Angelique Kerber vs. Serena Williams, Wimbledon Final Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon championships match preview
🇩🇪 (11) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇺🇸 (25) Serena Williams

After a tournament full of upsets we are left with a blockbuster final at SW19 as Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams renew hostilities. This is a heavyweight battle, Kerber will be aiming for a third Grand Slam title whilst Serena Williams will be playing to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. This will be the third consecutive meeting between the pair in a Grand Slam final, Kerber famously got the better of Williams at the Australian Open in 2016 to win her first Grand Slam title whilst Williams won the Wimbledon final later that year. Who will edge ahead in their Grand Slam final battles with a win on Saturday?

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Angelique Kerber is at the peak of her powers at the moment. The German may have made a slow start to the tournament in wins over Vera Zvonareva and Claire Liu but has bas been in ominous form since then. Kerber has navigated her way to a second Wimbledon final with straight set wins over 4 dangerous young opponents, beating Naomi Osaka (6-2 6-4), Belinda Bencic (6-3 7-6), Daria Kasatkina (6-3 7-5) and finally a commanding 6-1 6-3 victory over Jelena Ostapenko. Kerber has been extremely solid from the baseline in the second week of the tournament and importantly she has served very well. A 77% first serve percentage against Ostapenko meant the German was in control of her service games, a similar performance in the final will give her a great chance at victory.

It has taken Serena Williams little time to return to the top of the game. This time last year Serena was pregnant, it is truly remarkable what she has achieved, especially given how complicated her pregnancy was. Serena cruised through the first 4 rounds against inferior opposition, beating Arantxa Rus (7-5 6-3), Viktoriya Tomova (6-1 6-4), Kristina Mladenovic (7-5 7-6) and Evgeniya Rodina (6-2 6-2). It was at the quarter-final stage where Serena overcame her first big challenge, coming from a set to down to claim a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi. Serena really raised her level in an impressive 6-2 6-4 semi-final victory over Julia Goerges, arguably the highest level of tennis we have seen from Serena this year.

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her first round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

The signs are good for Kerber and Williams heading into this match. Kerber has ended her last 4 matches with a positive winner / unforced error ratio whilst Serena has had a better ratio in all of her matches except a rusty opening round performance. Expect a high quality encounter here!

Williams holds a 6-2 H2H record over Kerber. The pair have built up a really competitive rivalry over the last couple of years. The last 3 matches between the pair were in finals, a 7-6 6-3 win for Williams in the Stanford final in 2014, 6-4 3-6 6-4 win for Kerber at the Australian Open in 2016, most recently Williams defeated Kerber 7-5 6-3 in a very competitive Wimbledon final in 2016. This is a fascinating match-up as it sees the almighty Serena Williams, the most powerful and intimidating player out tour take on the best counter-puncher on tour.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Jelena Ostapenko, Wimbledon SF Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon semi-final preview
🇩🇪 (11) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇱🇻 (12) Jelena Ostapenko

Thursday’s first semi-final at SW19 sees the 11th seeded Angelique Kerber take on the 12th seeded Jelena Ostapenko. Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between Kerber and Ostapenko, an exciting match-up that features an extreme contrast in styles. This match-up will feature arguably the best counter-puncher in the world against one of the most aggressive players on tour, an exciting match-up between two former Grand Slam champions. Who will prevail?

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Angelique Kerber is through to her 7th career Grand Slam semi-final, her third at Wimbledon. Kerber’s level has steadily improved throughout the event. The German got off to a slow start with unimpressive wins over Vera Zvonareva and Claire Liu. Kerber brings great momentum into this semi-final clash after straight set wins over Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic and Daria Kasatkina. Kerber has made it to the pointy end of several big events in the last 6 months but has frequently failed at this hurdle, she will be keen to make amends here.

Jelena Ostapenko has steamrolled through the draw, reaching the final 4 without dropping a single set. The Latvian waltzed through the first week, comfortably beating Katie Dunne, Kirsten Flipkens and Vitalia Diatchenko. Ostapenko found herself trailing in matches against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Dominika Cibulkova but on both occasions she recovered to win a tight opening set before taking control in the second. Ostapenko’s 7-5 6-4 win over Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals was particularly impressive.

Kerber and Ostapenko both bring great form into this match, both are high on confidence and will fully expect to win this match. It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans in out in the first career meeting between the pair.

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Julia Goerges vs. Serena Williams, Wimbledon SF Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon semi-final preview
🇩🇪 (13) Julia Goerges vs. 🇺🇸 (25) Serena Williams

Serena Williams is now just two wins away from claiming a historic 24th Grand Slam title. Standing in Serena’s way is the 13th seeded Julia Goerges, the pair will do battle in Thursday’s second semi-final at SW19. Serena enters this match as a strong favourite, this will be the German’s very first Grand Slam semi-final appearance, clearly there is a huge gulf in class between the pair. Nevertheless, Goerges has a big game that can challenge anyone when she is at her best.

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her first round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Julia Goerges has already broken new ground at this event. The German had never previously made it to the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam prior to this event. It has not been a straightforward passage to the final 4 for Goerges, the 13th seed started the event with a tight straight set win over Monica Puig before requiring 3 sets to get past Vera Lapko and Barbora Strycova. Goerges went on to thrash Donna Vekic before conforming her spot in the final 4 with a 3-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Kiki Bertens.

Serena Williams is through to a 10th Wimbledon final and will be playing for an 8th title. Serena stormed through the first week with straight set wins over Arantxa Rus, Viktoriya Tomova and Kristina Mladenovic. Serena easily defeated Evgeniya Rodina in the fourth round before overcoming her first big challenge as she came from a set down to defeat Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4, it was typical Serena win as she really raised her level and intensity after an early challenge.

Serena holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Goerges. The pair haven’t played for a while, their most recent match between the pair was at the Rogers Cup way back in 2011, Serena won 6-1 7-6. This will be the first career meeting between the pair on a grass court.

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Jelena Ostapenko vs. Dominika Cibulkova, Wimbledon QF Preview

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🇱🇻 (12) Jelena Ostapenko vs. 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova

The pick of the quarter-final matches on Tuesday at Wimbledon sees the 12th seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on a red-hot Dominika Cibulkova. This is an exciting match-up between two fairly similar players, two of the most fiery players on tour, with aggressive, powerful games from the baseline. Cibulkova won both of the previous meeting between the pair, but that was before Ostapenko became a Grand Slam champion and top 10 player. Cam the Latvian capture her first win over the Slovakian?

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in action during her second round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Ostapenko and Cibulkova has both blasted their way through the draw, reaching the quarter-final stage without dropping a set. Ostapenko and Cibulkova are two players that are extremely tough to stop when they are in this type of form, making this match-up an exciting prospect if both maintain their a-game.

It is Cibulkova who has had the far tougher draw to this stage. Cibulkova has beaten Alize Cornet (7-6 6-1), Johanna Konta (6-3 6-4), Elise Mertens (6-2 6-2) and Su-Wei Hsieh (6-4 6-1) on route to the final 8. This is the first time everything has come together nicely for Cibulkova of court in 2018, serving well, returning well and deadly from the baseline. If Cibulkova can maintain such a high level of tennis then she is a genuine contender to win the title.

Jelena Ostapenko has also been impressive but has not faced any significant threat on route to the quarter-finals stage. Ostapenko claimed wins over Katie Dunne (6-3 7-6), Kirsten Flipkens (6-1 6-3), Vitalia Diatchenko (6-0 6-4) and Aliaksandra Sasnovich (7-6 6-0) to secure back-to-back appearances in the final 8 at Wimbledon. Ostapenko trailed Sasnovich 2-5, down a double break, before she managed to fight back and run away with the match in the second.

Cibulkova holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Ostapenko. The pair met on grass in Eastbourne in 2016, Cibulkova won that match 6-3 6-3. Their most recent match was at Indian Wells last year, Cibulkova won 6-4 3-6 6-3 in a high quality clash.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Daria Kasatkina, Wimbledon QF Preview

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🇩🇪 (11) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina

Angelique Kerber and Daria Kasatkina will renew their rivalry when they meet at the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Kerber and Kasatkina have built up a very competitive rivalry over the last couple of years, the head-to-head record between the pair is squared at 3 wins apiece heading into this clash, who will step up to edge ahead and reach the semi-finals at SW19?

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Angelique Kerber is through to the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon for the 4th time in her career and is the highest seed left in the draw. Kerber made a slow start to the event with an unconvincing straight set win over Vera Zvonareva before beating pushed to 3 sets by Claire Lui. Ever since that scare against Lui, Kerber has raised her level, claiming a 6-2 6-4 win over Naomi Osaka and a 6-3 7-6 win over Belinda Bencic, two opponents that have troubled Kerber in the past. Kasatkina is another young player that has troubled Kerber in the past, another test for the German.

Daria Kasatkina is through to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time, making it to back-to-back grand Slam quarter-finals having reached the final 8 earlier this year at Roland Garros. Kasatkina cruised through her first couple of matches, beating Jana Fett and Yulia Putintseva in straight sets. Kasatkina made her biggest move in the first round where she upset the 17th seeded Ashleigh Barty in straight sets. The Russian secured her spot in the final 8 with a gutsy 6-7 6-3 6-2 win over Alison Van Uytvanck. It was a mature win, after wasting set point in the first set and going down an early break in the second it seemed it was not going to be Kasatkina’s day but she remained typically focused and came through in the end.

The H2H record between the pair is split at 3 wins apiece. The pair have met twice this year, Kasatkina thrashed Kerber 6-2 6-0 at Indian Wells, more recently Kerber claimed a 6-1 6-7 7-6 win at Eastbourne a few weeks ago in what was their only previous meeting on a grass court.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs. Su-Wei Hsieh, Wimbledon R4 Preview

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🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs. 🇹🇼 Su-Wei Hsieh

One of the most fascinating clashes on Manic Monday at Wimbledon sees Dominika Cibulkova come up against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh. Cibulkova and Hsieh have both defied the odds to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon, the pair both beat a couple of seeded opponents on route to this stage and enter this fourth round clash full of confidence. Cibulkova heads into this match as the favourite but Hsieh is coming off a huge win over the world number 1 and will fancy her chances of an upset.

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in action during her second round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Dominika Cibulkova has blasted her way through to the round of 16 without dropping a set. Cibulkova has beaten 3 quality opponents, victories over Alize Cornet, Johanna Konta and Elise Mertens have seen her through to the second week at Wimbledon for the third time in her career. Cibulkova was the unlucky player that was bumped from a seeded position when Serena Williams was granted the 25th seed, however, it is now turning out to be a blessing in disguise for the Slovakian who is relishing her underdog status.

Su-Wei Hsieh continues to her reach new heights in 2018. At the age of 32, Hsieh is into the second week at Wimbledon for the first time. Hsieh started her campaign with a 3 set victory over the 30th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before comfortably beating Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets. Hsieh made her biggest move at third round stage where she saved match points to defeat world number 1: Simona Halep 3-6 6-4 7-5, the biggest win over Hsieh’s career thus far.

Cibulkova holds a perfect 2-0 record over Hsieh, both of those victories were in straight sets. The most recent match between the pair took place last year at the Australian Open, a tough 6-4 7-6 win for the Slovakian.

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Jelena Ostapenko vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇱🇻 (12) Jelena Ostapenko vs. 🇧🇾 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Jelena Ostapenko will be out to maintain her perfect record over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and reach the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon In back-to-back visits when she meets the Belarussian on Manic Monday. Ostapenko went under the radar through week one, the 21-year-old did not drop a set through her first 3 matches and is one of only 3 former Grand Slam champions left in the draw heading into the round of 16. The Latvian now looms as a genuine contender but Sasnovich has defied the odds already at SW19 and will fancy her chances of an upset here.

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

After Ostapenko won Roland Garros last year it would be easy to forget that grass is actually her most dangerous surface and her favourite surface. Ostapenko eased through the first week, taking full advantage of a favourable draw, claiming straight set wins over Katie Dunne, Kirsten Flipkens and Vitalia Diatchenko. It was just 4 years ago that Ostapenko won the junior Wimbledon title, she reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year and is clearly very confident on this surface.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich is having the best year of her career and is now through to the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Sasnovich stared her campaign with a huge upset, defeating tournament favourite Petra Kvitova 6-4 4-6 6-0 in what was the biggest win of her career. Sasnovich has back-up that victory impressively well by claiming straight set wins over Taylor Townsend and the 26th seeded Daria Gavrilova, dropping just 4 games in each of those matches.

Ostapenko holds a 2-0 record over Sasnovich. Both of the previous matches went the distance, most recently the pair met at Wimbledon 12 months ago, the Latvian claimed a typically topsy-turvy 6-0 1-6 6-3 victory.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Alison Van Uytvanck, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

Daria Kasatkina and Alison Van Uytvanck have both broken new ground at SW19, both will be competing in the second week for first time at Wimbledon. This is an interesting battle because of the extreme contrast in styles, the speed and all-court game of Kasatkina up against the powerful Belgian. It was Kasatkina who got the better of Van Uytvanck when they met a few weeks ago, but the Belgian will fancy her chances of an upset after a great week.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Daria Kasatkina has made her way through to the round of 16 at Wimbledon without dropping a set. Kasatkina eased through a fairly favourable early draw, beating Jana Fett and Yulia Putintseva. It was at the third round stage where Kasatkina overcame her greatest challenge, the Russian eliminated the 17th seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3, a great victory for Kasatkina over an opponent that is far more comfortable on this surface.

Alison Van Uytvanck was one of the great surprises through the first week at Wimbledon. The Belgian started the event with an easy straight set win over Polona Hercog before causing a huge upset as she came from a set down to defeat defending champion: Garbine Muguruza. Van Uytvanck back-up the biggest win of her career impressively well as she defeated the 28th seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-3 to reach the second week of a major for the second time.

The only previous match between the pair took place on the grass of Eastbourne a few weeks ago, Kasatkina claimed a 5-7 6-4 6-1 win on that occasion.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Belinda Bencic, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇩🇪 (11) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇨🇭 Belinda Bencic

Angelique Kerber and Belinda Bencic will renew hostilities when they meet at the fourth round stage at Wimbledon on Monday. It is Bencic who has historically had the better of this match-up, Bencic holds a perfect 3-0 record over Kerber at the tour level but Kerber did beat Bencic earlier this year at the Hopman Cup. It is Kerber who heads into this match as a strong a favourite but Bencic will fancy her chances of causing an upset.

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Angelique Kerber is into the second week at Wimbledon for the fourth time in the last 5 years. The German is a former runner-up at SW19 and is one of just 3 players left in the draw to have a Grand Slam heading into the round of 16. Kerber made a fairly unconvincing start to the tournament, beating Vera Zvonareva 7-5 6-3 before labouring to a 3 set win over Claire Lui. Kerber upped her level to claim a 6-2 6-4 win over Naomi Osaka and secure her spot in the fourth round.

Bencic has come through a tough draw to reach the second week at Wimbledon for the second time, the first time she has reached the second week at a Grand Slam since the Australian Open in 2016. Bencic started the event with a 7-6 6-3 victory over the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia. The 21-year-old claimed a dramatic second win, saving 4 match points on route to a 1-6 7-6 6-2 win over Alison Riske. Bencic secured her spot in the round of 16 with a 6-1 7-6 defeat of the 27th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro. The key theme throughout the first week for Bencic was her ability to get through every tough moment, a perfect 3-0 record in tiebreaks.

Bencic holds a 3-0 H2H record over Kerber at the tour level, all 3 victories were on a hard court. Their most recent meeting was at the Hopman Cup earlier this year where Kerber claimed a 6-4 6-1 win.

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Camila Giorgi vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi vs. 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova

An interesting round of 16 clash at Wimbledon sees Camila Giorgi and Ekaterina Makarova go head-to-head for the first time. The draw has opened up nicely for these two who both claimed victory over seeded opposition on route to the this stage. This is a big opportunity for both, both are playing well and will see this as a very winnable match.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Camila Giorgi is into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time since the US Open in 2013. Giorgi has long been one of the tour’s biggest wasted talents, perhaps this is where she makes her big move? The Italian started the event with a topsy-turvy 3 set victory over 21st seeded Anastasija Sevastova. Giorgi went on to defeat Madison Brengle in 2 sets before saving match point on route to a 3-6 7-6 6-2 victory against Katerina Siniakova.

Ekaterina Makarova has made it through to the second week at Wimbledon for the third time and is 1 win away from emulating her previous best result in 2014. Makarova stared her campaign with a 7-6 2-6 6-3 win over Petra Martic before claiming a dramatic 6-4 1-6 7-5 victory over the 2nd seeded Caroline Wozniacki. Makarova led Wozniacki 5-1 in the deciding set before squandering several match points as her lead was evaporated. At 5-5 Makarova played an outstanding game to hold and she went on to break serve in the next game to secure an outstanding win. Makarova backed up that win over Wozniacki with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Lucie Safarova.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair.

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