Aryna Sabalenka secures Wimbledon semifinal spot, overpowering Madison Keys
Aryna Sabalenka advances to Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Madison Keys.
In a thrilling quarter-final match at Wimbledon, Aryna Sabalenka, the world number two in women's tennis, secured her spot in the semi-finals with a dominant 6-2, 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys. Sabalenka, known for her fierce playing style and sporting a tiger tattoo on her left arm, showcased her power and precision on Court One.
Right from the start, Sabalenka took control of the match, breaking Keys in the opening game with a stunning backhand shot that sailed just over the net. She continued to apply relentless pressure on her opponent, breaking her serve once again and leaving Keys with little time to react. Sabalenka's ferocious shots were matched by her vocal enthusiasm, as she let out howls of determination with every strike.
After just 38 minutes, Sabalenka served out the first set, establishing herself as the favorite to reach her second Wimbledon semi-final, having achieved the feat in her previous appearance in 2021. However, Keys, determined to secure her first Wimbledon semi-final, came out in the second set with renewed grit and determination. With a backhand winner, she held her serve at 3-2 and pumped her fist, shouting "come on" to rally herself.
Keys had a chance to turn the tide in her favor when she had three break points in the following game. She capitalized on the third opportunity, as Sabalenka sent a forehand wide. But Sabalenka quickly regained her composure and broke back immediately, winning five consecutive points from a 40-0 deficit. This shift in momentum allowed Sabalenka to level the score at 4-4 before breaking Keys once again and serving out the match.
Expressing her excitement on court, Sabalenka said, "I can't wait to play my second semi-final at Wimbledon, and hopefully, I can do better than last time." She acknowledged the tough challenge posed by Keys, describing her as a "really great player." Sabalenka also thanked the crowd for their support, even though she recognized that they were more inclined to cheer for her opponent.
With her victory, Sabalenka advances to the semi-finals, where she will face either Ons Jabeur. As she looks ahead to the next round, Sabalenka remains determined to continue her impressive performance and make her mark at the All England Club.