TEAM USA SHINES AT
E.J. Crawford | July 16, 2017
It’s been a banner fortnight for Team USA, with deep runs in the draws by Venus Williams and Sam Querrey headlining the action. Here’s a quick look at the top moments from the two weeks in London:
- Williams advanced to her ninth Wimbledon final and her first since 2009 before falling to Garbiñe Muguruza in Saturday's title match. Venus, who defeated reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals and No. 6 seed Johanna Konta in the semis, is the only woman to reach two Grand Slam finals this year (also the Australian Open, where she lost to sister Serena).
- Querrey, the 24th seed, upset the top seed and defending Wimbledon champion for a second consecutive year en route to the semifinals (where he lost a tightly contested four-setter on Friday to No. 7 seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic).
A year after ousting Novak Djokovic in the third round, the 6-foot-6 Californian took out Andy Murray in this year’s quarterfinals. In doing so, he became the first American man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon 2009.
- In all, 18 Americans (combined men and women) advanced to the second round of Wimbledon 2017 in singles, the most for Team USA since 2006.
- Four unseeded Americans upset seeded players during this year’s Wimbledon, all in the second round. Madison Brengle upended two-time champion and No. 11 seed Petra Kvitova, Alison Riske took out No. 12 seed Kristina Mladenovic and Shelby Rogers defeated No. 32 Lucie Safarova. And among the men, 20-year-old Jared Donaldson planted No. 32 seed Paolo Lorenzi to reach the third round, matching his best-ever Grand Slam finish.
- Also, No. 24 seed CoCo Vandeweghe backed up her 2017 Australian Open semifinal finish by advancing to the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a victory over No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, and Querrey beat No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in addition to his win over Murray. And by seed, the 10th-seeded Williams registered an upset win over No. 6 Konta.
- In men’s doubles, defending French Open champion Ryan Harrison (and partner Michael Venus of New Zealand) reached the quarterfinals before falling in five sets to the top-seeded team of Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
- In women’s doubles, the all-teenage team of American CiCi Bellis and Czech Marketa Vondrousova powered into the quarterfinals.
- In mixed doubles, American Nicole Melichar reached the quarterfinals with her partner, Germany’s Andre Begemann.
- The American girls continued their recent dominance of the Slams, with Claire Liu defeating fellow American Ann Li, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in the first all-U.S. Wimbledon girls’ singles final since 1979. It marks the second consecutive all-American Grand Slam girls’ singles final – Liu fell to Whitney Osuigwe in the French Open girls’ final – and is third title in four Slams for the American girls, following Kayla Day's victory at the 2016 US Open Junior Championships.
- In addition, five of the eight girls’ singles quarterfinalists were American (Liu, Li, Day, Osuigwe and No. 14 seed Sofia Sewing).
- In boys’ singles, Patrick Kypson reached the semifinals, upsetting No. 5 seed Yuta Shimizu en route, and No. 10 seed Oliver Crawford advanced to the round of 16.
- In girls’ doubles, the No. 4-seeded team of Osuigwe and Caty McNally reached the final, while Sewing, playing with Mexico’s Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez, advanced to the semifinals. And fellow Americans Liu and Taylor Johnson (playing together) and Ellie Douglas (playing with Emiliana Arango of Colombia) advanced to the quarterfinals.
- In boys’ doubles, American Sebastian Korda advanced to the semifinals with partner Nicolas Mejia of Colombia. And fellow American Andrew Fenty, playing with Yshai Oliel of Israel, reached the quarters.