Maria saves match points to beat Ostapenko and reach Wimbledon quarter-final

Tatjana Maria edged out Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday. She’ll face the winner of the match between Heather Watson and German Jule Niemeier in the next round

Tatjana Maria Germany’s Tatjana Maria celebrates winning her fourth round match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

German Tatjana Maria edged out Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, the No 12 seed, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 and saving match points in the second set to move into the last eight of Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Sunday afternoon.

And she was quick to thank the crowd for their support afterwards, saying that it had helped her through the second set: “I thought, ‘OK, they believe in me, so I believe in me’ and I keep going!”

Maria, ranked No 103, will play the winner of the match between Heather Watson and German Jule Niemeier next.

Ahead of her victory, the 34-year-old German defeated Australian qualifier Astra Sharma (4-6, 6-3, 6-4), Romanian Sorana Cirstea, the No 26 seed (6-3, 1-6, 7-5) and Greek Maria Sakkari, the No 5 seed (6-3, 7-5).

Ostapenko, ranked No 17, won against Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin (6-4, 6-4), Belgian qualifier Yanina Wickmayer (6-2, 6-2) and Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (3-6, 6-1, 6-1) earlier in the tournament.

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

  • 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: sunday
  • Marie Bouzkova beat Caroline Garcia: 7-5, 6-2

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