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Wimbledon 2012: TK's Picks, Day 9

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02:  Serena Williams of USA hits a backhand return during her Ladies' singles fourth round match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIJuly 2, 2012

We're down to eight women battling for the Wimbledon crown. I think there's going to be four really good matches.

I went 5-2 in Monday's rain-shortened day to take my totals to 46-21. From here on out I will pick every match, which won't be easy as the tournament progresses.

 

No. 6 Serena Williams vs. No. 4 Petra Kvitova: This is the real final to me. I think they are the two best grass-court players in the game. It's a shame they have to meet in the quarterfinals. Serena has had two straight three-setters, and you have to wonder if it will have an effect on her. Kvitova looked bad in the first against Francesca Schiavone, but she looked great in the third set of their fourth-round match.


Winner: Kvitova in three sets

 

No. 8 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 15 Sabine Lisicki: Lisicki is playing great, but will her nerves continue to hold up? Kerber crushed Kim Clijsters, and is definitely playing some top-notch tennis. This should be a very tough battle. If Lisicki could serve well I'd like her chances, but I don't think she will.


Winner: Kerber in three sets

 

No. 3 Aggie Radwanska vs. No. 17 Maria Kirilenko: This could be more competitive than most people think. Kirilenko has a decent game, but much like Lisicki, her nerves tend to get the best of her in big matches. Radwanska has looked sharp, although her draw hasn't been real tough.


Winner: Radwanska in three sets

 

No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. Tamira Paszek: I think Paszek has a serious chance here. She's been playing phenomenal tennis, but Azarenka has been playing much better this tournament as well. Azarenka has more experience and that's why I give her the edge.


Winner: Azarenka in three sets

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