London: 34-year-old Maria Tatjana has qualified for the women’s singles semi-finals of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis series for the first time. Maria Tatjana (ranked 103), who met fellow German Julie Niemeier (22 years old, 97th rank) in the quarterfinals yesterday, lost the first set 4-6. Maria played aggressively in the next set and easily broke Niamir’s service games to win 6-2 and the tie was reached.
Subsequently, the 3rd and final set was heated. Playing without any tension, Maria won the match with the score of 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and qualified to play in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam series for the first time. She became the 6th player to achieve this feat at the age of 34+. After the birth of her second child, Maria, who returned to the tennis field a year ago, was not even in the top 250 until last March.
Sania advances: India’s Sania Mirza and Matt Pavic (Croatia) advanced to the semi-finals after defeating John Pearce (Aus) and Dabrowski (Canada) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the mixed doubles quarterfinals.