The first week of the Wimbledon Championship 2021 is exactly how you would expect it to be. The best of tennis is here from the greats to those trying to make a name for themselves. Some players have gone home already while the last sixteen remain.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week came when Serena Williams retired from the tournament with an ankle problem. This is her third attempt for a 24th Grand Slam title after her last two attempts were just as short. At the French Open last month, she lost to 21-year-old Elena Rybakina. She retired in her game Aliaksandra Sasnovich who she was tied.
Former world number one, Roger Federer has progressed to the round of 16 after defeating British number two Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-4. This is the farthest Federer has gone in a grand slam in recent times. Earlier in the year, it was hinted that all of Federer’s preparation was geared towards Wimbledon and it is starting to look true. He would now face Lorenzo Sonego for a spot in the quarterfinal.
Another person who has retired from the tournament is Nick Kyrgios. He was playing Felix Auger-Aliassime on Saturday when he retired in the third set due to abdominal pain. Both men had won a set and were playing the decider before Kyrgios retired. His retirement has given Auger-Aliassime a free pass to the last 16.
Daniil Medvedev’s stay in Wimbledon has entered the last 16 after he defeated Marin Cilic 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 6-3 6-3 6-2 on Saturday. This is the first time the Russian is getting to the fourth round at Wimbledon. Matteo Berrettini has joined the men in the last 16 after defeating Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-4 6-4. He would meet Ilya Ivashka to proceed past the last 16.
Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Jelena Ostapenko 4-6 6-4 6-2 after both women traded insults during the match. Tomljanovic accused Ostapenko of calling for a false medical timeout while Ostapenko said she was being disrespectful. TomIjanovic would face 18-year old Emma Raducanu sin the fourth round.