Alcaraz passes test at Wimbledon, Rybakina on fire

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LONDON : Top seed Carlos Alcaraz survived his first big test at this year's Wimbledon on Saturday and women's champion Elena Rybakina doused British hopes as the big names moved through the gears into the second week.Despite more rain on day six, the slow-burner tournament began to heat up with women's se

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LONDON : Top seed Carlos Alcaraz survived his first big test at this year's Wimbledon on Saturday and women's champion Elena Rybakina doused British hopes as the big names moved through the gears into the second week.

What is sometimes forgotten, however, is that the 20-year-old Spaniard is playing just his fourth tournament on grass.But despite at one stage heading towards a fifth-set decider he managed to land the telling blows when required to emerge with a 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5 victory on Centre Court. "I honestly don't know. It feels unbelievable. It is something I didn't think could happen. It must be something special about this place," the 27-year-old Italian said.

"So that's important for me to try to prove to myself and maybe everyone else that I can do it and can go far." Next she will face Beatriz Haddad Maia who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-2 and who is aiming to become the first Brazilian woman to reach the last eight here since the great Maria Bueno in 1968.

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