(25) Alize Cornet vs. (13) Eugenie Bouchard
Alize Cornet produced the biggest upset of the year in the third round, coming from a set down to knock out five time champion and raging favourite Serena Williams. Cornet produced the performance of her life to defeat the world number 1 for the second time in a row. Coming into the match I didn’t think Cornet stood a chance, boy she proved me wrong. Alize should never be underestimated; she is as determined as they come. In the fourth round, Cornet comes up against rising star Eugenie Bouchard. Bouchard defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4 in a tight third round encounter to reach the second week of a Grand for the third time this year.
Cornet defeated Boucahrd in their only previous meeting, which took place on clay in Strasbourg last year. It was an epic match that lasted almost three hours; hopefully this one is just as competitive. Bouchard has been very consistent at Grand Slam level this season and will come into this match as the slight favourite. However it is hard to ignore Cornet’s form, if she can produce a performance similar to the one she produced to stun Serena on Saturday she will be difficult to beat. It’s never easy to back up a win like that but Cornet has a day to re-focus on the task ahead. Despite all this, I still think Boucahrd will win in a tight three set match (I hope Alize can prove me wrong again).
Prediction: Eugenie Boucahrd to defeat Alize Cornet 3-6 6-2 6-4
(16) Caroline Wozniacki vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Li Na’s conqueror Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will face a resurgent Caroline Wozniacki for a stop in the quarterfinals at SW19 on Monday.
Wozniacki has cantered through her opening three matches, dropping just three games. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament when she overcame a lackluster Li Na in straight sets 7-6 7-6. This is the first time Strycova has ever reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam, her win over Li Na was her first ever win over a top 10 opponent.
Wozniacki will be a totally different challenge for Strycova, the Dane will not gift free points to Strycova like Li Na did in the previous round. Wozniacki has won all three of the previous meetings between these two; Strycova was unable to take a set of the Dane in all three matches. Wozniacki seems to be feeling really comfortable on court at the moment; she really is playing very solid tennis. It will take a special performance from Strycova if she is to win this match, she will need to step up and attack (which she didn’t really have to do against Li Na). This is a big chance for Wozniacki to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2012 Australian Open. I don’t believe Strycova is capable of playing consistent aggressive tennis to get past a solid Wozniacki.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4 6-4
(22) Ekaterina Makarova vs (4) Agnieszka Radwanska
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska continues her quest for her maiden Grand Slam title when she comes up against Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth Round at SW19. With Serena Williams out and Li Na out, that elusive first grand slam title is in sight, someone might need to put some blinkers on Agnieszka.
Radwanska has cruised through her opening three matches without dropping a set. The Pole seems to be getting better and better each round and will need to step up her game once again in the second week if she is to go all the way in London. Makarova just snuck through her opening round match against Kimiko Date-Krum but had a solid victory in the third round over Caroline Garcia.
Radwanska defeated Makarova in their first three meetings, all in straight sets. At last years U.S Open Ekaterina shocked Radwanska in the fourth round, defeating the Pole for the first time ever. Radwanska will be determined to not make the same mistake again here, and she rarely does make the same mistake twice. Radwanska will be too good for Makarova; a win will here will see Aga reach the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon for the fifth time.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 7-6
(6) Petra Kvitova vs Peng Shuai
2011 champion Petra Kvitova looks set for another deep run at Wimbledon.
Petra survived another epic battle against Venus Williams (their third in a row) to advance to the fourth round. That victory will give Petra a lot of confidence moving forward into the second week. Her opponent on Monday, Peng Shuai reached the fourth round by overcoming a 0-6 opening set deficit to defeat Lauren Davis in three sets.
Petra has defeated Peng in all four of their previous encounters; she should have no problems making it five in a row on Monday. It would take a really poor performance from Petra for Peng to stand any chance (it has happened before).
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Peng Shuai 6-2 6-4
(23) Lucie Safarova vs. (Q) Tereza Smitkova
Lucie completely outplayed Dominika Cibulkova in the third round to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career. When Lucie Safarova comes up against qualifier Tereza Smitkova on Monday she has a massive opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since the Australian Open in 2007 (the only time she has made the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam). Smitkova won a marathon third set 10-8 against Bojana Jovanovski, saving several match points in the process. Smitkova defeated the in from Coco Vandeweghe in the second round, she will be no pushover but Lucie simply must win this match.
Prediction: Lucie Safarova to defeat Tereza Smitkova 6-4 6-3
(5) Maria Sharapova vs (9) Angelique Kerber
On paper this is the pick of the fourth round matches, personally this is the match I am most looking forward to on Monday. French Open Champion Maria Sharapova will face a massive challenge when she comes up against the in form Angelique Kerber for a spot in the quarter-finals. Both ladies will come into this match full of confidence; Kerber has won 8 of her last 9 matches whilst Maria is currently on a 10 match winning streak.
Sharapova found herself down an early break against the dangerous Alison Riske, however Maria soon clicked into gear, storming into the round of 16 with a 6-3 6-0 victory. Angie came from a set down to defeat last year’s semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens 3-6 6-3 6-2. Sharapova leads the head-to-head 4-1, however the two have never met on grass. This should be a really close match, a long one too. I’m going for an upset here, Kerber has the ability to really frustrate Sharapova, her ability to move the ball from side to side will come in handy here.
Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Maria Sharapova 7-5 3-6 6-4
More to come