The women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon are without a top ten seed. Serena Williams has vindicated the bump-up in her seeding by reaching the quarters, and Dominika Cibulkova has proved Wimbledon’s decision, to bounce her off the seedings list, egregiously wrong.
Dominika Cibulkova versus Jelena Ostapenko.
Jelena Ostapenko recovered 5-2 down in the first to dispatch Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the pre-quarters. Her one-dimensional first strike and go-for-broke game have pulverized the competition so far. She is feasting on the lack of variety and imagination rampant in women’s tennis. Is Jelena back in the form that helped her win the French Open last year? It probably doesn’t matter, because with a dearth of players who can slice, drop-shot, chip and charge, create long and short angles, and change spin and pace effectively, she’ll continue to badger the girls into submission. Can we please get someone to play like Justine Henin in the women’s tour?
Dominika Cibulkova ousted Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 6-1 in the pre-quarters, and is yet to drop a set here. She has won 83% of her service games and played imposing tennis so far. Cibulkova leads 2-0 in their head-to-head, however, her game, we believe, is tailor-made to provide Ostapenko the rhythm to execute the Ostapenko brand of tennis. Unless Cibulkova can vary it a bit, she will meet the same fate as the others before her.
Conclusion: Dominika Cibulkova in three.
Daria Kastakina versus Angelique Kerber.
Daria Kasatkina and Kerber are tied 3-3 in their head-to-head rivalry. Angelique Kerber did well to score her first win over Belinda Bencic in the pre-quarters and will now face one of the most consistent players on the WTA lately.
Conclusion: Angelique Kerber in three.
Julia Goerges versus Kiki Bertens.
Kiki Bertens did well to avoid the third against Karolina Pliskova in the pre-quarters. She also out-aced the ace-machine, Pliskova, 7-2 and is playing well on the grass for someone surer about her clay-court skills.
Julia Goerges had a five-match losing streak, until this year, at Wimbledon. She now finds herself in the quarters against, another first-time quarter-finalist, Kiki Bertens. Julia may have a 0-2 record against Kiki, but we believe she can step up to make her first slam semi-final this year.
Conclusion: Julia Goerges in three.
Serena Williams versus Camila Giorgi.
Serena Williams hasn’t lost a set and has played better with each round. She has a winning 3-0 record against Camila Giorgi and is expected to make it 4-0 in the quarters.
Giorgi has taken out Sevastova, Brengle, Siniakova and Makarova en-route to the quarters and is now due for her big one.
Conclusion: Camila Giorgi moves into the semis.