Impressive mom Svitolina stuns No.1 Swiatek in Wimbledon quarterfinals

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Wildcard Elina Svitolina, who gave birth to her first child just nine months ago, has not only recently won a WTA title, but has now also returned to the semifinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 with an awe-inspiring victory over world No.1 Iga Swiatek, 7-5 6-7(5) 6-2.

Elina Svitolina at Wimbledon 2023

Only the third wildcard in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, Svitolina twice recovered from a break down and won two straight games from 5-all to take the first set. In the second set, Swiatek was again the first one to go up a break, 3-1, and the Pole once again dropped the lead, but in the end she managed to edge the tiebreak and force the third set.

The world No.76 Svitolina, who returned to the WTA Tour just three months ago, dominated the deciding set and eliminated the top-seeded Swiatek who is spending her 67th week at the top of the rankings.

Svitolina’s semifinal opponent will be Marketa Vondrousova, who fought past fourth seed Jessica Pegula on Court No.1. The other two quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday: Ons Jabeur vs. defending champion Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka vs. Madison Keys. If Sabalenka reaches the final, she will have a chance of overtaking Swiatek as the No.1 WTA player.

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  1. I watched the match and have to say it was Swiatek who lost it by making way more unforced errors than usual. Svitolina was reasonably consistent but I’m afraid she is not very interesting to watch as she just hits it straight back to the other player and waits for them to make a mistake (reminds we of Caroline Wozniacki). You might be able to get away with this with some players eg Sabalenka but not Swiatek, if she is on form – but today she wasn’t. If Svitolina wants to win a slam she is going to have to get out of her comfort zone a bit more.

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