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‘That’s why we play tennis – for these moments!’ Bouzkova through to maiden Grand Slam quarter-finals, defeats Garcia

Marie Bouzkova won against Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 on Sunday and will play the winner of the match between Belgian Elise Mertens, the No 24 seed, and Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the No 3 seed, in the next round

Marie Bouzkova Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova reacts during her fourth round match against France’s Caroline Garcia (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Czech Marie Bouzkova won against Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the last eight of Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Sunday.

“I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just soaking in this moment,” she said on the court afterwards. “I don’t know how I got here. I played point by point, tried to fight as much as I can, and I just enjoyed the moment, tried to embrace all the emotions today.

“To be in the quarter-finals, it’s a dream.”

‘You never know if you’re going to make it one day’

This will be Bouzkova’s first-ever quarter-final at a Slam, and she admitted how special it was.

“You try to believe in yourself, you have a great team behind you, but you actually never know if you’re going to make it one day.

“It’s just an amazing moment, really hard work and dedication but I love it so much every day – but that’s why we play tennis, for these moments.”

She also revealed that she and her team have been eating the traditional strawberries and cream after each win so far, confirming that she is superstitious – “a hundred routines!”

Bouzkova, ranked No 66, will play the winner of the match between Belgian Elise Mertens, the No 24 seed, and Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the No 3 seed, next.

The Czech defeated American Danielle Collins, the No 7 seed (5-7, 6-4, 6-4), American Ann Li (6-0, 6-3) and American Alison Riske, the No 28 seed (6-2, 6-3) in the previous rounds.

Earlier in the tournament, Garcia, ranked No 55, beat wildcard Yuriko Miyazaki (4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4)), No 10 seed Emma Raducanu (6-3, 6-3) and Chinese Shuai Zhang, the No 33 seed (7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)).

Wimbledon (Grand Slam), other last 16 results (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 40.350.000):

  • Amanda Anisimova vs. Harmony Tan
  • Paula Badosa vs. Simona Halep
  • Elena Rybakina vs. Petra Martic
  • Alize Cornet vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Elise Mertens vs. Ons Jabeur
  • Heather Watson vs. Jule Niemeier
  • Tatjana Maria vs. Jelena Ostapenko
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