Wimbledon 2017 Day 5 – Three to See

 

By Jake Davies

  • Venus Williams [10] vs Naomi Osaka
  • Caroline Garcia [21] vs Madison Brengle
  • Jelena Ostapenko [13] vs Camila Giorgi
LONDON, UK – Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams bids for the second week, as she leads a trio of ladies in our Wimbledon Day Five Three to See.

 

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Venus Williams [10] vs Naomi Osaka H2H: First meeting

The No.10 seed Venus Williams has fought off some difficult opponents in her opening rounds against Belgium’s Elise Mertens and China’s Wang Qiang, and the road gets tougher as she prepares for her third round match versus Naomi Osaka.

A lot has already been made about Osaka’s development. She is already one of the heaviest servers on the tour and can do so much with that particular shot and she also has the ground game to back up that fierce weapon. Naturally her game coincides perfectly with the hard courts, but her strong ball striking certainly will not go unnoticed on a grass court either.

With Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova both exiting the tournament, Williams is one of the favourites that remains in the event as she looks look at potentially five more steps to a sixth Wimbledon singles title.

Prediction: Venus Williams in two sets

Caroline Garcia [21] vs Madison Brengle H2H: Garcia leads 2-1

Another of our three-to-see match-ups includes France’s Caroline Garcia who will face America’s Madison Brengle in the third round. Garcia’s improvement on the biggest stage of them all, in front of the Parisian crowd, where she embraced the occasion for the very first time, really was one of the talking points of that Roland-Garros. She has brought that vigour, enthusiasm and renewed confidence into this Wimbledon, where she completely dominated her first two opponents, Jana Cepelova and Ana Bogdan.

She now faces Brengle, who surprisingly knocked out two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova. It will be a match where Garcia will push the envelope and go for her shots like she always does. She plays with high risks and leaves it all out on the court, while Brengle’s aim is to frustrate her opponent with the amount of balls she can get back into play. It worked against Kvitova, but will it work for a consecutive match against Garcia?

Prediction: Garcia in three sets

 

Jelena Ostapenko [13] vs Camila Giorgi H2H: Giorgi leads 1-0

The more admirable of matches features the reigning Roland-Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko, who realised her ambitions of winning a Grand Slam trophy just a month ago. She has continued winning tight three-set matches, which suggests that she is battle-hardened for another successful Grand Slam at just 20-years-old.

She is a confidence player, but so is her opponent in the third round in Camila Giorgi. Giorgi takes risk-taking on a tennis court to new heights that has not been seen before. She believes that the way she plays will get her match-wins and does not shy away from any shot, so you can draw similarities to Ostapenko in many ways.

This is a tough match to call, but I think Ostapenko will be the more secure in her groundstrokes if the match gets incredibly close.

Prediction: Ostapenko in three sets

Play starts on the outside courts at 11:30am, with Centre & No. 1 court starting at 1pm, BST.

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