Tatiana Maria enjoys her ‘dream’ run at Wimbledon 15 months after giving birth to her second child.

That’s because her eight-year-old daughter Charlotte, a budding tennis star, works out every morning. Later that day, Maria herself will take to the court, which on Tuesday meant the biggest victory of her career and a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

With a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over German compatriot Jules Niemeyer, 34-year-old Maria continued her outstanding performance at SW19 – 15 months after the birth of her second daughter, Cecilia.

“This is a dream,” she said in her interview at the trial, “a dream to live like this with my family, with my two little girls. I mean, a year ago I just had a baby.”

Prior to this year’s Wimbledon, Maria had never advanced past the third round of a Grand Slam in 34 attempts. So it’s no wonder she admitted to having “goosebumps all over” as she soaked up the applause from Court No. 1. 1 is the site of her combat victory on Tuesday.

But as she prepares for the semi-finals against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, it’s unlikely that Maria will change her daily routine to combine tennis with motherhood.

“I’m in the Wimbledon semi-finals and it’s crazy, but I’m still a mom and after that I’ll go there and see my kids and do the same thing I do every single day,” she told reporters. .

“I will change diapers, everything is as usual. I try to keep (everything) as long as possible. That’s what I’m most proud of – being a mom.”

Maria celebrates victory in the second set against Niemeyer.

Maria became the sixth Open Era woman to reach the final four of the Grand Slams after her 34th birthday, following in the footsteps of Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King.

Her path there was not easy. Four of her five Wimbledon matches ended in three sets and she had to save a match point against Elena Ostapenko in the fourth round.

But Maria showed that it was in her nature to fight and fight on the court. She proved it once again against the 22-year-old Niemeyer when she bounced back from a loss in the first set to take the second and then bounced back to win the third.

“It’s part of my life to show everyone that I’m still here, I’m a fighter, I keep walking and I keep dreaming,” Maria said. “That’s what I want to show my kids.”

In the match with Niemeyer, she upset the opponent with sharp blows from both the right and the left.

She found her rhythm in the second round and secured breaks at 2-1 and 5-2, equalizing with a right hand winner after Niemeyer was forced to strike between the legs from the end of the court.

Niemeyer, who played in her second Grand Slam but finished six places ahead of Maria to become world No. 1. 97 seemed to take control of the match with a break in the third set, but inconsistency was her undoing.

She finished the fight with 11 double faults, all of which were in the first two sets, and 49 unforced faults to Maria’s 34. a standing ovation as Maria won her first of two match points in the third set.

“I’m happy that I was able to do it, even when I was 4-2 down in the third set,” she said. “I kept walking, I kept fighting.”

Maria (left) and Niemeyer hugged for a long time after match number 1. 1 trial.

Maria changed her unorthodox style of play, which includes a lot of spins and strikes, last year after her coach, husband Charles, suggested switching to a one-handed backhand exclusively – an unusual change for a player who does so late in his career.

But despite the risk, Maria says it was a “very important” shot in her game.

“It’s not easy in the beginning because you need confidence, you need to hit back, you have to gain confidence on the shot,” she said. “I kept going and it just keeps getting better and better.”

Changes, whether in tennis or in life, clearly go to Mary. She won her second WTA title in Bogotá, Colombia in April and is now enjoying her best ever Grand Slam performance.

“A year ago I gave birth to my second daughter, and if in a year someone tells me that you are in the semi-finals of Wimbledon, this is crazy,” she said.

However, she will continue to take Charlotte to practice every morning as her daughter seems to enjoy Wimbledon as much as her mother.

“Charlotte – she’s happy that she can spend two more days in the manger,” Maria laughs.

“She realized it was something super special, so if I see her after (the match), she will throw herself into my arms and be very proud of me.”