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Home Page  >  Tennis  >  Wimbledon Official Annual Film Reviews 1974-2003  >  Wimbledon 1997 - Sampras & Hingis (Video)


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  August 1997
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The Official film of the 1997 Wimbledon Championships.

The new No.1 court and a new No.1 ladies player set the tone for the 111th Wimbledon Championships. Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova and Venus Williams emerged as the bright new stars of the future. The brightest of them all, Martina Hingis, the 16 year old Swiss prodigy, swept aside her opponents with relative ease to reach the Ladies Singles Final. There she conquered the No.3 seed Jana Novotna, and became the youngest player this century to win the title.

Pete Sampras, having been evicted by Richard Krajicek last year, was determined to re-establish himself as the rightful owner of the Centre Court. He stormed through The Championships to meet the unseeded Frenchman Cedric Pioline in the Final, who had reached there in dramatic circumstances, by beating Michael Stich in a five set thriller. However, Sampras was on a mission and he recaptured the title in three sets, claiming his fourth Wimbledon title in five years.

The men's Doubles title was claimed once more by the Woodies, who achieved the remarkable feat of five consecutive titles.

The two British players, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, had the nation enthralled by reaching the quarter-finals before going down to Stich and Piolone respectively. However, this was the first time in the Open era that two British players had progressed thus far.

Narrated by the actress and pop star, Toyah Willcox and written by Andrew longmore of 'The Independent', 'The Next Generation' is the official story of the 1997 Championships and re-lives the most memorable and thrilling moments from the famous corner of SW19.





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