Wimbledon 2017: Belgian nun upends France’s Jeremy Chardy to advance to wheelchair tennis slam final

SAN FRANCISCO — Diede de Groot of Belgium cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over eighth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France in the first singles semifinal at the 2017 wheelchair tennis grand slam in San…

Wimbledon 2017: Belgian nun upends France’s Jeremy Chardy to advance to wheelchair tennis slam final


SAN FRANCISCO — Diede de Groot of Belgium cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over eighth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France in the first singles semifinal at the 2017 wheelchair tennis grand slam in San Francisco on Saturday night.

Chardy dropped serve on his first match point, and de Groot reached the final for the first time in 10 trips to the semifinals at the event in an elegant gold dress (she didn’t even need tape).

Diede de Groot, who will be 34 in August, won her fourth major final of the year at the Wimbledon event in June, three of them coming in singles.

If de Groot beats Sara Belfry, who beat 28th-seeded Sharleen Spiteri of Australia 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the other semifinal, she will be the oldest woman to win a major singles title.

Belfry, 30, who also won this event in 2015, has reached at least the semifinals five times, most recently in 2011.

The first appearance of a seeded player in the women’s wheelchair singles final came on Friday night when sixth-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain beat 2014 champion Tatjana Maria of Germany in a three-set match that lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes.

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