(6) Petra Kvitova vs (23) Lucie Safarova
The first of the ladies semi-finals on Thursday will be an all-Czech affair as former champion Petra Kvitova takes on first time semi-finalist Lucie Safarova for a spot in the final. Petra has been in ominous form all week, the number 6 seed survived a stern challenge from Venus Williams In the third round but apart from that she hasn't really been challenged. Petra overcame Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the quarter-finals to reach this stage. After dominating the first set, Petra suffered from a typical lull but lifted when she needed to, clinching a straight set victory. Lucie Safarova has raced through to the semi-finals without dropping a set. Lucie has benefited from a favorable draw but if anyone deserves a little luck I think it is Lucie. Lucie completely outplayed both Cibulkova and Makarova in impressive victories on route to this stage.
Petra and Lucie have already played each other four times this year, Petra has come out on top in all four occasions however their most recent meeting in Eastbourne was very tight. After dominating in the opening set, Petra dropped the second set before claiming the third set in a tiebreaker. Having already lost to Petra 4 times this year, Lucie will know exactly what she needs to do to be more competitive against her compatriot.
Lucie has never reached this stage of a Grand Slam so nerves will certainly be a factor early. However all the pressure is on Kvitova, she is the one expected to win this match. Lucie has achieved so much this week; she really has nothing to lose but so much to gain. This could work in Lucie’s favour; if she comes out swinging freely and her opponent is a little off she is certainly a chance. As a defending champion and having reached the latter stages of a Grand Slam on many occasions, Petra certainly has a lot of experience to draw upon. At her best she will be almost impossible to beat. It is hard to know which Petra and which Lucie will turn up to play.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Lucie Safarova 6-4 2-6 6-3
(13) Eugenie Bouchard (3) Simona Halep
The two most consistent performers at this years Grand Slams Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep will collide in Thursdays second semi-final. Genie Bouchard defeated Angelique Kerber in straight sets to reach her third consecutive Grand Slam semi-final. Bouchard was rarely challenged by a tired Kerber, the Canadian dictated from start to finish. Halep won 11 straight games to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in her career. After a scare in her second round match, the Romanian has stormed through her last three matches and will come into this match full of confidence.
Simona Halep defeated Eugenie Bouchard in a tight three set match in their only previous meeting which took place earlier this year in Indian Wells. Genie and Simona have both been so consistent at the Grand Slam level this year. This is such a tough match to call, it really is a 50-50 match. On grass, I think Genie has a slight edge, she may just be a bit too powerful for the Romanian.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Simona Halep 7-6 3-6 6-3