“[Ostapenko] did amazing things that year, and she was the same age as me,” Vondrousova said, acknowledging the Latvian’s performance was, and remains, an inspiration - and something she is now just two wins away from replicating herself. “I mean, it's very tough to win these matches and, like, win seven matches in a row. It's like a dream now, and I'm just very happy.”
What aspect of this quarter-final victory did she take particular satisfaction in? “I’m just so happy that I beat her at last!” said Vondrousova with delightful understatement. Happy to beat Martic? Or happy to reach the semi final? “Both!” she said, beaming.
Asked to expand on the variety and finesse she brings to the big-hitting aggressive style we associate with the Czech women’s game, she said simply, “It’s fun for me. I’m really enjoying it. I try to serve well, move well. I like drop shots.” She might have added lobs, for on Tuesday evening, she displayed a near-perfect lob radar.