Aryna Sablalenka dominates Madison Keys and secures a semi-final Wimbledon berth
Aryna Sablalenka demonstrated her power and talent on the Wimbledon court as she dominated Madison Keys, earning a place in the semifinals. The Belarusian showed incredible form throughout the match, hitting powerful groundstrokes with pinpoint accuracy and serving. Sabalenka’s booming serves and aggressive style of play dictated the pace of the match, keeping Keys at a disadvantage. She was able to dominate the rally and dictate the game, which frustrated her opponent.
Sabalenka has been successful at Wimbledon in part because of her aggressive style. Keys’s opponents have had a tough time dealing with her powerful groundstrokes, and she has also been known to serve ferociously. Sabalenka was able to create pace and hit winners in any position of the court, making it difficult for Keys’ to control the match or establish rhythm. Sabalenka’s power and talent proved to be too impressive for Keys. Sabalenka booked her spot in the semifinals. Sabalenka’s level of play could make her a formidable opponent in the race to win Wimbledon.
LONDON–World number two Aryna Sabalenka roared into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-2 6-4 win over American Madison Keys on Wednesday.
The Belarusian won on Court One, despite having a tiger-like tattoo on her arm. She will now face either Ons Jabeur The last four.
Sabalenka’s 25-year-old second seed broke in game one of the match. She converted a break point four times with a sweet and slick backhand which sailed over the net just out of Keys reach.
She broke the 28-year old American again, not giving her time to think. Each shot was accompanied by a shrill howl.
Sabalenka finished the set in 38 minutes and looked to be the favourite for her second All England Club semi-final after having reached it on her previous appearance in 2021.
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Keys was determined to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal. She came out with more grit in the second game. The American, who held serve at 3-2 and hit a backhand winner to hold her serve, pumped her hand and shouted. “come on” She looked at the leveling of things.
The 25th seeded player had three breakpoints in the next match and won it when Sabalenka missed a forehand.
The Belarusian then broke back straight away, winning five consecutive points from a 40-0 deficit to steal the momentum from Keys. She fired an ace down to level the match at 4-4 and then broke again to serve out the match.
“I can’t wait to play my second semi final at Wimbledon and hopefully I can do better than last time. It was a really tough match, really great player and super happy I was able to win the second set, (and the) game,” Sabalenka on court said
“Thank you so much for the atmosphere, even though you support her more!,” She added with a grin, which brought applause from her audience.
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