Because of the relative success of my last attempt of predictions I have returned to shine my all knowing light on the subject of slam quarterfinals, this time Wimbledon. And with the guarantee of a maiden slam finalist come Saturday the top off gets interesting as pressure mounts on the bottom half of the draw.
QF number 1
Contenders – 15th seed Sabine Lisicki vs 8th seed Angie Kerber
H2H – 4-0 Kerber’s favor (last meeting in Doha, won 4-6 6-4 6-1, includes victory on grass)
Best Wimbledon Showing – This years QF for Kerber, SF last year for Sabine
Predictions – In order to win Sabine will need to not only emulate her form from last round but then some as well, Kerber is more consistent than Sharapova and plays with more variety and better defense. I can only see one result here and that is Kerber being too strong in the end.
QF number 2
Contenders – 3rd seed Aga Radwanska takes on 17th seed Maria Kirilenko
H2H – 5-2 Radwanska (last meeting Miami 2011, 7-6 6-3)
Best Wimbledon Showing – QF in 2008, 2009 and this year for Radwanska and this years QF for Kiri
Predictions – Interestingly enough in the only match that the pair have played at a slam, Kirilenko won, it may have been in 2009 but it still happened and these things often play on players minds. The grass could suit Kirilenko’s game better, especially taking into account the aggressiveness she has played with this week. I think Aga will win ultimately in three sets to make her first ever slam SF.
QF number 3
Contenders – Serena Williams vs Petra Kvitova
H2H – 2-0 Williams (Last match won by Serena in the 2010 semi final here)
Best Wimbledon Showing – Wins in 2002, 03, 09 and 10 for Serena and a win last year for Petra
Prediction – Kind of irrelevant now that the match is halfway through (I left in a hurry and forgot to hit ‘publish post’ :() For the record I had Petra winning under the roof and if the roof was off I had Serena winning
QF number 3
Contenders – 2nd seed Victoria Azarenka vs unseeded Tamria Paszek
H2H – 2-0 Azarenka (last meeting in the QF last year at Wimbledon)
Best Wimbledon Showing – Both last year with a semi for Vika and a QF for Paszek
Prediction – It should be much tougher than last years match but I would be expecting Victoria to get through in three sets.
Kerber def Radwanska
Williams/Kvitova def Azarenka
If you can see where I am going with this the winner of Serena vs Petra will win the whole damn thing, who will it be? Just need to hang on tight and wait to find out :p