Before the Wimbledon Championships began this year, many were predicting chaos as usual in the women’s draw. The reigning champion Elena Rybakina fended off these predictions for a week and a half. On Wednesday, Ons Jabeur made sure she could not hold it off any longer.
Jabeur lost a tough first set, but that did not deter the 2022 Wimbledon finalist. She raised her game to take the next two sets going away, as she put the finishing touches on a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1 win.
Jabeur getting this win ensured there would be a guaranteed first-time Wimbledon champion on the women’s side.
Recapping all of the action from Wimbledon on Day 10
No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka also booked her semifinal spot as she raced by the American 25-seed Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-4. It was a solid quarterfinal run for Keys, but she ran into a buzzsaw in the reigning Australian Open champion. Keys could not handle anything from the baseline as Sabalenka used her overwhelming force to quiet another foe.
What many billed as the match of the day between No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 6 Holger Rune, turned into a mostly routine straight-sets performance for the Spaniard. Alcaraz overcame the young Dane 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4.
The first set was extremely even as both players were very secure on serve and did not make many inroads into the other’s service games. However, as he is showing a propensity to do, Alcaraz upped his level in the big moments to secure the tiebreak.
A second set of near-clean tennis with the combined unforced errors at 6 through eight games was neck and neck until Rune’s serve finally wilted and he allowed Alcaraz to break and serve it out.
Overall, it seemed like Alcaraz is just the better player right now. Rune is very talented and they will battle late in many Grand Slams in the future, but the experience and talent gap right now show through on the biggest points.
The last Cinderella run in the men’s draw was the big-hitting Christopher Eubanks. His Wimbledon debut saw him with a quarterfinal matchup against the No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev. This was a five-set war as both men were serving at an elite level and the baseline rallies were brutal but efficient. Eubanks continued to surprise as he did not waver and took a 2 sets to 1 lead.
However, with his back against the wall, Medvedev dug deep into his championship experience and fought through a 4th set tiebreak. In the deciding set, he jumped out to a 3-0 and double-break lead that all but ended things. In the end, Medvedev survived Eubanks 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to book his first-ever Wimbledon semifinal. His reward is facing off with the World No. 1 Alcaraz.
Eubanks has nothing to hang his head about as this quarterfinal appearance will see him flying up the rankings. He also set a Wimbledon tournament record for most winners hit in a single tournament.
Two great matches and two routine results saw the Wimbledon quarterfinals wrap up. The semifinal matchups at the All England Club will bring plenty of intrigue: Alcaraz versus Medvedev, Djokovic versus Sinner, Svitolina versus Vondrousova, and Sabalenka versus Ons Jabeur.