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How the US players have fared at Wimbledon 2017

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by Federico Coppini

In every sporting event, US players strive to leave an impression with no exception at the Wimbledon 2017 Tournament. The 2017 Wimbledon Tournament will go down as one of the most epic tournaments as long-standing records have been broken (Britain’s 40 year wait for a woman semi-finalist).

The excitement has also been added by some American players who continue to defy the odds and achieve the impossible. Venus Williams, at 37, is still going strong vying for her sixth title. Other notable American representatives who have impressed, include Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

These American players are set to walk away with their share of the prize money as some of the heroics in this year’s tournament. When the news that hot favourite Serena Williams was not going to participate in this year’s tournament, mixed reactions emerged with many non-Americans seeing it as an opportunity for their home players to capitalise and emerge as winners.

Americans, on the other hand, saw it as a lost opportunity. However, irrespective of country, another William’s sister has taken up the mantle and is trying to fill in the void left by her sister. Against all odds (age-wise mostly), Venus shows us that age is nothing but a number.

In her previous matches leading up to the semifinal, Venus’ opponents were all aged 19, 19 and 20 respectively. She, however, showed them that experience counts and is only two matches away from winning her 6th Grand Slam.

Another woman who raised the United States’ flag high at this year’s Wimbledon Tournament is Bethanie Mattek-Sand. Though her foray into the singles’ women category was cut short by an acute knee injury in her first match at the Tournament, she has already proved her worth.

A doubles specialist who won three Grand Slams in the US Open, French Open and Australian Open, Bethanie Mattek-Sands was already in a strong position to win her first singles match when tragedy struck. However, her presence managed to dilute the Williams dominated American women’s team and more is definitely coming from Bethanie’s way once she makes full recovery.

American tennis has recently been dominated by women at the Wimbledon Tournament, but this does not seem to be the case in 2017. Sam Querrey has fought his way into the Quarterfinal and his opponent, Andy Murray, seems to be the bookies’ favourite.

No matter the result of the highly anticipated match, Sam has achieved what many others have failed and for that, we have to salute him. Higher praises will surely come if he can manage to upset the odds and advance to the quarterfinals, a feat which is not impossible for those who have followed his steady progress over the years.

Another American who managed to raise the US flag high at the Wimbledon Tournament is Steve Johnson. Though he fell at the first hurdle to seventh seed Marin Cilic, Johnson managed to put in a strong performance. Also considering the fact that this was his first Grand Slam appearance since the sudden and untimely death of his father, it tells that this would be a huge task for him to progress to the later stages of the Tournament.

The 2017 edition of the Wimbledon Tournament saw the mixture of two talents. On one side there is the established talent with all the experience, and on the other the emerging talents full of optimism and exuberance. No matter which stage these talents reached or will reach, they surely have left a huge impression.

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