It all started in Wimbledon, where Liverpool native Jonathan Marray, along with Danish partner Frederik Nielsen, became the first Brit to win a Grand Slam doubles title in 76 years. Just the day before that historic win, Andy Murray had become the first since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach the Wimbledon final.
Andy Murray ended up losing the final to Roger Federer. However, in Murray’s case, it was only to bounce back a few weeks later, on the same Wimbledon grass, defeating the same Federer to win the Gold Medal, in straight sets. The same day, Murray, alongside Laura Robson, won the mixed doubles Silver.
The Golden summer of British tennis did not end there. It is true that Dunblane native Andy Murray did not play his most convincing tennis at the U.S. Open. It was, nevertheless, enough to earn him his second consecutive Grand Slam final, where he defeated the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, to win his first career Grand Slam title, thus becoming the first man in 76 years to do so.
The drought was ended for British tennis at Grand Slams.
Still, this wonderful summer of results was not over for the Brits, as Laura Robson, who lost in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open to Sam Stosur, just one round short of becoming the first woman in 28 years to reach a Grand Slam tournament quarter-final, reached today her first WTA final, when she defeated Sorana Cirstea, 6-4 6-2, in Guangzhou.
The 18-year-old Londoner thus becomes the first woman since Jo Durie, back in 1990 (Newport), to reach a WTA final. For Robson, the mixed doubles Silver, along with starting to work with Zeljko Krajan just after the Olympics, has done wonders to her confidence and her game.
As summer slowly leads to fall, Laura Robson will, tomorrow, aim to become the first woman since Sara Gomer in 1988 to win a WTA title. She will face Su-Wei Hsieh in the finals, and win or lose, what she has accomplished since the Olympics shows that the former Wimbledon Junior champion, at the moment ranked at a career-high of n° 74, can really aim high.
British tennis finally seems to get back on a glorious track and it will be interesting to follow what will happen over the next few weeks, and over the next few seasons.