It hasn’t all been as smooth sailing as she would have liked but world number one Ash Barty is into the second week of Wimbledon with relative ease. Only one set dropped, Barty will now feel the second week is hers to lose. However the Australian will need to step up her game if she wants to win her second grand slam singles with still some rustiness within the Australian’s armour still there for all to see.
Awaiting Barty is current Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova who is yet to feel the nerves and expectation that comes with being a new grand slam champion. A third round battle against Anastasija Sevastova saw the 15th seed reach the last 16 and she will look to achieve an unprecedented Roland Garros-Wimbledon double.
In this battle of the Roland Garros champions, it should be Barty who will feel more comfortable and will out-slice and outpower the Czech Republican. However this will be less than straightforward and we may go extra innings if Barty performs like she did in the opening week.
Prediction: Barty in three sets.
Alexander Zverev  v Felix Auger-Aliassime  H2H & Match Fundamentals
After edging past Taylor Fritz in his third round match on Saturday, Alexander Zverev is only into the last 16 at Wimbledon for the second time in his career. The German’s confident serving and groundstrokes has put him in a good place heading into the second week as a win on Monday would mean he has reached the last eight at every single grand slam.
Standing in Zverev’s way is Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime who has had a less than convincing opening week. After surviving a four set battle with Mikael Ymer, the 16th seed benefited from a Nick Kyrgios retirement to make the last 16. However Auger-Aliassime’s pedigree on grass suggests that he will raise his game when he needs to in the second week.
This should be a tough, hard-fought contest with both players in search of a breakthrough result. If Auger-Aliassime can keep his serve and returning consistent then he should have too much overall for Zverev who is yet to be put under sustained pressure in this tournament.
After having a tricky opening round against Su-Wei Hsieh, Iga Swiatek has raced through the first week in convincing fashion. Although the Pole described her relationship with grass as complicated, the former Juniors champion has only spent a combined total of 3 hours and 17 minutes on court. Now the pressure is on for Swiatek to keep the momentum heading into the second week.
As for Birmingham champion Ons Jabeur, she battled past former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in one of the matches of the tournament to reach the second week. The Tunisian keeps making history for her continent isn’t done yet and would like nothing more than to win her first grand slam at SW19.
This match is tough to call with both players serving well, having good variety to their game and always being able to find a way to win. It really is a 50-50 contest but the longer it goes the more it will favour Swiatek who has conserved energy for a strong second week.
Prediction: Swiatek in three sets.
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