Bottom half women’s draw favorite Ons Jabeur found herself down a set to the 23-year-old surprise Marie Bouzkova, but the world No. 2 rolled the Czech from there 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.
The 26-year-old, who was in the quarterfinal last year, won 12 of the last 14 games for the biggest win of her career.
“I’m really, really happy, especially that it happened on this court because I have so much love for this court and hopefully the journey for me will continue,” said Jabeur.
“I knew Marie was going to come and really make me work to win a point. She’s a talented player and I’m really happy that I woke up in the second set and I played much better in the third set.”
Up next will be Tatjana Maria. The 103rd-ranked Maria rallied from 4-2 down in the third to topple countrywoman Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
“It was a really tough match. It’s always tough to play against a German girl. I didn’t know her really well. We never even practiced together. So it was something completely new,” Maria said.
“When I went on the court I was starting pretty nervous. I was really nervous. But, thank God, I came down and I find a little bit my game. At the end we had an amazing match. It was amazing how at the end we shaked hands, gave each other a hug, and she was reacting amazing.”
Maria, who has 2 kids, had never been past a Grand Slam third round before. And had lost the first round of eight straight Grand Slam events before this stunning Wimbledon run.
Tomorrow, tournament favorite Simona Halep meets American Amanda Anismova. Halep has won her last 11 matches at Wimbledon dating back to her 2019 title. Anismova has a win over Halep in a Slam, beating the Romanian at the 2019 French Open.
“It means a lot that I’m back in a quarterfinals after I struggled so much with injuries and self-confidence,” Halep said on Monday. “But I’m working hard every day. I feel like if I do that, I will get better.
“I feel strong physically. I feel very good mentally. So I think everything comes together. I feel I have power on court.”
Added Anisimova, “I mean, I know I can do better,” she said. “I’m excited for the next round because I want more. I’m not completely satisfied with just a quarterfinal because my goal this year has been to win a Grand Slam.”
In the other quarter, 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals Ajla Tomljanovic is back in the last eight where she’ll met 2021 French quarterfinalist and ace queen Elena Rybakina.
“She’s got a big game,” Tomljanovic said looking ahead. “I know that if she’s on, it’s going to be tough. If I can weather the storm but try to put my game as the priority and be aggressive first and move her, I think that’s going to be key. I don’t want to get in the exchange of her just bossing me around the court, which is what she does well.”
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