Wimbledon ends with a winning weekend
Two action-action packed weeks of live tennis at Lyric Square came to an end this weekend as Wimbledon crowned its 2018 champions.
For the past fortnight, huge crowds have flooded in to watch the world’s most popular tennis tournament for free on the Big Screen as part of the HammersmithLondon Summer Festival. It all culminated in the final weekend with two absorbing finals.
The deck chairs were packed on Saturday, and the early crowds were treated to the bonus of the culmination of the men’s semi-finals, as Novak Djokovic saw off Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller carried over from the Friday evening.
The main event began around 4pm – with superstar Serena Williams attempting to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title 10 months after giving birth. However, the American came up just short, as German Angelique Kerber triumphed 6-3, 6-3 to lift the women’s title.
On Sunday, another bumper turn-out enjoyed the men’s final under the scorching sun at Lyric Square. The deck chairs were packed out and extra benches were brought out to provide some cooler spots in the shade, ensuring everyone could enjoy the action.
People came from far and wide to watch the centre court action, including a couple who were visiting all the way from the Falkland Islands. “We’ve been taking full advantage of the screen during our trip. It’s a brilliant atmosphere, much better than watching at home,” the husband remarked.
The men’s final saw Serbia’s Djokovic face Kevin Anderson, who had come through an extraordinary six-and-a-half-hour semi-final against John Isner on Friday. In the end, it proved a rather routine win for Djokovic who lifted his fourth Wimbledon title in straight sets – 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 – to wrap up two fantastic weeks of free live sport.
The HammersmithLondon Festival continues this week, including a free live sing-along-screening of hit musical The Greatest Showman on Friday evening.