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Added July 12th, 2016 by Ian

Andy Murray and Serena Williams take Wimbledon Singles Titles

Scotland’s Andy Murray and Serena Williams of the U.S. won the Wimbledon men’s and women’s singles titles respectively at the All England Tennis Club in London. Murray, who is ranked number two in the world, beat Milos Raonic of Canada by scores of 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 on July 10th while the top-ranked Williams beat fourth-ranked Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 a day earlier. The 29-year-old Murray has now won two Wimbledon singles events as he also took it in 2013 and has three Grand Slam titles in all in 11 finals. The 25-year-old Raonic, who was born in Montenegro and moved to Canada at the age of three, was playing in his first Grand Slam final. He’s also the first Canadian male to play in a Grand Slam final.

Raonic reached the final by beating third-ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals by scores of 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Murray made it by downing 10th-ranked Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. This was the first Wimbledon Men’s Singles final since 2002 that didn’t feature Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. Murray was the betting favourite heading into the match and he’s now beaten Raonic seven times in their 10 meetings including six in a row. The two right-handers have met four times already this year. Raonic led their all-time series 3-1 at one point, but has struggled against Murray since then. Murray beat Raonic at this year’s Australian Open semifinals in five sets and also beat him in two at Monte-Carlo and then in three sets at this summer’s Queen’s Club championship contest.

For the 34-year-old Williams it was her 22nd Grand Slam Title and her seventh Wimbledon crown. The 22 major wins brings Williams level with Steffi Graf as the most for a female in tennis’s Open era. Kerber and Williams were quite familiar with each other as the two met in the final of this year’s Australian Open in January with the 28-year-old Kerber pulling off the upset. This was Williams first Grand Slam victory since winning Wimbledon last year. Williams also won the Women’s Doubles Title on July 9th as she teamed up with her sister Venus to beat Yaroslava Shedoova and Timea Babos 6-4, 6-4. It was the sixth time the sister’s have won the doubles crown at Wimbledon and their 14th Grand Slam triumph.

Williams first Wimbledon singles title came 14 years ago and she lost just one set at this year’s tournament. She fell a pair of matches short of a calendar Grand Slam last year and got off to a rough start in 2016 by losing the Australian Open and French Open finals. Even though Williams and Graf of Germany have 22 major titles, they’re still two behind the all-time leader Margaret Court of Australia who won two dozen championships. Court won 13 of her titles before pro tennis was introduced in 1968.

 
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