(9) Angelique Kerber vs (13) Eugenie Bouchard
With the draw wide open, Angelique Kerber and Eugenie Bouchard have a massive opportunity to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam when they go to battle on Wednesday. On tuesday, Kerber produced one of the performances of the tournament thus far to knock of reigning Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova in a drama filled match. Kerber squandered six match points in an epic third set before finally clinching one of the biggest victories of her career on her seventh match point. Bouchard has quietly made her way through the draw, defeating a determined Alize Cornet in two tight sets in the fourth round. Bouchard will be aiming to reach her third Grand Slam semi-final of the year on Wednesday, a really admirable achievement.
Eugenie Bouchard completely outplayed Kerber when they recently met at Roland Garros in the fourth round. Kerber won their only other previous meeting at last years U.S open. Kerber will be determined to avenge her embarrassing loss at to Genie at Roland Garros, her recent form suggests she is very capable of doing this. After a great week at Eastbourne where she reached the final, Kerber has continued to play at a high level at Wimbledon. Kerber has had some really tough victories in the last couple of weeks, most notably against Sharapova, Wozniacki and Cornet. This should give the German a heap of confidence to draw upon should this match get tight.
Bouchard seems to match up well against Kerber. Genie's strong backhand has the potential to cause problems for Kerber's fragile serve. Genie's aggression was too much for Kerber at Roland Garros, the German was completely overpowered. However, Kerber was not in good form in the lead to Paris and has never been comfortable on clay. On grass and given Kerber's strong recent from, this is a really tough match to call, if Angie can play as she did yesterday she will be hard to defeat. It won't be easy for the German to back up her stunning performance, it never is. If anyone can, Angie can. She is very mentally tough, there have been numerous examples of this over the past few weeks (coming back from two match points down vs cornet in Eastbourne, defeating Sharapova despite squandering 6 match points).
Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 3-6 6-3
(3) Simona Halep vs (19) Sabine Lisicki
Like Bouchard, Simona Halep has quietly made her through the draw. All of a sudden Simona is the highest seed left in the draw and is arguably the favourite to win the title from here. After a scare in the second round, Halep has sailed through her last two matches against Bencic and Diyas in straight sets. On Wednesday Simona will face her biggest test of the fortnight thus far when she comes up against last years runner-up Sabine Lisicki. Yesterday Lisicki overcame shoulder issues (which severely hampered her serve) to overcome Yaroslava Shvedova in a tight three setter. Lisicki will need to raise her game significantly if she is to progress any further, if she throws up another inconsistent performance like she did yesterday it will be a quick day at the office for Simona.
These two ladies are almost polar opposites. Simona is super solid and super consistent, Sabine is all over the place. They have met on three previous occasions with Simona Halep coming out on top twice, including the two most recent matches. Their most recent meeting was in Madrid a couple of months ago, Sabine was very competitive but was eventually defeated in three sets. Sabine has shown that on her day she is capable of beating anyone on the grass at Wimbledon. To me it's difficult to see Sabine producing a performance good enough to defeat Simona considering how much she struggled on serve yesterday, serving 20 double faults and unable to produce any pace by the end of the match. Simona just keeps winning, Sabine won't be able to stop her.
Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-1