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Wimbledon : Five Things To Watch On Day 11

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Spicy encounter for Jabeur and Maria

“Barbecue buddies” don’t often find themselves playing against each other for a place in the Wimbledon final. But that’s how it is for friends Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria, who are more accustomed to passing around the salad bowl than taking big swings at each other for the chance to play for the Venus Rosewater Dish.

TATJANA MARIA

TATJANA MARIA

Either one of these stories would be a compelling tale for the weekend. Jabeur, the No.2 seed from Tunisia, is attempting to become the first African woman to win Wimbledon while Maria, a 34-year-old German and mother of two, who is ranked outside the world’s top 100, returned from maternity leave less than a year ago.

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Their friendship just adds another layer of interest – they are so close that Maria’s eight-year-old daughter, Charlotte, calls Jabeur “Aunt Ons”.

Halep’s astonishing run

Twenty-one sets in a row. That’s Simona Halep’s astonishing streak on these lawns. The Romanian hasn’t dropped a set since the second round in 2019, the year she won the title for the first time, though it’s worth reminding ourselves that the 2020 edition was cancelled and she didn’t play last summer because of injury.

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Only once in those 21 sets has Halep been taken to a tie-break and only once has she been extended to 7-5. Halep takes that streak, as well as her run of 12 successive victories at the All England Club, into her match with Elena Rybakina, the first player from Kazakhstan to reach a Grand Slam semi-final.

Salisbury success

Cameron Norrie isn’t the only British man in a Wimbledon semi-final or the only leading British man who deserves a whirl under the arc lights.

RAJEEV RAM AND JOE SALISBURY

RAJEEV RAM AND JOE SALISBURY

There’s also Joe Salisbury, who has reached the last four of the gentlemen’s doubles alongside American Rajeev Ram. They play the all-Australian pairing of Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.


Stosur seeks hat-trick

Samantha Stosur will be attempting to win the mixed doubles title for the third time, and with a third different partner, at the age of 38.

STOSUR AND EBDEN: INTO THE FINAL

STOSUR AND EBDEN: INTO THE FINAL

This summer, she’s one half of an all-Australian pair with Matthew Ebden. They play Britain’s Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk, of the United States, in the final.

Hovde into last eight

American Liv Hovde, the No.1 seed in the girls’ singles, is through to the quarter-finals, where she plays Germany’s Ella Seidel.

There’s British interest in wild card Jasmine Conway, who plays Linda Klimovicova, the No.16 seed from the Czech Republic.

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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