Britain’s Neal Skupski and America’s Desirae Krawczyk retain their mixed doubles titles

Great Britain Neal Skupski and American Desirae Krawczyk successfully defended her mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with a win over Australian duo Matt Ebden and Sam Stosur.

Skupski and Krawczyk cruised to a 6-4 6-3 win on center court to become the first pair since Cyril Suk and Helena Sukova 25 years ago to win back-to-back mixed Wimbledon titles.

It’s a second Grand Slam crown for Liverpudlian Skupski, 32, and a fourth for Krawczyk, 28, who also won the French Open and US Open titles last year with Briton Joe. Salisbury.

Skupski revealed afterwards that they had no intention of even playing together, with Krawczyk once again teaming up with Salisbury, only for the latter to decide against playing mixed.

This left Skupski facing an awkward conversation with Canadian Gaby Dabrowski, who he had planned to play with.

“Obviously a great decision on my part to change,” he said. “Trying to defend the title with someone you won it with the year before is something I wanted to do personally. It was very special to do that at Wimbledon.

“It’s very difficult. The double-handed tour happens, people get dumped week after week. People get used to it. It’s not good.”

On the second title, Skupski added: “Wimbledon is for me the best tournament in the world. To be able to win it once with Des, then save it, win it again, it’s pretty crazy.

Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski chat during the mixed doubles final (Steven Paston/PA)

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“Last year was my first Grand Slam. Amazing to have more people in the club today, especially since my parents are watching me live. They couldn’t come last year. C is definitely very special this year for me.

Ebden will have another shot at winning a men’s doubles title after he and Max Purcell staged a remarkable comeback to defeat world number one duo Salisbury and Rajeev Ram.

Londoner Salisbury and American Ram trailed by two sets to love before having five match points in the third set tie-break, including two on their own serves, to fall to 3-6 6-7(1) 7-6 (9) Defeat 6-4 6-2.

The defeat was clearly very painful, with Salisbury, who double faulted on match point, saying: “We couldn’t have been really closer to being in the final and we both ruined everything and we couldn’t get over it. line.

“It’s tough. We played a few bad points the rest of the game but obviously we played two bad ones on match point. Obviously there’s pressure, you’re serving to get into the final. There’s has extra nerfs at this time, but you still have to do better than that.

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (right) suffered a painful semi-final loss (Adam Davy/PA)

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When asked how he would try to get over the loss, Salisbury said: “Probably not playing tennis for a while, not thinking about tennis, not watching tennis. Do something different and take some time off. We weren’t going to play tournaments for a while anyway.

Jasmine Conway suffered a 2-6 6-2 6-1 loss to Czech Linda Klimovicova in the women’s singles quarter-final while Alfie Hewett won a close battle with doubles partner Gordon Reid in the last eight of the singles male in a wheelchair. .

Hewett eventually clinched a 6-2 3-6 6-4 victory over Reid after two hours and 31 minutes and will face Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez for a place in his first Wimbledon singles final.

Britain’s Neal Skupski and America’s Desirae Krawczyk retain their mixed doubles titles

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