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The 2023 Wimbledon Championships have reached a thrilling juncture as the quarter-finals of both the men’s and women’s events get underway. As the iconic grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club serve as the battleground, the world’s most exceptional tennis talents prepare to engage in intense battles for a coveted spot in the semi-finals.
The quarter-final line-up features a mesmerizing array of matchups, each promising riveting display of skill, resilience, and determination. From established champions to rising stars, the stage is set for unforgettable clashes that will shape the destiny of this year’s Wimbledon. Let’s delve into the matchups that are poised to captivate the tennis world.
Ons Jabeur (W) vs Elena Rybakina
- 1 Ons Jabeur (W) vs Elena Rybakina
- 2 Madison Keys vs Aryna Sabalenka (W)
- 3 Daniil Medvedev (W) vs Christopher Eubanks
- 4 Carlos Alcaraz (W) vs Holger Rune
- 5 Jannik Sinner (W) vs Roman Safiullin
- 6 Andrey Rublev vs Novak Djokovic (W)
- 7 Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova (W)
- 8 Iga Swiatek vs Elina Svitolina (W)
An electric battle that lasted just shy of two hours finished in favour of Jabeur. The Tunisian ace profited from Rybakina’s loss of concentration in the first-set tiebreaker, which eventually proved to be the deciding factor. The victory allowed Jabeur to avenge her 2022 Wimbledon finals defeat and get one step close to the finals, setting up a date with second-seed Aryna Sabalenka.
Madison Keys vs Aryna Sabalenka (W)
After her fighting displays against Kostyuk and Andreeva, Keys was supposed to give Sabalenka a tough time. However, it was not the case as the Belarusian ace was in command of the duel from start to finish. Sabalenka broke Keys’ serve twice in each set to claim a comfortable victory, equalling her 2022 heroics at the All England Club. Ons Jabeur is next in line, a rival she has beaten in her last three meetings, including once at the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Daniil Medvedev (W) vs Christopher Eubanks
Eubanks was supposed to trouble Medvedev with his serve and did not disappoint. The American forced the issue across the five sets but could not get the better of the Russian ace. Medvedev was the first to deliver a blow but found himself trailing 1-2 at the end of the third set. He came on equal footing thanks to a tiebreak finish in the fourth, to set up an exciting finish. It was one-way traffic in the deciding set as Medvedev disposed of Eubanks’ on his serve, breaking him thrice to book a semi-final meeting with Alcaraz.
Carlos Alcaraz (W) vs Holger Rune
Rune was supposed to have enough in the tank to at least take a set off of Alcaraz. The young Spaniard had different plans and put the pedal to the metal from the get-go. Rune put up a challenge in the first set, forcing a tiebreaker. It was his last hurrah in the match as Alcaraz looked to finish the match in haste. Rune’s small mistake cost him dearly, Alcaraz making the most of the opportunities to put the match to bed in straight sets.
Jannik Sinner (W) vs Roman Safiullin
World number 92, Saiullin’s adventures at SW19 came to a halt in the quarter-final stage of the Championships. The Russian star was on the back foot from the get-go but did manage to make it 1-1-1. Sinner was in no mood to trifle with his rival and closed out the match with relative ease. The win will surely cement the Italian’s top-10 status while Safiullin should also be able to break into the top 50.
Andrey Rublev vs Novak Djokovic (W)
Rublev had the tough task of halting the unstoppable Serbian machine. The Russian ace only has a single victory over Djokovic in four meetings and that number remains the same. Rublev must have been hopeful after claiming the first set but could not get going against the record Grand Slam winner. Djokovic was in complete control after his first set lapse and eased to a 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 and 3-6 victory, coming one set close to his third Grand Slam of the year.
Jessica Pegula vs Marketa Vondrousova (W)
The world number 4 was ousted from the Championships after a tough three-set battle. It was Pegula who delivered the first blow in the meeting but could not sustain the pressure on her own serve. Vondrousova’s calmness helped her to edge out Pegula in the first set. The American returned with fervour in the second set, defending her serve while breaking the Czech ace twice. She was leading 4-2 but succumbed to Vondrousova’s pressure in the decider, and eventually succumbed to a 4-6, 6-2 and 6-4 defeat.
Iga Swiatek vs Elina Svitolina (W)
Pegula has remained suspect on grass and her ousting at the hands of Vondrousova was not a shock. Svitolina’s victory over Swiatek did send shockwaves throughout the tennis world. The world number 1 was supposed to make little work of Svitolina but was shocked in a three-set affair. The Ukrainian ace triumphed 5-7, 7-6 and 6-2 to claim her semi-final berth, an improvement on her quarter-final run at Roland Garros. She has set up a meeting with Vondrousova and will fancy her chances of reaching the final given her 3-2 positive H2H record.
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