A 1st place win! Sobolenko is already in the Wimbledon semifinals and can eliminate Swiatek
Kirill Veyovich July 12, 2023, 17:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Access to the decisive match guarantees the Belarusian leadership in the women’s ranking.
On Wednesday, July 12, at the Wimbledon tournament, all the quarterfinals must be completed. On this day, four singles matches should take place in the competition program: two for men in the upper half of the group and two for women in the lower half. Among the representatives of the fairer sex, the second racket in the world, the Belarusian tennis player Arina Sobolenko, and the American representative Madison Keys, who is ranked 18th in the women’s world ranking, were the first to enter the court number 1.
The London lot turned out to be favorable for the 25-year-old Minsk native. At the beginning of the Slam on grass, he had to play with the not so famous Panna Udvardi from Hungary, which the Belarusian confidently closed in two sets (6: 3, 6: 1), then Arina achieved a difficult willpower. she victory over Varvara Gracheva, who had recently started performing for France (2: 6, 7: 5, 6: 2). In the third round, Sobolenko had no problems in the game with Russian Anna Blinkova (6: 2, 6: 3), and to reach the quarterfinals she managed with her compatriot Ekaterina Aleksandrova. It is worth noting that in the match with the 28-year-old native of Chelyabinsk, the Belarusian was able to completely hang the opponent’s “shuttle” from her in the second game.
Sobolenko easily took on Blinkova! And for the 1/4 final he will fight another Russian woman
World No.2 rival Madison Keys entered the 2023 Wimbledon quarterfinals with her in fine form. The current statistics of individual performances for June turned out to be very rosy for the famous American: on the eve of Wimbledon, she took the “500” in Eastbourne, and the winning streak before the fight with the first racket from Belarus was nine meetings. . In her first three games at the Royal Major, the 28-year-old Rock Island native did not lose a game.
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However, in the battle with the young Russian talent Mirra Andreeva, the star representative of the United States, who had already played the 1/4 final of the Slam on grass eight years ago, had very big problems. Keys was inferior to a 16-year-old rival with a score of 3: 6, 1: 4, but still she managed to turn the game around and put it behind her. Naturally, the result of the match was also affected by the mood of the new domestic talent in the decisive set, as well as the possible mistake of the referee at the key moment of the match, but one cannot fail to point out the character of her own Madison. , who paid no attention to what was happening and calmly did her job.
Andreeva, 16, lost to an American. Mirra got angry with the judge and did not shake his hand.
The history of personal clashes between Sobolenko and Keys is not the richest: before the meeting on the British courts, the opponents only twice measured their strength on the court. And if the first meeting of the girls in Cincinnati-2018 was left for the then completely inexperienced Arina (6:3, 6:4), who was just beginning her future ascent to the highest level, then in the second fight everything was completely different. At the WTA-500 grass tournament in Berlin in 2021, the representative of the Stars and Stripes managed to get revenge. 6:4, 1:6, 7:5 – this is how the battle in the German capital ended in favor of the Americans.
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At the same time, before the match, the Belarusian cousin decided to share her opinion about her future opponent. “Madison is a very aggressive player. The forehand from him can be really annoying. She is really making great progress. She serves very well and demonstrates a fairly fast game. She is a very difficult opponent to play with. I think it will be a great fight. I am looking forward to this match,” Sobolenko said at a press conference.
The famous Minsker started the reporting match with a lot of confidence. The Belarusian made a break on the move, falling away from the American by two games. Then both athletes took games on their serve, but Arina did not stop at a game taken on the reception: with the score 3:1, another break of the Belarusian followed. After that, Keys, who was clearly worried about something, decided to resort to using the medical assistance the American was given during the break. Subsequently, Madison was only able to take one game in the opening game. From the third set point, Sobolenko left her behind – 6:2.
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The second game started in a slightly different setting. The rivals did not let themselves reach break points until the score was 3:2, however, with the score at 3:2, it was the American who took the first of the set. Kies managed to do it on the second try. But the native of Rock Island failed to fix the break: already in the next game, the American pitched her, and then completely swam, giving up three more games in a row. It is worth noting that in the ninth game of the set Keys led with a score of 40:0. 6:2, 6:4 – it was with this score that the second racket in the world won the opening match of the women’s singles day.
Thus, Sobolenko reached her third semifinal on TBS in 2023 – the Belarusian is the only one on the WTA tour who managed to do this. Arina has only one match left to win to knock Iga Sviontek off the top of tennis. Even in the event of a defeat in the final, the points obtained will be enough to overtake the polka in the women’s world ranking table and become the first racket in the world, which the Minsk native has never achieved before. To reach the 2023 Wimbledon final, Sobolenko will fight the winner of the Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) – Ons Zhaber (Tunisia) couple.