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Sinner, Alcaraz eye Wimbledon semi-finals, Sun targets history

Published : Wednesday, 10 July, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 182

Sinner, Alcaraz eye Wimbledon semi-finals, Sun targets history

Sinner, Alcaraz eye Wimbledon semi-finals, Sun targets history

LONDON, JULY 9: Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz will attempt to set up a blockbuster Wimbledon semi-final on Tuesday, confirming their status as the pathfinders of tenniss next generation.
Lulu Sun, the unheralded qualifier from a remote town in New Zealand, aims to become only the second woman from her country to reach a Grand Slam semi-final.
World number one Sinner takes on fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev in Centre Courts opening quarter-final.
The two have clashed 11 times and their head-to-head reflects the recent rapid rise of the beanpole Italian.
Medvedev won all of the pairs first six meetings while Sinner has swept the past five.
All have come on hard courts, including the Italians fightback from two sets down to defeat Medvedev in Januarys Australian Open final, his first Grand Slam title.
Both men were losing semi-finalists at the All England Club in 2023.
"When Jannik came on tour, he hit strong from every position of the court, but he was missing a lot and losing matches," said Russias Medvedev.
"Then he stopped missing less and now its very tough to beat him. Thats why hes number one in the world."
Defending champion Alcaraz, who is attempting to reach a sixth Grand Slam semi-final, faces Tommy Paul, the American 12th seed.
The 21-year-old Alcaraz will be desperate to have his Wimbledon business done and dusted in time to settle in front of a television to see Spain take on France in the Euro 2024 semi-finals in Germany.
Alcaraz is good friends with Spain captain Alvaro Morata.
"Its time to support them, as I know they are supporting me when Im playing matches or Im playing tournaments," said Alcaraz.
Alcaraz is seeking to become just the sixth man to capture the French Open and Wimbledon titles back to back.
The 27-year-old Paul is in his first Wimbledon quarter-final but arrived at the tournament having won the Queens title on grass.
He has also won two of his four meetings against Alcaraz.
Lulu Sun is the first New Zealand woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals and is bidding to become only the second Kiwi woman to reach a Slam semi-final after Belinda Cordwell at the 1989 Australian Open.
Ranked at 123, Sun came through qualifying and has defeated eighth-ranked Australian Open runner-up Zheng Qinwen as well as 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu.    —AFP







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