Tatjana Maria is the oldest participant nonetheless going for glory at Wimbledon only a yr after the 34-year-old was on maternity depart… now the world No 103 is in her first quarter-final at SW19 after surviving two match factors to oust Jelena Ostapenko
- Tatjana Maria ousted Jelena Ostapenko to achieve the quarter-finals at Wimbledon
- The German is the oldest participant left within the draw, returning after maternity depart
- World No 103 Maria dropped her eldest daughter to apply earlier than her victory
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Seems an ageing mom could be the story of those Championships, in any case.
Even Serena Williams would have executed properly to prime this. From the rubble of the ladies’s draw, blown open this weekend, is the outstanding determine of Tatjana Maria.
The German, 34, was on maternity depart this time final yr. At 8.30am on Sunday, she ferried eldest daughter Charlotte, 8, to apply.
Tatjana Maria was overcome with emotion because the world No 103 made the Wimbledon final eight
Maria fell a set behind towards Jelena Ostapenko however recovered to win every of the ultimate units 7-5
At 10.30am, it was mum’s flip. By 3.30pm, the world No 103 was in a primary Grand Slam quarter-final.
In between, Maria fell a set and a break right down to Jelena Ostapenko. She confronted two match factors towards the twelfth seed.
However after three undulating units on Court docket 1 — 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 — the oldest participant left standing broke extra new floor. No mom of two had made the Wimbledon third spherical this century. Subsequent up? Compatriot Jule Niemeier.
World No 17 and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Ostapenko was visibly enraged by her defeat
‘Routinely individuals suppose, ‘OK, she acquired a toddler, in order that’s it’,’ Maria mentioned. ‘[But] there was at all times the assumption I can do it.’
Ostapenko smashed her racket after match level and chucked a bottle into her chair, sending it toppling over. She left to boos.
Ons Jabeur, the very best seed left within the event, beat Elise Mertens 7-6, 6-4 to arrange a quarter-final with Marie Bouzkova, who knocked out Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2.
Maria will now face fellow German Jule Niemeier after she beat Nice Britain’s Heather Watson