Mother-of-two Tatjana Maria in Wimbledon semis

Mother-of-two Tatjana Maria reaches Wimbledon semis to continue fairytale run

Mother-of-two Tatjana Maria reaches Wimbledon semis to continue fairytale run

Mother-of-two Tatjana Maria made it to the Wimbledon semis on Tuesday, in what has been the feel-good story of the tournament.

The 34-year-old beat German compatriot Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinal clash on Court One.

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Maria, who gave birth to her second daughter, Cecilia, 15 months ago, will play third seed Ons Jabeur for a place in the final at the All England Club.

But the veteran, who came back from maternity leave just under a year ago, said despite her shock run at Wimbledon, being a mum was the most important thing in her life.

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“I’m in the semifinal of Wimbledon, it’s crazy, but I’m still a mum,” said the World No 103.

“After this I will go out over there and I will see my kids and I will do the same thing what I do every single day.

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“I will change her Pampers (nappies), I mean, everything normal. I try to keep normal as much as possible, because what makes me proudest is to be a mum.”

Jabeur breaks new ground

World No 2 Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam on Tuesday.

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The Tunisian went one set down to Czech opponent Marie Bouzkova but lost only two games after that as she powered to a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win on Centre Court.

“I am really, really happy especially that it happened on this court because I have so much love for this court,” she said.

“Hopefully the journey for me will continue.”

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But she explained that it would be difficult to face 34-year-old Maria, whom she described as her “barbeque buddy”.

“It is going to be tough to play her (Maria), she is a great friend,” the Tunisian said.

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“I am really happy she is in a semi-final — look at her now, she is in a semi-final after having two babies. It is an amazing story.”