WOMEN’S No.1 seed Iga Swiatek made it through a big scare before reaching her first-ever quarter-final at Wimbledon yesterday.
She was joined by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina who also battled through a tough fourth-round clash.
Poland’s Swiatek appeared to be in trouble against Switzerland’s Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and saved two match points in the second set before securing a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 victory.
Wildcard Svitolina was then backed by the crowd to a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 win against Belarusian Victoria Azarenka.
In the men’s singles, Andrey Rublev advanced to his eighth Grand Slam quarter-final after surviving a fightback by Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan to win in five sets.
Rublev will have to wait to know his next opponent after defending champion Novak Djokovic edged into a 7-6, 7-6 lead against Hubert Hurkacz before play was suspended last night.
Hurkacz — the man who ended eight-time champion Roger Federer’s Wimbledon career in 2021 — produced an unbelievable 23 aces, with one of them clocked at 141 miles per hour, the fastest serve of the tournament so far.
Jannik Sinner made the quarter-finals for the second year in a row as he defeated Colombia’s Daniel Galan.
Sinner’s 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory earned him a clash with unseeded Russian Roman Safiullin, who beat injured Canadian Denis Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 6-1 6-3.
In the women’s singles, American fourth seed Jessica Pegula reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time as she eased past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-3.
She is only the fifth American woman in the last 25 years to reach the last eight at all four Grand Slams.
Pegula will face former French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova after she beat Marie Bouzkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
PHOTO: Iga Swiatek.