July 12, 2:01 p.m
Novak Djokovic / Mats Wilander
Drop in the ATP ranking: Despite the Grand Slam title in Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic falls from third to seventh place in the ATP world rankings. However, former Swedish tennis superstar Mats Wilander doubts that this fact will affect the Serbs much.
Wants to be the best in history: “For Novak Djokovic, I don’t think it makes any difference whether he is number 7 or number 1 in the world. For him, it’s all about Wimbledon titles and Grand Slam titles and being the best in history,” Wilander told Eurosport.
Points are not awarded: The British government and the organizers banned Russian and Belarusian professionals this year because of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. As a countermeasure, the ATP and WTA withdrew the points from the Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic was last as low as today in August 2018.
Jul 12, 10:36 am
Are Federer saying goodbye to tennis? Is he coming back or not? Now Roger Federer (40) gave an insight into his world of thoughts. “I love to win, but when you’re not competitive anymore, then it’s better to stop. I don’t think I need tennis,” said the 20-time Grand Slam winner in an interview with the Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad.
“A professional career can’t last forever”: “Tennis is part of my life, but not my whole identity. I know that a professional career can’t last forever,” said Federer. Still, it was strange for him not to play Wimbledon this year, but instead just to watch it on TV.
The super star appreciates normal everyday life: “I can honestly say that I am very happy at home. Sometimes I miss the sport. However, living at home in a normal way is just as good.” So he now enjoys the little things in life, for example when his daughter brings home a good grade.
July 12 at 9:01 am
US Open-Aus because of unvaccinated vaccination status: “I hope for positive news, but there is not much time left. I don’t know, but hope dies last,” said the newly crowned Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic (35) about his questionable start at the US Open. The reason: In order to be able to enter the USA, a complete proof of vaccination is required – however, Djokovic is not vaccinated. For this reason, he had already been unable to take part in the Australian Open in January.
“Not the end of the world”: The 35-year-old says about a possible non-participation on the Serbian TV station “RTS”: “I would like to play the US Open, but if it doesn’t work, it’s not the end of the world . It’s important to me to stay physically and mentally healthy so I can play for a long time to come.”
Is Djokovic missing a chance to draw level with Nadal? However, the start at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year would not be unimportant. Because Djokovic secured his 21st Grand Slam title with his Wimbledon victory. Thus, the record winner Rafael Nadal (22nd Grand Slam title) is within reach again and the “Joker” could catch up in New York.
July 11, 2:55 p.m
Bassols wins after a hopeless deficit: Marina Bassols plays in the first qualifying round of the WTA tournament in Budapest and makes history there. In the duel of number 208 in the world rankings against Yuliya Hatouka from Belarus (number 209 in the rankings), the Spaniard is more than hopeless with 0:6, 0:5 and 0:30 behind – and wins in the end with 0:6, 7: 5, 6:4. The 22-year-old also fends off three match balls, as “Eurosport” reports.
With luck in the main draw: In round 2 of the qualification for the clay court event, Bassols was clearly defeated by the Hungarian Fanny Stollar 1:6, 4:6, but still found her happy ending because she was a lucky loser in the main draw with 251,750 Euro doped WTA tournament slips.
A tournament for history: In the first round of the main draw, Bassols meets the American Bernarda Pera. One of the biggest catch-ups in the history of professional tennis will not help her there, but an unforgettable memory will remain – no matter how the tournament ends for the Spaniard.
July 11, 12:09 p.m
Novak Djokovic / Rafael Nadal
Djokovic impressed by Nadal: Novak Djokovic praises his tennis colleague Rafael Nadal for not giving up his Wimbledon quarter-final against Taylor Fritz (USA) despite an injury, as “Tennis World USA” reports. “Hats off,” says the Serb. In addition, the 35-year-old tries to silence some critical voices and emphasizes: “Whether he should have played or not is up to him.”
No semifinals due to abdominal muscle tear: Nadal was obviously restricted in his movements during the match. Later scans revealed a torn abdominal muscle, after which the 36-year-old Spaniard did not appear in his semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios, giving him a bye for the final that was later lost to Djokovic.
Discussions about giving up: There had previously been moral discussions about whether Nadal should have given up the game against Fritz to allow the American to participate in the semifinals – while this was virtually impossible for him given the injury.
Jul 11, 11:27 am
Red cap instead of white outfit: Nick Kyrgios has to expect a fine from the All England club, as “SPORT1” reports. The extravagant Australian defied the Wimbledon dress code during the awards ceremony by wearing a red cap. According to the rules, the outfit on the pitch must be completely white.
Previous penalty: Kyrgios had already capped several times during the tournament, so the penalty could well be in the five figures. The 27-year-old is already paying $10,000 after spitting at a fan in his first round match.
The final: Kyrgios had to admit defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the tennis classic. The Serb won after exactly three hours 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3).
Jul 11, 10:22 am
ATP rankings without Federer: Roger Federer loses his place in the men’s ATP rankings for the first time in 25 years, as reported by “Tennis World USA”. The Swiss tennis pro had been in the world rankings since he was 16 years old, namely since September 22, 1997, and has always been a fan favourite.
Few tournaments lately: Thanks to his Wimbledon points from the previous year, Federer was recently placed in the top 100. However, since the beginning of 2020 he had only played a few tournaments due to a knee injury and was therefore hardly able to score points for the ATP ranking.
Former number one: Federer was world number one for four and a half years after the 2004 season. In total, the 40-year-old has won 20 Grand Slam titles and 103 titles on the ATP World Tour. The Swiss wants to return to the tour in autumn.
July 11, 9:05 am
Djokovic’s 2,000 points expire: Old master Novak Djokovic (35) beats “Bad Boy” Nick Kyrgios in a high-class and emotional Wimbledon final on Sunday 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 7: 6 – and yet the Serb is the big loser on Monday. In the new ATP world rankings, the now 21-time Grand Slam winner falls from 3rd to 7th place because he cannot defend the 2,000 points of his victory last year.
Great Britain Vs. ATP and WTA: The British government had ordered not to allow athletes from Russia or Belarus because of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. As a countermeasure, the ATP and WTA decided not to award points at Wimbledon this year. This leads to the absurd situation that Djokovic loses four places in the ranking – and, for example, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was eliminated in the third round, moves up from five to four.
Tennis is the loser: “Tennisnet” speaks in a comment of a “Pyrrhic victory” for the Serbs and a “bitter aftertaste” that not only affects Djokovic, but all tennis, which has lost in these two weeks. In the end Elena Rybakina, who was born in Russia and lives in Moscow, also won the women’s competition. She has competed for Kazakhstan since 2018.
Jul 10 at 9:22 am
‘Nightmare’ comes true at Wimbledon: Britain’s ‘worst nightmare’ comes true, according to British sports journalist Sam Street. In Jelena Rybakina, a native Russian wins the women’s competition at Wimbledon. The result: The British royal family, in the form of Duchess Kate Middleton, presented the athlete from Russia with the venerable Grand Slam trophy.
Reaction from Russia: We won! A scene that Russia is also suddenly commented on. After Rybakina’s final triumph, Shamil Tarpishchev, President of the Russian Tennis Federation, spoke to the Russian state media: “That’s so great! Well done Rybakina! We won Wimbledon.”
Rybakina has been Kazakh since 2018: Actually, no athletes from Russia or Belarus were allowed to compete this year – as a reaction to the Russian attack on Ukraine, all players from the respective countries were withdrawn from the right to compete. But with Rybakina, a Moscow-born player has now won the tournament. The 23-year-old was only allowed to compete because she has also had Kazakh citizenship since 2018.
July 9 at 8:11 p.m
The Wimbledon winner was only allowed to start because of a change of nation: Jelena Rybakina cried when she thought about her parents. “They would probably be super proud,” said the 23-year-old after her Wimbledon triumph. At first, the native Russian enjoyed her triumph without emotion, also because there are heated debates about Rybakina, which should not have started four years ago without a change of nation?
Rybakina from Moscow is a proud Kazakh: Rybakina turned the final on Saturday against Ons Jabeur from Tunisia, second in the world rankings, 3: 6, 6: 2, 6: 2 and was able to celebrate the greatest success of her career. Because of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, professionals from Russia and Belarus were excluded from Wimbledon. Rybakina had said several times during the tournament that he was happy to represent Kazakhstan.
Biting comments on social networks: There were heated debates about Rybakina on social media. “It’s ironic that a tournament that banned Russians from participating is won by a thoroughbred Russian born in Moscow,” said Twitter in one of countless comments. Rybakina didn’t get involved and thanked her fellow Kazakhs: “You’ve got on believed me. There’s no question how I feel anymore. I’ve been on a journey as a Kazakh player for a long time.”
Jul 9, 10:44 am
Fans pay tribute to Nadal after saying goodbye: After Rafael Nadal had to give up before the semifinals of Wimbledon due to an abdominal muscle injury, the Spanish tennis star is now saying goodbye to London. A video of his departure has now been published, showing him saying goodbye to all the employees in Wimbledon with words of thanks. This video by the 36-year-old is commented on with great appreciation.
Bitter end for Spaniards: Nadal would have the chance to win his third Grand Slam title this year at Wimbledon. The Mallorcan had already triumphed at the Australian and French Opens. But after 19 consecutive victories at Grand Slams 2022, his winning streak ended due to injury.
July 9, 10:18 am
Djokovic leaves questions about the drink unanswered: Novak Djokovic and the contents of his drinking bottle during the quarter-final game against Jannik Sinner continue to cause a stir. However, when asked, the Serbian tennis star refused to go into detail, as reported by the “Daily Mail”. Rather, it just says, “Magic potion, that’s all I can say. You will soon find out more.” Otherwise, the 35-year-old is currently unable to talk about his “magic potion”.
Fans suspect isotonic powder: Djokovic almost inhaled the contents of his bottle after changing sides in the match against Sinner. At first, many fans believed it was isotonic powder and water.
Djokovic in the Wimbledon final: Djokovic is in the Wimbledon final and is still one win away from his 21st Grand Slam title. He faces Nick Kyrgios in the final on Sunday.
Jul 8 at 2:33 p.m
Kyrgios sees great talent in Raducanu: Nick Kyrgios believes in Emma Raducanu’s great career. “She’s obviously going to be one of the most important players on the WTA Tour for a long time. She can definitely win more Grand Slam titles,” says Kyrgios in an interview reported by “Tennisworld”. Raducanu previously voiced her support for Kyrgios on social media.
Kyrgios condemns criticism of young talents: Kyrgios is critical of the judgments of some tennis experts about young talents. “Some older legends just love to cast a shadow over young, important talent and speak their minds about them.”
Australian is in the Grand Slam final for the first time: Kyrgios is in the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in Wimbledon. The Australian won the semifinals without a fight after Rafael Nadal was unable to compete through injury.
Jul 8 at 12:39 p.m
It wasn’t his first time on the tennis court: Robert Lewandowski is expected to return to Säbener Strasse on July 12 for Bayern’s start in training. But until then, the record scorer is free. The Pole can now be seen on the tennis court on an Instagram post from vacation – and is doing more than decently.
You’re really amazed: you can clearly see it on the video – the world footballer also has it with the yellow felt ball. Both the forehand and the backhand succeed stylishly for the Bayern star striker. The 33-year-old even masters the serve and overhead ball.
Jul 8 at 12:34 p.m
Djokovic understands both sides: When asked whether coaches are allowed to coach their protégés, 20-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic said at a press conference in Wimbledon, according to “Tennisworldusa”: “Well, I can understand both sides. There are people who are against it because they want to preserve the uniqueness of our sport. At the same time, we all know that coaching takes place in most matches.”
The “joker” is for coaching: He himself understands the decision to legalize coaching, but only if certain provisions and rules are observed. He himself is in favor of the fact that “the coach can only give advice to the player if he is in the part of the field where the coach is also sitting in the stands”.
Jul 8 at 11:17 am
Kyrgios deliberately disregards rules: “I just like wearing my Jordans.” This is how tennis star Nick Kyrgios justifies his deliberate break with the Wimbledon dress code. The Australian had entered the court in red sneakers before his quarter-final match against Cristian Garin – a violation of the rules, because the stars actually have to be dressed completely in white when entering the court.
“I do what I want”: When asked by a reporter whether he was above the rules, Kyrgios replies at the subsequent press conference: “No, I’m not above the rules. But I just do what I want.” Um To avoid another violation of the rules, Kyrgios joked that he would “simply wear his white Jordans tomorrow”.
Jul 7 at 4:54 p.m
Fritz’ girlfriend steals the show: The secret winner of the Wimbledon quarterfinal match between Taylor Fritz and Rafael Nadal is Morgan Riddle! This is reported by the Daily Mail. Within the final hour of the match, Fritz’s girlfriend’s social media fan base more than doubled after the camera kept snapping at her.
Lifestyle influencer: Riddle now has 88,000 Instagram subscribers and 255,000 TikTok followers. The 24-year-old documents her lifestyle and her boyfriend’s tennis life on the channels.
The match: After an epic marathon match, Fritz lost the quarterfinals by a mere 6:7 in the tie-break of the fifth set. The game lasted a total of four hours and 20 minutes.
Jul 7, 11:34 am
Father urges Nadal to give up: During his Wimbledon quarterfinals, tennis superstar Rafael Nadal not only fought against his opponent Taylor Fritz (USA), but above all against enormous movement problems, as “Tennis World USA” reports. Reason enough for the Spaniard’s father to gesture his son in his direction to give up. However, the 36-year-old was undeterred.
The course of the game: Nadal obviously had trouble playing with the forehand and generally serving for long stretches of the second set. The cause is said to have been a muscle injury in the abdominal area, whereas the 22-time Grand Slam tournament winner is now taking medication.
Participation in the semi-finals unclear: Although Fritz had won the first set, Nadal ultimately won in an epic match 3: 6, 7: 5, 3: 6, 7: 5, 7: 6. However, the Spaniard has so far kept open the participation in the semifinals against Nick Kyrgios due to the injury.
Jul 7 at 9:27 am
Djokovic’s comeback thanks to the bottle? After Novak Djokovic’s victory against Jannik Sinner and the associated entry into the Wimbledon semi-finals, his brilliant comeback after a 0: 2 set deficit is the topic of conversation, as “Blick” reports. Some voices attribute this to the previously unknown contents of his drinking bottle, which the Serb was given by a ball boy during a break.
“Magic potion” already there in 2020: Djokovic had already consumed a liquid during the Australian Open 2020 and then described it as a “magic potion”, which his “physio prepared in his laboratory”.
The next match: Djokovic takes on Britain’s Cameron Norrie on Friday, against whom the six-time Wimbledon champion has only played once. The “Djoker” won the ATP Finals 2021 6: 2, 6: 1 against the twelfth in the world rankings and is the clear favorite in the race for the finals.
July 7 at 8:55 am
Tweener match point in the juniors: During the junior competition of this year’s Wimbledon tournament, Kalin Ivanovski causes a stir, as “Eurosport” reports. The 18-year-old hit his match point in the second round match against the Mexican Rodrigo Pacheco as a super cheeky tweener.
From outsider to winner: Ivanovski started the match against number eleven on the seed list as an outsider. However, the North Macedonian scored three match balls after 63 minutes with a score of 6: 1, 5: 2, 40: 0 – and immediately converted the first with a tweener. A humiliation for his opponent.
What is a tweener? In a tweener, the tennis player hits the ball between their legs. The term is derived from the English “between-the-legs-shot”.
July 6, 5:15 p.m
Unusual strike at Wimbledon: In the doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon, Joe Salisbury (30/England) and Rajeev Ram (38/USA) briefly went on strike against Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut (40) and Édouard Roger-Vasselin (38).
Hawk-Eye Reports Ball on Line: What Happened? Salisbury and Ram are said to have been so upset by a Hawk-Eye decision at 5-5 in the second set that they didn’t want to continue playing. A French ball had previously landed out of bounds – contrary to the signal from the electronic line monitor.
Duo insults the referee: Salisbury and Ram then clamored so much that the situation escalated. They yelled at referee Fergus Murphy and then refused to continue the match: “We’re shutting down the machine. We’re not in the future here, man. There’s no chance that’s in there. You know it’s wrong. Can you get the supervisor?” Even the referee who was called for help did not revise the decision. After a while, the British-English duo continued playing and won 6:3, 6:7, 6:1, 3:6, 6:4.
Jul 6, 2:44 p.m
Tennis professional destroys camera: After losing a point, Swedish tennis professional Elias Ymer completely freaks out at a Challenger tournament in Salzburg and hits a ball. The ball then hits exactly one camera, which then breaks. This is shown in a video on Twitter.
Action without consequences for Sweden: For Ymer, the action initially has no consequences. After a brief interruption, the game continues without penalty for the Swede. In the end he lost the match against Frenchman Corentin Moutet 4:6, 3:6.
Parallel event to Wimbledon: In addition to the most famous tennis tournament in the world in Wimbledon, smaller Challenger tournaments are also currently being held. In addition to Salzburg, Braunschweig is one of the hosts.
July 6 at 11:12 a.m
Serious allegations against Kyrgios: “Bild” reports with reference to the Australian “Canberra Times” that Nick Kyrgios (27) is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari.
Police confirm incident: Canberra Police confirm that a “27-year-old man is on trial on August 2 on charges of joint assault following an incident in December 2021”. Kyrgios is said to have attacked Passari during a dispute at a hotel in Adelaide, Australia.
Lawyer comments on the charge: The hotel staff called the police at the time, who then separated the couple and took them into custody, it is said. Kyrgios’ attorney Jason Moffett confirms the charges. “The nature of the allegation is serious and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously,” he told the Canberra Times.
July 6 at 9:11 am
Djokovic on the abyss: 5: 7, 2: 6 – the Wimbledon exit was very close for Novak Djokovic (35) against Jannik Sinner (20): “In the first two sets he was the better player, but I had a toilet break and an encouraging [self] conversation in the mirror. Sometimes these things are necessary. The bathroom break was the turning point.”
Back into the match with positive thoughts: The six-time Wimbledon winner: “There was no aggression. It was just an encouraging speech, a positive speech.” He also thought of the 2021 final at Roland Garros, where he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas after falling 2-0 sets. Now he gave Sinner no chance with 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 2 in sets three to five.
Another title firmly in sight: The dream of the fourth Wimbledon title in a row is alive, but his 21st Grand Slam success would be even more important in order to shorten the legend duel with Rafael Nadal (36) to 21:22. In the semi-finals, the third in the world rankings meets the British Christopher Norrie.
July 5 at 4:13 p.m
Promising announcement: Venus Williams (42) openly flirts with being back on the tennis court in singles, as she announced in a video on YouTube. “I am delighted to announce that I have started training again,” she said. “Hopefully you can watch one of my games at the upcoming tournaments.”
Almost a year without a single duel: Williams had been paused since August 2021. Apparently, she hasn’t lost her ambition: “I don’t think it’s that bad for the seventh training session, although I’m actually never satisfied as long as it’s not perfect.”
Parallels to sister Serena: Venus’ sister Serena recently celebrated her comeback at Wimbledon, Venus herself also jumped in at short notice in mixed, “Serena and I were in the same place, which hasn’t happened for a very long time,” she said. “But more than anything, it’s just very satisfying to just go out there and hit balls and sweat a little bit.”
July 4, 5:30 p.m
AELTC and LTA fines: The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), main organizers of the Wimbledon tournament, and the British Tennis Association (LTA) have each been fined hefty by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), according to tennisnet.com reported. The organizations had banned Russian and Belarusian tennis players from English tournaments in response to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.
The sums: The AELTC has to pay 620,000 pounds (almost 720,000 euros), the LTA 207,000 pounds (almost 241,000 euros). Only when the payments have been made can the two appeal the fine. So far they have not commented on the incident.
Dissenting voices: While some welcome the decision of the WTA, British Minister of Culture Nadine Dorries, among others, condemns the procedure. For example, international organizations such as the WTA would not go along with the fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
July 4, 4:16 p.m
Djokovic back in Australia soon? The chances of Novak Djokovic, who was not vaccinated against the corona virus, of returning to the Australian Open have increased significantly, as reported by “Tennis World USA”. According to the Australian health authorities, vaccination will no longer be required when entering Australia.
The background: At the beginning of the year, Djokovic received a medical exemption for this year’s Australian Open, but the Serb’s visa was revoked upon entry and he was expelled from the country. Actually, the 35-year-old is banned from traveling to Australia for three years due to this incident, but with the new regulation “given circumstances” could exist for an earlier termination.
The Australian Vision: Australian Home Secretary Clare O’Neil applauds her country’s open policies. It would encourage “more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a travel destination.”
July 4, 12:44 p.m
Ostapenko follows up after the defeat against Maria: “She was just lucky at some moments that she was able to come back,” says Jelena Ostapenko after her defeat in the Wimbledon round of 16 against Tatjana Maria. She herself “played much better” than Maria, which in retrospect sounds surprising when you’ve lost. Nevertheless, Maria “only collected my mistakes, so she won”.
The opponent’s luck instead of her own inability: The fact that she made 57 “unforced errors” over three sets was not decisive for her. Instead, she “just left a little bit here, a little bit there.” Maria “had a frame ball here, then scratched the line there. Things like that add up and then you lose a match like that.”
German duel in the quarter-finals: Maria doesn’t really care what her opponent judges – she is up against Jule Niemeier from Dortmund in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. A German tennis player is guaranteed to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon tournament – with luck or without.
July 4, 12:21 p.m
Maria raves about childcare: Just under a year after the birth of her second daughter, 34-year-old Tatjana Maria is playing a great tournament in Wimbledon. Shortly before the quarter-finals against the up-and-coming Jule Niemeier from Dortmund, she curiously raves about childcare, reports “tennisnet”. The care of the children is simply great, their eldest daughter Charlotte has been talking about it for three years.
Lots of praise for the mother of two: After her second successful return to the tour, many colleagues praised the mother of two’s greatest career success to date. “I’m sooooo happy for Tatjana Maria, she’s the nicest person there is,” tweeted four-time Grand Slam winner Rennae Stubbs. Sabine Lisicki also writes: “So happy for Tadde, she deserves it so much.”
A career with many downs: The 34-year-old German has had a moving time. In 2008 she narrowly escaped death after a pulmonary embolism, at the end of the same year her father died and she fell into a deep hole. But she fought back and is now playing the tournament of her life.
July 4, 10:33 am
Djokovic blurts out talks: According to Novak Djokovic, the Wimbledon organizers are considering changing the seasons. His trainer told him “that there are some talks about possibly tackling this matter a little differently,” said the 35-year-old after his match against Tim van Rijthoven, according to “tennisbuzz.net”.
Curfew issues: Traditionally, matches at Center Court and Court One start at 1.30pm, which means there is a risk of them not being finished before the 11pm curfew. Djokovic would find an adjustment useful. “I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t start earlier to be honest, especially now that there are interviews on the pitch that we didn’t have until a couple of years ago.”
Changing Wimbledon conditions: The Serb continues: “If you’re scheduled last on Center Court, you’ll almost certainly play a match under the roof, in terms of the conditions, the style of play and the way you feel on the court moved, changed.” Then it feels like a match at an indoor tournament.
July 3, 5:04 p.m
Wimbledon again: tennis maestro Roger Federer has at least one big wish. “I want to play Wimbledon again,” said the eight-time tournament winner on Sunday as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations for the Center Court in tennis Mecca on London’s Church Road.
Federer misses Wimbledon: “I miss it,” added the Swiss, who has not played a match since his quarter-finals in Wimbledon in July 2021. She then underwent knee surgery for the third time since 2020. In the world rankings, Federer is no longer in the top 50 for the first time in 22 years.
Comeback at the Laver Cup: After Wimbledon, he will even disappear completely from the ranking on July 11 because the ATP will not award world ranking points there due to the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players and will delete the points from the previous year without replacement. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still planning a comeback in September at the Laver Cup (23rd-25th).
July 3, 4:15 p.m
Maria beats Ostapenko: In her surprising round of 16 success against the world number 17. Jelena Ostapenko even had to fend off two match points from Tatjana Maria (34). In a close game, number 103 in the world rankings kept a cool head, which Ostapenko didn’t manage to do. The Latvian led 5: 5 in the last set 30: 0 on her own serve and then didn’t score any more – her nerves were trembling.
Maria overjoyed: When asked about the match balls during the field interview immediately after the game, the mother of two Maria said: “I thought I’d just keep going.” She also thanked the spectators for their great support: “There are no words for this incredible Audience. It was just great to play on this pitch.” Maria also thought of her children: “It makes me so proud to be a mother. That’s the best thing in the world.”
German-German duel possible: Maria’s next opponent is 22-year-old Dortmund player Jule Niemeier, who threw Brit Heather Watson out of the tournament on Center Court 6-2, 6-4. She received the equivalent of 360,000 euros for reaching the quarterfinals.