Tatjana Maria will play Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon semifinals.

In the semi-finals, Tatjana Maria will face Ons Jabeur.

Dates: 27 June-10 July, All England Club

After Tatjana Maria’s first Grand Slam semifinal appearance at Wimbledon, her daughter Charlotte is more excited about spending two more days at SW19’s creche than anything else.

It will be Ons Jabeur, the first Arab to reach a major semifinal, who beat fellow German Jule Niemeier 4-6 6-2 7-5.

After her second child, Maria returned to the tour a year ago.

Maria, 34, remarked, “It’s a dream to live this with my family.”

Third seed Jabeur fought back to beat Marie Bouzkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of the women’s singles.

When a failed volley guaranteed Maria’s victory, she threw her racket to the floor and covered her mouth in shock.

Before thanking the crowd, she raced to the net and hugged Niemeier for a long time while shaking her head in disbelief.

Before Jabeur’s victory, Maria said she was looking forward to playing against her longtime buddy.

“She’s a member of my family. She adores my children and spends all day playing with them. “According to the German, who was ranked outside the top 250 at the beginning of March and has since fallen out of the top 100.

“We’ll never know if we’ll get the chance to play her. The fact that I’m in the semifinal matters at this point.”

It was Jabeur’s turn to repeat Maria’s sentiments: “Her name means “bbq friend” to me. It is taking on the role of such a close buddy.

“It’s a fantastic tale that she’s in the semifinals despite having two babies. I’m incredibly thrilled for her.”

There will be diaper changes while Maria maintains the status quo.

Athletes who had children in the past would have had a more challenging time continuing their careers, but thanks to increasing support and better awareness of post-childbirth bodies, more women are returning to the sport.

One and a half after the birth of her daughter, Charlotte, Maria rejoined the tour in March 2014. After the birth of her second child, Cecilia, she took a similar break.

It’s been a rough ride since then for Grand Slam tennis. In her previous 13 matches at Wimbledon, she had won five and lost eight times, with her best finish being in the third round in 2015. She had not won a match at a major tournament since the 2018 US Open before this week.

In addition to her tennis career, Maria brings her daughter to a tennis lesson every morning at Wimbledon and says she enjoys talking about motherhood.

“Being a mother to my two children is essential in my life. In the end, nothing will change, “she explained.

“Here I am if you need me. Even though I’m in the semifinals of Wimbledon, I’m also a mother. Afterwards, I’ll head over to the other side of town to see my kids and do the same thing I do every day:

“In other words, I’ll change her diapers, as usual. To be a parent makes me proud. Therefore I try to maintain as much normalcy as possible.”

After her victory, she was asked what Charlotte had said: “She’s pleased that she’ll be able to stay in the creche for another two days. She’s jumping up and down in my arms and ecstatic at what I’ve accomplished.”

When Maria reached her 34th birthday, she became only the sixth woman in Open era history to get a Wimbledon semifinal.

With Niemeier breaking in the match’s first game and looking more confident on serve and at the net, she had to do it the hard way.

Forcing a third set, Maria rallied from a breakdown in the second service game to win five of the final six games.

As in the second set, Maria had to come from behind twice to win the third set, saving break points on both serves and converting her first match chance on the serve of Niemeier.

Tracy Austin described Maria’s race as slam-dunking twice in a row: “We watch sports to elicit strong feelings in us,” he said. Outside the top 100, a mother of two has advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals.

“If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. It’s truly remarkable.”

 

Waking up” and making history is something that Jabeur is eager to do.

Jabeur’s goal is to become the first African woman to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Since becoming the first Arab woman to reach a significant semifinal last year and the Australian Open in 2020, Alize Cornet is thrilled to have gone one better this time.

“As a former Moroccan Grand Slam quarterfinalist, Hicham Arazi told me, “Arabs always lose in the quarterfinals, and we are sick of it.” So I’m delighted I can help make this happen. This must be broken.’ “I’ll try,” I said, “don’t put this in my palm,” since I knew I would fail.

“Texting, he appeared to be in a good mood. Thank you for finally getting to the semifinals, he said. Now is the time to get your hands on the title.”

When Jabeur faced Bouzkova, her trademark volleys frequently found the net as Bouzkova matched her for speed and agility.

Despite Jabeur’s best efforts, the Czechs broke for a 3-2 lead and held off two break points before winning the set on a netted Jabeur backhand volley.

In the second set, Jabeur returned, saying she “woke up” and increased her winners and her intensity to rush through the match.

Her racquet touches eventually found their mark in the decider, and she hoisted her arms triumphantly to take in Centre Court’s ovation.

“At the beginning of the first set, I was agitated and failed to make any of my shots. I didn’t feel like I was participating in the game. My sister could have become. What do you think? “she stated.

“However, I’m pleased that I could serve a little better, and that’s a sign that I’ve woken up.”

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