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Wimbledon – Day 9

Day 9 of this years Wimbledon has come and gone and the first set of semi-finals have been set in the men’s and ladies draws.

We will start with action from court 1 first and the first match on was between Vekic and Lulu Sun, both players unseeded and vying to make their first ever grand slam semi-final. Lulu Sun had the better start of the 2 players and managed to take the first set 7 games to 5. Then the 2nd set was going according to serve until the last 3 games of the set. Vekic broke to lead 5-3 before the nerves got to her and her serve broke down and this meant she was unable to serve it out and the score became 5-4. She used the sit down to gather herself together and then played some incredible points to break the Sun serve and we were level once again at 1 set all. This set released all the tension for Vekic and she raced away with the match, taking the decider 6 games to 1. This broke the curse for Vekic who had promised so much as a junior but in 42 grand slam appearances had never reached a semi-final.

The 2nd match on court 1 was between the defending champion, Carlos Alcaraz, and 12th seed, Tommy Paul. The 1st set was one of the best sets of tennis in the tournament and it went the way of Paul, 7-5. He then played some unbelievable tennis to break the Alcaraz serve early in the 2nd set to lead 2-0. However from this point onwards Alcaraz just found another gear and it was the Spaniard who came away with the 2nd set 6-4 to level the match. The next 2 sets the defending champion dropped just 4 games to take the match in 4 sets and book his spot in the Wimbledon semi-finals. He seems to be finding his top form at the backend of this tournament.

Then we move onto the matches which were played on Centre court. The first match was between number 1 in the world Sinner and 5th seed, Medvedev. A repeat of the Australian Open final earlier this year where Sinner came back from 2 sets down to take the match in 5 sets and his first grand slam title. The match started off tense and tight as we all expected and the 1st set ended up going to a tiebreak where Medvedev had a chance on his serve to take the tiebreak at 6-5 but missed a routine forehand and ended up losing the tiebreak 9-7. He then refocused quickly and started the better of the 2 players in the 2nd set which allowed him to take the set 6-4. Midway through the 3rd set, Sinner was not feeling well at all but thankfully the doctor helped him out and he managed to carry on with the match. Not only that but he managed to break back and take the 3rd set into a tiebreak. Medvedev played a good tiebreak however and it was the number 5 seed who led by 2 sets to 1. Sinner now feeling better than before played an unbelievable 4th set which he managed to break Medvedev twice to take it 6-2 and we were once again going to a decider with these 2. Medvedev served unbelievably in the 5th set and this allowed him to control the set after breaking the Sinner serve. Medvedev got his revenge for Australian Open and booked his spot in the semi-finals. He also managed to stop a 5 match losing streak against Sinner so a big performance from Medvedev.

The last match on was between 7th seed, Paolini, and 19th seed Navarro. Paolini had never won a match here at Wimbledon before this year but is just playing with so much confidence she looks like she can beat anyone at the moment. Navarro who knocked out Gauff reasonably comfortably in the previous round was also playing some great composed tennis which made this match on paper a match to watch. However it did not turn out that way as Paolini put on a strategic masterclass to demolish Navarro 6-2; 6-1 in under an hour. Could the Italian go one step further than the French Open and win her first grand slam??

Onto the fantasy leaderboard and we have a new leader ‘Left is Best’ has moved into top spot with 186 points. Their lead is 2 points over our previous leader ‘Miny Moe’. ‘Super Smash’ and ‘Highly Strung’ remained 3rd and 4th respectively and ‘Be-Yawn Bored’ moved up into 5th spot. The last prize is going to ‘Aced It!’ who sits in 6th.

‘Faulty Feet’ remain in the wooden spoon position and have fallen further behind as they now 5 points away from their nearest rivals. However we have had our first elimination…’Kick My Ace’ has been eliminated after Sinner lost yesterday. They have a gap of 7 points over the wooden spoon…Can they avoid it is the question.

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Quarter-Finals to Watch

  • Ostapenko(13) vs Krejcikova(31) (14H00)
  • Rybakina(4) vs Svitolina(21) (14H30)
  • Musetti(25) vs Fritz(13) (15H15)
  • De Minaur(9) vs Djokovic(2) (15H45)

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