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Wimbledon Top 10: Siblings

Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate with a chest bump.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Monday 1 July 2013

Continuing our series of daily top 10s, Wimbledon.com takes a look at tennis siblings.

1. The first Wimbledon women's singles final was contested by two sisters, the Watsons, with Maud beating Lilian for the title in 1884. Maud would go on to win another title the following year. 

2. Four finals in the last 11 years have been all-Williams affairs, Venus and Serena. Serena won three of the four, with victories in 2002, 2003 and 2009 while Venus was the champion in 2008. The family have 10 Wimbledon singles titles between them, with an even split between Venus and Serena. And together the sisters have won the Wimbledon doubles title five times. At last summer's Olympic tournament at the All England Club, Serena completed her career golden slam for singles, and then the sisters became career golden slammers in the doubles by winning gold on the grass. 

3. William Renshaw, a serial champion in the late nineteenth century, has seven Wimbledon singles titles, the same number as Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. He is the only man to have won six consecutive titles, which he achieved between 1881 and 1886, with his seventh triumph in 1889. Three of those wins came by beating his twin brother Ernest in the final. Ernest, who was the older of the two by fifteen minutes, won the singles title just once in 1888. Together, the Renshaw brothers won the Wimbledon doubles title five times. 

4. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, a former world number one, played in two Wimbledon singles finals, in 1995 and 1996, and her brother Emilio, who reached the top of the men's doubles rankings, also played in a Wimbledon final, appearing in the title-match for the men's doubles tournament in 1987. Their brother Javier also played at Wimbledon, but was not so successful, and never advanced further than the second round of the singles tournament.

5. Tracy Austin, who is best known for her achievements as a singles player, won the 1980 mixed doubles title with her brother John. "Playing with John was very emotional. And it was special to win with him." The Austins aren't the only brother and sister pairing to have won the mixed doubles title. Helena Sukova and her brother Cyril Suk were twice mixed doubles champions, winning the tournament for the first time in 1996 and retaining the title the following summer. 

6. One family from Krakow in Poland has produced two junior champions. Agnieszka Radwanska won the girls' singles title in 2005, and her sister won the tournament two years later. Agnieszka has also had an impact on the senior event – she was the runner-up to Serena Williams at last summer's Championships.

7. Jamie was the first of the Murray brothers to appear in a Wimbledon final – he did so in 2007, when he won the mixed doubles title alongside Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. Andy's first final came last summer when he was the runner-up to Roger Federer in the singles tournament (and a few weeks later he experienced success at the Club when he beat the Swiss in the Olympic final).

8. John, who won the singles title three times, wasn't the only McEnroe competing at the All England Club. John's younger brother Patrick also played on the Wimbledon grass, though he wasn't anything like as successful, never going beyond the second round on his five visits to south-west London. 

9. Marat Safin and Dinara Safina are the only siblings to have both held the world number one rankings on their respective tours. While Safin had previously suggested that he was a touch uncomfortable on grass, he still reached the semi-finals of one Championships, in 2008, when he lost to Roger Federer. The only other occasion he went deep into a Wimbledon draw was in 2001 when he was beaten by the eventual champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Like her older brother, Safina appeared in one Wimbledon semi-final – her run came in 2009, and was ended by Venus Williams.

10. Bob and Mike Bryan. The identical twins from the United States have two men's doubles titles from the All England Club, with tournament victories in 2006 and 2011. They also have one mixed doubles title each, as Bob partnered Australia's Sam Stosur to glory in 2008, and last summer Mike went to the Champions' Dinner with fellow American Lisa Raymond. As if that wasn't enough, they also have an Olympic title from the All England Club – their victory last year allowed them to complete the career golden slam of winning all four majors and a gold medal. 


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