World number one Ashleigh Barty got a much needed win on ‘Manic Monday’ when she beat fellow Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets. Barty is now starting to play her way into form and you’d be a brave person to bet against her winning the title on Saturday given her grass court pedigree.
Next for Barty is Ajla Tomljanovic who is a surprise Wimbledon quarter-finalist. After wins over Alize Cornet and Jelena Ostapenko, the fellow Australian has more than earned her place in the last eight. Now with confidence on her side Tomljanovic will have nothing to lose heading into her first grand slam quarter-final.
The keys for Tomljanovic is a big first serve percentage and being aggressive early in the rallies to deny Barty the opportunity to dictate the pace of the ball. It will be a difficult test for the world number one but one she should pass.
Prediction: Barty in straight sets.
Karolina Muchova  v Angelique Kerber  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Having survived an early first week test against Camila Giorgi, Karolina Muchova has gone under the radar and a fourth round win over Paula Badosa cemented her place as a threat to the Wimbledon crown. Her silky mix of power and variety has all the tools to go deep and cause problems for the rest of the field.
As for Angelique Kerber, she was having a terrible season before the grass court swing having exited the first round of the previous four grand slams. Now after winning a tournament in Germany, Kerber is in supreme form having just outsmarted American teen Coco Gauff. The German is the only player left in the draw who has won Wimbledon before and has the experience as well as confidence to repeat that success.
This match should see a lot of fun rallies, a lot of defensive magic and a battle of endurance more than anything. However despite Muchova’s fun style of play, Kerber should pass this latest test of her grand slam credentials.
Having just exited the world’s top 10 after a first round exit at Eastbourne, Karolina Pliskova has once again gone under the radar. Wins over Donna Vekic and Berlin champion Liudmila Samsonova. A first Wimbledon quarter-final awaits the former US Open finalist and she will believe that this year is her time to win her first grand slam title.
Next for Pliskova is Viktorija Golubic who has won 42 matches on the tour this season and has notched up some impressive wins on the grass court season. After beating Belinda Bencic in Eastbourne, Golubic stunned Madison Keys in the fourth round to earn her place in her first grand slam quarter-final.
As has been proven in the past, Pliskova often plays her best tennis when she has no pressure on her shoulders so this will be a test to see how she can manage expectations. This could be a match that Golubic will relish and she has the game to spring a quarter-final surprise.
Prediction: Golubic in three sets.
Ons Jabeur  v Aryna Sabalenka  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Ons Jabeur is one of the most in-form players left in the women’s draw having won the title in Wimbledon she has continued her march towards history with back-to-back wins over Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek. Now the Tunisian is the first Arab player in the last eight for 47 years and knows that she is three wins away from African tennis supremacy.
Standing in Jabeur’s way is the second seed Aryna Sabalenka who has reached a landmark moment in her career having reached a first grand slam quarter-final. The Belarusian is now looking to match the expectation that has been put on her shoulders as she looks to finally seal her grand slam breakthrough.
The Tunisian’s game is poised for matches like this, to force errors from Sabalenka’s game and her mixture of power and variety should prove too much for the second seed.
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