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Ons Jabeur reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals; Jelena Ostapenko annoyed by Tatjana Maria

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Third-seeded Ons Jabeur saved five set points in the first-set tiebreak on Sunday before beating Elise Mertens 7-6(9), 6-4 to reach her second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Jabeur rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the tiebreak and then broke 24th-seeded Mertens in the final game of the second set when his opponent double-faulted on match point on Court No. 1.

“I like to express my stress a little bit during the game, do fun things with the ball or anything that helps me connect with the crowd,” Jabeur said of his skills on the ball, such as when he chased down and away. a balloon from Mertens that went long: “Being myself on the pitch is really very, very important.”

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He improved to 9-0 this season on grass, which includes winning the Berlin Open last month.

Just over a year ago, she became the first Arab woman to win a singles title on the elite women’s tennis tour when she lifted the trophy in Birmingham, also a grass-court tournament.

“I love playing on grass, I love the connection between me and nature, so I hope it stays that way for me and maybe until the final,” Jabeur said.

Shaking off the disappointment of a first-round loss at the French Open, Jabeur’s goals are “very high” at the All England Club.

“No matter who comes, I’m going to build the fight, I’m going to fight until the end because I really want the title,” Jabeur said.

Jabeur described his match, particularly the tiebreak, as “stressful 10 out of 10”, but said he is coping better now.

“I breathe better. I express my feelings more before games. That helps me to really play the game that I want to play,” he said.

Jabeur will face unseeded Marie Bouzkova, with both players attempting to reach their first Grand Slam semi-final.

Meanwhile, Tatjana Maria pulled off another upset at Wimbledon to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the age of 34 after beating 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

Next, he will not face another top-flight opponent but 22-year-old Jule Niemeier, who is making his All England Club debut, in a clash between Germans for a place in the semi-finals.

Heading into week two at Wimbledon, only two of the top 15 seeds remain in the women’s draw, with just one Grand Slam champion Simona Halep remaining.

“I always believed that at some point I can show what I can do,” said world-ranked No. 103 Maria, who defeated fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari in the third round. when I was down, so I’m proud of myself.”

Halep is the last Grand Slam champion standing on the women’s side. The 16th-seeded Romanian won at Wimbledon in 2019 and the French Open the year before. She faces fourth seed Paula Badosa in the fourth round on Monday.

World No. 97 Niemeier advanced by beating Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4 on Center Court in just her second Grand Slam tournament. The German had knocked out second-seeded Anett Kontaveit in the second round.

“I came here, I just wanted to win my first round after losing in Paris,” said Niemeier, who lost in the first round at Roland Garros. “Now, being in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, I don’t know, I’m speechless. It just feels unreal. Yeah, I’m so happy.”

Bouzkova of the Czech Republic reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-2 as the traditional mid-Sunday rest day at the All England Club no longer exists.

“There is no reason why I shouldn’t go through with this. I believe in myself right now,” said Bouzkova, who withdrew from the French Open after testing positive for COVID-19. the quarterfinals”.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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