Jasmine Paolini defeats Madison Keys at Wimbledon in a most unsettling way

WIMBLEDON—A common activity for those visiting London is to head to the theatre district and take in a play. But if it’s drama theatergoers seek, they ought to head to the southwest portion of the city—particularly this Sunday afternoon, for an exceptionally see-saw-like round-of-16 match between seventh-seeded Jasmine Paolini and 12th-seeded Madison Keys.

The plot spoiler here is that this tussle on No. 1 Court ended in a way that couldn’t help but make one feel sorry for both players. With Paolini serving at 5-5, 15-all in the third set, Keys limped forward to retire due to a left thigh injury that had cropped up earlier.

Upon that mutually frustrating conclusion, Paolini advanced to her second consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. Remarkably, as recently as last December, Paolini had only won four singles matches in 16 Grand Slam tournaments. But in 2024, she’s gone to the round of 16 at the Australian Open, the final of Roland Garros and, now, the last eight at Wimbledon.

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