Wimbledon 2015 saw scorching hot weather, a crop of new faces and two returning centre court favourites crowned as tournament champions.
Djokavic crowned men's champion for the third time
Serbian great Novak Djokavic lifted the Wimbledon trophy for the third time, having previously won the coveted title in 2011 and 2014. The current world number one beat previous champion Roger Federer on centre court for the second year running to win the greatest prize in tennis. His toughest game across the two weeks of the competition came not from one of his famous rivalries, however, but in the form of Kevin Anderson. The US player took the first two sets from Djokavic in what turned out to be a classic Wimbledon five set thriller in the fourth round of the competition. After dropping the first two sets, however, Djokavic coasted through the third and fourth sets, before finally taking the fifth and final set 7-5. Novak then beat Cilic in the quarter-final in straight sets, and went on to do the same against Gasquet in the semi. Federer also won his semi against Britain's Andy Murray in straight sets, but Djokavic was too strong and beat the Swiss player in four sets in a thrilling final.
At the US Open, Djokovic reached the men's singles final for the sixth time, making it to all four Grand Slam finals in a single year. In a repeat of the Wimbledon final, he faced Roger Federer, and again defeated the Swiss player, this time over four sets. This gave Djokovic his third Grand Slam 2015 title, and made him only the fifth male player to win 10 or more Grand Slam singles titles. In addition, he became the third to make it to all four Major finals in one season.
Serena claims her sixth Wimbledon singles title
Serena broke British hearts when she knocked out Heather Watson over three sets in the third round, setting up a confrontation with older sister Venus in the fourth. Serena took the first set 6-4, then finished off the match with a 6-3 scoreline in the second set. She was drawn against the 25-year-old Belarusian player, Victoria Azarenka in the quarter final, a match that took her to three sets for the second time in the 2015 tournament. Despite dropping the first set 6-3 to her opponent, Serena fought back and took the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-3, sweeping to a convincing victory. The semi-final saw her face another crowd favourite in Maria Sharapova. The Russian came to prominence when she won her first (and, to date, only) Wimbledon singles title in 2004, but Serena was too strong and defeated Sharapova with wins of 6-2 and 6-4. Reaching yet another Wimbledon final, the world number one was pitted against the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza. Muguruza had defeated Williams in the 2014 French Open, in what was the worst Grand Slam defeat of Williams’ career. Serena, however, was simply too powerful an opponent this time round and won the match in straight sets.
The victory made Serena, at the age of 33, the oldest female player in the Open Era to be crowned a Grand Slam singles champion. She also broke Steffi Graf's record of seven consecutive Grand Slam final victories. Incredibly, her 21 major titles were equivalent to the combined total of those of the rest of the women's tour.
Despite ending her season early, citing year-long injury problems, Serena made it a memorable year by holding the No. 1 ranking for the whole season, for the second year on the run. She was also named as WTA Player of the Year for the seventh time, and ITF World Champion for the sixth time. To top it all off, Williams was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press for the fourth time.
Hopes of a British champion were pinned on Jamie Murray
After the Wimbledon singles hopes were all knocked out, Jamie Murray remained to offer British fans a hope of glory. He reached the men’s doubles final with partner John Peers of Australia. Sadly, it wasn't to be, and Murray and Peers lost the final in straight sets, ending hopes of a British winner at the 2015 championships. Jamie came up against brother Andy in the second round of the Montreal Masters the month after Wimbledon. Jamie Murray and John Peers stormed to victory over Andy Murray and Leander Paes, with both brothers saying it was weird to face each other on a competitive tennis court as they were used to playing alongside each other. Murray and Peers made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament, where they were knocked out. Sadly, their tennis partnership ended in October, with Murray appearing to blame Peers for their losses in both the Wimbledon and US Open finals.