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Wimbledon - Tennis: Five things we learned

While Elena Rybakina was the new star born in the Wimbledon ladies' singles draw, a familiar face came to the fore in the men's event with Novak Djokovic claiming his seventh title at the All England Club.

With Iga Swiatek failing to cope with the switch in surface, veteran Serena Williams not the force of old, Emma Raducanu still struggling for form and Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka both absentees, it was a tournament that looked there for the taking.

And it was Rybakina, whose serve was a potent weapon, that upped her game and victory over Ons Jabeur in the final saw her become the youngest Wimbledon singles champion since 2011.

The 23-year-old from Kazakhstan is 12/1 to follow up at the US Open in September and is 12/1 to defend her Wimbledon crown next year.

Although falling a set behind in his final three games, Djokovic dug deep to claim Wimbledon silverware for a fourth time on the trot.

The Serb concluded with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 win over Grand Slam debutant Nick Kyrgios and is 5/4 to continue that form at the US Open in two months time.

Swiatek still has a point to prove on grass

Polish sensation Swiatek has become the dominant force in the women's game and she headed to Wimbledon with high hopes having pieced together a 35-game winning streak, which included six straight title triumphs.

The 21-year-old world number one excels on a hard court and is even better on clay, highlighted by her two titles at the French Open.

However, for one reason or another, things have yet to click for Swiatek on the grass and she was a third-round casualty to Alize Cornet.

Swiatek's two Wimbledon appearances prior to this year's efforts saw her lose in the opening round and the fourth round so there must be some concern regarding her grass-court credentials.

Despite this, Swiatek heads the market for next year's Wimbledon at 4/1.

The future looks bright for Britain

Cameron Norrie became just the fourth British man to reach the Wimbledon-semi-finals in the Open era and the first since Andy Murray in 2016.

It wasn't to be for Norrie, who lost in four sets to eventual champion Djokovic, but he was the flag bearer for Britain in a tournament that suggested there could be even better to come from the home hopes in years to come.

There was a career-best fourth-round appearance for Heather Watson while Katie Boulter had defeated 2021 runner-up Karolina Pliskova on her way to the third round.

There was also plenty of encouragement to take from the performances of Jack Draper, Ryan Peniston and Alastair Gray and although Murray's best days may be behind him, 19-year-old Emma Raducanu hinted that a revival may be coming.

Prestige triumphs over ranking points

This year's Wimbledon was stripped of ranking points, in retaliation for its banning of players from Russia and Belarus, but it didn't seem to affect the level of play.

Players were still giving their all in a bid to win one of the biggest tournaments in the world although it looks a costly exercise for Djokovic, who could find himself as low as seventh when the new world rankings are published.

There are a number of lower-ranked players who could also suffer from no ranking points, none more so than Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven who reached the fourth round despite being world number 103.

Big servers continue to prosper at SW19

Rybakina, who stands at 6ft tall, is the leading ace-maker on the WTA Tour this year with 221 aces from her 38 matches and with big servers forever thriving at Wimbledon, it should come as no surprise to have seen her crowned champion.

With Kyrgios, who served 30 aces in his four-set defeat to Djokovic, also making the final it highlights the importance of being armed with a big serve and that skill set should never be taken for granted.

Injuries continue to derail Nadal

Nadal was bidding to win the third leg of a calendar Grand Slam but an abdominal injury saw the super Spaniard withdraw before his semi-final clash with Kyrgios.

It was a sorry end to what had been a great tournament for Nadal, who had shown great character to come through an epic five-set quarter-final with Taylor Fritz.

Nadal remains the most decorated player in Grand Slam history with 22 titles but he is now only one ahead of Djokovic and pressure is on for him to get fit in time for the US Open.

Injuries have ruled Nadal out of the last two US Opens but he will head there with a 19-0 win-loss record at Grand Slams this season and he is 6/1 to be crowned champion at Flushing Meadows.

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