17/04/2024
Ash Barty and Ajla Tomljanovic wimbledon quarter finals

Ajla Tomljanovic and Ash Barty embrace after the all Aussie quarter-final Photo: Ajla Tomljanovic - Twitter

The match between Barty and Tomljanovic met an expected end whilst Federer's Wimbledon campaign ended as fans wonder if he'll return to the tour.

After plenty of newcomers came out and reached their first Grand Slam quarter-finals at Roland Garros it was a far more experienced group at Wimbledon. That didn’t stop a couple of upsets happening right before the semis of The Championships.

Barty brings it to All-Australian affair.

Ajla Tomljanovic might have cruised out of her bracket in the first week of Wimbledon, but she met her downfall against fellow Australian and world number one Ash Barty.

To say the likes of Ostapenko and Raducanu were on an entirely different level to Barty would be an understatement and despite ripping form leaning into the match Tomljanovic she struggled to show any signs of that momentum in the quarter-final.

It’s mentioned from time to time that Barty takes some time to warm up at the start of the match, sometimes giving up games she should win. In the quarter-final, it took her all of one.

Following a 40-love first game victory for the 28-year-old, the world number one sprung into action winning the remaining six games for the set in convincing fashion. Her serve was relatively unchallenged, giving up seven points for the rest of the set.

The second set started off better for Tomljanovic going up a break early but failed to hold her serve in the second game. Barty proceeded to win the next four games.

The world number 75 fought to stay in the match, holding her serve in the sixth game and managed to break Barty’s serve a second time for the match.

However, the 25-year-old was just too good, finishing off the next two games and advanced to her maiden Wimbledon semi-final.

Around the courts, Angelique Kerber continued her return to form beating Karolina Muchova in straight sets, reminding fans of her time at number one.

Karolina Pliskova didn’t waver defeating Vikorija Golubic 6-2, 6-2 not giving up a break for the match.

Meanwhile, Ons Jauber’s exciting run came to an end against the second seed Aryna Sabalenka who is back in the form fans saw prior to her shock French Open exit.

Ash Barty 166
Ajla Tomljanovic13
Karolina Muchova23
Angelique Kerber 2566
Karolina Pliskova 866
Viktorija Golubic22
Ons Jauber 2143
Aryna Sabalenka 266

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Med and Fed no problem for Hurkacz

14th seed Hubert Hurkacz stunned all when he bested Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round and then backed up the performance in the quarter-final against Swiss superstar Roger Federer.

A definite underdog, Hurkacz had a shorter turnaround coming in off a five-set match that carried over an extra day. Meanwhile, the veteran entered off the back of a straight-set victory over Lorenzo Sonego and playing on centre court looked like the odds were entirely in his favour.

That wasn’t the case, however, Federer appeared to start the match stronger, winning his first game 40-love, scoring each point from a winner and managed to steal points in Hurkacz’s service game.

It wasn’t until the sixth game of the first set that the Polish star broke through and from there, things just seemed to get better taking the first set comfortably with his service game hardly threatened.

The second set was by no means a smooth ride, Federer broke serve in the second game of the set and held in a seven-minute game that Hurkacz was unable to take advantage of three break point opportunities.

Hurkacz rallied and managed to break back in the seventh game, capitalising on Federer’s errors. From there both players held their serves and forced a tiebreak with the 24-year-old claiming the second.

Whilst the 14th seed looked to be in better shape few would have predicted the blowout that the third set was.

Not dropping a game for the entire set, Hurkacz only gave up 14 points total in the third and ended Federer’s chance at taking out the title at what is perhaps his final Grand Slam.

Around the courts, world number one Novak Djokovic convincingly defeated Marton Fucsovics in straight sets.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov delimited the last Russian standing in a five-set epic coming back from two sets to one to reach his maiden Grand Slam Semi-Final.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime couldn’t capitalise on his momentum after defeating fourth seed Alexander Zverev and lost in four sets to seventh seed Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals.

Roger Federer 636[4]0
Hubert Hurkacz 1467[7]6
Novak Djokovic 1666
Marton Fucsovics344
Karen Khachanov 2546714
Denis Shapovalov 1063566
Matteo Berrettini 76576
Felix Auger-Aliassime 163753

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