Wimbledon, England – Was rocking as the No. 1 court for almost an hour on Monday Emma Radukanu, an 18-year-old from Britain continued to make the most of her Wimbledon debut.
She was holding herself from the baseline against Ajla Tomljanovic, a tough Australian legend who is 10 years older than her. Radukanu was striking the ball with authority and rejoicing in the support of the crowd, as he did last week.
But after losing the first set 4-6, and then going 0-3 in the second, she had to leave the court, which tournament officials later described as “breathing difficulties”. She didn’t return.
There will be no more winners or roars on Monday as Tomljanovic, not Radukanu, advances to his first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal. Radukanu did not give a news conference or issue a statement after his return.
“I’m really sorry for that,” Tomljanovic said. “I wish we could have ended this, but it’s game. It happens. I really wish him all the best.”
It was a disappointing end to a day filled with uplifting women’s tennis stories: the revival of Angelique Kerber, success for Aryna Sabalenka and Viktorija Golubic, and the latest dazzling display of power and touch from Ons Jabur.
It was also a disappointing conclusion for last Manic Monday – Wimbledon’s annual scramble to hold all its fourth-round singles matches on Sunday after a complete rest. next year, that tradition will end, and Wimbledon will become a 14-day tournament like the US Open and Australian Open.
But Wimbledon, with its own rules regarding grass courts and predominantly white clothing, will remain a Grand Slam tournament.
Of this year’s women’s quarterfinalists, only Kerber has defeated Serena Williams to win the Wimbledon singles title. in the final of 2018 With an inspired performance. After falling in the rankings, she is rising again at the age of 33. She lost on the Center Court on Monday and sometimes got shocked. coco guff, the 17-year-old American who is hoping to follow Williams to the top of the game.
“Everyone who plays him on the scouting report says, ‘Be prepared for balls that you don’t think are going to come back to hit,'” Gauff said after Kerber’s 6-4, 6- and said at the analytical news conference. 4 wins. “I was impressed by her pace, but it was also expected. I felt like she was playing as I thought she was going to play. She played really well.”
guff, whatever Reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2019, fought to keep serve against Kerber. This was partly due to the odd conditions, but above all, for Kerber, who put 82 percent of his returns into the game. At this Wimbledon, none of Gough’s first three opponents managed to cross 67 percent.
But the flat-hitting, left-handed Kerber also successfully attacked Gough’s less reliable groundstroke, the forehand. He repeatedly mishandled Gough with counterpunching patterns and well-disguised changes of direction. When Gough pushed into the net, Kerber rallied as few players could and could also hit some excellent passing shots.
“He did a good job of motivating me to compete and keep playing,” Gauff said. “I think at certain moments of the match I put myself out of the match, and I think sometimes the best decision is just to play the ball and see what your opponent can do.”
Kerber will face No. 19 Karolina Muchova on Tuesday. In the second quarter-final from the top half of the draw, unseeded Tomljanovic will face top seed Ashleigh Barty in an All-Australian matchup. Barty beat Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3 on Monday to reach her first Wimbledon singles quarterfinal.
Krajsikova, A. Surprise French Open Champion Last month, he had won 15 straight singles matches. On Monday, he again deployed several of his weapons: crisply sliced serves and backhands, a heavy forehand, angled volleys and blocked returns. But Barty continued to do damage with his serve and forehand.
After retiring in the second round of the French Open with a left hip injury, Barty didn’t play again until Wimbledon, but she has made a strong comeback and is leaving doubles here to put all her energy into singles.
“Rehab between Paris and here in London, we had 22 or 23 days,” Barty said. “We did everything we could. I feel great. I feel ready.”
Although Barty has been number 1 in the world for 83 weeks, she has only had one Grand Slam singles title, 2019 French Open. Women’s tennis feels like an open road at the moment. In the first three Grand Slam tournaments of 2021, a total of 22 women have reached the quarterfinals, with only Barty and Muchova managing to go that far twice.
Since Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open And Krejcikova won in Paris, guaranteeing a separate 2021 champion for Wimbledon, as is the first-ever Wimbledon singles finalist from the bottom of the draw.
In the quarterfinals, number 8 Karolina Pliskova will face unseeded Golubic, and number 2 seed Sabalenka will face Jabur, seeded 21st.
28-year-old Golubic, the Swiss legend who has never gone so deeply in a Grand Slam tournament, is rare in the women’s game with a one-handed drive backhand. She defeated Madison Keys of the United States, 7-6, 6-3, on Monday, finishing with 28 winners and just nine blunders and then kneeling down to kiss the grass in memory of her victory.
Sabalenka, a 23-year-old Belarusian who punctuates her powerful shots with screams, felt as she prepared to end her big-hits duel with Elena Rybakina, bursting into tears of relief. was. Although Sabalenka has won 10 Tour titles and broken into the top 10, she was never able to progress past the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament.
His 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory solved that problem, but it has stalled the celebration.
“I almost cried, but then I, how can I say, calmed down and understood that this is not the end goal,” said Sabalenka. “Tomorrow is a match.”
This must be a tough one. Jabeur, the first woman from 22 Arab League nations to reach the Wimbledon singles quarter-finals, is in fine form. After defeating past Wimbledon champions Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza, Jabur rallied to beat No. 7 seed Inga Swietek 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Monday.
Jabeur, the 26-year-old Tunisian, is best known for her clever drop shots, but she often takes a more forceful approach against Swietake, hitting nine aces and responding to the Polish star’s heavy hitting with powerful groundstrokes of her own. is.
“I try to have the complete package,” Jaboor said. “You never know. Against players sometimes you have to change the tempo to make them feel bad. Sometimes you have to be aggressive to win points.”
Clearly, they will have to face a lot of aggression from Sabalenka.