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

Britain’s Neal Skupski and America’s Desirae Krawczyk successfully defended their Wimbledon mixed doubles title with a victory over Australian duo Matt Ebden and Sam Stosur.

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

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 last year with Britain’s Joe Salisbury.

Skupski later revealed that they did not even intend to play together, with Krawczyk teaming up with Salisbury again, only for the latter to decide not to play mixed.

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

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

“It’s very difficult. The doubles tour, it happens, people fall week after week. People get used to it. It’s not nice.”

On the second title, Skupski added: “Wimbledon for me is the best tournament in the world. Being able to win it once with Des, then go back, win it again, is pretty crazy.

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

“Last year was my first Grand Slam. Amazing to have more people in the box today, especially for my parents to see me live. They couldn’t come last year. It’s definitely very special this year for me.”

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

Londoner Salisbury and American Ram led by two sets to love before holding five match points in the third-set tiebreak, two of them on their own serves, only to fall to a 3-6 6-7(1) 7-6 (9) Defeat 6-4 6-2.

The loss was clearly very painful, with Salisbury, who double-faulted on match point, saying: “We really couldn’t have come any closer to being in the final and we both just screwed it up and couldn’t get through it.” the line.

“It’s tough. We played some bad points the rest of the match, but obviously we played two bad points on match point. There’s obviously pressure, you’re serving to get to the final. There’s extra nerves at that point, but you still have to do better. than that”.

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (right) suffered a painful semi-final loss

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

Asked how he would try to get over the loss, Salisbury said: “I probably won’t play tennis for a while, won’t think about tennis, won’t watch tennis. Do something different and take some time off. We weren’t going to play any 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 quarterfinals, while Alfie Hewett won a close battle with doubles partner Gordon Reid in the last eight. of the men’s wheelchair singles. .

Hewett ultimately cruised to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Reid after two hours and 31 minutes and will face Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez for a place in his first Wimbledon singles final.

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