Wimbledon 2017 Day 7 – WTA Three to See
By Jake Davies
- Angelique Kerber  vs Garbiñe Muguruza 
- Victoria Azarenka vs Simona Halep 
- Elina Svitolina  vs Jelena Ostapenko 
LONDON, UK – In the battle of the finalists, Angelique Kerber faces a tough task against Garbiñe Muguruza but is that the most compelling match today? Our three must-watch matches on Day Seven of Wimbledon.
Angelique Kerber  vs Garbiñe Muguruza  H2H: Muguruza leads 4-3
‘Manic Monday’ arrives on Day 7 of Wimbledon where every fourth round match will take place on both the Ladies’ and Men’s Draw. The pick of the Ladies’ matches sees World No.1 and two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber face the 2016 Roland-Garros winner Garbiñe Muguruza for a place in the quarter-finals.
For both players it feels like a tournament where they are making up for lost time. Muguruza is trying to find the form that took her to a maiden and only Grand Slam victory, while Kerber realises that it is now or never if she is to keep that World No.1 ranking.
Muguruza has had a lot of recent success against Kerber, winning the last four meetings, including in 2015 at Wimbledon and I would be surprised if she does not make it five in a row on Monday. She has been hitting the ball cleanly, playing with no fear of the consequences and really expressing herself on the court this week where she has not dropped a set yet and she is playing the kind of tennis that took her to the Wimbledon final two years ago.
Prediction: Muguruza in two sets
Victoria Azarenka vs Simona Halep  H2H: Azarenka leads 2-1
A lot has happened since Victoria Azarenka was last playing on the WTA Tour, but the two-time Australian Open champion will be looking to get close to her best and to lay claim on more Grand Slam titles in the second part of her career.
Her fourth round opponent is a player that has also made the semi-finals of Wimbledon – Simona Halep. These two played a dramatic and hectic quarter-final at the US Open in 2015 and many will be hoping for more of the same this time around.
The biggest challenge for Halep will be keeping Azarenka away from her second serve delivery. I think if the Belarusian gets many looks at that second serve then the match really is in the hands of the returning Azarenka. It will also be a fascinating watch to see which player handles the pressure of the moment to the best of their ability. Halep has lost some big matches this season, while Azarenka is still trying to rediscover what it is like to play these big matches on the big courts of the biggest stages in tennis.
Prediction: Azarenka in three sets.
Elina Svitolina  vs Jelena Ostapenko  H2H: First meeting
Out of all the players that are making the next firm step into the higher echelons of the women’s game, I would say that no player’s game has evolved in the same way that Elina Svitolina‘s game has. Primarily she is a defensive baseliner, but she has familiarised herself in making forceful, aggressive blows, which has enabled her to rise up the rankings to No.5 in the world.
Jelena Ostapenko‘s world changed in the space of two weeks as she turned himself into a Grand Slam winner over a successful fortnight in Paris and is now one of the players that every other WTA player will be firmly keeping an eye on to fend off.
Ostapenko’s game naturally fits a grass court much better than Svitolina’s game and I still think that the Ukrainian is getting to grips with how she should play on this particular surface, whereas Ostapenko’s brand of tennis stays the same no matter what surface she plays on.
Prediction: Ostapenko in three sets.
Play begins on the outer courts at 11:30am, with Centre Court & No. 1 Court starting at 1pm BST.
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