WIMBLEDON: Maria in half after a new “miracle” against her compatriot Niemeier

What a match, what a superb hug between the two players, and what a story! At almost 35 years old – she is part of the “club” of August 8 natives like Roger Federer or Felix Auger-Aliassime – the German Tatjana Maria, who had never reached a second week in a Grand Slam until now, will play the semi-finals at Wimbledon. It will be against Ons Jabeur.

At the end of a victory, once again stunning, against her compatriot Jule Niemeier (2-6, 6-2, 7-5), Maria obtained her ticket for the first last four in the Grand Slam of her career. Equally unexpected in the “last eight” but much younger (22 years old), Niemeier was not unworthy in this first women’s quarter of the day, but she cracked at the very end of the game.

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Maria, who had saved two match points in the round of 16 against Jelena Ostapenko, but also two 2nd set points in the 3rd round against Maria Sakkari and who was broken in the 3rd set by Sorana Cirstea in the 2nd round, this time trailed 4-2 in the 3rd set by his excellent and very powerful compatriot, in what was the third all-German quarter-final of the Open era after a Graf-Kohde Kilsch at the 1989 Australian Open and a Kerber-Lisicki at Wimbledon 2012.

Ranked 103rd in the world at the WTA, at best in 46th place in 2017, and mother of two little girls, Maria continues her fabulous story which earned her to become the sixth player over 34 to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. after Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova as well as the Williams sisters. Not bad company, right?

Tatjana Maria savors her qualification for the semi-finals of Wimbledon, a first for her in the Grand Slam at the age of 34

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