World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will continue her deepest career run at Wimbledon on Tuesday when she takes on fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in a quarterfinal matchup on Centre Court.
Barty overcomes slow start to beat Krejcikova
FanDuel Sportsbook now lists Barty as the +200 pick to win Wimbledon this year. Barty had never previously advanced past the fourth round in the tournament.
Barty advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over 14th-seeded Barbora Krejcikova. The No. 1 seed started slowly, with Krejcikova taking an early 4-2 lead before the Australian turned the tables.
“Probably for the first 15 or 20 minutes, I felt like I was really struggling to pick up her ball off her racket,” Barty said after her win. “I wasn’t able to give myself a chance to get into games, plain and simple. Once I was able to do that, getting a break back instantly at 4-3 to level things out was a good game.”
Barty (-550) comes into the quarterfinal as a solid favorite over Tomljanovic, who also played her fourth-round match on Monday. Tomljanovic defeated British wildcard Emma Raducanu when Raducanu retired midway through the second set. Tomljanovic held a 6-4, 3-0 lead at the time.
No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka also advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over No. 18 Elena Rybakina. Sabalenka, who reached her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, had never advanced past the second round at Wimbledon.
Sabalenka will next face No. 21 seed Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian is also making her deepest run at Wimbledon, and only has one prior Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2020 Australian Open. Sabalenka comes into the match as the -152 favorite over Jabeur (+126).
Kerber ends Gauff’s Wimbledon Run
Wimbledon has scheduled all four Ladies’ quarterfinals matches for Tuesday. No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova (-245) takes on Viktorija Golubic (+198), while 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber (-154) battles Karolina Muchova (+128).
Kerber reached the quarterfinals by knocking off Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-4 on Monday. While Gauff was disappointed by her loss, the 17-year-old American said that it was a sign that her breakthrough probably isn’t far off.
“I just feel like I’m close,” Gauff said after the match. “Always competitive in these matches against these top players, you know, like, making the second week, so I feel like I’m close. I just need to do better on certain points, and certain moments in the match I have to notice when the momentum changes and how to react to when it changes.”
Meanwhile, the ageless Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 18th time in his career by beating No. 23 seed Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. Federer, now a +850 pick to win the tournament, will face either Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday. Medvedev and Hurkacz will finish their match – which stopped due to rain – on Tuesday, with Medvedev leading 6-2, 6-7 (7-2), 6-3, 3-4.