‘Mom player’ Svitolina beats world No. 1 to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

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Elina Svitolina (No. 76-Ukraine) made a “mommy surprise” by defeating world No. 1 Iga Sibyontek (Poland) to reach the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Svitolina defeated Sibyontek 2-1 (7-5 6-7<5-7> 6-2) in the women’s singles quarterfinals of the tournament at the All England Club in London, England, on Nov. 11 (local time).

Svitolina, who reached a world ranking of No. 3 in women’s singles in 2017, is married to tennis player Gaëlle Montpith (FRA), with whom she gave birth to a daughter in October last year.

Svitolina returned to the court in April, six months after giving birth, and showed her strength by winning a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour event in Strasbourg, France, in late May.

She made the quarterfinals of the French Open, her first major since returning, and then went on to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

This tied her career-high in a major. Svitolina reached back-to-back quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019

Svitolina came into the tournament as a wildcard after her ranking plummeted following her maternity leave, but she made it to the quarterfinals.

After returning to the court following the birth of her daughter, Svitolina, who does not shake hands after matches with players from Russia and its ally Belarus, which has invaded Ukraine, again refused to shake hands after her round of 16 win over Victoria Azarenka (No. 20-Belarus).

“I’m happy that I brought a little happiness to the people of Ukraine, who are suffering from war,” Svitolina said after the match.

“The war is making me mentally stronger. I don’t take difficult situations as a catastrophe anymore,” she said, adding, “There are worse things in life. I think I’m calmer after the war.”

Svitolina will face Marke Bondrowsova (42nd – Czech Republic). Bondrowsova defeated Jessica Pegula (No. 4-USA) 2-1 (6-4 2-6 6-4) in the quarterfinals.

Svitolina leads their head-to-head 3-2, but has lost the last two meetings.

If she reaches the final, Svitolina could face Belarusian Arina Sabalenka (No. 2).

The three-time French Open champion (2020-2022-2023) and one-time US Open champion (2022) has once again struggled on grass courts. His best result at Wimbledon is a quarterfinal.

In the men’s singles, Novak Djokovic (No. 2, Serbia), seeking his eighth Wimbledon title, came from behind to defeat Andrei Rublev (No. 7, Russia) 3-1 (4-6 6-1 6-4 6-3) to reach the quarterfinals.

It was Djokovic’s 46th career major quarterfinal, tying him with Roger Federer (SUI) for the all-time record.

He also extended his Wimbledon winning streak to 33 matches. Djokovic hasn’t lost at Wimbledon since his quarterfinal exit in 2017, and has reached the final four times in a row from 2018 through last year, except for 2020, when the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.

Djokovic will take on No. 8-ranked Yannick Cinnere (Italy) in the semifinals. 카지노사이트 Cinnere defeated Roman Safiulin (No. 92-Russia) 3-1 (6-4 3-6 6-2 6-2) in the quarterfinals.

Djokovic has won both of his previous meetings with Cinnere.

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