Tsurenko & Bogdan Play Longest-Ever Tie-Break At Grand Slam At Wimbledon

Tsurenko & Bogdan Play Longest-Ever Tie-Break At Grand Slam At Wimbledon

by Zlatko Vodenicharov

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When it comes to Wimbledon and records it's mostly about how 'long' something is and the 'long family' of records has a new addition this year thanks to Lesia Tsurenko and Ana Bogdan.

We've seen quite a few 'long records' at Wimbledon over the years. From the longest match ever to the longest final, it's been a lot of long ones. Lesia Tsurenko and Ana Bogdan played a very competitive match.

The Ukranian is having a rather spectacular year so far which doesn't have many negative highlights. Retiring against Swiatek was one of those but for the most, she's put together an impressive year on the WTA Tour considering the situation back home which is always on her mind.

She got another great win at Wimbledon by beating Bogdan though this one featured a new record. The final set tie-break at Wimbledon is played in first to 10 format in order to avoid the 2010 madness of a match finishing 70-68 in the final set. Tsurenko and Bogdan did a mini version of that Mahut and Isner epic by playing 38 points total in the final set tiebreak.

The final score was 20-18 for Tsurenko and that was the longest tiebreak on the WTA side of tennis history on a Grand Slam level. We've seen it happen a few times on the ATP side before. Back in 1973 Borg and Lall played a tiebreak at Wimbledon with that score (20-18 for Borg).

At the 1993 US Open, Ivanisevic and Nestor played a tiebreak with the same score. At the 2007 Australian Open, Tsonga and Roddick played one with the same score. Away from the Grand Slam Tour, we've seen Opelka and Isner play a 24-22 tiebreak earlier last year at the Dallas Open.

The longest ever happened in 2013 in a men's futures event. Balleret defeated Couillard in three sets, one of which ended in a 36-34 tiebreak. According to the draw, Tsurenko will face Jessica Pegula in her next match.


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