Wimbledon 2013: Ladies’ Quarterfinal Predictions

Projected Winners in BOLD

Ladies’ Quarterfinal Matches

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] v Na Li (CHN) [6] – This match is a microcosm of this entire round.  Plausible cases can be made for either player advancing.  Na Li has reached 3 Grand Slam finals including a victory at the 2011 French Open.  Radwanska has her near miss at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships to drive her forward.  Serena losing has to make Radwanska think she can win one more match than last year and take the title.  Based on recent form at Wimbledon, I will take Radwanska to advance.

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] – After Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011, I thought women’s tennis had produced a new consistent champion.  That has not come to pass.  A second Wimbledon title is possible for Kvitova.  Still, her erratic results over the past 24 months make a Flipkens victory quite possible.

Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] v Kaia Kanepi (EST) – So long as Lisicki does not have a letdown after a major upset, I think she advances.

Sloane Stephens (USA) [17] v Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] – Like Radwanska, Bartoli has been a Wimbledon runner-up.  I think Stephens can beat Bartoli so long as Stephens keeps the ball out of the center of the court.  Bartoli can generate wicked angles, but hitting with two hands off of both wings limits her reach.   Like most of these matches, I can see either player advancing.

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