Status: 05.07.2022 4:27 p.m.
Tatjana Maria’s triumph at Wimbledon continues. In the dramatic quarter-finals against compatriot Jule Niemeier, she again showed comeback qualities.
Tatjana Maria dropped the racket, put her hands over her mouth and, when she fell on Jule Niemeier’s arm at the net, she cried with joy. After an initially nervous quarter-final, which ended in dramatic and emotional fashion, the two German Wimbledon surprises went their separate ways. Maria will play for a place in the final after her next comeback, while Niemeier will return home after her memorable All England Club debut and the biggest success of her young career to date.
After 2h18, Maria converts her first match point in 4:6, 6:2, 7:5, husband Charles Edouard acclaimed in his dressing room, daughters Charlotte (8 years old) and Cécilia (1 year old) should be little childcare stars in the training park were. His mother in the semi-finals of the most important tennis tournament in the world – nobody expected it.
Maria: “A year ago, I was almost exclusively breastfeeding”
“I have goosebumps all over the place,” Maria said in the court interview after the match. “It was such a tough match against Jule. We both come from the same country and I think we made Germany proud today.” Maria and Niemeier play together in the Bundesliga for Essen club TC Bredeney.
Now Maria, née Malek, is playing for the Wimbledon final at the age of 34 and only 15 months after her second birth as the fifth German. There she will meet the winner of the match between world number two Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic on Thursday, July 7, 2022. “It’s a dream to experience this with my family,” Maria said. “A year ago, I was almost exclusively breastfeeding.” Again and again she advocates for more support from mothers on the WTA tour.
Niemeier starts better
Steffi Graf had won the title seven times here, Angelique Kerber triumphed in 2018, Sabine Lisicki reached the final in 2013 and Julia Görges also reached the semi-finals four years ago.
So now Maria – not Jule Niemeier, who was considered an easy favorite. And at first it actually looked like she could continue her wonderful journey. Maria’s dreaded slice, that undercut that had previously despaired her notable opponents, didn’t go as sharply as usual. And although Niemeier committed a number of double faults, Maria ran after an early break to no avail in the opening set.
Maria with a big beating heart
It wasn’t until she lost her second serve that she found her way into the match and turned a 0:1 deficit into a 4:1 lead and managed to tie the set. Maria made up for her loss in the third set by 2:4 – and thanks to her beating heart she can continue to dream of the title. Niemeier can console himself with £310,000 in prize money, doubling his previous winnings.
She does not get points for the world ranking, which was removed from the tournament after the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players. For the main draw of the US Open, the number 97 in the ranking therefore needs good results in the coming weeks. His surprising run at Wimbledon should give Niemeier the confidence to do just that.