Women’s Wimbledon: Players gear up to play their first ever Women’s Singles semi-finals

Elina Svitolina and Barbora Strycova prepare to play in their first ever Wimbledon semi-finals against Serena Williams and Simona Halep scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 11

Image Courtesy: WTA Tennis
Image Courtesy: WTA Tennis

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Elina Svitolina and Barbora Strycova will be playing their first ever Wimbledon semi-finals against Serena Williams and Simona Halep respectively.

Karolina Muchova was defeated by Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-4 at Wimbledon giving her, her first Grand Slam semi-final match.

Down 4-1 in the opening set, Svetolina broke back when Muchova served at 5-3 and won the next three games. In the second set, Muchova broke again only for Svitolina to win the next five games. Muchova’s missed backhand return helped Svitolina convert her first match point.

In the past, Svitolina lost her last four Grand Slam quarter-finals, including the 2019 Australian Open. Her best thus far at Wimbledon had been reaching the fourth round in 2017. She will next face former No. 1 Simona Halep.

In other women’s singles quarter-finals, beating Johanna Konta 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Centre Court, Barbora Strycova has reached her first Grand Slam semifinals.

Trailing 4-1 in the first set but winning 4-3 in the second set, Strycova secured a win in the tiebreaker when a forehand was netted by Konta.

Strycova's last and only Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance was in 2014, where she used a style of play effective on grass called serve-and-volley.

Konta, who was the last British player left in the tournament, was in 2017, the first to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade.

Others who have qualified this time are Simona Halep and Serena Williams who is determined to win her 24th title.

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