Wimbledon 2024 Rybakina cruises past Svitolina in semi-finals

Wimbledon 2024 Rybakina cruises past Svitolina in semi-finals

In the Open Era, Rybakina became the fourth player to win 19 of her first 21 singles matches at Wimbledon, following Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert.

Published: 10 July 2024 11:30 PM IST

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Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

London: Fourth seed and 2022 winner Elena Rybakina defeated Elina Svitolina in the women's singles semi-finals at Wimbledon 2024, shocking the 21st seed in straight sets in their last-eight match on Center Court here on Wednesday.

In another quarterfinal match, 31st-ranked Barbora Krejcikova battled back from 1-4 down in the second set to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal, defeating 13th-ranked Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 7-6(4). hours and 40 minutes. 2021 French Open winner Krejcikova will face Rybakina in the final, hoping to extend her 2-0 lead against Rybakina in their semi-final.

Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, maintained her impressive record at the tournament and took just 61 minutes to beat last year's semi-finalist Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 in a last-eight clash. She thus reached her third career Grand Slam semi-final and tied Svitolina 3–2.

Rybakina is now 19-2 in Wimbledon main-draw matches. She reached the round of 16 in her main-draw debut in 2021 and won the title the following year, defeating Ones Jaber in the final. Rybakina's title defense ended when Jaber avenged that loss in last year's quarterfinals.

In the Open Era, Rybakina became the fourth player to win 19 of her first 21 singles matches at Wimbledon, following Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert. No other player has done better in their first 21 matches at Wimbledon. Rybakina will look to add another Wimbledon match to her fast-rising star when she takes on fellow Grand Slam champion Krejcikova in the semifinals on Thursday.

After failing to close out the match at 5–4 in the second set, Krejcikova cruised back to win in a tiebreak to reach the last four of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career and first since winning Roland Garros in 2021.

The Czech had lost three of her previous matches against Ostapenko, all in straight sets, and five of seven. Furthermore, 2017 Roland Garros champion Ostapenko was in terrific form this fortnight, dropping just 15 games in the last eight.

In contrast, Krejcikova defeated Veronika Kudermetova in a marathon 7-6(4), 6-7(1), 7-5 first round match in 3 hours and 14 minutes, the longest match ever in a women's singles tournament. . But the former No. 2 overcame Ostapenko's power with slick tactics and a clinical serving performance.

On Wednesday, Krejcikova chipped and blocked most of her returns, and frequently deployed floating forehand slices on defense to keep points alive. The tactic paid off in key moments: Leading 5-3 in the second set tiebreak, Krejcikova used it to top a thrilling rally to clinch her first match point.

Her slow-ball tactics made quick injections out of left field more effective. On several occasions, Krajcikova hammered a flat forehand crosscourt, catching Ostapenko each time after a forehand slice reset the point.

The Czech star backed up this strategy with a tremendous serving performance. This was especially the case in the first set. After opening her first service game with two double faults, Krejcikova lost just two more first serves in the rest of the set – and won all but one of the first ball points.

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