The German is into her first ever Grand Slam semi-final. Here, we find out more about Tatjana Maria’s husband and coach, Charles-Edouard Maria.
Tatjana Maria is into the Wimbledon semi-finals after an extraordinary run at the All-England Club. It is the 34-year-old German’s first ever Grand Slam semi-final and she faces her good friend Ons Jabeur.
It is Maria’s first appearance at SW19 since giving birth in 2019, and she has steadily grown in confidence throughout the tournament.
Her incredible run at Wimbledon
Tatjana certainly hasn’t had an easy route to the semi-finals, beating a number of top seeds along the way. In the first round Maria beat Australian Astra Sharma 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
She then faced her first seeded opponent of the tournament, Romanian Sorana Cîrstea. Tatjana was able to battle through in three sets to equal her best ever run at a major tournament.
In the third round she caused an upset again, beating 5th seed Maria Sakkari in straight sets. She managed to replicate her heroics in the next round, overcoming 12th seed Jelana Ostapenko.
Tatjana beat compatriot Jule Niemeier in the quarter-finals and now faces good friend and world no.2 Ons Jabeur. The winner will face either Simona Halep or Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon final.
Meet Tatjana Maria’s husband and coach, Charles-Edouard Maria
Tatjana Maria’s husband – and coach – is former French tennis player Charles-Edouard Maria. Charles never made it to the top of the men’s game but had a career-high singles ranking of No.398 which he achieved in 2001.
The 48-year-old has been Maria’s coach for a number of years, and they tied the knot in 2013. Tatjana returned to tennis at the 2014 Copa Colsanitas, a year after marrying Charles.
Charles-Edouard Maria has coached Tatjana throughout her career. With Charles as her coach, Tatjana has won two singles WTA Tour titles – the 2018 Mallorca Open and the 2022 Copa Colsanitas.
He has been hugely supportive of her career
Edouard-Maria has been massively supportive by helping raise their two daughters, Charlotte and Cecilia.
Speaking about her husband, Tatjana Maria said: “He’s amazing, that’s true. He’s the one who believes one million per cent in me. He’s here every day saying, ‘I know you can do this, I know you can come back.’ If you hear this from a person all the time, it gives you a lot of confidence.”
She now faces good friend Ons Jabeur
Next up for Tatjana is good friend Ons Jabeur.
The Tunisian has already made history herself by becoming the first Arab and North African woman to reach this stage of a Grand Slam tournament.
The two players are incredibly close off the court. After her quarter-final win, Tatjana said: “Ons is like part of our family.”
The match will be first on Centre Court on Thursday (7 July) and is expected to begin just after 1.30pm (BST).
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