Wimbledon 2021 updates: Kerber, Barty, Sabalenka and Piliskova reach the semi-finals


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Former champion Angelique Kerber entered the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the fourth time with a straight-sets win while Ash Barty, Aryna Sabalenka and Karolina Piliskova advanced to the last four of the Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Germany’s 25th seed Kerber took advantage of the mistakes of 19th seed Karolina Muchova to register a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Kerber won the title here in 2018. He made a spectacular comeback at Wimbledon after being knocked out in the first round of the French Open. She will now face top-seeded Australian Barty, who easily beat compatriot Alija Tomlanovic 6-1, 6-3. Sabalenka, playing her first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam event, took an aggressive approach and defeated 21st seed Ons Jaber of Tunisia 6-4, 6-3.

She will face eighth seed Karolina Piliskova in the semi-finals, who defeated unseeded Swiss player Viktoria Golubi 6-2, 6-2. This is the third time that the Czech Republic’s Piliskova has entered the last four of a Grand Slam event. Prior to this, she reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2017 and the Australian Open in 2019.

Meanwhile, in the men’s section, 14th seed Hubert Harkaz of Poland defeated second seed Daniil Medvedev in a five-set match to enter the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time. The match had to be stopped in the fourth set on Monday due to rain. Harkaj, however, won the match 2-6, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 after winning the fourth and fifth sets.

Harkaj made it to the last eight of a Grand Slam event for the first time. He is the fifth male player to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time this year. Harkaj will next face his idol Roger Federer on Wednesday. Besides Harkaj in the men’s section, players who made their first-ever Wimbledon quarter-finals include Denis Shapovalov of Canada, Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Marton Fuksovich of Hungary and Karen Khachanov of Russia.

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