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Rybakina recovers from a set down against Tomljanovic to reach Wimbledon semi-final

Elena Rybakina beat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon. She’ll play Romanian Simona Halep, the No 16 seed, in the next round

Elena Rybakina Wimbledon 2022 Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in action during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No 17 seed, won against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to move into her first Slam semi-final. Rybakina, ranked No 23, will face Romanian Simona Halep, the No 16 seed, next for a place in the Wimbledon final.

“It is amazing,” she said on court afterwards. “I’m really happy that I got through to the semi-final. It was a really tough match. I started a bit slow, I didn’t start that well, maybe I was nervous. Ajla played really well, she was defending well. I tried to focus on my serve and find my way, and I found it.”

She is the first Kazakh female player to reach the semifinals in a Grand Slam, and obviously, she will play her first Grand Slam semi-final.

Rybakina lost her first set of the tournament against Tomljanovic. Ahead of her victory, the Kazakh beat American lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe (7-6 (2), 7-5), Canadian Bianca Andreescu (6-4, 7-6 (5)), Chinese Qinwen Zheng (7-6 (4), 7-5) and Croat Petra Martic (7-5, 6-3).

Tomljanovic, ranked No 44, played her second consecutive quarter-final in London. She defeated Swiss Jil Teichmann, the No 18 seed (6-2, 6-3), American qualifier Catherine Harrison (6-2, 6-2), Czech Barbora Krejcikova, the No 13 seed (2-6, 6-4, 6-3) and Frenchwoman Alize Cornet (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) earlier in the tournament.

Wimbledon, the other quarter-finals

  • Simona Halep beat Amanda Anisimova (20): 6-2, 6-4
  • Ons Jabeur (3) beat Marie Bouzkova: 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
  • Tatjana Maria beat Jule Niemeier: 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
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