Svitolina downs World No.1 in ‘loopy’ Wimbledon comeback


9 months after giving start to a child daughter, Elina Svitolina has reached the Wimbledon ladies’s semi-finals by defeating world No.1 Iga Swiatek.

Svitolina, the Ukrainian heroine who was a wildcard entrant having solely returned to the circuit three months in the past, gained 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in 9 minutes beneath three hours in Tuesday’s quarter-final.

Fuelled by emotion and roared on by Centre Court docket, Svitolina recovered from blowing 4-1 and 5-3 leads within the second set tie-break to brush away the reigning US and French Open champion.

Having crushed 4 grand slam champions up to now in Venus Williams, Sofia Kenin, Victoria Azarenka and Swiatek she now faces Marketa Vondrousova, a French Open runner-up within the last-four .

The 24-year-old Czech Vondrousova, who can be unseeded, closed out with 5 successive video games to beat No.4 seed Jessica Pegula 6-4 2-6 6-4, coming from 1-4 down within the last set.

Svitolina, who lives in London and has been supported by British tennis our bodies, is married to former French star Gael Monfils and gave start to their daughter Skai on October 15 final yr.

The 28-year-old former world No.3 mentioned after her win: “Initially of the match, if somebody would inform me that I will probably be within the semi-final and beating world No.1, I’d simply say that they’re loopy.”

She then had the house crowd laughing by including of her post-match plans: “To start with, I’m going to have a beer, in all probability,”

The semi-final will probably be Svitolina’s second at Wimbledon, having misplaced to eventual champion Simona Halep at that stage in 2019.

Vondrousova has gained extra matches on grass at this match than in her total profession going into Wimbledon, having not beforehand gone previous the second spherical right here.

“It’s superb. I’m simply loving grass now,” she mentioned.

Pegula, who has now misplaced six grand slam quarter-finals out of six, was the fourth seeded participant Vondrousova has crushed this fortnight.

The American was main 3-1 within the third set when play was suspended in order that the roof over No.1 Court docket may very well be closed with rain approaching.

Pegula held serve to steer 4-1 however didn’t win one other recreation as her jinx of by no means having the ability to get previous a grand slam quarter-final in six makes an attempt continued.




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