Success unlocked: Maria Bouzkova qualified for a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in her career after beating Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon, 7-5, 6-2.
The 2014 US Open junior champion hadn’t made it past the second round of a Grand Slam in 13 tries before entering Wimbledon, but has now won eight straight sets since losing the match at Wimbledon. opener against No. 7 seed Danielle Collins in the first round. earned Bouzkova another milestone at the All-England Club: her first-ever Grand Slam main draw victory came at Wimbledon three years ago.
Bouzkova’s win over world No. 56 Garcia is her third win this week against players ranked ahead of her; in addition to Collins, the world No. 66 also upset No. 28 seed and former quarter-finalist Alison Riske-Amritraj in Round 3.
Band history: Bouzkova ended Bad Homburg Garcia’s eight-game grass-court winning streak in 83 minutes by breaking serve four times. She is now 2-0 in her career against the former world No. 4, having also beaten her on grass last year in Birmingham.
Bouzkova started the match with a break, and although Garcia recovered the set on serve at 4-4, he quickly regained momentum. From 5-4 in the set, Bouzkova won nine of the last 11 games of the game.
Bouzkova’s run this fortnight has been defined by her consistency and transformation from defense to attack; she hit just four unforced errors against Garcia – plus 13 winners – marking the third time at this Championship that she hit fewer than 10 unforced errors in victory.
Next: Although not seeded, Bouzkova is the last remaining Czech player in the draw; a Czech has now reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in three consecutive years. She will next face No. 3 seed Ons Jabeur or No. 24 seed Elise Mertens.
“It will be special again, for sure. There is no reason not to continue,” Bouzkova said.
“[I’m] kind of believe in me right now. But above all, enjoying my tennis, enjoying every day here. All these new emotions that I feel this week, it’s already very special for me. I’m just going to do it all again in the quarter-finals.”
Niemeier ends British hopes on center court and beats Watson in Round of 16
In only her second Grand Slam main draw, 22-year-old German Jule Niemeier also reached her first-ever major quarter-final. To get there, Niemeier ended the hopes of the last remaining British player, Heather Watson, in an emphatic 6-2, 6-4 victory.
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The world No. 97 lost in the final qualifying round at Wimbledon 12 months ago and only made her major debut last month at Roland Garros. During her debut on center court, the German showed no sign of nervousness; she won five in a row to win the first set and won six of the last eight by 2-0 in the second set.
Statistics of the day: For the first time in 10 years, two Germans will play for a place in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Niemeier’s next opponent is fellow 34-year-old Tatjana Maria, who saved two match points in a three-set loss to No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko.