I’m still feeling the Eastbourne blues a little, but I am enjoying looking through my trillion photos. I’ll have the first review post up tonight including some nice pictures of Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova at the #Rally4Bally in Eastbourne. The Wimbledon draw is released in less than two days. TWO DAYS. I just can’t believe time is moving so fast and I kind of want it to just pause so I can take breath. Eastbourne is still going on although attention will slowly start to move towards SW19 over the next day. The line-up of WTA Eastbourne quarter-finals is actually pretty respectable despite the chracteristic upsets.
1. Caroline Wozniacki v Camila Giorgi
Thursday’s match of the day will take place at 1pm on the main court as Caroline Wozniacki will attempt to gain revenge against Camila Giorgi. They played a landmark match at last year’s US Open when Giorgi ousted Wozniack in a third round match, 4-6 6-4 6-3. At the time, it was probably the biggest win of her career and helped to launch her father into stardom for his pretty hilarious celebrations (see celebration from the Azarenka match!) The Giorgi family have hit headlines for a number of reasons over the past year. In terms of tennis, Camila’s career is really starting to take off. In the first round, she displayed some awesome hitting to beat the returning Victoria Azarenka in three sets. It was a match that featured many fluctuations but ended with one of the best sets of the year, which Giorgi held her nerve to take. The Italian player backed up the win with another tough victory over Johanna Konta, 7-5 in the decider.
It’s been a tough few months for Wozniacki both on and off the court, but Eastbourne is a happy place for the Dane. She has notched up two great wins, rankings wise, with straight set victories over Sam Stosur and Sloane Stephens. She continued her complete dominance over Sloane with a fifth consecutive victory and a tenth straight set. Wozniacki won the match, 6-3 6-3 in 66 minutes. Thursday’s quarter-final could be a really gripping match. The Italian player went for her shots, as she always does, in their US Open match and came up trumps. Her game can be very hit and miss, and she showed an element of that against Azarenka hitting 17 double faults. She could be a little tired, but this is a dangerous match-up for Caro against an aggressive hitter. It’s one that she has all too often lost in the last year or two…
Prediction: Giorgi d. Wozniacki in 3 sets
WTA Eastbourne Quarter-Final Predictions
Ekaterina Makarova d. Angelique Kerber in 2 very tight sets
Madison Keys d. Lauren Davis in 2 sets
Petra Kvitova d. Heather Watson in 2 sets *Fabulous effort from Heather to reach the quarters*
ATP Eastbourne Quarter-Final Predictions
Martin Klizan d. Richard Gasquet in 3 sets
Jeremy Chardy d. Feliciano Lopez in 2 sets
Denis Istomin d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 3 sets
Julien Benneteau d. Sam Querrey in 3 sets
Both my finalists in the womens draw are still in, which is an achievement at the quarter-final stage of a grass court draw! Overall, it’s been a big improvement on Birmingham and hopefully all the knowledge I picked up at Eastbourne will help with Wimby picks.