Aryna Sabalenka’s exceptional performance at the 2023 Wimbledon Championships has propelled her into the semi-finals, following a convincing win over Madison Keys. The World No.2 demonstrated her unwavering focus and skill, prevailing with a 6-2, 6-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon. With this triumph, Sabalenka achieves the semi-final stage for the second time in her career and earns the esteemed privilege of playing on Centre Court in the upcoming match.
Sabalenka’s dominance was evident from the start as she swiftly established a commanding 5-1 lead in the first set. Although Keys managed to hold her serve, Sabalenka had a chance to seal the set at 6-2, which she did with an impressive display of power and precision. Employing blistering serves that left Keys struggling to respond, Sabalenka demonstrated her resilience by delivering a crucial ace during a deuce situation. Despite the intermittent challenges, Sabalenka capitalized on the opportunities that came her way, ultimately claiming the set.
In the second set, Keys temporarily gained an advantage by breaking Sabalenka’s serve and surging ahead 4-2. However, Sabalenka swiftly reversed the momentum by breaking back and consolidating her position with a strong hold of her own serve. This breakthrough allowed Sabalenka to level the score at 4-4, setting the stage for a gripping finale. With a decisive break of Keys’ serve, Sabalenka took a firm grip on the match, sealing her victory. She proceeded to serve out the remainder of the set with ease, leaving no room for her opponent to mount a comeback. Despite Keys having a 40-0 advantage on her serve at 4-2, the opportunity slipped away, as Sabalenka capitalized on her opponent’s lapses and emerged as the deserving victor. Her outstanding performance has earned her a place in the highly anticipated semi-finals at SW19.