Tatjana Maria holds her racquet in the air as she celebrates her win over Jelena Ostapenko

Tatjana Maria, 34 and mother of two, reaches the Wimbledon quarterfinals after 35 attempts

She never stopped believing and now Tatyana Maria is three matches away from becoming the first tennis mother since the great Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980 who won Wimbledon.

Maria saved two match points on Sunday to continue her massive run through the draw and reach her maiden grand slam quarterfinal at age 34.

Tunisian third seed Ons Jabeur, the highest ranked player still standing, also rolled on with a hard-earned 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 victory over Elise Mertens.

But it is Maria who is suddenly the talk of the tournament.

The world No. 103 upset Jelena Ostapenko 5-7 7-5 7-5 of the twelfth series to add the 2017 French Open champion to her growing list of scalps during this remarkable campaign.

The mother of two, also the oldest remaining woman in the draw, had already knocked out Greek fifth seed Maria Sakkari and Australian qualifier Astra Sharma to make it into the second week in a major for the first time in 35 attempts.


Maria saved the two match points at 4-5 in the second set before beating Ostapenko to seal the win in two hours and eight minutes.

With a previous best grand slam result with a third round appearance at Wimbledon in 2015, the German will face compatriot Julie Niemeier on Tuesday for a very unlikely place in the last four.

“There’s always the belief that I can do it,” said Maria, who had her first daughter in 2013 and a second last April.

“That’s why I came back after the first (child). That’s why I came back after the second. If not, if I don’t believe I can do these things, I wouldn’t be here.

“So there is always this belief [to] keep going and improving and doing my best in the end.

“I’m in the Wimbledon quarter-finals now, so it’s really great for me.

If Maria goes ahead and lifts the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday, she will have accomplished a feat not even Serena Williams has managed.

Tatyana Maria had her first daughter in 2013, and a second last April.Getty Images: Clive Brunskill

Williams was still chasing a record-equivalent 24th grand slam crown, but lost the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon finals after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in 2017.

After ousting second-seeded Anett Kontaveit in the second round, Wimbledon newcomer Niemeier crashed into Heather Watson’s party with a 6-2 6-4 last-16 win over Britain’s last hopes of women’s singles.

“I can’t believe it. I’m sorry I had to kick a British player out today. The atmosphere was incredible,” said Niemeier, who was only playing her second Grand Slam tournament.

New title favorite Jabeur is next up against Marie Bouzkova after the Czech became the first player to beat the quarter-finals behind Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 7-5 and 6-2.

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