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Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk storm to Wimbledon mixed doubles title

With three Britons in the final of the mixed doubles, a home champion was always guaranteed to come from the last match of this year’s Wimbledon and it was Neal Skupski who tasted glory. Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk, the No 7 seeds, beat the all-British pairing of Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart 6-2, 7-6 (1) to give the Liverpudlian his first grand slam title.

Skupski and Krawczyk broke Dart’s serve early on and they dominated the first set but the British pair hit back in the second only to be outplayed in the tiebreak as Krawczyk won her second consecutive grand slam title.

It was a special moment for Skupski, who benefitted from Salisbury’s decision to switch from Krawczyk despite the fact the pair had won the French Open last month. “I actually can’t believe it,” Skupski said. “You grow up watching Wimbledon on TV, so to win it is amazing.”

Krawczyk said she had not realised they might play Salisbury and Dart until quite late in the week, but was just delighted to add Wimbledon to her French Open crown. “I never imagined I’d win back to back grand slam titles, it’s incredible,” the American said.

Gordon Reid missed out on adding the singles title to the wheelchair doubles crown he won on Saturday when he was edged out 6-2, 7-6 by Joachim Gérard of Belgium in a high-quality final. The Scot, trying to win the title for the second time here, fought back from 4-1 down in the tiebreak but was second best in the tiebreak as Gerard added Wimbledon to the Australian Open title he won in February.

Despite the defeat, Reid will head to Tokyo with confidence, trying to win a second gold medal to go with the one he collected in Rio in 2016. “I feel like I’m in good form,” the left-hander said. “It’s a massive target. It’s been five years waiting for the opportunity to represent the country again, to try and get on the top of the podium.”

Ane Mintegi del Olmo became the first Spaniard to win the girls’ singles title, while the boys’ title went to the American Sam Banerjee.