Sabalenka dominates Keys, secures spot in semi-finals
With a tiger tattoo adorning her left arm, the Belarusian showcased her exceptional skills on Court One
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 12, 2023 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her quarter final match against Madison Keys of the U.S. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
In the quarterfinals on Wednesday (12), Aryna Sabalenka, the second-ranked player in the world, demonstrated her dominance as she defeated American Madison Keys with a score of 6-2, 6-4.
With a tiger tattoo adorning her left arm, the Belarusian showcased her exceptional skills on Court One.
Sabalenka, aged 25, swiftly claimed the victory by securing an early break in the opening game.
Executing a remarkable backhand shot that gracefully cleared the net and eluded Keys’ grasp, she converted her fourth break point.
In the semifinals, Sabalenka will face Ons Jabeur.
She broke the American 28-year-old again, giving her no time to think and launching every ferocious shot with a matching howl.
Sabalenka served out the set after 38 minutes, looking the favourite to reach her second semi-final at the All England Club having done so on her last appearance in 2021.
However, Keys, chasing her first Wimbledon semi-final, came out in the second set with more grit and determination. After holding serve at 3-2 with a backhand winner, the American pumped her fist and shouted “come on” as she looked to level things up.
The 25th seed had three break points in the next game and took the third when Sabalenka sent a forehand wide.
But the Belarusian broke straight back, winning five points in a row from 40-0 down to snatch the momentum from Keys and she fired down an ace to level at 4-4 before breaking again and serving out the match.
“I can’t wait to play my second semi-final at Wimbledon and hopefully I can do better than last time. It was a really tough match, really great player and super happy I was able to win the second set, (and the) game,” Sabalenka said on court.
“Thank you so much for the atmosphere, even though you support her more!,” she added with a smile, which drew applause from the crowd.