Wimbledon 2014 Roundup: YONEX Players Get Far in Prestigious Tournament
- 07 July 2014
Wimbledon 2014 saw great performances from YONEX’s players, with six of them coming out as quarterfinalists.
Firstly, young Nick Kyrgios’ (EZONE Ai 98) journey to the quarterfinals of this prestigious tournament cannot be overlooked. Taking on Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, Nick showed the world that he will be someone to look out for in the future. In a four-set match that ran just short of three hours, Nick took far more winners and aces for himself than his opponent, scoring one amazing ace against Rafael shot from between his legs. The match closed at 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3. Nick had this to say about his victory over Nadal on the official Wimbledon website, “I was a bit in the zone out there, I didn’t even notice the crowd that much. I was serving to a really good level and I played some extraordinary tennis.”
Upon Nick’s return to his home country, he was welcomed by a giant crowd of fans at Canberra Airport, celebrating his performance. He’s made an excellent debut in the gentlemen’s division at Wimbledon this year, and we eagerly look forward to his further progress.
As a result of Nick’s great performance at this year’s Wimbledon, his world rank has jumped from 144 to 66, making him the only teenager in the top 100. Also, with his win over Rafael, he’s the first teenager to defeat the world’s No.1 in a Grand Slam since 2005’s Roland Garros.
Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PRO) also demonstrated some of the best tennis he’s played at Wimbledon this year, defeating grass-expert Feliciano Lopez in the fourth round. Stan has been focusing on improving his performance on grass, and it showed, snagging 55 winners against his opponent’s 38, and 31 aces against his opponent’s 11. Stan also played a very precise game, with only eight unforced errors, while his opponent had 18. “I had my game plan. I was ready. I was focused on what I wanted to do: playing simple and playing really aggressive,” commented Wawrinka on his performance on the official Wimbledon website. Stan went on to play a close match against Roger Federer in the quarterfinal, with the match closing at 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4. With his excellent performance at this year’s tournament, Stan is proving to be a force to be reckoned with on grass, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.
On the women’s side, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) defeated Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, playing a tidy game with only 11 unforced errors compared to Maria’s 49, taking the match at 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4. Germany’s Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, POLYTOUR SPIN) defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, taking 29 winners against her opponent’s 18, closing the match at 6-3 3-6 6-4. In mixed doubles, Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125)/Bruno Soares beat Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125)/Martin Klizan in the third round at 6-3,5-7,9-7. Finally, In boy’s doubles, Jaume Antoni Munar Clar (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125)/Pedro Martinez Portero overtook Daniel Appelgren/David Poljak in the second round at 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3.
All of our players demonstrated exceedingly good performance in this year’s Wimbledon, and we wish all of them the best of luck in their further tournaments!