Wimbledon 2023: A mix of shock twists & turns while Jannik Sinner gets another crack v Novak Djokovic after their own last 8 wins on Day 9 today

by Sports Benches

The first quarterfinal matches in the men’s and women’s singles category took place on the ninth day of the 136th Wimbledon edition in London, England. Jessica Pegula, an American, and Marekta Vondrousova, a Czech, were introduced the program on court number 1. The biggest shock of the match came from Vondrousova, the 42nd-ranked tennis player in the world, who won in sets 2:1 (6-4, 2-6, 6-4) after an hour and 55 minutes. On her first serve, which she also served superbly, she won 68 percent of the points. 

On Centre Court, the number 1 tennis player in the world, Iga Swiatek, met the 76th tennis player Elina Svitolina (which is far below her real rank). To everyone’s surprise, Svitolina celebrated. The first set of the match, which lasted 2 hours and 41 minutes, was marked by breaks, but the most significant was the one at 5-4 for Iga when Svitolina did it with zero and took the set to overtime, where she won her service game and had a psychological advantage over Iga’s service game. 

Iga made a lot of mistakes in the end game and Svitolina took the lead with 1 -0 in the sets. In the second set, both tennis players played more confidently, and the first favorite of the tournament Iga Swiatek, a Pole, performed better in the tie-break. The third set ended in a 6-2 loss for the Pole because of significant drops in her performance. Svitolina pulled off a major surprise by pairing up with Vondrousova for the semi-finals.

After 2 duels in the women’s singles competition, it was the turn of the first pairs of the quarter finals in the men’s singles ties. Jannik Sinner and Roman Safiulin played on Court No.1.

Jannik Sinner defeated unseeded Russian Roman Safiullin to get to his first Grand Slam semifinal. The eighth seed from Italy overcame a hiccup in the middle of the match to win 3-1 (6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2), and he will now play against Novak Djokovic or  in Sunday’s championship showdown. The 21-year-old, who lost to Djokovic in the quarterfinals of last year after blowing a two-sets-to-love lead, admitted that it was “obviously tough.”

Djokovic and Rublev played on the central court in the last match of the day.

On Tuesday, July 11, Novak Djokovic defeated Andrey Rublev in four sets to go to his 12th Wimbledon semi-final and record-equaling 46th Grand Slam match. The Serb, who was going for his eighth All England Club championship and 24th major of his career, won by scores of 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 and will play Italian Jannik Sinner in the semi-final championship round.

Djokovic has already advanced to as many Slam semifinals as Roger Federer, who is no longer competing. The 36-year-old said he was relishing being the one to beat as he competed in his 400th Grand Slam match.

Wimbledon will resume on Day 10 later tonight (AEST time) & into the early hours of tomorrow that will decide the make up of the last 4 – Madison Keys v Aryna Sabalenka followed by Ons Jabeur v Elena Rybakina in the final two women’s singles last eight, then another two men’s singles quarter-finals to round off in Daniil Medvedev v Christopher Eubanks as well as Carlos Alcaraz v Holger Rune.

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