COURT REPORT: Svitolina’s route to the semis was as hard as it gets

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COURT REPORT: Elina Svitolina’s route to the semis was as hard as it gets and Jannik Sinner gets little practice ahead of Novak Djokovic tie… while the players with the most winners and unforced errors are revealed

The semi-finals of Wimbledon are on the horizon with Thursday to play host to the women’s singles on Centre Court.

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The men’s doubles will also continue on Thursday, while the women’s doubles and men’s singles will have to wait until Friday. 

Wednesday saw Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev progress, while the competition moved one step closer to players from Ukraine and Belarus facing off in the women’s singles following a victory for Aryna Sabalenka.

The day saw plenty more action, too, with England cricket captain Ben Stokes throwing down a few serves, the crowd finding Kader Nouni’s confusion amusing and a focus on Jannik Sinner’s draw.

Here is Mail Sport’s Court Report from Wimbledon by Matthew Lambert.

Elina Svitolina's route to the semi-finals of Wimbledon has been as tough as they come

Elina Svitolina’s route to the semi-finals of Wimbledon has been as tough as they come

Jannik Sinner meanwhile, has had a favourable draw - though faces Novak Djokovic next

Jannik Sinner meanwhile, has had a favourable draw – though faces Novak Djokovic next

Elina has it tough

Elina Svitolina’s route to Thursday’s semi-finals has been as tough as they come.

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Four of her five opponents have been former Grand Slam champions: Venus Williams, Sofia Kenin, Victoria Azarenka and Iga Swiatek. 

Jannik on easy street

Jannik Sinner, meanwhile, has had a saintly draw. These are the ranks of the players he has taken out en route to the last four: 111, 98, 79, 85, 92. You can only beat what’s in front of you but it’s not ideal preparation for facing Novak Djokovic. 

Fans in fits over Nouni confusion

Umpire Kader Nouni’s rich caramel purr is the best voice in tennis. But the Centre Court crowd picked an unfortunate time to suddenly find it hilarious — the Frenchman having got muddled with the set score in the Jabeur-Rybakina clash. 

Umpire Kader Nouni left fans giggling when he got muddled with the set score during Wednesday's Jabeur-Rybakina clash

Umpire Kader Nouni left fans giggling when he got muddled with the set score during Wednesday’s Jabeur-Rybakina clash

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New bowls please!

England Test captain Ben Stokes was at Wimbledon on Wednesday and he sent down a couple of serves in the Vodafone speed gun booth. 

Mail Sport can reveal that his two efforts were clocked at 86 and 92mph! 

Aces are high for super Sabalenka

Now the semi-finals are set, here’s a look at who is leading the various tallies in the singles events:

WHO LEADS THE WAY?
Men Women
Aces: Sinner, Medvedev 57
Double faults: Alcaraz 20
Break points saved: Alcaraz 81 per cent
Winners: Djokovic 209 Unforced errors: Alcaraz 121
Aces: Sabalenka 35
Double faults: Sabalenka 18
Break points saved: Jabeur
Winners: Svitolina 132 Unforced errors: Svitolina 127

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