Getty Images/Clive Brunskill/Pictured: Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova (WTA 13) made her ninth appearance at Wimbledon. So far, it was the only Grand Slam tournament in which she did not reach the quarter-finals. That changed on Monday. In the 1/8 finals, she defeated Czech Ludmila Samsonova (WTA 65) 6:2, 6:3, who won a series of 10 games in a row.
Within 75 minutes, Pliskova sent 10 aces and got 29 out of 35 points with her first pass. She saved four out of five points for a break and turned into four out of six on her own. The Czechs finished the meeting with 17 hits at the end with 19 unforced errors. Samsonova has 11 straight wins and 25 fouls.
Before Wimbledon, the Russian won seven matches (two in the qualifiers) and won the title in Berlin. In London, Sloane Stevens sprinted on his way to the fourth round. Pliskova advanced to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the eighth time. Her best result is the 2016 US Open final.
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The other contender for Pliskova will be Viktorija Golubić (WTA 66), who won 7:6 (3), 6:3 Madison Keys (WTA 27), reached the 2017 US Open final. In the first set, the American tied 2:5 Break after defending the ball set. The Swiss had the upper hand in it. Her second game of Keys started with a breakthrough, but Golubić scored six of her eight consecutive matches.
In the 99-minute match, Keys sent 27 final hits and made 32 unforced errors. Golubi saw 28 straight ball wins with only nine fouls. The Swiss scored 11 points out of 14 in the net. She had been broken three times, and she herself had used four of the ten break points.
This was the Keys’ eighth appearance at Wimbledon. She made it to the only quarter-finals in 2015. The American has played in the 1/8 finals of a Grand Slam event for the first time since the 2019 US Open. Golubić has reached in 17 matches in top-ranked tournaments to the outermost third round. She will be the second Swiss in the twenty-first century in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. She joined Timei Bacsinszky (2015).
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Monday 5th July
Fourth round of women’s singles match:
Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 8) beat Ludmila Samsonova (Russia, World Cup) 6-2, 6-3.
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