July 7, 2019
Whisper it softly, but Canada could soon have her first Wimbledon singles champion.
Tantalisingly close on two recent occasions, it seems the long wait for glory could almost be over.
DENIS AND FELIX
One of the great sensations of Wimbledon 2021 was Denis Shapovalov. His electric run took him all the way to the semi-finals on Centre Court.
It didn’t quite happen for Denis in 2022 but we know he is capable of going all the way at the All England Club.
The same can be said of another brilliant young Canadian star, Felix Auger Aliassime. Felix was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2021 and a US Open semi-finalist that same year.
He broke into the top ten in 2022 and beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rotterdam to land his first ATP Tour title.
What will 2023 hold for Denis and Felix? Time is on their side and it feels like Wimbledon glory is just around the corner.
Why shouldn’t a Canadian win Wimbledon? They have come so close twice in the recent past. Big-serving Milos Raonic reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 and Eugenie Bouchard had done the same in 2014. They could almost have touched the ultimate dream. And although their best chance may now have gone, others remain more prominently in the fight for trophies.
LEYLAH AND BIANCA
Leylah Fernandez is a fearsome Grand Slam contender on her day. She reached the US Open final in 2022 and came so close to taking the title. Only Toronto-born Emma Raducanu pipped her at the post.
Leylah has the talent to achieve great things at Wimbledon if she sets her mind to it. And she isn’t the only one.
Bianca Andreescu already knows what it’s like to win a Grand Slam title after her extraordinary success in the US Open final of 2019 against the great Serena Williams.
Andreescu will always be able to say she was the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but she wants more.
Although she had it tough for a few years, Bianca showed signs of coming back to the big time in 2022. Andreescu reached the quarter-finals in Rome and made her first grass court final in the build-up to Wimbledon at Bad Homburg.
Andreescu and Fernandez are discovering what it takes to go deep on grass and that makes for an exciting Wimbledon 2023!
This super-talented Canadian quartet haven’t yet reached their peak and they are all capable of winning Wimbledon. Their rivals know the Canadians are coming! No one likes to come up against them in any draw.
Wimbledon 2023 could be the year for one of these hot young stars.
Will you be there to watch them go in search of glory?
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