Wimbledon: Barty sets up semi-final date with Kerber, Zverev crashes out

Zverev seemed on course for victory but the Canadian turned things around to everyone's shock in the final set.

Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon 2021. (Image:Twitter)

Top seed Ashleigh Barty beat Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets on Tuesday to advance to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. It was a rather comfortable victory for the Australian as she dominated the entirety of the match. Barty did not show any sign of slipping up throughout the game, and it was rather one-sided considering that it was the quarter-finals of The Championships. The scoreline at the end of the match was 6-1, 6-3 in Barty’s favor. While Tomljanovi did better in the second set than she did in the first, she never held a candle to the number 1 seed. Barty will face defending champion Angelique Kerber who won her quarter-final tie against Karolina Muchova 6-2, 6-3. The match has the potential to be one of the games of the tournament.

Barty managed to score five aces whereas Tomljanovic could only win two. The top seed did, however, concede more double faults with four than her opponent with two. On the first serve, Barty had the higher win percentage with 69% whereas her opponent could only manage 48%. It was an even more one-sided affair during the second serve as Barty once again had a 69% win percentage whereas Tomljanovic could only manage 38%.

The number 1 seed managed to win six out of 11 break points whereas her opponent could only manage to win two out of four. Barty also won more service games with six than Tomljanovic with two.


While things went as expected on the women’s side, there was a big shock over at the men’s. Fourth seed Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the round of 16 after he fell to a shock defeat at the hands of Canadian tennis player Felix Auger Aliassime. Aliassime is the 16th seed. Zverev seemed on course for victory but the Canadian turned things around to everyone’s shock in the final set and won what could be one of the matches of the tournament. The scoreline at the end of it read 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 in Aliassime’s favor.

The Canadian scored an impressive 17 aces, almost double that of Zverev who won nine. He also conceded only six double faults whereas Zverev conceded an unprecedented 20. On the first serve, the fourth seed had a higher win percentage with 79%. However, Aliassime was not far behind as he had a win percentage of 71%. The 16th seed had a higher win percentage on the second serve with 66% whereas Zverev could only manage 54%.

The German did win more break points with six out of 12 but the Canadian was only marginally behind him in that statistic as he won five out of 13. It was very tight in the service games as well. Zverev won 20 while Aliassime won 19.  With most of the stats so even, it seems like it was the double faults that cost the German at the end of the day. In any match, 20 double faults are quite incredible. However, nothing must be taken away from Aliassime. He displayed his class brilliantly and deserves to be in the quarter-finals.

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