LONDON (AP) — Ranked 87th and unseeded at Wimbledon, Magdalena Rybarikova is making quite a run at the grass-court major.
The 28-year-old Slovak reached the semifinals at the All England Club on Tuesday, beating CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 and improving her record on grass to 18-1 this season.
“I won Birmingham (in 2009). Now I won two titles, ITF, I made semifinals in Nottingham, and I won against good players,” said Rybarikova, referring to a couple of lower-tier tournaments and the Aegon Open.
“I just recently played ITFs in Surbiton. I was thinking that I was nervous more there than today. I have no idea how come I was that calm. Obviously I was nervous, but I was not like I would shake. Sometimes I can get really nervous and really tight. But this match I was quite positive.”
Rybarikova is the lowest ranked player to make it to the Wimbledon semifinals since Zheng Jie did it in 2008 when she was ranked No. 133. She had never before even played in the second week of a major tournament and is the first Slovakian woman to reach the semifinals at the All England Club.