Monday, January 30, 2023

Wimbledon: Maria, Bouzkova enter quarterfinals

Germany’s Tatjana Maria continued her dream Wimbledon run as she battled from a set down to overcome former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday and reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
It was the biggest victory for the mother of two who came back from maternity leave just under a year ago and she will play fellow German Jule Niemeier in the last eight.
The 25-year-old Ostapenko, who reached the semi-finals at the grasscourt Grand Slam a year after her maiden major title at Roland Garros in 2017, made a wobbly start by surrendering her serve early to trail 1-3.
But the Latvian immediately regained composure to level the scores before switching gears to go ahead 6-5 and took the first set after world number 103 Maria made unforced errors in crucial points.
Maria, at 34 the oldest player left in the women’s draw, had impressed in her stunning straight sets-victory over fifth seed Maria Sakkari in the last round and she hit back from 1-4 down in the next set before forcing a decider.
Earlier in the day, unseeded Czech Marie Bouzkova snapped Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia’s eight-match winning run on grass with a 7-5, 6-2 victory in the fourth round.
Since knocking out American seventh seed Danielle Collins in the opening round, the 23-year-old Bouzkova has grown from strength to strength at the grasscourt Grand Slam where she had never previously got past the second round.
The 66th-ranked Czech had won her only previous match on grass against Garcia who was considered a contender to win Wimbledon this year after her title run at Bad Homburg and a wide open women’s draw.

Sania Mirza-Mate Pavic pair reaches mixed doubles quarterfinals
Indo-Croatian pair of Sania Mirza and Mate Pavic reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals of Wimbledon on Sunday after their second round opponents Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan gave a walkover.
Sixth seeds Mirza and Pavic had beaten Spain’s David Vega Hernandez and Georgia’s Natela Dzalamidze 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in the first round.
In their last-eight match, Mirza and Pavic will face either the all-Brazilian pair of Bruno Soares and Beatriz Haddad Maia or the Australian-Canadian duo of John Peers and Gabriela Dabrowski. Mirza, who has already announced her retirement at the end of this season, and her Czech partner Lucie Hradecka had earlier lost in the opening round of women’s doubles event.
In a video footage uploaded on the official Twitter handle of Championships, Mirza said she is going to miss Wimbledon but it’s time to move on.
“There are things in life which take priority over playing tennis matches and I am at that stage now,” she said.

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