Wimbledon semifinals set: Williams vs. Strycova, Halep vs. Svitolina

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Wimbledon‘s Center Court and No.1 Court were busy with women’s quarterfinals on Tuesday, as Serena WilliamsBarbora StrycovaSimona Halep and Elina Svitolina progressed into the penultimate round of the tournament.

Serena Williams Wimbledon 2019

Chasing her eighth Wimbledon title, eleventh seed Serena Williams displayed a sluggish performance but managed to squeeze past fellow American Alison Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3, the world No.55 who had stunned top-ranked Ashleigh Bartyin the previous round.

Williams was twice coming back from a break down in the opening set, but after leveling to 4-4, the 23-time Grand Slam champion broke her opponent for the third straight time to take the set. The second set was a stark difference, as players fought hard but succeeded in holding serves until the 29-year-old Riske broke Williams to go 5-4 up before serving out to love to force a decider.

Interestingly, Riske is the first women’s player in the Open Era at Wimbledon to go three sets in all her matches leading up to and including the quarterfinals!Riske opened the third set by breaking Williams, and even though the 37-year-old perfectly responded with two straight breaks to go 3-1 up, Riske retained her perfect 5/5 break point conversion rate and kept the match competitive. However, at Williams’ 4-3 lead in the third set, Riske made a series of bad choices and eventually bought herself a ticket home by double-faulting on Williams’ break point.

Barbora Strycova Wimbledon 2019

Next up for Serena is the only unseeded semifinalist, Barbora Strycova, as the 54th-ranked Czech defeated British hope Johanna Konta 7-6(5) 6-1. The 33-year-old Strycova was contemplating retirement from singles after Wimbledon and now she’s through to her first Grand Slam singles semifinals:

It sounds crazy. It’s happening but I cant really believe it. I am extremely happy and my voice is shaking because I can’t believe it.

Simona Halep Wimbledon 2019

Opening Tuesday’s action on No.1 Court, No.7 Simona Halep, the highest seed left in the draw, faced a 1-4 deficit against Zhang Shuai in the first set and the Chinese even had four break points to go 5-1 up, but the former Romanian world No.1 succeeded in steeling the opening set and then stormed through the secondto reach the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2014, 7-6(4) 6-1.

Elina Svitolina Wimbledon 2019

Halep’s semifinal opponent will be Ukrainian eighth seed Elina Svitolina, who also survived a big first-set slip against surprise quarterfinalist Karolina Muchova, winning five straight games from 2-5 to 7-5. The world No.68 Muchova, who had played three hours and 17 minutes to beat compatriot Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round and win the longest ladies’ singles match at this year’s Wimbledon, opened the second set with a 2-0 lead, and just as we hoped for another entertaining performance by the Czech, the 22-year-old could not maintain her level and Svitolina advanced with a 7-5 6-4 victory even though her tennis was below par.

Tomorrow is a day off for the ladies, as gentlemen are playing their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Did you even saw the match? Sluggish! High quality match by both players. Riske was returning everything back and chasing every ball down.

  2. Jade, the article referred to Serena’s performance as sluggish, not Allison’s. Nonetheless, I saw the entire match more than once and also wouldn’t describe Serena’s performance as sluggish. She just failed to dominate in the second set and close it out; she had the upper hand in both sets but starting making too many ridiculous errors in the 2nd set, which allowed Riske to take that set. When she rolled that weave up into that ball, I knew it was lights out for Riske, and so it was! Obvious by then, she was mad at herself for letting the 2nd set slip by, which mad she should’ve been (I surely was mad at her for losing it). Agreed, it was a good match put on by both players. Happy Allison can now focus on her upcoming wedding. Seemingly, that’s where her mind went by the 3rd set.

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