Germany’s Tatiana Maria defeated No. 5 Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 7-5 in the third round at Wimbledon in London on Friday.
Maria, ranked world number 103, saved six of seven break points and finished the 90-minute match with just 12 unforced errors, 17 fewer than Sakkari.
Mother-of-two Maria, 34, just a year removed from maternity leave, reached the round of 16 for the first time in her career.
“For the first time in the last 16, so it’s already amazing,” said Maria in her post-match press conference. “To win against Sakkari today is pretty cool. I think I had a good match from start to finish.”
Entering the All England Club this week, Maria had not won a Grand Slam main draw since 2018. He trailed 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set, then held two set points in the 10th game to win. even at 5-5.
Maria’s opponent in the fourth round will be No. 12 racket, Latvian Elena Ostapenko, 2017 French Open champion, 2018 Wimbledon semifinalist.
On Friday, Ostapenko won 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu. Ostapenko converted six of her 10 break chances and finished with 28 winners and 27 unforced errors compared to Begu’s 15 winners and 19 errors.
No. 24 Belgian Elise Mertens won 6-4, 7-5 over 2018 Wimbledon champion and No. 15 German Angelique Kerber. Kerber finished with almost twice as many unforced errors as Mertens, 26-14.
Mertens was coming off a marathon second-round match against Hungary’s Penna Udvardi, a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win that lasted from Wednesday night into Thursday.
“It was a very difficult match [in the] second round, losing the first set and then dropping two match points,” Mertens said. “Playing the third set yesterday, so I kind of feel like I’m on the court non-stop.
“…I think that really helped me for today, to know that even when you’re down, you can get back up by being mentally tough.”
Mertens next faces No. 3 seed Ons Jabour of Tunisia, who faced little trouble in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to France’s Diane Parry.
France’s Carolina Garcia had better luck, firing 16 aces in a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win against China’s No. 33 Shuai Zhang. Garcia reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2017.
Other winners on Friday included Great Britain’s Heather Watson, Germany’s Jules Niemeyer and Czech Republic’s Marie Buzkova, who beat 28th-ranked American Alison Riske 6-2, 6-3.
— Field level media
Tatiana Maria upset No. 5 Maria Sakkari at Wimbledon
SourceTatiana Maria upset No. 5 Maria Sakkari at Wimbledon