Tuesday is ladies’ day at the All England Club, with all four singles quarterfinal matches in contention.
WIMBLEDON: LADIES’ QUARTERFINALS SCHEDULE
times BST (Seedings in brackets)
Centre Court (1pm):
(1) Dinara Safina v Sabine Lisicki
(8) Victoria Azarenka v (2) Serena Williams
No. 1 Court (1pm):
(3) Venus Williams v (11) Agnieszka Radwanska
Francesca Schiavone v (4) Elena Dementieva
(Click here for the full Tuesday schedule.)
I’m so excited about these match-ups that I’m going to attempt making predictions, something I usually loathe. But I’m feeling it this time – I don’t care if I look like a fool:
Safina v. Lisicki: Surprisingly, Lisicki has won their only meeting – in the first round of the 2008 Australian Open when she was ranked 194 and Dinara was 16. That win and a positive attitude should give the German the advantage in this battle of the big hitters. Winner: Lisicki
Azarenka vs. Serena: The head to head is 1-2, Williams, with Azarenka’s win coming in Miami against a crippled opponent. At the very least, I’m predicting a tougher match than usual for Serena, but ultimately I can’t bet against a Williams on a Mission. Winner: Serena
Venus vs. Radwanska: The head to head is 3-1, Venus, with Radwanska winning their first meeting way back in 2006. Once again, I’m going with the Williams on a Mission prediction. Winner: Venus
Schiavone vs. Dementieva: This is a real pick ’em! Their head to head is tied 4-4, with Elena winning their last meeting in Dubai in 2008 (in three sets.) But Schiavone is the great Russian destroyer, almost single-handedly defeating the Dementieva-free Russian squad this April. So I’m going for the upset here, with the wily Italian squeaking through in three. Winner: Schiavone
Are you feeling the upset bug?