The German Tatjana Maria, 34 years old and number 103 in the WTA classification, reached the Wimbledon semifinals on Tuesday by beating her compatriot Jule Niemeier, 97th tennis player in the world, 4-6, 6-2 and 7-5.
«I have goosebumps, it is a dream to live this with my family, with my two girls. Less than a year ago, I was giving birth… it is crazy », assured Maria in front of the public of the track N.1 of the London All England Club.
Until now, the German had not passed the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, the stage in which she had fallen at Wimbledon in 2015.
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On Tuesday in his first round of XNUMX match, he came back from a match in which he started losing the first set and found himself a break down in the second.
But he found the resources to prevail over his 22-year-old opponent, who was playing her second Grand Slam tournament.
“I have played the points one after another,” explained Maria simply.
On Thursday she will face the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, number two in the world, or the Czech Maria Bouzkova, 66th in the classification, for a place in the final.
“It would be great to play with Ons, he is part of the family. She plays with my daughters all the time », assured Maria.