Sabalenka reaches semifinals of Wimbledon

Aryna Sabalenka advanced Wednesday by beating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 on No. 1 Court to advance to Wimbledon's semifinals.



July 12, 2023 - 2:20 PM

Belarus's Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning a point against Russia's Anna Blinkova during the third round of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club on Saturday, July 8, 2023, in London. Sabalenka advanced, 6-2, 6-3. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for the second straight time, with a one-year break in between because she was banned from the tournament in 2022.

Sabalenka, a Belarusian who is seeded second at the All England Club, had to sit out last year’s competition along with other players from her country and from Russia because of the war in Ukraine. She advanced Wednesday by beating Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.

“It really feels amazing to be back in the semifinals. I can’t wait to play in my second semifinal at Wimbledon,” said Sabalenka, who lost to runner-up Karolina Pliskova in 2021. “Hopefully I can do better than I did last time.”

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