We’re at the business end of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament and despite a few upsets during the quarters, both sides of the draw feature four seeded players. Each match shapes as a potential epic so make sure you have the coffee at the ready because the action on the famous grass courts of SW19 isn’t to be missed!
In reaching this stage of the tournament, 11th seed Angelique Kerber has only dropped a single set. What’s more, the German’s form only seems to be improving with her last match a strong win over 14th seed Daria Kasatkina. The victory was the two-time major winner’s eighth in her past nine appearances and brings her one step closer of equaling her best ever result at the All-England Club (Finalist in 2016). However, 12th seed Jelena Ostakpenko shapes as perhaps her toughest opponent yet. The 21-year old Latvian has been in a rich vein of form, winning each of her matches this tournament in straight sets.
In addition, the right-hander has only allowed her opponent to win 3.5+ games in five of the 10 sets she has played in. To that end, the generous $2.50 odds on the 2017 French Open winner may be worth considering, although it should be noted that this pairing has never met previously and Kerber does shape as a step up in class to anything Ostapenko has faced at Wimbledon to date.
Key Stat: Since winning the 2017 French Open, Jelena Ostapenko has only progressed past the 3rd round of a major once (four tournaments)
Our Tip: Kerber in three
Tournament favourite Serena Williams isn’t expected to be troubled by Julia Goerges when the pair meet on Centre Court. Despite dropping her first set at this year’s edition of The Championships last round, Williams is returning to her powerful best. In two of her past three matches, the 23-time major winner has won at least 80% of points when she lands her first serve whilst she has also sent down an average of 10 aces per game since her Rd of 32 match.
Although 13th seed Goerges isn’t without hope, three of the German’s five matches this tournament have required three sets, including her last round fixture with Kiki Bertens. Furthermore, the former Wimbledon semi-finalist’s record against her American rival reads 0-2 with Williams winning three of the four sets between the pair 6-1.
Key Stat: Serena Williams has only allowed her opponents to take 3.5+ games off her in three of her past six sets.
Our Tip: Williams 2-0