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How did US players fare at Wimbledon?

The wait continues for US successes at Wimbledon. It's been 23 years since an American man won a Wimbledon title and seven years since an Serena was victorious on the women's side.

Carlos Alcaraz cemented his position as world number one in the men's game after dispatching legendary figure Novak Djokovic in the final, on the women's side Marketa Vondrousova upset the odds to claim the her first Grand Slam, becoming the first unseeded player to do so at Wimbledon.

Despite a few impressive performances from US stars at this year's tournament, some tennis fans will question when US players can finally end their title wait at the All England Club.

Not since Serena Williams picked up her seventh Wimbledon title in 2016 has an American woman won the grass-court Grand Slam, while the wait is even longer when it comes to American men.

Pete Sampras was the last man from the United States to win Wimbledon way back in 2000, when he won the event for the fourth season on the spin.

Both the ATP and WTA tours are lacking Americans who can dominate throughout the year but a breakthrough at Wimbledon could make all the difference.

Here we review some of the best performances from US players at Wimbledon this year.

Eubanks leads the charge for the men

Christopher Eubanks was not among the favourites at Wimbledon, even among the US prospects. The Atlanta native wasn't seeded for the competition and most viewers would have cast an eye towards the likes of Taylor Fritz or Sebastian Korda when looking at American hopes this year.

Despite this the 27-year-old produced a stunning run to the last eight at the All England Club, taking a number of impressive scalps along the way - including British number one Cameron Norrie and Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Eubanks lost at the quarter-final stage in a pulsating five set thriller with world number three Daniil Medvedev, taking two sets from the Russian third seed.

Despite having no real winning record at Grand Slams - just two wins in five years of Slam appearances - Eubanks captivated the home crowd in London and looks to be improving with every event.

Eubanks won his first ATP title in Mallorca in this year and his exciting run to the last eight has seen him rise to a career high world number 31. Could more success be just around the corner?

Fritz, Korda and Tiafoe fall short 

American Taylor Fritz was among those with an outside shot at +3300 to win the title, but the 25-year-old suffered a disapointing second round defeat to Swedish outsider Mikael Ymer in just the second round.

Fritz led the match two sets to love before suffering a stunning collapse to lose three straight sets and crash out early at SW19.

Sebastian Korda will also be frustrated with his showing in England this year after the 22nd seed crashed out in the first round to world number 455 Jiri Vesely.

Korda was ranked 427 places above his opponent in the ATP standings but never got going against the Czech outsider, losing across four sets in a disappointing showing for the 23-year-old.

Frances Tiafoe enjoyed slightly more success on the grass courts than his compatriots as the world number 10 reached the third round at Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old cruised through his opening two matches without dropping a set before running into Bulgarian star Gregor Dimitrov in the third round where he lost in straight sets.

It is the third time that Tiafoe has fallen in the third round at Wimbledon, bettering that record only once in 2022 where he reached the fourth round before losing to David Goffin.

What2024 Wimbledon
WhereAll England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, UK
WhenMonday, July 1st, 2024 - Sunday, July 14th, 2024
How to watchABC, ESPN & Tennis Channel
Odds

Men's outright: Carlos Alcaraz +150, Novak Djokovic +175 Daniil Medvedev +1200, Jannik Sinner +1400, Taylor Fritz +3300

Women's outright: Iga Swiatek +250, Aryna Sabalenka +450, Elena Rybakina +600, Ons Jabeur +1000, Coco Gauff +1400

Keys and Pegula lead the way for US women

At +2500 Jessica Pegula was a relative outsider at Wimbledon this year, previously the only Grand Slam in which she had not made the quarter-finals, the 29-year-old amended that record by reaching the last eight at this years event.

The fourth seed fell at the quarter-final stage against eventual champion Marketa Vondrousova after dropping just one set on her run to the final eight.

Another American prospect to reach the same stage at Wimbledon was Maddison Keys.

The world number 16 Illinois native also reached the last eight, only dropping just one set in the process, before meeting Australian Open reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka at the quarter-final stage. 

Keys lost in straight sets to Sabalenka to match her greatest run at the All England Club, when she also reached the last eight back in 2015. Belarusian star Sabalenka continued her fine record of reaching at least the last four in every Grand Slam so far this season.

At +1400, Coco Gauff was the shortest-priced American in the Wimbledon Women's betting this year. Unfortunately for the 19-year-old her performances did not live up to the billing.

Gauff was unceremoniously dumped out at the first round stage by fellow American qualifier and world number 91 Sofia Kenin. 

A number of unforced errors meant the young world number four was unable to find her rhythm on the court as Kenin took control in the third set. 

Falling at the first hurdle represents her worst ever performance at Wimbledon, having previously reached at least the third round in every appearance since her debut in 2019.

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