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Wimbledon Semifinals Underway

Tennis

The GIST: And then there were four...it’s time for the Wimbledon semifinals at the All England Club.

July 08, 2021
Source: Ash Barty/Twitter
Source: Ash Barty/Twitter

Women’s singles: Starting today at 8:30 a.m. ET (quick, turn on your TV now), world No. 1 Ash Barty, who’s on the hunt for her first Wimbledon title and second Grand Slam, is facing 2018 Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber.

  • When that’s over, former world No. 1 Karolína Plíšková (pronounced PLISH-koh-vah) faces two-time doubles Grand Slam champ Aryna Sabalenka, as they both play for their first singles major title. The winners of each match will move on to Saturday’s final.

Men’s singles: Canadian Denis “El Shapo” Shapovalov was up first in yesterday’s quarter-finals, winning a wild five-set nail-biter against Russian Karen Khachanov to set himself up for his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal. It’ll be a tough one: Shapo will face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who’s out to win his record-tying 20th Grand Slam, tomorrow.

In the other semi, it’s Italian Matteo Berrettini, who beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (aka Matteo’s girlfriend’s cousin’s boyfriend) in the quarters, and Hubert Hurkacz, an up-and-comer from Poland who stunned Roger Federer in straight sets to get here.