At 34, Maria reaches Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time

WIMBLEDON, England — The first Wimbledon semi-finalist this year is the oldest woman remaining in the draw.

Tatjana Maria, a 34-year-old German who returned to the tour less than a year ago after giving birth to her second daughter, made it to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time on his 35th appearance. She beat another 22-year-old German, Jule Niemeier, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday on Court No. 1.

“A year ago I just gave birth,” Maria said on the pitch. “It’s crazy.”

Maria is making her 10th appearance for the All England Club and has become just the sixth woman in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals after turning 34. Her previous best performance was reaching the third round in 2015. She never even got that far. three other major tennis tournaments.

It hasn’t been easy this year.

Maria is ranked 103rd in the world and was outside the top 250 as recently as March. Since returning from maternity leave, she has lost in the first round at the US Open, Australian Open and French Open.

That has changed on the grass courts at Wimbledon.

Maria has beaten three seeds in a row in her race to the quarter-finals, including fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari in the third round and twelfth-seeded 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the fourth round .

She will then face Ons Jabeur, third seed, or Marie Bouzkova. These two will play for a place in the semi-finals after the match between Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner on center court.

“We were, I mean, part of our family. She adores my children,” Maria said. “It would be great to play Ons, but you never know. I’m only happy to be in the semi-finals now.

The second match on the No. 1 court will pit ninth-seeded Cam Norrie against David Goffin. Norrie is trying to become the fourth Briton to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in the Open era.

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