Wimbledon 2013 Results 

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The lawns of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the Wimbledon District of southwest London have hosted the world’s premier Lawn Tennis Championship since 1877. In 2013, the 127th edition of the tournament was conducted over the course of a fortnight from 24 June to 7 July as the third of the year’s four Grand Slam tennis events and it featured several historic moments.

As always, most of the betting and spectator attention was focused on the Gentlemen’s Singles and the Ladies’ Singles, each involving a single-elimination format based upon a 128-player seeded draw. Other major knockout events included the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles with 64-pair draws and Mixed Doubles with 48 pairs in competition.

During the first week of play, there were plenty of shocks and surprises. Foremost among them, defending Men’s Champion Roger Federer of Switzerland was eliminated in the second round by the Ukraine’s unseeded Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets (6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6). The Swiss #3 seed, who hadn’t lost before the quarterfinals in 36 consecutive majors, immediately dropped to #5 in the ATP world tennis rankings, the first time in a decade he had been that low.

Nor was Federer the only player to stumble hard in the early rounds. The #5 seed, two-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain, lost his first round match to Belgium’s unseeded Steve Darcius in straight sets (7-6, 7-6, 6-4). Two-time semi-finalist and #6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of Belgium dropped out injured in the middle of his second match. And the 2002 Wimbledon Champ, Australian Lleyton Hewitt, found himself out after two rounds, defeated by Germany’s unheralded Dustin Brown in four sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2).

On the women’s side, second round casualties included former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus seeded #2, 2004 Champion Maria Sharapova of Russia seeded #3, #9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and two top competitors from Serbia—#12 Ana Ivanovic and #16 Jelena Janković. Then, as the second week got underway, the incredible happened. In the fourth round #23 seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany upended the defending champion Serena Williams, defeating the American #1 seed in three sets (6-2, 1-6, 6-4). It was the first time since 1927 that both defending singles champions were knocked out before the quarter-finals.

The Ladies’ Singles brackets were in disarray thereafter, and plucky #15 seed Marion Bartoli of France made short work #16 Sloane Stevens of America in the quarterfinals and #20 Kirsten Flipkens of Germany in the semis, en route to a centre court showdown with Lisicki in the finals. It only took the 28-year-old Frenchwoman two sets (6-1, 6-4) to claim her very first Grand Slam victory. Her special moment was tarnished, however, when BBC presenter John Inverdale suggested that the new Wimbledon Champion was “never going to be a looker”—a crass, sexist comment that embarrassed the television network and led to numerous apologies.

The Gentlemen’s Singles, on the other hand, went more or less according to plan, with #1 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia and #2 seed Andy Murray of the U.K. advancing smoothly through the quarters and semis to the final match of the tournament on Sunday, 7 July. All eyes were on Murray that afternoon to do what no British player had be able to accomplish in 77 years, and that’s exactly what the 26-year-old Scot did in straight sets (6–4, 7–5, 6–4). Wimbledon had a local champion at long last.

In the other major categories of play, Canada’s Daniel Nestor paired with Kristina Mladenovic of France to win the Mixed Doubles Final; top-seeded twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States took the Gentlemen’s Doubles honours; and the Ladies’ Doubles Final was won by Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei and China`s Peng Shuai.

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