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Wimbledon Open: Maria reaches first Grand Slam semis

July 5, 2022
Tatjana Maria

Tatjana Maria reached her first Grand Slam semi-final with a comeback victory over Jule Niemeier at Wimbledon.

World number 103 Maria beat her German compatriot 4-6 6-2 7-5 in an entertaining encounter.

Maria, 34, was ranked outside the top 250 as recently as March and only returned to the tour a year ago after having her second daughter.

She will face either third seed Ons Jabeur – the highest ranked player left in the draw – or Marie Bouzkova next.

Maria dropped her racquet to the floor and stood with her mouth covered in disbelief after her victory was confirmed by a missed volley.

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She ran to the net for a lengthy hug with Niemeier before thanking the crowd, still shaking her head in shock.

“It’s a dream to live this with my family, to live this with my two girls. Almost one year ago I gave birth, it’s crazy,” Maria said.

“I have goosebumps everywhere. I think today we made Germany really proud after our match.”

Maria says she would relish playing her good friend Jabeur, one of the favourites for the title, next.

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“She is part of my family. She loves my kids, she is playing with them every day,” she said.

“It would be great to play her, we never know. But I am only happy that I am in a semi-final now.”

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