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Rybakina to play TBS champion, unbeaten: Wimbledon quarter-final designs

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 13:39:24

In the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in the women’s singles there was only one result, which can be considered a big surprise. We are talking about Jelena Ostapenko’s defeat to Barbora Krejcikova. On the way to the quarter-finals, Ostapenko gave up a few games, but in the battle between Roland Garros champions from different years (2017 and 2021, respectively) she failed to survive. There were no really loud sensations. All of them happened in earlier rounds.

Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic, 31) — Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 4)

The collapse of the favourites has led to Rybakina now being the top favourite not only in this semi-final, but in the whole of Wimbledon. If Arina Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Corey Gauff and Marketa Vondrousova had remained at the net, there would have been talk of something else. And then everything is in Elena’s hands. Originally from Moscow, she plays for Kazakhstan, she won the title here two years ago and in 2023 she reached the quarter-finals.

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This is the first time that Krejcikova has made it this far in the Wimbledon draw. Before that, her best result was reaching the round of 16 in 2021. And in 2023, the Czech lost in the second round. The statistics for grass-court matches are not in Barbora’s favour either. They have the same number of finals, i.e. one each. But if Rybakina won that same Wimbledon against Ons Jabeur, Krejcikova lost to Elena Ostapenko in Birmingham in June 2023.

Barbora Krejcikova at Wimbledon 2024

Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

During her career, Rybakina’s win-loss record on grass is 33-10 (hereinafter, taking into account the current Wimbledon), and Krejcikova’s is 18-11. However, there is one nuance: Elena has never beaten Barbora. They did not meet so often – only twice, but both of the matches they played hard (in Melbourne 2021 and Ostrava 2022) were won by the Czech. But this is perhaps the only factor that, on the eve of the fight, increases the chances of Krejcikova, and not Rybakina.

Elena doesn’t like the status of favourite. “To be honest, I don’t like it. I have an aggressive style of play. I have a strong serve, which is a big advantage. Of course I want to go to the final. Now I’m happy with how things are going for me. I’m looking forward to the next match.”

Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon 2024

Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“I think it’s just you guys telling me that I was the only one left to win this tournament. I don’t think about it too much. I was more nervous in 2022 than I am now. It was the first time I played on Centre Court, there were a lot of people, a lot of attention. Now I’ve gotten used to it and I approach these matches differently,” he said at a press conference after reaching the semi-finals.

Krejcikova completely avoided answering the question about the upcoming semi-final with Rybakina. “What do you think about the game? I don’t know, I’ll see you in the semi-finals, this has never happened to me before! I can tell you after the semi-finals,” she said in an on-court interview after winning the quarter-finals.

The odds according to experts: 78 to 22 in favor of Rybakina.

Donna Vekic (Croatia) – Yasmin Paolini (Italy, 7)

Nobody expected to see these players in the semi-finals. Previously, Vekic had reached the fourth round only once at Wimbledon and reached the quarter-finals twice at other majors. This time she was very lucky at the net. In the second round she had not Arina Sabalenka, who retired after the draw, but Erika Andreeva. In the quarter-finals, Lulu Sun, and not, say, Ekaterina Alexandrova, perhaps the best Russian player on grass.

Paolini also did not fight against any truly important opponents. But the Italian, seeded seventh, earned her luck thanks to her excellent results in 2024 and her subsequent rise in the rankings.

Previously, Yasmin had never advanced beyond the second round at the TBS, and at Wimbledon she was eliminated in the first round three times in a row. And the first half of this season became a fairy tale for her: the round of 16 at the Australian Open, the title at the “thousandth” in Dubai, the final at Roland Garros…

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Both players are 28 years old and both are having their best seasons (Vekic – with reservations, Paolini – without a doubt). In terms of experience playing on grass, the Croatian is significantly superior to the Italian. Donna has reached the final on this surface five times, although she only won once – in Nottingham 2017. Yasmin cannot boast of anything like that. She even has a negative record of wins and losses on grass: 11-13. For Vekic, these indicators inspire optimism: 55-34.

And so, despite the statistics indicating Vekic’s advantage, experts are inclined to believe that Paolini has one and a half times more chances of reaching the final. The form of athletes shown in the middle distance continues to be of decisive importance, in relative terms, in recent months. And in this parameter, Paolini, the future fifth racket of the world, surpasses Vekic. In the live ranking, the Croat is ranked 21st. At the same time, Donna will not rise above the 11th line, even if she wins Wimbledon.

The statistics of personal encounters are not particularly indicative in this case either. In 2021, the tennis players exchanged victories in two sets, and on the hard court of Montreal 2023 Paolini turned out to be stronger, also in two matches.

The odds according to the experts: 61 to 39 in favor of Paolini.

The 2024 Wimbledon semi-finals will take place on Thursday, July 11. The final match is scheduled for Saturday, July 13. Follow all the events of the tournament in the “Championship”.

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Puck Henry
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