Wimbledon: Impressive Jasmine Paolini destroys Coco Gauff's conqueror for SF spot

Paolini through to her first Wimbledon semifinal, in which she'll play Vekic.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Wimbledon: Impressive Jasmine Paolini destroys Coco Gauff's conqueror for SF spot
© Getty Images Sport - Francois Nel

Jasmine Paolini delivered a clinical performance against Emma Navarro to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal and come a win away from making back-to-back Grand Slam finals, while Donna Vekic has been through to her maiden Major semis. 

After No. 19 seed Navarro ousted second-seeded Coco Gauff a round earlier, some were giving the 23-year-old American an edge over sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini simply because grass seemed a better fit for the American's game. But today, 28-year-old Paolini proved those claims wrong, demolishing Navarro in two sets 6-2 6-1.

Meanwhile, unseeded Vekic ended Lulu Sun's fairytale Wimbledon run after coming back from a set down to beat the qualifier world No. 123 5-7 6-4 6-1 and set up a semifinal versus Paolini.

Donna Vekic
Donna Vekic© Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt
 

Going into the match, Paolini - who recently finished as runner-up at the French Open - owns a 2-1 head-to-head versus Vekic but all of their previous three meetings came on hard courts.

How Paolini and Vekic won their respective Wimbledon quarterfinal matches?

Early in the match, it was actually Navarro who made a good start after breaking Paolini in the third game for a 2-1 lead. But from that moment, Paolini absolutely dominated the rest of the match - breaking Navarro five times - not dropping her serve once - and winning 11 of the last 12 games played.

In the end, Paolini finished with 19 winners and saved 3-of-4 break points she faced, while Navarro had only six winners - 12 unforced errors - and also managed to save just one of the six break points she faced. 

Jasmine Paolini
Jasmine Paolini© Getty Images Sport - Francois Nel
 

When it comes to the Vekic and Sun match, the Croatian missed three early break points before the New Zealander got the first break of the match in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead and closed out the opener in the following game after saving a break point.

Down by a set, Vekic finally got her first break of the match in the ninth game of the second set but stunningly didn't manage to serve out for the set in the following game after serving five double faults. But Vekic was able to keep her focus and break Sun again in the 10th game - the game in which the qualifier was serving to stay in the set.

After Vekic made a big breakthrough at the end of the second set, the Croatian also started the third set by winning the first five games before completing her comeback win on her serve in the seventh game.

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