There were two womens matches on Saturday that didn’t finish, therefore requiring Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, Yaroslava Shvedova and Madison Keys to return on Monday to complete the last 16 line-up. I was at Wimby today and realised Madison Keys had pulled out when I saw Caroline Wozniacki and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova walk past me at 11.25am… they were the second match scheduled on Court 12 after Keys v Shvedova! Sharapova v Kerber will also be on Tuesday (1st up on CC) after being cancelled and you can read the preview for that match HERE.
Poll Results: 59% correctly predicted that Bouchard would beat Cornet and 31% correctly predicted that Makarova would beat Radwanska.
1. Sabine Lisicki v Yaroslava Shvedova
When the two weeks of Wimbledon comes around, write off Sabine Lisicki at your own peril. Sabine produced her best performance on tour since beating Agnieszka Radwanska in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, to defeat the in-form, Ana Ivanovic, 6-4 3-6 6-1. It was remarkable to note how calm and composed she was on court in the first set (on Saturday) compared to Ivanovic, who looked tight and tense. You’d think the pressure would have been on Sabine defending finalist points, but she was smiling on most points. The first set featured some tremendous rallies with Sabine serving well and moving effortlessly on this surface. When they resumed on Monday at 6-4 1-1*, Ivanovic won the second set, but Sabine cruised through the decider after a couple of early tight games.
Yaroslava Shvedova advanced past the Eastbourne champion, Madison Keys. Shvedova had been leading 7-6(7) 6-6 when BAD light halted play. Madison took a MTO towards the end of the set and was visibly in tears with a thigh injury. Unfortunatey she was unable to finish the match, which was such a HUGE shame because she could have gone much deeper in this draw fully fit. I’m definitely a fan and the tweet below was class.
Shvedova reaching the last 16 is not a major surprise because she has produced some stirring tennis on the grass before. In 2012, she pushed Serena Williams deep into a third set, eventually succumbing at 7-5 in what was a sensational match. Lisicki leads the H2H 2-1; their last match came on the grass at the Olympics. Sabine won, barely, saving a match point in a 4-6 6-3 7-5 victory. Shvedova has a delightful game, but her nerves have really held her back in her career. Sabine will be tested, but is looking great again on the grass courts of SW19.
Prediction: Lisicki d. Shvedova in 3 sets
2. Simona Halep v Zarina Diyas
After a major struggle in her second round, Simona Halep put in a richly improved performance to take out Belinda Bencic, 6-4 6-1. Bencic held a ten deuce opening game that lasted over 12 minutes. She blew two set points at 40-15, one on a really lazy error, but regrouped with a touch more aggression and focus to win the set and then cruise through the second. Zarina Diyas has reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. She toughed out a three set win over Vera Zvonareva, screaming with delight at the end of the match. Diyas is a talented player, one that has flown under the radar. I’d still back Halep though, who has become very solid at winning matches you would expect her to win.
Prediction: Halep d. Diyas in 2 sets (1 tight, 1 easy)