London, 7 July
The Bryan Slam is complete. Twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan captured their fourth straight major Saturday at Wimbledon with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
The Americans won their 15th Grand Slam tournament and became the first men’s team in Open-era tennis to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. They’re also the first to hold all the slams and an Olympic gold medal, constituting a golden slam.
If they win the U.S. Open, they’ll join Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman as the second men’s team to complete a calendar Grand Slam. The Aussie duo did it in 1951, 17 years before the Open era began. The Bryans fell behind 5-0 in dropping the first set but rallied for their 24th straight victory.
Meanwhile, having first played together as teenagers, Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai won their first Grand Slam title with a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory Saturday over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon.
Hsieh became the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title while Peng gave China its first doubles title at a major in seven years.
"It’s very special because I don’t think tennis is popular in Taiwan," Hsieh said.
"We didn’t see many media during this tournament.
We’re very proud we can win this tournament together with my good friend.
It’s our first title, for Taiwan, so I think it’s big thing in Taiwan."
The pair, who are both 27, played a few tournaments together as amateurs but ended their partnership after turning pro.
After a seven-year hiatus, Hsieh asked Peng at the 2008 US Open if she would be up for a renewed association.
The duo reunited by the end of that year 2008 and won their first 11 matches, claiming titles in Bali and Sydney. They lost their opening-round match in the 2009 Australian Open quarterfinals against Serena and Venus Williams but now have six titles together.