Round-Up: De Bakker serves notice
Sunday 09 July 2006
A decade ago a big-serving Dutchman caused an upset at the All England Club. Richard Krajicek's title was preceded by three years of Pete Sampras' dominance, and another three Sampras titles immediately followed. Yesterday, another Dutchman won at Wimbledon, but it was no surprise when the No 1 seed, Thiemo de Bakker (pictured), won the boys' singles.
Like Krajicek, De Bakker has a big serve, and he used it to good effect in remaining unbroken and largely unthreatened to beat Marcin Gowron, a Polish qualifier, 6-2 7-6.
Gowron had never played on grass before this year's championship, but his attacking game belied that fact as the second set developed. De Bakker, though, remained comfortable as the match went into the tie-break and he increased his intensity to recover from a mini-break before serving out for the match. Afterwards, the 17-year-old De Bakker announced his wish to step up to the men's tour.
Kevin Curren is one man who can confirm that if you are good enough, you are old enough. In 1985, he lost the men's singles final to a 17-year-old Boris Becker. Yesterday was happier for the American as he and his partner, Johan Kriek, beat the Australians Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee in the 45-and-over men's doubles final 7-5 6-7 7-6.
Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida, the Paralympic and French Open champions, made it through to the wheelchair doubles final. The Japanese pair beat Miroslav Brychta and Tadeusz Kruszelnicki, of the Czech Republic and Poland, 1-6 6-2 6-2. They face the defending champions. Michael Jeremiasz, of France, and the Briton Jayant Mistry, who beat Robin Ammerlaan and Martin Legner 6-1 6-3.
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