The Grand Slam closed its last day naming Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic champions of the tennis tournament held in London
Of approximately 45 million dollars distributed in prizes, each one of the winners of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships will get around 3 million. On this occasion, the German tennis player Angelique Kerber, who beat the American Serena Williams, got the prize. This is the third Grand Slam won by Kerber, who also climbs to the top five in the world ranking, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). On the side of the men's tournament, Novak Djokovic, after beating the South African Kevin Anderson, won his Grand Slam number 13.
Both Anderson and Williams reached the final exhausted. In the case of the American, this is probably due to the fact that only 10 months ago she gave birth to her daughter Olympia, after a complicated delivery. For his part, Anderson came tired to the final after his marathon match with U.S. tennis player John Isner in which, according to the newspaper AS, for six hours and thirty-six minutes played to advance to his second Grand Slam final.
Angelique Kerber: after two years she had her revenge
In 2016, the final of the Wimbledon Championships was disputed by the same participants: Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber, with the difference that in that year it was the U.S. tennis player who obtained the victory. Now in 2018, Kerber took away from Williams the chance to be the fourth mother to win a Grand Slam, according to AS. With this title Kerber place fourth in the world ranking.
This is her second title this year at international level and the twelfth of her career, this being her third Grand Slam after the Australian and U.S. Open, both in 2016. In that same year, the German tennis player also won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio.
In addition, Kerber is the first German since Steffi Graf, in 1996, to win the London title. As Angelique Kerber explains to the media after they gave it to her the tray, "my first memories (at Wimbledon) are of seeing Steffi, winning all those games, winning in two sets. I think she took seven titles. I remember watching her play here in white. Wimbledon is special, it is traditional. Winning here is forever. No one can take my title now." Then the German took the opportunity to praise her rival.
Novak Djokovic: his return after being out of the top 20
The Serbian Novak Djokovic had already crossed paths on six previous occasions with the South African, of which two were in the London tournament. However, Djokovic did not reach the final of a Grand Slam since the Roland Garros Tournament in 2016. With this victory, Djokovic will return to the top 10 in the world, "the highest since May this year when he fell to 22, being out of the first 20, for the first time in eleven years", according to Mundo Deportivo. In addition, he is a Grand Slam behind "of the American Pete Sampras, four of the Spanish Rafael Nadal and seven of the Swiss Roger Federer", explains El Espectador.
This was a special triumph for Djokovic since last year he had to withdraw from the competition due to a discomfort in his right elbow. His way of celebrating was simply kneel on the track and eat some herbs from it. This is the fourth title of Djokovic in Wimbledon, which puts him next to tennis players such as Reggie Doherty, Rod Laver, and Anthony Wilding.
Djokovic has triumphed since he returned with his trainer the Slovakian Marian Vajda, with whom he has achieved the semifinals of Rome, the third round of Monte Carlo and the final of Queen's, which is also played on grass.
LatinAmerican Post | Carlos Eduardo Gómez Avella
Translated from "Angelique Kerber y Novak Djokovic: los ganadores de Wimbledon 2018"