Wimbledon: Ons Jabeur continues history-making trip; Ash Barty reaches 1st QF

Karolina Pliskova and Aryna Sabalenka also made it to their maiden Championships' QF

by Abbey Johnson
Wimbledon: Ons Jabeur continues history-making trip; Ash Barty reaches 1st QF

Ashleigh Barty defeated Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday. The top-seeded Australian needed an hour and 35 minutes to complete the win. At the start of the match, it was the 14th seed who gained an upper hand over her rival with an early break in the first set.

However, as the set progressed and Barty settled into the rhythm of the match, she convincingly broke down Krejcikova’s game and kept drawing out the errors from her. The second set, despite the score-line, was way close as Krejcikova had multiple break points but Barty saved the lot to keep herself ahead and eventually prevail.

The world no. 1 hit 22 winners to Krejcikova’s 19 and had 24 unforced errors to the latter’s 22. This is the first time that Barty has reached the last eight at the Championships. Her win over the Czech also ended the latter’s 15-match winning streak, going back to Strasbourg International in May.

In the quarter-finals, Barty awaits either Emma Raducanu or Ajla Tomljanovic. At the bottom of the draw, second seed Aryna Sabalenka also came through to the quarter-finals. The Belarusian fended off a stiff challenge from 15th seed Elena Rybakina to post a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory after an hour and 49 minutes.

This is the first time in her career that the world no. 4 has advanced to the quarter-finals of a Major. She’ll play Ons Jabeur for a spot in the semi-finals.

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Jabeur, seeded 21st in the draw, upset seventh seed Iga Swiatek 7-5, 6-1, 6-1 in their fourth-round match.

The Tunisian was aggressive to start the match and broke the Pole early on to take a lead. Swiatek looked to have found the range of her shots as she broke Jabeur back but lost her serve yet again allowing Jabeur to go up 4-3 in the set.

There was one last momentum shift in the set as Jabeur served for the set at 5-3. Not only did Swiatek break back again, but she also won the next four games to take the lead in the match. The second and third sets saw the Tunisian recover her game and nerves in a commanding way and put Swiatek through her paces.

The world no. 24 finished with 30 winners to Swiatek’s 20 and had 23 unforced errors to the latter’s 27. As with Barty and Sabalenka, Jabeur, too, is a first-time quarter-finalist at the Championships. Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova will also be playing the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the first time.

The former world no. 1 brought a halt to the run of Liudmila Samsonova in the fourth round. The Czech needed an hour and 15 minutes to complete a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Russian. In the quarters, Pliskova will play either 23rd seed Madison Keys or Viktorija Golubic.

Ons Jabeur Karolina Pliskova Aryna Sabalenka