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Rybakina defeated the Ukrainian at Wimbledon. In the semi-finals Elena will play another TBS champion.

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 22:30:06

On Wednesday, July 10, the quarter-finals of the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon concluded. The first match on Centre Court was between the 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, seeded fourth, and the former third racket and now world number 21, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.

Svitolina confidently advanced through the group to the match with Rybakina. In the third round, the Ukrainian knocked out three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur (10), who twice reached the Wimbledon final – 6:1, 7:6. And in the round of 16, Elina defeated Chinese Xinyu Wang – 6:2, 6:1. Rybakina also pleased her fans with a crushing victory, only it came not in the fourth round, but in the third. Then the Muscovite lost only one game to the 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki – 6:0, 6:1. And in the fourth round Elena beat Anna Kalinskaya, after retiring due to injury, – 3:6, 0:3.

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Before the match, Rybakina highlighted Svitolina’s strengths. “She is a tough opponent, she reads the game well, defends well and can deliver a cutting blow. Of course, it won’t be easy. If I play aggressively and serve well, I have a good chance of winning. I will try to concentrate on myself and see what happens.”

“The last time we played her was at Roland Garros, this is a different surface. It depends on how she comes to the court. Maybe I will try to play more aggressively because there is grass here. Let’s see, maybe I will try to watch her matches here. It will be a tough match. I will try to follow my game plan, be aggressive and go to the net. And you have to serve well,” Elena said in a press conference after reaching the quarter-finals.

Elena Rybakina serves at Wimbledon 2024

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Rybakina won that match at Roland Garros 2024 6:4, 6:3. Overall, they are tied in their head-to-head matches: 2-2. Svitolina beat her opponent in three sets in the final at Strasbourg 2020 and in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and Elena beat Elina in two matches at Eastbourne 2021.

“There will be another important battle, the quarter-finals. I have already played against Elena a couple of times, so I know what to expect. I hope she will be better in terms of moral strength. I will try to work on things that will have to be used against her and I will take advantage of that,” Svitolina said at a press conference.

Elina Svitolina at Wimbledon 2024

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The quarter-finals began with a break for Svitolina after Rybakina made a mistake with several games of advantage on serve. However, the representative of Kazakhstan restored the tie in the second game. The Ukrainian also did not always play accurately and gave her opponent a break point, which she took advantage of to win 1:1.

After that, the tennis players each held their own serve for a while. It seemed that there would be a tie-break, but the eighth game decided everything. Rybakina played hard in the reception, forcing Svitolina to make mistakes and did not give up a single point. And then she confidently served for the set, finishing the game with an ace: 6:3 in 32 minutes. Elena made more unforced errors than Elina (11 to four), but this was only because she played actively and often successfully. As for the winners, the Muscovite outplayed the Ukrainian almost four times: 15 to four.

Elena Rybakina in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2024 alongside Elina Svitolina

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In the second game, Rybakina’s advantage was even more noticeable. Svitolina never faced a break point, and Elena broke Elina’s serve twice. She took the last two games to love on her serve: 6:3, 6:2 in 1 hour and 2 minutes. Throughout the match, Rybakina served seven times and scored 28 actively won points against 15 unforced errors.

In the remaining quarter-finals, which were also played at the first outing, but not on Centre Court, but on the first, the Roland Garros champions from different years – Jelena Ostapenko (2017) and Barbora Krejcikova (2021) – met. Ostapenko, seeded 13th, won all four previous encounters very convincingly. In the round of 16, she stopped Yulia Putintseva (6-2, 6-3), who had previously eliminated Iga Swiatek. Krejcikova also had something to boast about: in the fourth round, she beat Danielle Collins (11), who performed well this season, 7:5, 6:3.

In personal encounters, Ostapenko had the advantage: 5-2, including 3-2 at tournaments of the WTA-250 level and above. In 2023, the tennis players met twice, and the Latvian won both matches. Elena won the final of the grass-court tournament in Birmingham – 7:6 (10:8), 6:4.

Jelena Ostapenko after defeating Barbora Krejcikova in the final of the 2023 Birmingham WTA tournament

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Ostapenko was considered the favourite in the new match, but Krejcikova managed to prevail in the first set. The Czech tennis player broke in the third game, after which she calmly held her serve. After the score of 3:2 in favour of Barbora, the best tennis on grass was observed: five games in a row, no one was able to take at least one point on reception! And in the tenth game, Krejcikova served for the match – 6:4 in just 32 minutes.

The statistics show how Barbora controlled everything. His first serve percentage was 83%. Moreover, on this first serve, the Czech won 18 out of 19 rallies, i.e. 95%. Ostapenko showed a terrible first serve percentage (46%), although, interestingly, there were no double faults.

Barbora Krejcikova in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2024 with Jelena Ostapenko

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Ostapenko started the second set better. In the fourth game she took someone else’s serve and then, after considerable effort, overcoming three break points, she confirmed the break for 4-1. However, it was too early to be happy for the Latvian and her fans. Krejcikova improved and, after recovering a break in the seventh game, escaped a double break point in the eighth game and tied the score at 4:4. Elena was nervous and shouted obscenities in her box; her coach could not stand it and left.

Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2024 alongside Barbora Krejcikova

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In the ninth game, Krejcikova made her second consecutive break, but in the tenth she was unable to serve out the match. In the end, everything was decided in the tie-break: the Czech earned a triple match point (6:3) and converted it on the second attempt 6:4, 7:6 (7:4) in 1 hour and 42 minutes. In this match, Ostapenko committed five double faults and as many as 29 unforced faults.

Thus, Rybakina and Krejcikova will play in the “upper” semi-final – a battle between the TBS champions awaits us. And from the bottom of the standings emerged athletes of lower status: the racket number 37 of the world, Croatian Donna Vekic and Italian Yasmin Paolini (7).

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