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Wimbledon fairy tale of newcomer Jule Niemeier and the magic journey of the
experienced Tatjana Maria are continued. Both meet in the quarterfinals.
In the best
moment of her career till date, Jule Niemeier first thought of her British
opponent and won the hearts of the fans. Tatjana Maria gets all the sympathies
in the All England Club anyway. The two unexpected Wimbledon heroines from
Germany have led their fairytale triumph to the quarter-finals of the most
important tournament in the tennis world. And for one of them the journey will
they meet, the debutante from Dortmund and the mother of two little kids,
Maria. So one thing is certain: after Angelique Kerber last year, a German is
again playing for a place in the Wimbledon final. One that nobody had on the
that I kicked out a British player today," said 22-year-old Niemeier,
somewhat embarrassed. Shortly before that, she had beaten Heather Watson 6-2,
6-4 on a very special "middle Sunday" on which the 100th anniversary
of tennis' most sacred place was celebrated with all sorts of celebrities and
meters away, Maria saved two match points, turned a match against Latvian
Jelena Ostapenko that she thought was lost. And after the 5:7, 7:5, 7:5 she made
a declaration of love to the fans and her family. Without the spectators, she
would not have made it, Maria said: "They were always there, and if they
believe in me, then I believe in myself too."
is always there, too. Her husband Charles Edouard and their two daughters
Charlotte and Cecilia. "It makes me so proud to be a mom, it's the best thing
in the world. I love it, I love my kids and being able to experience that together,"
door stars and champions - including Angelique Kerber - were celebrating and
Niemeier was waiting for her match, Maria and Ostapenko fought a very exciting
duel. The 34-year-old, who comes from Bad Saulgau, unnerved the former French
Open winner with her undercut forehand and backhand shots, which bounce so
disgustingly deep on the lawn. She had previously sent home Sorana Cirstea (Romania/No. 26) and Maria
Sakkari (Greece/No. 5).
proved once again that she is ready for the big stage. Record champion Roger
Federer even came on this memorable day. And in its wake two dozen tournament
winners such as Angelique Kerber, Björn Borg, Rod Laver and Billie Jean King.
Certainly Boris Becker would have been invited to his living room if he didn't
have to serve his sentence.
other hand, the All England Club welcomed as guests on this "middle
Sunday", which was an official match day for the first time at the 135th
edition of the Championships, refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria as
well as helpers from the health system, the COVID heroes of the Island.
saw a fearless newcomer, aggressive, powerful. Just like in the first two
rounds and significantly improved in terms of play compared to the trembling
victory over Lesia Zurenko on Friday. The historic stage, the stars and
superstars and also the thousands of home fans of the British Watson: All of
this only seemed to motivate Niemeier.