All German Women Out of Wimbledon
In 2022, the quarterfinal duel at Wimbledon was between Tatjana Maria and Jule Niemeier. A year later, Maria didn't even make it to the second round. And Niemeier only won one match. Their exits mark the end of the road for German women at Wimbledon.
Jule Niemeier was eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon. The 23-year-old from Dortmund lost to Dalma Galfi from Hungary with a score of 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-6 in sunny London, showing a very weak performance.
Last year, Niemeier reached the quarterfinals at the grass-court classic, where she lost to Tatjana Maria in an all-German tennis match. Against Galfi, she made a total of 56 unforced errors and was defeated by the world number 126 after 2 hours and 37 minutes. "That was definitely the turning point," said Niemeier, who hadn't yet analyzed her disappointing performance. "Honestly, I haven't thought about the match since I left the court. I just realized once again that there are more important things in life than tennis," Niemeier said, leaving it unclear what exactly she meant.
Jule Niemeier: "Broken by my own expectations"
"I think compared to the first round, it was a very bad match from me," she added. "Maybe I also broke under my own expectations and couldn't deliver the performance I had shown before."
On the fifth day of the tournament, Tamara Korpatsch was also eliminated. The 28-year-old from Hamburg lost to Serbian player Natalija Stevanovic with a score of 5-7, 5-7. The northern German had actually failed in the qualifying rounds but managed to enter the main draw as a lucky loser. This was the first time Korpatsch reached the second round at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
With that, there are no more German female players left in the singles competition at Wimbledon. Last year's semifinalist Maria and Anna-Lena Friedsam had already been eliminated in the first round.
Jule Niemeier makes too many unforced errors
Niemeier's performance, on the other hand, is a disappointment. Against Galfi, the Dortmund player quickly fell behind with a break, but then won four games in a row and took the first set after 41 minutes. However, that didn't give her any confidence. In the second set, Niemeier made too many unforced errors. She seemed unfocused, especially after Galfi fell and needed treatment at 3-3 and 40-40 in the second set. In the first round, Niemeier's opponent Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic also required medical help after a fall. "It's never easy to play against someone who is injured," Niemeier had said after the first round.
Jule Niemeier doesn't put up a fight in the third set
This proved to be true against Galfi as well. Niemeier managed to save two set points for the Hungarian player, but ultimately lost the set in a tiebreak. Now there was a definite breakdown in the German player's game. Niemeier quickly conceded a break in the deciding set and practically gave up. Without much resistance, she lost the third set 1-6, experiencing yet another disappointment in what has been a weak year so far.