Angelique Kerber put a quick end to the hopes of Coco Gauff this year Wimbledon, giving the highly-touted teen a free lesson on grass with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
“I think it was a good match,” Kerber said. “It’s never easy to play against someone who you never played, especially against someone like Coco. She is really a young player who I think has a really nice and great future and career in front of her.
“I was trying to be focused, trying to play my game. Going forward if I had the chances, especially in the second set, middle of the second set, then closing the match with my serve.”
Kerber, who won Bad Homburg coming in, has now won her last nine matches and is the lone player in the quarters who has made the Wimbledon semifinals.
“I think this is always really special for me. Playing two tournaments in Germany, starting the grass-court season like this, then winning [the Bad Homburg title], playing in front of the crowd again, this gives me again new energy to go out there and enjoy my tennis,” Kerber said.
“I really worked hard in the last few months. Being able now to play matches like this, win close matches, going out there and enjoying it, feeling my tennis, it’s always a good sign. Being now in the quarters here again, it’s really great. I’m looking forward to the next round.”
Gauff, who stalls again in the fourth round, is still just 17 and has much room for growth.
“Coco is such a great, talented player and, sure, she’s a newcomer with such a great future in front of her,” Kerber said. “I am sure she will have a great career and that she will play here many times, and maybe one time she will get the title because I like how she is playing, how she is so professional.”
Kerber will move on to meet 2021 Australian semifinalist Karolina Muchova. The Czech reached her second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal dispatching Paula Badosa 7-6(6), 6-4. The Spaniard led 5-2 in the first but couldn’t slam the door, and it cost her.
“I really like to play on grass,” Muchova said. “Then the club, the people, and everything, it’s just really nice here. I’m really happy I made it again, and I will try to go further this time.”
Top seed Ash Barty won another straight set affair edging fellow French winning Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3. Barty ended the Czech’s 15-match win streak to book a spot in her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“In a sense of being in the quarters, I’m happy. I’m excited. It’s another stepping stone for me,” Barty said. “It’s another first, I suppose. It’s kind of going to be a new situation, a new scenario, one that I’m going to look forward to.
“I’m going to enjoy it no matter what. I think it’s a stepping stone to what is kind of one of my biggest dreams. We just keep chipping away.”
Up next for the world No. 1 is countrywoman Ajla Tomljanovic who advanced her first Slam quarterfinal after 18-year-old Emma Raducanu retired down 6-4, 3-0 due to a stomch problem.
“I’m unbelievably proud of myself that I’m here,” Tomljanovic said. “I didn’t think I would be, in a way. I didn’t think these two weeks would be my breakthrough. Now that they are, it’s kind of surreal. It just puts everything back into perspective. No matter the outcome tomorrow, I’m probably never going to forget this.”
The teen Raducanu was the story of the women’s draw the first weekand the last Brit in either draw. But the youngster couldn’t finish under the Court 1 roof in the evening.
“I can’t imagine how she must be feeling having to pull out,” Tomljanovic added. “Being down 6-4, 3-0, you can come back from that quickly, especially on grass. It’s really sad that she had to do that. I do feel sorry.”
Karolina Pliskova also made her first Wimbledon quarterfinal. The Czech who has struggled the last two years in Slams, has been in form this week after stopping the run of the dangerous Liudmila Samsonova 6-2, 6-3. She hasn’t dropped a set in four matches.
“Really happy about the way I play, all the matches actually, they have been pretty similar from my side,” said Pliskova who has now made the quarters or better at all four Slams. “I was super solid, especially today. I think we were super ready for her. I had two days to get ready to this match, and I think we did everything we could just to be ready for her game, for her serve, for everything, so I think it worked pretty well.
“Of course, always my game has been to be there. My serve, I think was serving quite good today. Everything worked well. I had good strategy, good tactics. I knew what to do, and I did everything what I had to do to win.”
Victorija Golubic kept her surprising run going. The Swiss upset Madison Keys 7-6(3), 6-3 to post her biggest career result. The 28-year-old will try will be the underdog again tomorrow against Pliskova.
The women’s quarterfinal begins with No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur. Sabalenka finally reached her first Slam quarterfinal following a tough 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Elena Rybakina.
“In the last game when I was up 30-Love, I was little bit,” Sabalenka said. “I was almost crying because in that moment, I felt like everything is going well, few points from my first personal goal in the Grand Slams.
“I was almost crying, but then I cooled down and understood this is not the final goal, there is a match tomorrow, and this is not the moment where I can cry. I hold the breath for a second, then I was smiling. I was nervous a little bit on the last game.”
Jabeur used her serve and deft touch to overwhelm 2020 French winner Iga Swiatek 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
“It was very close from the beginning,” said Jabeur. “I knew I had the rhythm. She played really well. She deserved to honestly break me and take the serve. That’s why I stayed calm. I didn’t think the anger would be the answer right that second. I tried to stay calm at the second set and focus more on my serve. I knew I had to be aggressive.”
TUESDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:30PM
1. Hubert Hurkacz leads Daniil Medvedev
Not Before: 2:30pm
2. Ons Jabeur v Aryna Sabalenka
Not Before: 4:30pm
3. Ashleigh Barty v Ajla Tomljanovic
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Karolina Pliskova v Viktorija Golubic
2. Karolina Muchova v Angelique Kerber
3. Nikola Mektic / Mate Pavic v Lukasz Kubot / Marcelo Melo
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