court was in progress and thus it had no roof.

The Gentlemen's final was won by Roger Federer for the fifth consecutive time, a feat only before achieved in the Open Era by Björn Borg. It was the third longest men's singles final of all time at 3 hours and 45 minutes. Venus Williams claimed the Ladies' Title by defeating Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, a surprise finalist who had defeated world number one at the time Justine Henin. For the first time in twenty years, the Championships saw a home player win a senior title as Jamie Murray won the mixed doubles with Serbian partner Jelena Janković.

Seniors[edit]

Gentlemen's singles[edit]

Switzerland Roger Federer defeated Spain Rafael Nadal 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–2
Federer won his fifth consecutive title, equalling the modern-era record set by Björn Borg. It was also the first time that Federer had played five sets in the final of a Grand Slam.

Ladies' singles[edit]

United States Venus Williams defeated France Marion Bartoli 6–4, 6–1
The final was fought between the two lowest seeds ever to appear in a Wimbledon final, with Williams starting the tournament as the no. 23 seed and Bartoli as the no. 18 seed.

Gentlemen's doubles[edit]

France Arnaud Clément / France Michaël Llodra defeated United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4

• It was Clément's 1st and only career Grand Slam doubles title.
• It was Llodra's 3rd career Grand Slam doubles title and his 1st at Wimbledon.

Ladies' doubles[edit]

Zimbabwe Cara Black / South Africa Liezel Huber defeated Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik / Japan Ai Sugiyama 3–6, 6–3, 6–2

  • It was Black's 4th career Grand Slam doubles title and her 3rd at Wimbledon.
  • It was Huber's 3rd career Grand Slam doubles title and her 2nd at Wimbledon.

Mixed doubles[edit]

Serbia Jelena Janković / United Kingdom Jamie Murray defeated Australia Alicia Molik / Sweden Jonas Björkman 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
This marked the first grand slam win of both Jelena Janković and Jamie Murray.

Juniors[edit]

Boys' singles[edit]

United States Donald Young def. Belarus Vladimir Ignatic 7-5, 6-1

Girls' singles[edit]

Poland Urszula Radwańska def. United States Madison Brengle 2-6, 6-3, 6-0

Boys' doubles[edit]

Italy Daniel Lopez / Italy Matteo Trevisan def. Czech Republic Roman Jebavý / Slovakia Martin Kližan 7-6(5), 4-6, [10]-[8]

Girls' doubles[edit]

Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Poland Urszula Radwańska def. Japan Misaki Doi / Japan Kurumi Nara 6-4, 2-6, [10]-[7]

Other events[edit]

Gentlemen's invitation doubles[edit]

Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Netherlands Paul Haarhuis def. United Kingdom Mark Petchey / United Kingdom Chris Wilkinson 6-2, 6-2

Senior gentlemen's invitation doubles[edit]

United Kingdom Jeremy Bates / Sweden Anders Järryd def. United States Kevin Curren / United States Johan Kriek 6-3, 6-3

Ladies' invitation doubles[edit]

Czech Republic Jana Novotná / Czech Republic Helena Suková def. South Africa Ilana Kloss / United States Rosalyn Nideffer 6-3, 6-3

Men's wheelchair doubles[edit]

Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan / Netherlands Ronald Vink def. Japan Shingo Kunieda / Japan Satoshi Saida 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Timeline[edit]

2007 Wimbledon Championships Timeline
Day Comments Preview1 Review1 Completed Matches
1 Roger Federer and Justine Henin were some of the victors on Day 1. Rain however prevented most play. 1 2 3
2 Amélie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova won their matches, as well as Rafael Nadal, and Tim Henman, who fought very hard and won. 1 2 3
3 Not many matches were completed but among the winners on Day 3 were Andy Roddick, Justine Henin, Fernando González, Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanovic, Richard Gasquet and Martina Hingis. Doubles were scheduled to start on Day 3 but rain stopped most play. This also postponed Tim Henman's match versus Feliciano López. The only doubles match completed was the match in the Gentlemen's Doubles tournament when the 13 seeds Jaroslav Levinský and David Škoch from the Czech Republic won out on Court 15. 1 2 3
4 Katie O'Brien and Tim Henman were knocked out by Michaëlla Krajicek and Feliciano López respectively. All the high seeds won today, winners include Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Lleyton Hewitt, Nikolay Davydenko, Daniela Hantuchová, James Blake, Novak Djokovic, Amélie Mauresmo and Marcos Baghdatis. For Britain, Jamie Murray and his American partner Eric Butorac won through their first round match of Gentlemen's Doubles. One surprise on Day 4 was that Juan Ignacio Chela was knocked out by Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin. 1 2 3
5 Juan Carlos Ferrero beat James Blake. A shock upset by Janko Tipsarević sent seeded Fernando González out of the tournament in five sets. Andy Roddick, Serena Williams and Roger Federer easily won their matches as well. There was also doubles play. 1 2 3
6 Only three matches were completed. Amélie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova advanced to Fourth Round, James Auckland with Claire Curran won their match in First Round of Mixed doubles. 1 2 3
MS Middle Sunday
7 After a Middle Sunday that was dominated by clear skies, the rain caused disruptions again as play resumed, sporadically. Tommy Haas withdrew from the tournament, leaving Roger Federer with a bye to the Quarter Finals. French Open finalists Justine Henin and Ana Ivanovic both progressed. The Williams sisters also came through, with Serena battling through cramp to win a three-set thriller. 1 2 3
8 Despite almost unceasing rain, Nicole Vaidišová upset Amélie Mauresmo (the defending champion) 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 to create a quarterfinal with Ana Ivanovic. The match between Rafael Nadal and Robin Söderling failed to reach a conclusion, as play was delayed by rain and forced into a fourth day. 1 2 3
9 The highly anticipated match between Serena Williams and Justine Henin was fought out, with Henin victorious in three sets. Venus Williams brushed aside the number 2 seed Maria Sharapova; and Marion Bartoli, a surprise package, also progressed to the semifinals. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won their third round matches, which had both been forced into five days of play. Andy Roddick and Richard Gasquet also reached the fourth round. 1 2 3
10 Rain prevented play in the afternoon and evening. Rafael Nadal came back from 2-0 to win against Mikhail Youzhny; setting up a clash with Tomáš Berdych. The "previous" that he and Nadal have refers to a match at the Madrid Masters, where Berdych defeated Nadal and began hushing the crowd. Marcos Baghdatis and Novak Djokovic also set up a quarterfinal tie. Roger Federer returned to court against Juan Carlos Ferrero, but did not have enough time to complete a set. Venus Williams sent another top-seeded Russian packing, Svetlana Kuznetsova; she will meet Ana Ivanovic in the semifinal, who won an epic match against Nicole Vaidišová. 1 2 3
11 Marion Bartoli produced the biggest upset of the tournament by defeating world number 1 and favourite Justine Henin. She faces Venus Williams in the final, who defeated Ana Ivanovic with cool efficiency. Novak Djokovic contested another gruelling match, winning in five sets against Marcos Baghdatis. Roger Federer came through, not unscathed though, as he lost his first set of the tournament. Richard Gasquet awaits him, after shocking Andy Roddick in a shocking comeback from two-sets-to-love down. 1 2 3
12 The gruelling schedule of the tournament took its toll on the competitors in the men's semi-final matches. Richard Gasquet pushed Roger Federer in the first set, but the world number one eventually prevailed 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Novak Djokovic managed to take the first set off Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final match, but an array of injury problems forced him to retire at 6-3, 1-6, 1-4 down, leaving Nadal to progress to the final. In the ladies final, Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title over Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-1. Venus used hard serves and hard groundstrokes to keep Bartoli at bay. In the award ceremony Bartoli said Venus Williams was unbeatable on grass. 1 2 3
13 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were meeting again in this year's Wimbledon final after the clash in the previous year. The match was 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 1-4 when Nadal had a problem with his right knee. After treatment, he returned in the match to wrap the set 2-6 to force the match to the fifth set; Federer won the set 6-2 and with it, the match, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. Roger won the Wimbledon title for the fifth time and he equaled the record of Björn Borg. 1 2 3
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Notable stories[edit]

Chokes and comebacks[edit]

  • Tim Henman defeated Carlos Moyà in round 1 after going down two sets to one in a match that lasted two days with a 5th set scoreline of 13-11. Henman failed to convert 6 match points before capitalizing from a double fault by Moya on the 7th match point.[5][6]
  • Juan Carlos Ferrero also came back, this time from two sets to none down in a match suspended for 2 days, 7-5 in the 5th set against Jan Hájek.
  • Nikolay Davydenko made a remarkable comeback against Chris Guccione in round 2, losing the first 2 sets before winning 3-6 5-7 7-6 6-4 6-2. It was a special comeback because Davydenko, who had a previous horrific record on grass, made it into round 3 of Wimbledon for the first time.[7]
  • Serena Williams made an unbelievable comeback against Daniela Hantuchová in the Fourth Round. Williams cramped in the second set at 5-5, 30-15 with Hantuchová serving. She was treated and played to a tiebreak when a rain delay halted play for almost 2 hours. Both players came back and finished the tiebreak, which Hantuchová won. Then in the third set, Williams started off slow but powered to a 6-2 6-7 6-2 win to advance to the quarterfinals against Justine Henin.[8]
  • Venus Williams was almost knocked out by Alla Kudryavtseva in her first round match, when she won 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. She was down a set and possible break points before finally winning her match in three sets.[9]
  • Venus Williams came back from one set all to win a match tightly against Akiko Morigami 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Morigami had been a game away from victory, but Venus was able to take control and dismiss Morigami.[10]
  • Nicole Vaidišová knocked out defending champion Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round to reach her first Wimbledon quarterfinal. After narrowly winning a first set tie-break and losing the second set to the title holder, Vaidišová came back to win 6-1 in the third set.[11]
  • Marion Bartoli beat world number one Justine Henin in the women's singles semi-final after losing the first set 6-1 and being a break down in the second. She won the final set 6-1.[12]
  • Ana Ivanovic defeated Nicole Vaidišová 4-6 6-2 7-5 having been down a break in the second set and saving three match points at 3-5 down in the third set.

Prize Money[edit]

On April 24, 2007, Wimbledon announced that the prize money would increase to £700,000 (US$1.4 million) for men and women singles champions. The total prize fund would be £11,282,710 (US$22,565,420) - the highest any tennis tournament has ever offered.

The Wimbledon Championships adopted Hawk-Eye technology for the first time on Centre Court and Court 1. The Cyclops system was still used on other courts.

Day by Day[edit]

Day 1[edit]

Many matches were cancelled by rain, an ominous precursor to the entire tournament. Top seeds Roger Federer and Justine Henin managed to defeat their opponents easily. Philipp Kohlschreiber became the first seeded player to exit the tournament. Seeded players Martina Hingis and Patty Schnyder were pushed by their opponents, each playing 3 sets with Hingis saving 2 match points. Serena Williams, Marion Bartoli and Shahar Pe'er won their games simply.

Day 2[edit]

Daniela Hantuchová easily dispatched Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Favourites such as Jelena Janković, Maria Sharapova, Amélie Mauresmo, Novak Djokovic, James Blake and Rafael Nadal won their matches with ease. However, Venus Williams was almost knocked out by Alla Kudryavtseva, when she won 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Day 3[edit]

Andy Roddick and Richard Gasquet advanced towards third round, true to expectations. Justine Henin, Ana Ivanovic, Martina Hingis and Serena Williams also beat their opponents with little difficulty. Lucky loser Alizé Cornet defeated ranked #42 Maria Kirilenko. Unfortunately the evening matches were delayed due to the rain.

Day 4[edit]

Dinara Safina became today's highest-ranked woman to lose, while Tommy Robredo the highest-ranked man to lose on day 4. However, other seeded players like Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Roger Federer and Marat Safin have done their jobs well and advanced towards third round. Also, Serena and Venus Williams returned to their doubles competitions by beating Anne Keothavong and Claire Curran in the first round.

Day 5[edit]

The players who began their games at 11 o'clock were delayed by rain, but it did not affect Justine Henin, Jelena Janković and Patty Schnyder who all hastily completed their matches. Anna Chakvetadze is the highest-ranked woman to lose so far, while Fernando González became the highest-seeded man to lose so far.

Day 6[edit]

The tournament suffered massive rain disruptions, with Amélie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova being the only singles players to complete (and win) their matches. The afternoon matches were also delayed by rain. Fans on Centre and Court 2 received full refunds; because they saw less than an hour of play, with Mauresmo's win lasting 57 minutes.

Middle Sunday[edit]

Day 7[edit]

There was a little bit of rain and a few surprises too. Although there was more rain, Justine Henin found time to advance to the quarterfinals, while Elena Dementieva surprised everyone by losing to an unseeded Tamira Paszek. Agnieszka Radwańska, after sending seeded Martina Müller out in the second round a few days earlier, couldn't do the same thing to Svetlana Kuznetsova. In a highly intense matach, Serena Williams cramped against Daniela Hantuchová late in a second set. Serena battled the injury, losing the second set tie-break but winning after a rain delay.

Day 8[edit]

Most of the women's 4th round matches were delayed by rain, however, some matches were completed; Svetlana Kuznetsova ended Tamira Paszek's dazzling run; 3rd seed and in-form Serb Jelena Janković was defeated by Marion Bartoli; and 2006 champion and 4th seed Amélie Mauresmo fell to Nicole Vaidišová.

Day 9[edit]

Rafael Nadal finally won his match against Robin Söderling, which had lasted since Saturday. Other winners today included Novak Djokovic, who advanced into 4th round and Andy Roddick, who is already in the quarterfinals. Richard Gasquet won his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Maria Sharapova lost to Venus Williams in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. Justine Henin and Marion Bartoli became the first female semifinalists. The second round doubles match between Brazilians André Sá and Marcelo Melo against Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett set two Wimbledon records, one of most games played in a match (102) and the longest fifth set ever (28-26). This was the second longest match in the history of The Championships, at 5 hours and 58 minutes. The Brazilian duo won.

Day 10[edit]

Venus Williams became another semifinalist after her victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets again. Ana Ivanovic joined her when she won the match with Nicole Vaidišová, who could not take advantage of three match points she had in the final set, with Ivanovic eventually triumphing 7-5. Novak Djokovic, Marcos Baghdatis, Tomáš Berdych and Rafael Nadal qualified into quarterfinals today. Nadal battled through another 5-set match, although he completed this one on its scheduled day, without any suspensions due to rain.

Day 11[edit]

Rafael Nadal became the first male semifinalist, and was soon followed by defending champion Roger Federer and by fourth seed Novak Djokovic. Venus Williams is through to the Ladies' Singles final and Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli joins her making the biggest upset in the tournament - sending number one seeded Justine Henin out. Richard Gasquet, another French player, pulled off the biggest upset of the men's in taking out #3 seed and ranked Roddick. Roddick had a two set lead before Gasquet won the final 3 sets to book a semi final spot.

Day 12[edit]

The final of the Men's Singles was determined, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, a repeat of the 2006 final and French Open final. Federer won in straight sets against Richard Gasquet, whilst Nadal's opponent, Novak Djokovic, was forced to retire with the match balanced at one set all. Venus Williams won another Wimbledon title against Bartoli in straight sets. (6-4, 6-1)

Day 13[edit]

Roger Federer won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title after a five-set battle against Rafael Nadal, 3 sets to 2. Federer's supremacy on grass met a strong challenge from Nadal and the victory did not come easily for the Swiss. But Federer came through by winning the tiebreak in the first and third sets, and faced four break points before victory in the final set. Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, beating number one seeded Bryan brothers, became the Gentlemen's Doubles champions, while Cara Black and Liezel Huber were victorious in the Ladies' Doubles final. Jamie Murray became the first British player to win a senior Wimbledon title in 20 years by winning the Mixed Doubles with Serbian partner Jelena Janković, beating Jonas Björkman and Alicia Molik in 3 sets. Urszula Radwańska maintained the family tradition winning the Girls' Singles title like her sister Agnieszka in 2005 and they became the first sisters to win it. Urszula also became the Girls' Doubles champion, playing with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The victor of Boys' Singles was Donald Young and the best boys' doubles team was Daniel Lopez and Matteo Trevisan.

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below [1].

Media coverage[edit]

Broadcasters of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships were as follows:

Gallery[edit]

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A roofless Centre Court in the early stages of redevelopment.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kate Battersby (2007-06-25). "Hingis Survives Scare From Brit". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  2. ^ Tim Westmacott (2007-06-30). "Tipsy Pierces Public Consciousness". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  3. ^ Henry Wancke (2007-06-29). "Fifth Seed Gonzalez Crashes Out". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  4. ^ "J. Tipsarevic - 29 June". Wimbledon. 2007-06-29. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  5. ^ Barry Newcombe (2007-06-26). "Henman Aims to Build on Victory". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  6. ^ "C. Moya - 26 June". Wimbledon. 2007-06-26. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  7. ^ Adam Lincoln (2007-06-28). "Davydenko survives Aussie Scare". Wimbledon. Retrieved 2007-07-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ Drew Lilley (2007-06-02). "Monday 2 July: Review of the Day". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  9. ^ Henry Wancke (2007-06-26). "Venus Fights Back to Win". Wimbledon. Retrieved 2007-06-26. [dead link]
  10. ^ Henry Wancke (2007-07-02). "Take That! Venus is Sure of success". Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  11. ^ Ronald Atkin (2007-07-03). "Defending Champion Mauresmo Out". Wimbledon. Retrieved 2007-07-03. [dead link]
  12. ^ Ronald Atkin (2007-07-06). "Bartoli Bundles Out Henin in Semi". Wimbledon. Retrieved 2007-07-08. [dead link]

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Preceded by
2007 French Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
2007 US Open