Karolina Pliskova Joins Illustrious List With Serena Williams, Venus and Others After Quarterfinal Victory at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/07/2021, 3:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic REUTERS/Paul Childs


Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova punched her ticket to the semifinals in the Ladies’ Singles Category at Wimbledon. The Czech beat Viktorija Golubic in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to set up a semifinal clash with #2 seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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While Pliskova reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the first time, she joined an elite list of active players.

Karolina Pliskova joins Serena and Venus Williams in illustrious category

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The #8 seed looked untroubled in her quarterfinal against Golubic earlier today. In fact, she continued her blistering run of winning every match in straight sets at Wimbledon with her win over the unseeded Swiss.

Pliskova joined top seed Ashleigh Barty, Angelique Kerber and Sabalenka in the final four. However, her first appearance in the semifinals at Wimbledon made her only the sixth active player to compete in a semifinal at all four Grand Slams.

The World No. 13 joins an illustrious list of players with this feat. This list includes the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters and Simona Halep. Another interesting point to note is that all six of these players ranked #1 in the world in their careers.

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The #8 seed faces a stiff test in the semifinal against Sabalenka on July 8. Earlier today, her Belarussian opponent swept Tunisian Ons Jabeur in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to win her quarterfinal.

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While Sabalenka is the #2 seed in this tournament, she didn’t win all her matches in straight sets like Pliskova. However, Pliskova faced unseeded opponents in her run to the semi final unlike Sabalenka. This could prove to be a more difficult challenge for the #8 seed than the opponents she faced earlier in the tournament.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in action during her quarter final match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic REUTERS/Paul Childs

However, the Czech player comes with more experience on the tour than Sabalenka, which could help her on the grass courts at Wimbledon. Should Pliskova beat Sabalenka, she could set up a potential final with either Kerber or Barty on July 10. Can the #8 seed take her first ever Grand Slam at Wimbledon? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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