Four best women of this year’s Wimbledon championships are known. Today’s matches were not so dramatic as yesterday but we saw some high quality tennis again. Let’s have a look at how our quarterfinals looked!
(4) A. Kerber def. (5) S. Halep 7-5 7-6(2)
After lossing three matches in a row since her Stuttgart title, it looks like this year’s Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber, came back to life on grass. It seems that reaching the quarterfinals in Birmingham helped her to find some form before the top of short grass court season. Her opponent was Simona Halep who has been struggling in Grand Slam tournaments this year as she lost in the first round of the Australian Open to a big surprise, Shuai Zhang of China, a qualifier who was stopped in the quarterfinals, and reached last 16 at the Roland Garros. These results are not what we would expect from a TOP 10 player. However, Halep had a chance to make another big Grand Slam result here at Wimbledon, but failed as she lost to Kerber in two tight sets full of breaks. Kerber made the match more complicated herself as she was up 5-3 in both sets but failed to serve out the set and the match. Eventually Kerber managed to close out both sets and proved that she is in a slightly better form than Halep at the moment and also that she has had a better season yet.
(8) V. Williams def. Y. Shvedova 7-6(5) 6-2
This match had a clear favourite! It was a clash between the five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams, and a big surprise, Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. The first set was really tough for both girls as the tiebreak had to decide who is going to win this opening set after Shvedova saved a set point at 5-4. Williams showed her huge experience and prevailed 7-5 in the tiebreak. Next set was much easier for Williams. She broke Shvedova immediately in the first game but the Kazakh still managed to offer resistance and took her serve back in the next game. Not long afterward, Williams showed flashes of brilliance, gained the control over the match, dictated the play, won five out of six last games.
(1) S. Williams def. (21) A. Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-4
If I said that the previous encounter had a clear favourite then this match was a safe bet in eyes of tennis fans. The legend and one of the best players in women’s tennis history stepped on the Centre Court to face a huge outsider. And there was no doubt what the outcome will be. Serena advances although we probably expected a more convincing scoreline. We have to give credit to the Russian though because she was brave enough and played solid enough to keep up with Williams for most of the match. Only one break in each set decided that Serena will play another semifinal this year. As you surely know, she lost finals at both Grand Slams this year and looks concentrated and hungry for her next Wimbledon title. Her serve was huge today, did not even face a break point. Huge congratulation to Pavlyuchenkova for finally reaching a Grand Slam quarterfinals since US Open 2011.
E. Vesnina def. (19) D. Cibulkova 6-2 6-2
Misses Elena Vesnina continues her dream run at Wimbledon. This only unseeded player is definitely the biggest surprise this year. After beating her doubles partner Ekaterina Makarova 9-7 in the final set in previous round, the Russian looks even more impressive after demolishing the Eastbourne winner Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Cibulkova beat Agnieszka Radwanska in previous round and no doubt that this was the match of the year so far. Nonetheless, it looks like that match took too much energy from Cibulkova as she looked tired today and did not POME so much as we are used to. We cannot take anything from Vesnina though. She played a very solid and consistent match. Overally it was another a very good match along the match statistics. Vesnina even hit more winners and was overally more successful at finishing points.
Well, the semifinals will be played on Thursday and I am so looking forward to it. Maybe we will have the Williams sisters Grand Slam final after a long time or we will have a new Wimbledon champion? We will find out the answer in a few days!