Gadecki grabs final qualifying spot to achieve lifelong dream

Australia’s Olivia Gadecki was the last woman to earn a coveted main-draw spot at Wimbledon following a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over France’s Elsa Jacquemot.

Olivia Gadecki during the semifinal

The match was played in difficult conditions with a strong winds.

Last year Gadecki would feel the disappointment of reaching this stage to only lose at the final hurdle.

This time she was not letting that happen again.

It was the Frenchwoman that got off to the better start, breaking Gadecki in the second game to lead 2-0.

Gadecki was down 4-5 and broke her opponent to stay in the first set, from there she won the next three games to take the first set 7-5.

In the second set the Australians winning percentage on first serve dropped from 85% in the first set to 62% in the second.

Jacquemot broke Gadecki in the fourth game to setup a 6-4 win to take the match to a tense third set decider.

Gadecki raced out to a 4-1 lead to almost have the match wrapped-up. She held many break points in the marathon sixth game before her opponent held after 20 points.

The Australian had to fight off break points in the seventh and ninth games to maintain her break of serve. Big serving and controlled ground strokes helped achieve that.

Gadecki was down 15-40 in the seventh game. If broken then it may have been different.

“I told myself that ‘I can do and to believe in myself. I’ve done the work and I’ve been in these situations quite a few times, so I deserve to play in the main event’ and that pushed me,” said Gadecki.

“It means so much to me”

“You really work for these moments and to be able to walk through those gates (at the All England Lawn Tennis Club) being in the main draw is something I’ve dreamt about for my whole life. I’m just really proud of myself.”

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