Finally the rain abated to allow all the matches on Wednesday’s schedule to be completed. For Thursday, the remaining quarter-finals will be completed. I only just realised today that they played for two hours and one minute yesterday which meant that schedulers didn’t have to fork out for refunds… sounds a little shady to me! While it was tough on the players, it was the same for all of them competing. I think this is really bad for the tennis fans.
This is my last day of holiday in Cyprus and i’m travelling back home tomorrow. I’ve had a lovely time with my family but i’m also really looking forward to the grass court season and getting fully back to blogging… can’t believe Eastbourne is just two weeks away!
1. Serena Williams v Yulia Putintseva
This is a fun match-up! I caught the end of Carla-Poots and was impressed with how solid Putintseva. She served out the match in convincing fashion although at the same time, I was disappointed by Suárez Navarro’s lack of fight… an injury? Serena was in ruthless form, dropping just two games against Elina Svitolina; as she often does at the business end of a Slam, Serena is the one to beat.
Serena leads the H2H against Putintseva, 2-0 although both matches featured a tight opening set that went to the tiebreak. Putintseva has played great to reach her first Slam quarter-final and is still yet to drop a set this fortnight. A focused Serena will no doubt win this in two. Slightly off her game and an inspired Poots could make this a very competitive match. Leaning towards the former…
2. Timea Bacsinszky v Kiki Bertens
Bacsinszky quickly went down 0-2 in her fourth round encounter against Venus Williams but scored a virtual first set bagel and clung onto a break in the second set, serving it out, 6-2 6-4, with a first ace of the match. I was really surprised that Bertens continued her stunning run by beating Madison Keys. The two extra days of rest certainly worked in Bertens’s favour although she did remark in press about the negative impact of the heavy conditions.
In their only previous meeting, Bacsinszky advanced via a retirement at the 2014 US Open leading 6-7(9) 4-3. Bertens is playing with a wealth of confidence but I think the same can be said for Bacsinszky who has been tactically on-point during this clay court season and continues to look totally assured in what she’s doing on the court. Timea’s close to defending those semi-final points…