Grand Slams

Anderson-Isner Marathon Means It’s Time For Change

By DownTheTee | July 13, 2018

by Jane Voigt Tennis, like baseball, can go extra innings… and that’s what happened on Wimbledon’s Centre Court Friday. Two giants — 6-10 John Isner and 6-8 Kevin Anderson — fought fiercely for the fleeting few points that would send one man over the finish line and propel him to the men’s singles final. Read…

Steady Does It: Kerber Makes 2nd Wimbledon Final

By DownTheTee | July 12, 2018

by Jane Voigt Consistency outpaced power in the first of two women’s semifinals at Wimbledon on Thursday, as two-time major champion Angelique Kerber defeated last year’s French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-3, in just over an hour. The win for the German advanced her to a second ladies’ singles championship final, the previous one…

Bridging The Gap: Wimbledon Women’s Semifinal Previews

By DownTheTee | July 11, 2018

by Jane Voigt Serena Williams is one of the foremost greats of tennis, but her entrance into the semifinals of Wimbledon is an even greater stretch for the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. Read More

Julie Goerges and The End of Waiting

By DownTheTee | July 10, 2018

by Jane Voigt Never mind that Julia Goerges had never played a quarterfinal at Wimbledon or any major for that matter. Once her momentum ignited Tuesday, it brought every facet of her game together in a big way. That it all happened at Wimbledon had to be particularly sweet for the German. She is appearing…

A Forward-Moving Wimbledon for Ostapenko

By DownTheTee | July 9, 2018

by Jane Voigt “The bottom line on grass is coming forward,” Renae Stubbs said, sitting in the ESPN booth. Tell that to Jelena Ostapenko. The 21-year-old Latvian and twelfth seed stayed away from the net as if it were poison Monday, but she conquered Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-6(4), 6-0, in one of the first matches to…

Wimbledon As A Brand

By DownTheTee | July 8, 2018

by Jane Voigt The Championships, Wimbledon, is the apex of tennis guided solely by tradition, or so it would make you think. There’s no doubt that this Grand Slam is the oldest, the one players want to win the most and the one fans relate to the most when they hear “tennis.” But what about…

Kerber Looking Like Champion Of Old

By DownTheTee | July 7, 2018

by Jane Voigt Centre Court seats were empty, for the most part, as Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka played their third-round match at Wimbledon. As much as this prestigious tournament wants you to think that it has the eyes of the country locked in, nothing could be further from the truth on Saturday: England and…

Spinning Wheel: Whirls Of Upsets Spins Keys Out Of Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 6, 2018

by Jane Voigt “This is crazy,” Pam Shriver barked on ESPN. “You just never know.” Indeed. Shriver’s sentiment echoed throughout the sacred grounds of the All England Club early Friday afternoon, as the sporting world watched number 10 seed Madison Keys fall to qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, became…

Bouchard Out Of Wimbledon But Full of Hope

By DownTheTee | July 5, 2018

by Jane Voigt Eugenie Bouchard had the world’s attention. She even had an army behind her: “Genie’s Army.” There was much to cheer about back then. But the bubble burst and Bouchard fell from grace. Thursday, though, she surfaced at Wimbledon, showing promise in her loss to Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 7-5. Read More

Finally: Pliskova Reaches Third Round At Wimbledon

By DownTheTee | July 4, 2018

by Jane Voigt With half the top eight women’s singles seeds out of the main draw, speculation was rampant that Wednesday’s match between former number one players Karolina Pliskova, seeded seventh, and Victoria Azarenka, ranked number 87, would predictably end the same way. Read More