World number 2 Ons Jabeur has to show off her skills against Elise Mertens. Two surprising Germans meet in the quarterfinals.
Sunday’s round of 16
- Ons Jabeur (TUN/WTA 2) s. Elise Mertens (BEL/WTA 31) 7:6 (11:9), 6:4
- Jelena Ostapenko (LAT/WTA 17) d. Tatjana Maria (GER/WTA 103) 7:5, 5:7, 5:7
- Jule Niemeier (GER/WTA 97) s. Heather Watson (GBR/WTA 121) 6:2, 6:4.
- Caroline Garcia (FRA/WTA 55) u. Marie Bouzkova (CZE / WTA 66) 5: 7, 2: 6
After three sovereign two-set victories, for which she only needed around three hours, she had to Ons Jabeur fight for the first time in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The world number 2 from Tunisia unpacked all her skills, especially in the first set against the Belgian Elise Mertens and still won the round in the tie-break 11:9. In the second set, the whole thing was a little easier for her, but Jabeur needed a total of 1:50 hours before she could celebrate reaching the quarter-finals.
There she meets Marie Bouzkova. Despite the departure of last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova, the 23-year-old is still a Czech in the second week of Wimbledon. She beat Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 in the round of 16.
The Germans amaze
Around 30 years after the golden years with Steffi Graf, Boris Becker and Michael Stich, a new German wave is rolling over Wimbledon. Two women from our northern neighbor sensationally qualified for the quarter-finals.
The most beautiful story is written by the almost 35-year-old Tatjana Maria, number 103 in the world rankings. Only 15 months after the birth of her second daughter, she celebrates her greatest success. Maria won in three hard-fought sets against number 12 seeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open winner. Maria had never progressed past the 3rd round of a Grand Slam tournament.
The 22-year-old from Dortmund Jule Niemeier is only contesting her second Grand Slam tournament after a first-round loss at the French Open. After defeating the last British hope, Heather Watson, she now meets Maria. A German is definitely in the semifinals.