Wimbledon QF Prediction
?? (12) Jelena Ostapenko vs. ?? Dominika Cibulkova
This will be a match of small margins. Ostapenko and Cibulkova will be looking to execute a very similar game in this match-up, both like to dictate from the baseline and play flat, hard groundstrokes off both sides. Both also have vulnerable serves and it would be fair to say that both are better at returning serve than serving. Ostapenko is the Grand Slam champion and ranked higher but Cibulkova has been the better player for longer and has won both of their previous matches.
I’m going to side with Cibulkova here. I have been extremely impressed with Cibulkova so far, she has beaten several quality opponents, comfortably beaten them all. Conversely, Ostapenko has taken advantage of a relatively soft draw. Simply put, I think Cibulkova is the better player, she has a better attitude and is slightly more consistent and reliable. Cibulkova has slightly more variety and a slightly better serve at the moment. Ostapenko will have her moments but I think Cibulkova will be too tough.