On 6th July, 8 girls from LEH visited No. 1 court at Wimbledon to watch the men’s and women’s singles. It was a spectacularly sunny day with temperatures soaring to 30 degrees as we excitedly took our seats on level 3. First we joined the men’s singles match between Taylor Fritz and Alexander Zverev at the exciting moment when Fritz was leading two sets to one. It was a thrilling, fast-paced match with serves reaching 133mph! Determination and resilience was demonstrated by the German giant, Zverev, seeded 4 who was battling both a stomach virus and his opponent, yet took the game to victory beating the American, Fritz: 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.
The highlight of the afternoon for me was the 3rd round of the women’s singles between Kiki Bertens and the 5 times Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams. I had always wanted to see the Williams’ sisters play tennis and was mesmerised by the power, accuracy and sheer stature of this tennis hero. The match was an intense, titanic struggle between the two players, Kiki took the 1st set 6-2 but Venus raged back winning the 2nd in an exciting tie-break, 7-6. Finally, the 3rd set was totally tense with a further tie-break and 3 match points before the Netherlands champion, Kiki took victory, 6-6, 6-7, 8-6.
This, my first visit to Wimbledon was a truly wonderful experience and one which I shall remember forever. I would like to thank Miss Boland, Mrs Locket and all the LEH sports staff for organising this event.
With Venus being the eighth of the top 10 seeds to be knocked out of Wimbledon, the final stages of the championships are set to be truly exciting!
By Catherine (IIIX)