Wimbledon 2023: A new women’s singles crown is up for grabs after Rybakina’s defeat to Jabeur while Eubanks’s fairytale run comes to end by Medvedev on Day 10

by Sports Benches

Four outstanding matches were played on the second day of the quarterfinals and the tenth day of the most prestigious tennis event in the world (The Championships at Wimbledon). 

On Court No.1, we saw the first duel between this year’s Australian Open winner from Belarus, Aryna Sabalenka, who sealed the deal by bouncing back in the second set. Keys, the No. 25 seed, led 4-2, 40-love before dropping 12 in a row. Iga Swiatek of Poland will lose her top spot if Sabalenka advances to the final. 

Since all players from Russia and Belarus were barred from the competition, Sabalenka dropped out of the 2021 Wimbledon semifinals and skipped the event the following year. Keys was the final American female participant. The United States’ women have gone 13 majors without winning a singles match, their longest dry spell in 27 years.

Elena Rybakina, the defending Wimbledon champion, was defeated by Ons Jabeur, the runner-up from the previous year, in the quarterfinals. The sixth seed overcame a set deficit to upset Rybakina 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-1. The sixth seed, who previously fell to Iga Swiatek in the US Open final the previous year, will now face second seed Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals. With Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek forming a nascent big three in the women’s game this season, Jabeur wasted a set point in the first set but came back well, hitting more wins and committing less mistakes than her opponent.

Christopher Eubanks, a Wimbledon rookie, finished his incredible journey by falling to Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling five-set match. Eubanks, whose extraordinary run over the previous week and a half is expected to completely alter his career direction, was defeated by third seed Medvedev in the end, 3-2 (6-4 1-6 4-6 7-6 6-1). The 6’7″ 27-year-old, who had never advanced past the second round of a grand slam and was outside the top 100 at the beginning of the year, was a challenge on Wimbledon’s grass courts and beat home favorite Cameron Norrie and fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on the way to the round of eight.

On the main court, a match between the young Dane Holger Rune and the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, the current world number one, took place between two players who have the tennis game’s future in their hands.

Both tennis players played conservatively and well in the opening set, but the Spaniard played better and prevailed 7-3 in the tiebreaker. Up until the ninth game of the second set, both players had little trouble winning their service games. However, in that game, Alcaraz breaks, and he goes on to win that set 6-4. Alcaraz won the final set with a same score of after breaking in the fifth game.

Following this triumph, Alcaraz has arranged to face Danil Medvedev in what will be their third overall clash.

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