Karolina Pliskova is experiencing one of the few successful tournaments after last year’s restart. The ninety-nine-year-old native of Louny managed to win four consecutive matches for the third time after last year’s coronavirus break. In both previous cases, she succeeded in clay in Rome, where she gave up last year’s final and did not play a single game this year.
Just after the Roman finals came another dead period, she finished in the second round at the French Open and lost both matches on the grass general. However, she has not lost a set at Wimbledon yet, she gradually dealt with the semifinalist of the recent French Open Tamara Zidanšeková, Donná Vekičová, compatriot Tereza Martincová and today after sets 6-2 6-3 s Lyudmilo Samsonov.
Plíšková certainly expected to have more work with the 22-year-old Russian, who sensationally dominated the general in Berlin and won all ten previous matches on the grass. However, Samson was a danger only at the beginning, after an unconfirmed break, her game completely disintegrated and she bought unforced errors until the end of the match. Plíšková, on the other hand, was solid from the beginning and deservedly celebrated a smooth victory.
“I am super happy to be here in the quarterfinals and in singles,” Plíšková reminded that in 2016 she played the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon. “I played very solidly as in previous matches and especially today. I was prepared for everything and it worked great. I had a good strategy, I knew what to do, and I fulfilled that,” she said to win over Samson.
During the previous nine starts in the All England Club, Plíšková dropped out for the first time in the first round, then five times in the second round and then twice in the eight rounds. She has now advanced to the quarterfinals at least in all grand slams, reaching the final of the US Open 2016. She is among the top eight in the grand slam for the first time since last year’s Australian Open.
He will run into Switzerland on Tuesday Victoria Golubitsov (h2h 0-1), which is in the first grand slam quarterfinals. “We all remember the match from the Fed Cup,” Plíšková mentioned the loss of 1-2 to the sets from 2016. “She is a solid player, she is doing well this year and she has won a lot of matches. “
Tournament nineteen Karolina Muchova defeated the Spaniard Paul Badosaovou 7-6 6-4. The Czech tennis player lost 0-3 in the beginning, but managed to force a tie-break. In that state, at 5-6, she averted the setball and won it 8-6. In the second set, on the other hand, she had the upper hand, she immediately lost the break to 4-2, but at 5: 4 she broke through the Spanish serve again and advanced.
24-year-old Muchová advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon during her second participation. He will compete for the leveling of the grand slam maximum from this year’s Australian Open with Angelique Kerberovou. An experienced German woman won Wimbledon in 2018, she was in the finals two years earlier and this year she won on the grass in Bad Homburg before the tournament.
“She can do it on the grass, so I’m in for a big fight,” she said. With Kerber she lost twice the year before on a hard surface. “I had the impression that he was everywhere. He would not give up any exchange,” Muchova said.
The fact that Kerber is left-handed will also be unpleasant. “I’m sure he writes mainly on the service, that’s the biggest advantage. If he throws a good slice there, I have a backhand there,” said Muchová, who has a 9-12 record with the left-handed players. This year, in Paris, one of them defeated Varvara Lepchenková from the USA.
The three-time grand slam winner Kerberová today ended the hopes of 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, who has been going through the tournament without losing the set. The 33-year-old German won 6-4 6-4 and expects a difficult battle with Mucha.
“She’s a very treacherous opponent. She plays great with her slice on the grass. I’m sure it’s going to be a tough battle,” said Kerber, who remains the last Wimbledon title holder.
Barbora Krejčíková despite today’s defeat, she had an absolutely fantastic period and her winning streak stopped at number 15. The 25-year-old Czech won her premiere title at the end of clay spring in Strasbourg, then won singles and doubles at the Grand Slam French Open and made a great performance on her debut in the main Wimbledon competition, although she has played only five matches on the grass in the past with a balance of 1-4.
The native of Ivančice in the All England Club eliminated Clara Tausonová, Andrea Petkovicová and Anastasija Sevastová and her ride ended in the world number one and one of the biggest favorites Ashleigh Bartyováwho won the premier duel 7-5 6-3.
Krejčíková definitely had her chances. In the opening set, she led 4-2 and had a breakball, at 4-5 she averted the setball and equalized the score, but in the next two games she did not play a single fifty. In the second set, the Czech tennis player managed to win, but another loss of service followed, and Bartyová served the match despite the breakball.
“It just didn’t work out. I have to take it positively, even though I’m disappointed now. It would probably be bad if I wasn’t,” Krejčíková stated. She did not beat her better because she succumbed to the current queen of world tennis. “Certainly not. Whoever is on the other side, I wanted to go there and win,” she said.
In her first Wimbledon quarterfinals, Barty will face a home sensation from a compatriot Ajle Tomljanovicové. The 28-year-old Australian led the home Emma Raducanu 6-4 and 3-0 in her first Wimbledon round of 16 at a time when the 18-year-old British gave up and advanced to the grand slam quarterfinals for the first time.
|• Singles – Round of 16 •|
|Kar. Plíšková (8-Czech Republic) – Samsonova (RUS) 6-2 6-3|
|Muchova (19-CZ) – Badosa (30-Sp.) 7-6 (6) 6-4|
|Barty (1-Austr.) – Krejcikova (14-CR) 7-5 6-3|
|Sabalenkova (2-BEL) – Rybakinova (18-KAZ) 6-3 4-6 6-3|
|Jaburova (21-Tun.) – Swiatekova (7-Pol.) 5-7 6-1 6-1|
|Kerber (25-Germany) – Gauff (20-USA) 6-4 6-4|
|Golubicova (Switzerland) – Keys (23-USA) 7-6 (3) 6-3|
|Tomljanovicova (Austr.) – Raducanuova (Brit.) 6: 4, 3: 0 ret.|
|• Women’s Doubles – Round of 16 •|
|Bouzkova / Hradecka (16-CZ) – Gračevová / Kalašnikovová (Rus./Gruz.) 6-1 6-3|