Excitement in Maria’s tournament process
Of twelve possible sets in the first four matches, Tatjana Maria had to play eleven – of all things against the biggest favorite Maria Sakkari, there was the only two-set win. Her path in the tournament so far has been more tense than that of her compatriot and today’s opponent. This is certainly also due to the difficult program so far. The round of 16 in particular caused beads of sweat on the forehead of German tennis fans, all sets ended almost 7:5 – twice in Maria’s favor and only once for Ostapenko.
The two Germans also played their part in the death of the favorites in London (of the 15 best seeds, only Ons Jabeur remained in the round of eight). The mother of two, Maria, kicked Greek Maria Sakkari (number five on the seeding list) out of the tournament in round three – taking revenge for the first-round defeat against Sakkari at the Australian Open earlier this year. Jule Niemeier was even able to defeat the second seeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit – impressively clearly with 6: 4, 6: 0. While Niemeier has otherwise dealt with unseeded players, Maria has notched up more classic underdog victories with wins against seeded Jeļena Ostapenko and Sorana Cîrstea.
German duel of surprises
The number 97 in the world against the world number 103, the third best German against the fourth best German – whoever bet on this quarterfinal has probably become many times richer. But the respective sensational runs of Tatjana Maria and Jule Niemeier have actually pushed the two actually more prominent German tennis players Angie Kerber and Andrea Petkovic, who were already eliminated in London, into the background. For both of them it is the greatest career success to date, only with very different signs: Tatjana Maria at the age of 34 will probably be difficult to follow up with another run of this kind, for young talent Niemeier (22 years) the Wimbledon breakthrough should only be the beginning of one be a successful career.
Have a good Tuesday afternoon and a warm welcome to the German Wimbledon quarter-finals! The experienced Tatjana Maria will duel with the young, up-and-coming Jule Niemeier, the match is scheduled for around 2 p.m.