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Jelena Ostapenko is the realest of offers.
If, for no matter purpose, there’d been any lingering sense that her French Open title run final month was a flash within the pan, Ostapenko definitively put it to relaxation Monday, knocking off fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-three, 7-6 (6) to succeed in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
The 20-yr-previous is the primary lady since Kim Clijsters in 2006 to comply with up her first Grand Slam title by making at the very least the quarters on the following main.
Like almost each match she’s gained because the begin of that fateful French Open, it didn’t come simply, and it required Ostapenko to dig in and brandish her steely nerves. It virtually received away from her within the second set, and it finally took eight match factors to punch via.
She led 5-2 within the second set, served for the match at 5-three, and acquired damaged a second straight time whereas serving at 5-all. For a second, it appeared Svitolina was going to do to Ostapenko what she’d had accomplished to her by Simona Halep on the French Open: storm again to win a set that had seemed out of attain, then run away with the third after breaking her opponent’s spirit.
However Ostapenko’s spirit is a troublesome nut to crack. Getting ready to collapse, with Svitolina serving for the set and main 30-zero, the ascendant Latvian rediscovered her satan-might-care angle and gained 4 straight factors – off two winners and two pressured errors – to ship it to a tiebreaker. So relaxed did she appear from that time ahead, that after dumping a second-serve return into internet on her seventh match level, she simply smiled.
She gained the match on the next level.