Historical. The changing of the women’s circuit now caused a striking fact, very little seen, since 12 different women reached the semifinals, counting the three Grand Slam tournaments of the year. Between the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon none of the top four was repeated in each.
On the grass at Wimbledon, Australian Ashleigh Barty made sure to continue after the tournament as World No. 1. She needed a minimum access to the semifinals in London and she achieved it with her victory over the Australian, of Croatian origin, Ajla Tomljanovic by 6-1, 6-3.
Barty thus went to the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time and there she will face the German Angelique Kerber on Thursday, with a past as leader of the WTA ranking and champion of that Major in 2018. The German woman beat Czech Karolina Muchova 6-2 and 6-3 in another quarter-final crossover.
At the bottom of the table, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka beat the Tunisian Ons Jabeur 6-4 and 6-3 and will face the Czech Karolina Pliskova in the other semifinal, who beat the Swiss Viktorija Golubic 6-2 and 6-2.
Thus, Muchova’s defeat marked this special situation of having 12 different players in this season’s Grand Slam semis. since the Czech reached that round in February, at the Australian Open. In Melbourne, Muchova hit the top seed Barty in the quarterfinals and lost in the semi to American Jennifer Brady.
The other meeting on the hard surface of Australia was starred by the Japanese Naomi Osaka and the American Serena Williams, with the Japanese victory. In the final, Osaka beat Brady and thus won all four of his Grand Slam finals.
Last month, on the clay at Roland Garros, four players reached the semifinals of a Major in singles for the first time. Czech Barbora Krejcikova was crowned champion by beating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the decisive clash. In the semifinals, Krejcikova beat the Greek Maria Sakkari and the Russian accounted for the Slovak Tamara Zidansek.
Now then there was another different poker in the semis of Wimbledon, no less, where the only one of the four still in the race that has already won that tournament was Kerber.