At Wimbledon With Marcia Frost...
Sunday, July 8th-Finals
It was a day that many had waited a long time for. For Americans, a singles champion was crowned for the first time in 13 years. And the crowds formed to see that, as well as the first girl to win both the singles and doubles championship in 10 years.
For Donald Young, it was a day of elation and disappointment. But just how disappointed can you really be when you get to hold the United States' first Boys Singles Trophy since 1994 (Scott Humphries)? Just weeks before his 18th birthday, Donald came out ready to take the match today despite quite an effort by top seeded Vladimir Ignatic. The 17 year old from Belarus, who was the Junior French Open winner this year, came back right at Donald throughout the first set. Service
breaks were traded until the American held one at 6-5 and took the set at 7-5. The second set, despite the 6-1 score for Donald, was definitely not a one-sideded affair. It even took six tries before he got the match point that counted.
After a short rest, Donald & Johnny Hamui teamed up for the doubles semifinal against Daniel Lopez & Matteo Trevisan.. It was a hard-fought match on both sides with a 6-3 first to the Italians, a 6-2 second to Donald & Johnny and, finally, a 10/4 deciding tiebreaker that eliminated the chance of the same champion in singles and doubles. Daniel & Matteo went on to win the doubles championship, defeating Roman Jebavy & Martin Klizan in the final, 7-6,4-6,1-0(10/8).
There may not have been a multiple winner in the boys, but there was one in the girls. Poland's Ursula Radwaska looked to be out of contention as Madison Brengle took the first set with a rather quick 6-2. It looked like there might be two Americans winning for the first time since 1981 (Zina Garrison & Matt Anger), but it was not to be. Madison started by winning the first two games before a pulled stomach muscle acted up. Game three was still hers (after six deuces), but
that would be the last winner for Madison Brengle. Ursula Radwanska took the next 12 games and the match. Not exactly the way she wanted it, however, the trophy was hers.
Sixteen year old Ursula teamed up with Anastasia Pavlyuchenko, who already held six Junior Grand Slam titles, to win the semis over Nikola Hofmanova & Sandra Roma in straight sets. It was a bit more difficult in the finals over Japan's Misaki Doi & Kurumi Nara before they took the doubles title with a 6-4,2-6,1-0(10/7) win.
Through nine long, cold, wet days I pondered the phenomenom that is Wimbledon. I tried my best to understand exactly what it was that made this tournament so special. Then, today, as the sun was shining and the flowers were in full bloom. As the people gathered around the manicured greenery and the perfectly dressed men guarded the courts, the people drank their champagne and ate their strawberries. The celebrities and royalty made their way to the Championship Ball. All of that was part of Wimbledon, but
when Roger Federer stood on the walkway and waved to the huge crowd I think I knew how this became The Championships.
Until Next Year,
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Misaki Doi & Kurumi Nara