Aldila, knocked out of Wimbledon, shifts focus to US Open

Aldila, knocked out of Wimbledon, shifts focus to US Open
Indonesian tennis player Aldila Sutjiadi (Instagram @dila11)

Indonesian tennis player Aldila Sutjiadi immediately shifted her focus to the United States (US) Open tournament after her progress at Wimbledon stalled.

“Thank you for your support during this Wimbledon tournament, especially those who encouraged me through my social media accounts and Wimbledon accounts,” Aldila said, quoted from an official statement, Thursday (7/11) WIB.

“Truly, this support has lifted my spirits and I am determined to continue fighting to carry the name of Indonesia,” he added.

Also read: Aldila optimistic about winning mixed doubles at Wimbledon

Aldila and his US partner Jackson Withrow retired in the round of 16 at the 2024 Wimbledon mixed doubles after losing to American/Japanese pair Nathaniel Lammons/Ena Shibahara with a score of 6-7(5) 4-6.

In the first set, Aldila and Jackson led 5-1 in the tiebreak, but were unable to maintain this lead and eventually lost 6-7(5).

Then in the second set, one of Aldila and Jackson’s serves was broken and they lost 4-6.

Also read: Aldila Sutjiadi advanced to the last sixteen at Wimbledon

“We actually had a chance to win the first set, but we were unlucky and had to lose this set. Even though we kept up the pressure in the second set, we were not able to avenge the defeat,” said Aldila.

Earlier, Aldila and Jackson had just completed their first-round mixed doubles match, which was postponed a day due to rain after the second set was completed.

They managed to beat the Italian duo Andrea Vavassori/Sara Errani in the first round with a score of 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

Also read: Aldila Sutjiadi/Asia Muhammad advances to the second round at Wimbledon

“We performed very well against Andrea and Sara. The match was exciting, but we still managed to win it,” said Aldila.

“Shortly after the match we immediately fought Nathaniel Lammons/Ena Shibahara in the second round, which we eventually lost,” he added.

Aldila revealed that her journey at Wimbledon was quite difficult as the weather in London was unpredictable and it often rained so the slippery court made it difficult for tennis players and matches even had to be postponed for hours or until the next day due to weather conditions.

At Wimbledon 2024, Aldila will be the only Indonesian tennis player to bear the country’s name.

In her 11th Grand Slam, Aldila also competed in the women’s doubles with Asia Muhammad and their progress was halted in the round of 16. (Mier/Z-1)

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