Tatjana Maria reaches her first Grand Slam semi-final on the age of 34

LONDON – The first semifinalist at this year’s Wimbledon is the oldest woman left 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, reached the semi-finals at a Grand Slam for the first time in her 35th appearance. She beat another German, 22 years old Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, on Tuesday on Court 1.

“A year ago, I just had a baby,” Maria told the court. “Is crazy.”

Maria is on her 10th appearance at the All England Club and becomes the sixth woman in the Open era to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon after turning 34. Her previous best was reaching the third round. in 2015. She never even made it that far. at three other major tennis tournaments.

Things have not been easy this year.

Maria ranked 103rd in the world and was outside the top 250 most recently in 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 of Wimbledon.

Maria defeated three seeds in a row in her quarter-final run, including the fifth seed Maria Sakkari in the third round and the 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko2017 French Open champion, in the fourth round.

Will she face the next or the third seed Ons Jabeur or Marie Bouzkova. Those two will play one spot in the semi-finals after the mid-match Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner on Central Court.

“I mean Ons is part of our family. She loves my kids,” Maria said. “It’s great to play Ons, but we never know. I’m just happy now that I’m in the semi-finals.”

The second match on Court 1 will be between ninth seed Cam Norrie and David Goffin. Norrie is trying to become the fourth Briton to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon in the Open era.

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