Barty – Kerber
In the first semifinal of the Championships, it was Barty who played clutch tennis to book her second major singles final.
Kerber had several opportunities to make inroads into Barty’s service games: 0-30 and 15-40 leads on return in the first set.
Barty had all the answers, including charging back from 2-5 in the second set.
It’s quite difficult to lose a match when you have 38 winners to 16 unforced errors.
For Kerber, there is still a lot to be proud of.
I’m sure Kerber would have gladly accepted a 13th career title, a 80th grass win milestone and a fourth Wimbledon SF when she left Paris.
As far as Barty is concerned, she will now try to become the first Australian woman to win the Championships since Evonne Goolagong won her second in 1980.
It would be something if she does it while wearing a Goolagong-inspired kit.
Pliskova – Sabalenka
Pliskova had all the chances in the world to maintain her tournament’s perfect set record when she met Sabalenka in the semis.
Pliskova created EIGHT breakpoints in the first set and converted none
Both players turned up the quality in the final two sets.
But it was Pliskova who came back 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 after facing just ONE breakpoint in the entire match.
Two more slams between now and her 30th birthday, Pliskova will aim to join the Czech club of Navratilova, Novotna and Kvitova.
So maybe this IG post does indeed show the right attitude to being double bageled in a WTA 1000 final by a 19yo.
Berrettini – Hurkacz
Berrettini rattled off the first two sets in no time.
Hurkacz was nowhere to be seen in the early stags.
The Pole did came close to a straight-set loss on multiple occasions but kept the fight on.
Berrettini took an early break in the fourth and never let go.
Berrettini is into a maiden final from his second slam semifinal.
Djokovic – Shapovalov
Djokovic was in trouble at the very beginning. But Shapovalov couldn’t hold onto his first-set lead for long.
Despite an incredibly close 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 scoreline, Djokovic didn’t surrender his serve in the later stages. He kept slipping, however, for some reason.
Djokovic could have wrapped up the third set quicker, but Shapovalov managed to save 6/7 breakpoints.
Eventually Djokovic ended the resistance with an ace.
Meanwhile, in the doubles scene, Vesnina and Kudermetova came back from 2-5 down in the third set to win their semifinal. An exciting final vs. Mertens/Hsieh.