A few minutes after Simona Halep, Elena Rybakina validated her ticket for the Wimbledon semi-finals after coming up a set behind against Ajla Tomljanovic.
Elena Rybakina holds her first Grand Slam semi-final! A year after failing at the gates of the last four at Roland-Garros against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Kazakh for a time believed that history was repeating itself against Ajla Tomljanovic, this time at Wimbledon. Indeed, from the third game, the Australian was able to take the serve of her opponent in a hard fight to lead three games to one. An ascendant that the 44th player in the world was able to hold without great difficulty.
Indeed, throughout this first round, Elena Rybakina was not able to get the slightest break point. The first opportunity to conclude the first leg was good for Ajla Tomljanovic, who played this Wednesday his second consecutive quarter-final on the London lawn. The reaction of the 23rd in the world was quick. Indeed, from her opponent’s first service game, the Moscow native and Russian representative until 2018 broke the Australian to lead two games to nothing.
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Rybakina had to try again to conclude
An advantage that did not last very long, however, Ajla Tomljanovic managing to immediately pick up two games everywhere. It was then that Elena Rybakina gave a big boost. Untouchable on her commitment, with two consecutive shutouts, the Kazakh was intractable on break points in her favor. The result was a four-game winning streak and a restarted quarter-final.
Elena Rybakina consolidated her ascendancy from the start of the last round with the break on Ajla Tomljanovic’s first service game. After getting a double break and leading five games to one, the 23rd in the world trembled when it came to concluding. Indeed, on her fourth opportunity to her opponent, the Australian reduced the gap before prolonging the suspense by dismissing a first match point on her serve. However, on a final white game, Elena Rybakina put an end to the meeting (4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 1h53 ‘) and joined Simona Halep in the semi-finals of Wimbledon.