Written By Omolagba Oluwayemi
It was a moment of joy on Tuesday at the Wimbledon open quarter-finals as Centre Court and Court One welcome back 100% crowds.
The cheer which greeted Karolina Pliskova and Viktorija Golubic onto Court One on Tuesday lunchtime might not have been the loudest of the Wimbledon fortnight, but it had the deepest significance.
As the pair strode out, they looked up to see fans sat around all parts of the stadium. No masks, no two metres of separation, no fear.
This day marked another step back towards sporting ‘normality’ in the UK. Capacity crowds were allowed to watch matches on Centre Court and Court One at the All England Club.
It was the first major UK sporting event to be allowed 100%-full stadiums since the corona-virus pandemic began.
But in the main event of the day, it was Karolina Pliskova who comfortably sailed past Viktorija Golubic to enter the semi-final with a thumping 6-2, 6-2 win.
Sadly the quarter-finals did not provide the greatest of thrills or entertainment for the capacity crowd on Centre and Court One but the former World number one will now file out against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the semi-final.
Sabalenka showed all the fighting qualities and power of the tiger tattoo she sports to end the historic run of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur winning 6-4, 6-3.
World number one, Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday moved a step closer to achieving her goal of winning the Wimbledon women’s crown on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s first title victory.
Barty outplayed fellow Australian Ajla Tomljanovic who was appearing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the age of 28, winning 6-1, 6-3 to progress to the semi-finals.
Barty will come up against 2018 champion and former world number one, Angelique Kerber in Thursday’s semi-finals.
Kerber, beat Karolina Muchova 6-2, 6-3, making her the only remaining player to have already been in the last four at the tournament.
The men singles quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday with eight-time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer going head-to-head against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz while world number one and defending champion, Novak Djokovic engages Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics who is the only unseeded player in the round.
On Court One, Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini meets Canadian 16th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime with the fourth quarter-final coming up between Russian 25th seed Karen Khachanov and Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov.
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