August 9, 2017
You can feel it in the air. The big Wimbledon singles breakthrough is happening. Milos Raonic reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 – and Eugenie Bouchard achieved that same feat in 2014.
Raonic’s defeat of the great Roger Federer in their epic semi was one of the great matches of the 2016 Championships.
In 2017, he showed sparkling form once more, but this time Federer took revenge to progress from their quarter-final.
Bouchard is so unpredictable that she always thrills one way or another. Who else could win her first set 6-1 against Carla Sanchez Navarro and then lose the next two by the same score?
Sooner or later, everything will click into place again for young “Genie” and she will become a red-hot contender once more.
Could there be Canadian winners of both the men’s and women’s Wimbledon singles titles in the same year? It’s possible some time soon. Raonic and Bouchard. Wimbledon champions. Just imagine it!
In the doubles, Canadian glory is already a reality. Daniel Nestor won the Wimbledon men’s doubles in 2008 and 2009 and the mixed doubles in 2013.
Whisper it softly, but there’s a bit of a love affair going on between Wimbledon and Canada. Look what happened in the Wimbledon boys’ singles final in 2016! Canada’s Denis Shapovalov came from behind to beat Australia’s Alex De Minaur 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
It is only a matter of time before the 18-year-old Shapovalov joins the big boys’ party in earnest. He certainly seemed to love every moment of raising that juniors’ trophy in the Royal Box on Centre Court in 2016.
Will there be a Canadian singles champion in the main tournament before long? You bet!
Want to be part of the super-cool Canadian vibe at Wimbledon? There’s never been a better time.
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