By Jake Davies

  • The three matches that stand out on Day 2 Two of Wimbledon
  • Taylor Fritz vs Wawrinka
  • Caroline Wozniacki vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
  • Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea

WIMBLEDON, LONDON – Stan Wawrinka, Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova feature in our three to see on day two of Wimbledon.

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Stan Wawrinka [4] vs Taylor Fritz – First Meeting

In the first match on the No.1 court, two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka will come up against a promising big-serving junior Taylor Fritz. The 18-year-old American could be a difficult opponent for Wawrinka, as his game truly suits a grass court down to the ground.

Despite the considerable differential in experience between the two players, Fritz has achieved a lot for a player of such a young age. He became the second fastest American to reach an ATP Final this year in Memphis and is on the cusp of cracking the Top 50 in the ATP Rankings.

Wimbledon is not necessarily the most successful of grand slam tournaments for Wawrinka, but his explosive style of tennis can take him very far even at SW19.

Fritz enjoys the conditions at Wimbledon and could trouble a rusty Wawrinka. A major issue for Fritz is his inexperience in Best of five matches, which is why I can only see a Wawrinka win in four sets tomorrow.

Prediction: Wawrinka in four sets

Petra Kvitova [10] vs Sorana Cirstea – H2H: Kvitova leads 4-2

This is a perfect match for any tennis aficionado that enjoys high-risk tennis. Both Kvitova and Cirstea like to live life on the edge and will trade blow for blow in a heavy-hitting contest on the No.1 Court tomorrow.

The two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova boasts a 4-2 lead in the head-to-head, but Cirstea has won some memorable matches over the Czech.

Cirstea has won 36 matches combined on both the WTA and ITF circuit and just experienced a quarter-final showing on the inaugural Mallorca Open tournament, where the Romanian won five matches all the way from the qualifying rounds.

In regard to Petra Kvitova’s form coming into Wimbledon, she would have preferred a little more time on the match court in both Birmingham and Eastbourne. She lost in the Round of 16 at both events to Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta respectively.

Another talking point is whether both players are feeling their best. Kvitova was moving gingerly with her right thigh strapped in Eastbourne, while Cirstea retired in her first match at Eastbourne last week.

This will be an entertaining match of first-strike tennis. Like every tournament, we do not know what type of tennis Kvitova will bring to the match court. I am edging towards the upset.

Prediction: Cirstea in 3 sets.


Caroline Wozniacki vs Svetlana Kuznetsova [13] – H2H: Wozniacki leads 6-5

The former World No.1 Wozniacki has had a testing few months. She sustained an ankle injury that ended her clay court season before it had even started. Her opponent, a grand slam winner in her own right, is Kuznetsova.

Kuznetsova, a former Wimbledon quarter finalist, has not won a grass court match this season. The Russian lost a tight three set match in Eastbourne. Wozniacki may have the edge in this encounter because of the fact that she is considerably more match sharp than Kuznetsova on the slick grass courts.

Also, Wozniacki leads the grass court head to head 2-0, with two wins coming in Eastbourne in 2008 and 2015. I favour Wozniacki marginally in this one.

Prediction: Wozniacki in 3.

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