Huubere suprised yet delighted with Wimbledon victory!
Australian Marteena Huubere yesterday claimed the Wimbledon title for the second year running with a 7-6(11) 6-4 victory over world #1 Larisa Ferrer of Great Britain in the final. This was a repeat of last years Wimbledon final when Huubere also defeated Ferrer. After having a great start to this year with two titles and two other finals appearances in the first 2 months of the year, Huubere had one of the longest droughts of her career, in many times losing her first match in a tournament.
In her first final since the Antwerp tournament in February this year, Huubere showed why she has briefly been #1, by moving Ferrer around the court and mixing things up, by serving and volleying occasionally, and playing all-round aggressive grasscourt tennis. "I was very happy with the way I played today, probably the best I've played in months. My form these 2 weeks is probably the highest it's been at since the beginning of the year. I dunno, i think just coming back here, where I won my first Grand Slam, brings back a lot of memories and gave me a really good feeling. I really wanted to defend my title"
Wimbledon, however, isn't the only title Marteena has to defend for the remainder of the year. She was the hottest player on tour at the end of last year, winning 5 other titles (Canadian Open, US Open, Leipzig, Filderstadt and Surabaya). "I have a heck of a lot of points to defend, and was starting to worry about that considering my form, but it really helps to have defended my Wimbledon points atleast. Now i just have to worry about the 3000 other points i have to defend."
Huubere lost early in the doubles with her partner Lindsay Anne Sarile, sparking rumours that the combination will split soon. "Lindsay and I have not discussed separating at all. We made a commitment to each other to play for this year, and I am more than happy to fulfill that. If our results don't improve, we may decide to split, but we haven't talked about it yet. There have also been rumours that Huubere will join forces with 2001 Wimbledon Champion Sabine Graf next year. "Those rumours are true, Sabine did approach me during these Championships, and asked me to partner her next year, which i agreed to do. She's a great friend of mine, and a great doubles player, and i know we'll have a lot of fun next year".
Huubere's little sister, Mirjana, won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title this year, playing with another aussie, Todd Woodbridge, for their first Grand Slam title. "I am very proud of my sister, and extremely happy for her. Her and Todd always work very hard together for the mixed, and i'm so happy that it finally paid off for them!"