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Ostapenko’s loss left only one GS women’s champion at Wimbledon

Ostapenko's loss left only one GS women's champion at Wimbledon

Wimbledon, England ( Associated Press) – Tatjana Maria made another upset at Wimbledon on Sunday at the age of 34 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

22-year-old Jule Niemeyer, who is making her All-England club debut for a place in the semi-finals, will face no other highly seeded opponent but 22-year-old Jule Niemeyer.

As Wimbledon reaches its second week, only two seeded women from the top 15 remain in the draw, with only one Grand Slam champion Simona Halep remaining.

Maria defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 on No. 1 court in the fourth round to save two match points against her 12th-seeded opponent in the second set.

“I always believed that at one point I could show what I could do,” said the 103rd-ranked Maria, who defeated third-seeded Maria Sakari in the third round. “I’m glad today, I mean, I’m back when I was down, so I’m proud of myself.”

Top-ranked Inga Swietec is also out of the picture, with the two-time French Open champion losing to Alize Cornet of France in straight sets on Saturday.

Halep is the last women’s Grand Slam champion. The 16th seeded Romanian won Wimbledon in 2019 and the French Open a year before that. She will face fourth seed Paula Badosa in the fourth round on Monday.

Ranked 97, Niemeyer led the way in her second Grand Slam tournament, beating Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4 on center court. Second seed Annette Kontaveit was eliminated by the German in the second round.

Shortly before Roger Federer and other greats attend a ceremony to mark the centenary of Center CourtCzech Republic’s Marie Buzkova beat France’s Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal as the All England club did not have a traditional rest day on mid-Sunday.

The 23-year-old Buzkova will next face third seed Ons Jabur or Elise Mertens for a place in the last four.

“There’s no reason not to continue. Just like believing in myself right now,” said Buzkova, who withdrew from the French Open after testing positive for COVID-19. “Yeah, I’m in the quarterfinals again I’m going to be all out.”

In the men’s draw, two Americans were eliminated. Belgium’s David Goffin defeated 23rd seed Frances Tiaffo 7-6(3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal match against ninth seed Cameroon Norie, who finished 6th. Proceed together. -4, 7-5, 6-4 win over Tommy Paul.

Maria, the oldest survivor of the singles draw, said she was inspired by her two young daughters.

“I’m in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon now, so it’s really surprising to me,” she said. “It also means that you always have to keep going. No matter how old you are, no matter how many kids you have, you just have to keep going and believe in yourself.”

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More Associated Press Wimbledon coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/wimbledon and https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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