Angelique Kerber vs. Serena Williams, Wimbledon Final Preview

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?? (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

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?? (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

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?? (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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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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Garbine Muguruza vs Venus Williams, Wimbledon Final Preview

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(14) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs (10) ?? Venus Williams
It all comes down to this: Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams will contest the 2017 Wimbledon final, a blockbuster match-up that is certain to produce a highly competitive match between two former Grand Slam champions. Garbine Muguruza enters her second Wimbledon final in impeccable form, the Spaniard produced a sublime semi-final performance to blast her way past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just over an hour.
Venus Williams is one win away from a historic triumph, the 37-year-old would be the oldest lady to win Wimbledon if she wins the title on Saturday. The American also enters this match full of confidence after storming past Johanna Konta 6-4 6-2 on Thursday. Venus has had the edge over Muguruza in the past but it was the Spaniard who won their most recent match earlier this year. Saturday’s final will be their first meeting on a grass court, who will step up and claim the third Grand Slam of the year? It is looking hard to separate these two heading into the final.

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Johanna Konta vs Venus Williams, Wimbledon SF Preview

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SF #2: (6) ?? Johanna Konta vs (10) ?? Venus Williams

A blockbuster second semi-final at Wimbledon on Thursday sees local hope Johanna Konta come up against 5-time former champion Venus Williams. Johanna Konta is now just two wins away from becoming the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977. Whilst Venus Williams is two wins away from becoming the oldest champion at Wimbledon. These two have built up a nice rivalry in recent years, Konta holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over the American, Thursday’s semi-final will be their first ever meeting on a grass court. With so much on the line, this is sure to be a tense encounter, one that could seemingly go either way given how evenly matches these two have proven to be.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Wimbledon SF Preview

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SF #1: (14) Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova

Magdalena Rybarikova’s stunning run at SW19 continues on Thursday as she comes up against Garbine Muguruza for a spot in the final at The Championships. Rybarikova has been the surprise package of the tournament, the Slovakian has spent the majority of 2017 on the ITF circuit after a comeback from injury and had never been past the third round of a Grand Slam prior to the event. Garbine Muguruza is a much more familiar site at this stage of a Grand Slam. The Spaniard will be competing in her third Grand Slam semi-final and will be looking to go one step further than her 2015 runner-up appearance. Muguruza is clearly the more accomplished player but Rybarikova has defied the odds all tournament and will be no pushover here, it looks like this one will get right down to the wire…

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Simona Halep vs Johanna Konta, Wimbledon QF Preview

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QF #4: (2) ?? Simona Halep vs (6) ?? Johanna Konta

The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at SW19 is the pick of the bunch. Johanna Konta is aiming to become the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade’s triumph in 1977. The Brit has already come through some extremely tough matches at this event and will now face her greatest test yet when she comes up against the second seeded Simona Halep. The world number 1 ranking will again be on offer for Halep here, if Halep advances to the semi-finals she is guaranteed to be the new world number 1, otherwise it will be Karolina Pliskova that will rise to number 1 come next week. There is clearly a lot on the line heading into this one, a match that should go right down to the wire.

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Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko, Wimbledon QF Preview

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QF #3: (10) ?? Venus Williams vs (13) ?? Jelena Ostapenko

A Blockbuster quarter-final clash at Wimbledon sees 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams come up against reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko. This will be the first career meeting between Williams and Ostapenko, experience is on the American’s side. Venus is 17 years Jelena’s senior and has been at this stage far more often, however it is Ostapenko who is the form player on tour right now and continues to play fearless tennis no matter the situation. It will be interesting to see how Ostapenko matches up against Venus, this should be an extremely close encounter between two seemingly evenly matches competitors.

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Wimbledon QF Preview

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QF #2: (24) ?? CoCo Vandeweghe vs ?? Magdalena Rybarikova

CoCo Vandeweghe’s chances of winning the title at SW19 are looking greater and greater. The American’s game is perfectly suited to grass and her game is starting to click when it matters most. Vandeweghe has not dropped a set on route to her second quarter-final showing at a Grand Slam in 2017 and is fresh off an impressive win over Caroline Wozniacki. Vandeweghe’s quarter-final opponent on Tuesday is Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovakian will be competing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, having never previously made it past the third round of a major. This match looms as a huge opportunity for both.

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