A hot streak of seven games in a row – which is about as fiery as you’re going to see in a Wimbledon quarter-final – propelled Elena Rybakina into the last four for the first time.
In coming from a set down to beat Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan – man or woman – to reach a semi-final at the All England Club or at any of the four Grand Slams.
From 2-2 in the second set, Rybakina went on that streak of games, and even had a point to extend her run to eight. While Rybakina was broken the first time she served for the biggest win of her life, she was successful at the second try, completing a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
No woman has produced more aces at The Championships than Rybakina – she’s up to 43 now, 13 more than the next woman on the list – and her serve was a significant part of why she went through to play Simona Halep, the 2019 champion.