Harriet Dart (left) and Joe Salisbury in action against Kveta Peschke and Kevin Krawietz in the mixed doubles semi-final game on Center Court on day 11 of Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Friday July 9, 2021.
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Hampstead’s Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart could become the first all-British couple in 34 years to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title after reaching the final late Friday.
Salisbury and Dart still had never played together in an official tournament but their partnership was successful, beating some established teams to reach the final four.
The duo defeated 2016 champions Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson in straight sets in the opening round before it reached this phase against third seeded Wesley Koolhof and Demi Schuurs, Oliver Marach and Lyudmila Kichenok as well as Jeremy Chardy and Naomi Broady.
They were probably underdogs in this semi-final on Center Court and faced the ninth seeded Kevin Krawietz and Kveta Peschke, who both have won double Grand Slam titles in the past.
But the br Itic duo through 6: 2, 4-6, 6: 4 in just under two hours and reached the final.
It will be a fourth Grand Slam final for Putney, who was born and raised in Salisbury, and a third this year after reaching the men’s double finals at the Australian Open and winning the mixed doubles at Roland Garros, while darts made their first appearance on the stage.
Krawietz and Peschke fought their way back in the second set, but Salisbury believes that he and Dart knew their potential and were grateful for a noisy center court rally behind them.
« I think we knew that if we could both improve our game a little it would be good enough. They played better in the second set, so we knew we had to improve our level again. I think we slacked off a bit, but tactically there was nothing to be changed, we just played a little better in the third set, « he said.
» It was a great end to the game. The crowd was amazing, it was loud with the roof closed for the third set. We’re just excited to be in the final. «
Dart added: » It was an amazing atmosphere out there. Lots of people stayed out there for us. I’m just happy that we performed well and are in the final. I am very happy to have the opportunity to play and to play for the title on Sunday. «
If the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini is lengthy, it is possible that the mixed doubles Final clashes with the final of the Euro 2020 between England and Italy at Wembley.
Although the focus is on the final, Salisbury hopes to be able to leave the field by 8:00 pm.
« It would be annoying if it collided. I joked earlier that if it happens during the final, they may have to broadcast the game to the big screens on center court while we play.
« When the time comes, we’ll be happy to be in the final to stand, and that’s more important to us now, but hopefully we can advance before the start and finish before the football!
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