Paolini is a lioness: she fights, takes advantage of Keys’ retirement in the third set and flies to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon against Navarro


By John

The golden moment continues Jasmine Pauliniwhich lands for the first time in the quarter-finals of WimbledonThe 28-year-old from Bagni di Lucca, who has never gone beyond the first round on the London grass and was a finalist at the last Roland Garros, takes advantage of the Madison Keys, seeded 12th, retires and last year in the quarterfinals, at 6-3 6-7 (6) 5-5 after two hours and 23 minutes of play. Paolini, the seventh seed, had done well in the second set to come back from 1-5, cancelling two set points before giving in to the tie-break (8-6), where the American had managed to tie the score at the second attempt. A setback that had not defeated the Italian number one, who in the third and decisive set found herself two breaks down (5-2) but recovered them, also thanks to the injury of her rival. In fact, Keys, who had gone to serve for the match at 5-2 but in the last exchange she hurt herself and had to resort to a medical time-out due to a problem with her left thigh that in fact then affected her in the decisive phase of the match, until she retired in tears. On Jasmine’s path now another American: Emma Navarro surprisingly beat Gauff, world No. 2, 6-4, 6-3.