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The 2016 Wimbledon Championships progressed through the men’s and women’s round of 16 at the All England Club in London on Monday, with the exception of Tomas Berdych and Jiri Vesely’s fifth set suspended by darkness.
Novak Djokovic’s shocking third-round loss has opened up the men’s draw, with second and third seeds Andy Murray and Roger Federer still alive and favorites to meet in the final. Serena and Venus Williams could meet in the women’s finale for the ninth time in a Grand Slam tournament.
Below is an overview of the schedule for Tuesday—when only the women’s singles are on the slate—along with predictions for those matches and a preview of the upcoming quarterfinal action.
|1 p.m.||No. 4 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 5 Simona Halep||Kerber|
|Followed by||No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||Williams|
|1 p.m.||No. 8 Venus Williams vs. Yaroslava Shvedova||Williams|
|Followed by||No. 19 Dominika Cibulkova vs. Elena Vesnina||Cibulkova|
2016 Wimbledon Preview: Women’s Quarterfinals
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Simona Halep’s all-court game is sure to be tested by reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in Tuesday’s quarterfinal opener on Centre Court.
Both players can counterpunch as well as anyone in the women’s game, but Kerber has an advantage in that she’s left-handed, which throws a changeup at Halep she isn’t accustomed to. In a match that should be almost dead-even, look for Kerber to pull through, using her maiden major triumph as confidence to draw on.
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Having gone three majors without winning the title, Serena Williams isn’t about to be tripped up on Tuesday by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who’s nearly five years removed from her last major quarterfinals trip.
Williams hit 68 percent of her first serves in play, hit 43 winners to only 14 unforced errors and won her last set 6-0 in Monday’s victory over 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. The 21-time major winner is simply in too strong of form to fall at this juncture.
After needing three sets to advance through her prior two matches, Venus Williams could breathe a little easier Monday when she defeated Carla Suarez Navarro—albeit with a first-set tiebreaker still required.
With a swift serve as a lethal weapon on the fast grass surface and her experience as a five-time Wimbledon champion, Williams is a force to be reckoned with even at 36 years old. But her quarterfinals opponent, Yaroslava Shvedova, boasts similar firepower, unlike most of Williams’ adversaries.
Joe Fleming of USA Today weighed in on Shvedova’s strong performance in London:
Shvedova has had some highlights at Wimbledon: Golden set in 2012 (vs Errani), doubles title in 2010 (w/Vania King) https://t.co/HTu8iEqBwt
— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) July 4, 2016
Although this is the furthest Shvedova has progressed in a major, she’s proved she belongs with excellent tennis of late, including a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Lucie Safarova in which she had only 10 unforced errors to 26 winners.
Shvedova has the tools and raw talent to keep her improbable, breakout run at the All England Club going. Look for her to pull off an upset against Williams, who has been struggling with consistency and got a pass of sorts on Monday against a foe who wasn’t powerful enough to hang with her.
Despite her wealth of reps at Wimbledon, Williams acknowledged the uncertainty ahead of her first quarterfinal match in this event since 2010.
“The first couple of rounds were against players I’ve never played. It’s always interesting – you spend the first few games trying to figure out what’s working, what’s not working. It will definitely be that tomorrow,” said Williams, per Wimbledon.com’s Michael Beattie.
Both Dominika Cibulkova and Elena Vesnina needed to pull out 9-7 third sets to get through to the quarterfinals.
Considering Cibulkova hadn’t dropped a set before the round of 16, though, she’s likeliest to advance to the semifinals. With Vesnina making her Grand Slam quarterfinal singles debut and having much more of a doubles background, she’s too unproven to endorse.
All of Tuesday’s matchups are tantalizing. Aside from the clash between Serena Williams and Pavlyuchenkova, the other three matches have the potential to go the full three sets.
Stats courtesy of Wimbledon.com.