Top seven British near misses at Wimbledon

  • Top seven British near-misses at Wimbledon
  • Features Andy Murray, Tim Henman, Jo Konta, Virginia Wade and Roger Taylor
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Before Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 with his triumph in 2013 (and again in 2016), and Virginia Wade secured the silverware in 1977, home hopes at the All England Club experienced several crushing moments - we take a look back at seven near misses for British players at The Championships!


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1. 2017 - Johanna Konta lost to Venus Williams 6-4 6-2

Becoming the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978, Konta set The Championships alight with multiple thrilling victories on her way to the final four, including a 10-8 in the third win over Donna Vekic and three-set wins over Caroline Garcia and second seed Simona Halep. But Venus Williams proved too strong in the semis as Konta succumbed in straight sets before Garbine Muguruza went on to win the title.

2. 2012 - Wimbledon final: Andy Murray lost to Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 4-6

When Murray clinched the first set of last year's final, British fans dared to dream. Could this finally be the moment that Murray achieved his destiny? As it was, he was unable to capitalise on his early advantage and Federer edged a tight second set. And once the roof closed, the momentum swung heavily in Federer's favour. The Swiss is a superb indoor player and he was simply too strong in the final two sets to crush Murray's dreams.  

3. 2009 - Wimbledon semi-final: Andy Murray lost to Andy Roddick

Murray was heavy favourite heading into this match after beating Roddick on a number of occasions including Wimbledon 2006. The American was thought to be washed up but at Wimbledon 2009 he enjoyed one more moment in the spotlight, serving superbly and playing aggressive tennis throughout the fortnight. Murray usually likes a target but Roddick gave him few chances and edged home in four.    

4. 2002 - Wimbledon semi-final: Tim Henman lost to Lleyton Hewitt

If Henman had managed to win, he would almost certainly have gone on to beat a very nervous David Nalbandian in the final but against his nemesis Hewitt, he didn't really come close. Hewitt has always relished facing serve-volleyers and Henman's delivery just didn't have enough juice as the Aussie took full advantage.

5. 2001 - Wimbledon semi-final: Tim Henman lost to Goran Ivanisevic

The now legendary match which was played over three days thanks to persistent rain. If Henman had been able to finish the job on day one when leading by two sets to one he would surely have prevailed to face Pat Rafter in the semi-finals. But Ivanisevic was able to regroup and he served like a dream in the final two sets before completing his Wimbledon fairytale on Magic Monday.

6. 1978 - Virginia Wade lost to Chris Evert 8-6 6-2

Seeded fourth at The Championships as she attempted to defend her title from the previous year, Wade was in terrific form heading into her semi-final showdown with top seed Chris Evert of the USA, dropping just one set en route to the final four. However, after an extremely tight first set, Wade couldn’t keep up with Evert in the second as the American ultimately ran away with the contest. To this day, Wade was the last British woman to win Wimbledon (1977).

7. 1973 - Wimbledon semi-final: Roger Taylor lost to Jan Kodes 9-8, 7-9, 7-5, 4-6, 5-7   

Kodes went on to win Wimbledon 1973 but Taylor came oh so close in a dramatic final set which finished in the gathering gloom on a rain-interrupted day. Taylor led 5-4 in the fifth but with the Centre Court turf wet and skiddy, Kodes' gritty tennis proved more effective and he reeled off the final three games.    


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Top seven British near misses at Wimbledon

Before Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 with his triumph in 2013 (and again in 2016), and Virginia Wade secured the silverware in 1977, home hopes at the All England Club experienced several crushing moments - we take a look back at seven near misses for British players at The Championships!

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