Tatjana Maria, 34 years old, ten Wimbledon participants, mother of two. 22-year-old Jule Niemeier is competing in a grass-only classic for the first time. Despite all their differences ahead of the big German clash, the two surprise players of the tournament have a common sense. “Being in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon is the same for me and me,” Maria said ahead of Tuesday’s (2pm) match: “It’s fantastic.” For both of them, breaking into the top eight of a Grand Slam tournament is the biggest achievement of their careers. The most important answers before the German Wimbledon festival.
Maria or Niemeyer: Who’s Favorite?
Due to their sovereign efficiency, Niemier is slightly favored in fights. She has a shifty game on grass, serves well, has a powerful forehand, likes to go to the net and has feeling. But Maria is a fighter and uses her undercut balls for an unusual and unpleasant shot that frustrates many opponents. Her husband and coach, Charles-Edouard Maria, has always designed the perfect competition tactics. “I don’t really have a problem with that because I know how to play a slice myself,” Niemeyer says confidently of his opponent’s greatest strength. “I don’t care that I don’t know how to react to it.”
How much prize money do Maria and Niemeyer have?
Both players have already received the equivalent of €360,000 for the quarter-final, surpassing Niemeyer’s entire prize money from his previous career. There will be €621,000 in the semi-finals, with the winner of the tournament up to €2.32 million.
Where can you watch sports on TV?
Unlike the other three Grand Slam tournaments, German tennis fans from Wimbledon will not see live images on free-to-air television. Payment channel the sky has acquired the rights and is telecasting live on Tuesdays from 1:45 PM onwards. There is a conference channel with former Davis Cup captain Patrick Kuhn as expert and full-length games like the German quarter-final.
How tough was the road to the quarter finals?
Apart from her third-round match against world number five Maria Zachary, Maria has always had to overcome three sets and has been on court for 7:31 hours in singles. Niemeier was almost two hours short (5:33). Yet Maria, twelve years his senior, feels rested enough for the big game. “I have to be honest it’s good for me because I always have days off. I feel relatively fit and I don’t think it’s a problem for me.”
Road to quarter-finals at a glance:
R. Sharma (AUS) 4:6, 6:3, 6:4
Cirstea (RUM/26) 6:3, 1:6, 7:5
Zakari (GRI/5) 6:3, 7:5
Ostapenko (LET/12) 5:7, 7:5, 7:5
Wang (CHN) 6:1, 6:4
Kontaveit (EST/2) 6:4, 6:0
Jurenko (UKR) 6:4, 3:6, 6:3
Watson (GB) 6-2, 6-4
What does success bring to the world rankings?
Nothing. Due to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, organizers have excluded all Russian and Belarusian players. In response, the professional bodies ATP and WTA canceled world ranking points for the tournament.
How many times have German players played in the Wimbledon semi-finals?
Most recently, Angelique Gerber made it to the top four last year and lost against eventual winner Ash Party of Australia. In total, there have been five German Wimbledon semifinalists in the history of professional tennis. Steffi Graf is a seven-time winner.
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