All the eight women’s quarter-finalists are ready to take on their opponents, on Wednesday, June 28, and the line-up promises exciting fare for tennis fans, barring the disappointment of not seeing either of the Williams sisters, in the fray.
Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova will take on Bulgaria’s Tszvetana Pironkova, in the first quarter-final. World number 8 Kvitova who qualified by beating Yanina Wickmayer in the round of 16 is yet to drop a set in her four matches so far. Kvitova has been in great form recently, losing to eventual champion Na Li in the quarter-finals of the French Open and to Bartoli in the final of the AEGON Championships.
Like Kvitova, Petrova has also not dropped a set at this year’s Wimbledon, and has produced one of the big upsets of the tournament, by beating Venus Williams in the round of 16.
The second quarter-final will feature 62nd ranked German Sabine Lisicki and 9th ranked Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli. While Lisicki has had a stroll to the quarter-finals, Bartoli has had tough matches in the second and third rounds, wherein she dropped a set each. That said, Bartoli has got rid of defending champion Serena Williams, and that alone should boost her confidence. Both women are in great form, with Lisicki having won the AEGON Classic tournament, and Bartoli, the AEGON championships, ahead of Wimbledon.
The third quarter-final has Slovakia’s 24th ranked Dominika Cibulkova taking on two-time champion, Russia’s 6th ranked Maria Sharapova. while Sharapova has been in supreme form, not having dropped even a single set, en route, Cibulkova had some tough battles on the way, not least her three set send off to world number one Caroline Wozniacki, in the round of 16. Expect a classic battle of sublime tennis, between these two women.
The last quarter-final will be played between Austria’s 80th ranked Tamira Paszek and Bulgaria’s fifth ranked Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka remains the highest ranked women’s player in a tournament marked by upsets. Azarenka has been in good form recently reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open that she lost to eventual champion Na Li, and the quarter-finals of the AEGON Classic that she lost to Bartoli. The Bulgarian has dropped just the solitary set en route to the quarter-finals.
Paszek has had to work the hardest of all the quarter-finalists to earn her place in the last eight, with three 3-setters in four rounds. but Azarenka would still be wary of the Austrian whom she has beaten on the only previous occasion the players have met, on a tennis court.
My predictions: Kvitova, Bartoli, Sharapova and Azarenka to win, to qualify for the semi-finals.
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