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Wimbledon 2013: Day 8 Schedule, Matchups and Predictions

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 1, 2013

Most of the top seeds advanced on Monday at Wimbledon, but one match in particular was a shocker.

Pegged by many to win her second consecutive Wimbledon title, world No. 1 Serena Williams fell to No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki at the All England Club, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. As for the rest of the women, top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na and Petra Kvitova all advanced.

On the men's side, top seeds Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro advanced.

Here's a look at the schedule for Day 8 of Wimbledon 2013, complete with a breakdown of the top three matches.

 

TV Schedule (via Tennis.com)

Date Time (ET) Round Network
Tuesday, July 2 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Quarterfinals ESPN2
Tuesday, July 2 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (Centre Court) Quarterfinals ESPN

 

Live Stream

Date Time (ET) Round Live Stream
Tuesday, July 2 7 a.m. Quarterfinals ESPN3

 

Top Matches and Predictions

Agnieszka Radwanska (4) vs. Li Na (6)

While Agnieszka Radwanska is the higher seed, Li Na has gone 6-4 lifetime against the 24-year-old Pole, winning four of the pair's last five matchups. At Wimbledon, Na is 1-1 in the matchup, including the pair's last matchup at the All England Club in 2010.

Both players have endured two three-setters in the tournament, but Na is coming off a straight-sets victory over No. 11 seed Roberta Vinci, while Radwanska is coming off a three-setter against Tsvetana Pironkova.

Radwanska had reached the quarterfinals or better in three of her last five Wimbledon appearances (including the final last year), while Na had reached the quarterfinals twice in six career appearances.

This is an incredibly difficult match to predict, but I'm going with Radwanska on grass.

Prediction: Radwanska 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

 

Petra Kvitova (8) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (20)

Kirsten Flipkens is actually 2-1 lifetime against Petra Kvitova. That includes a victory over the Czech in Miami this year. That said, Kvitova has played well at Wimbledon the past three years. She reached the semifinals in 2010, won in 2011 and reached the quarterfinals last year before falling to Serena Williams.

As for Flipkens, this is the first time she's advanced past the third round in five career appearances. In her last appearance at Wimbledon in 2011, the 27-year-old Belgian fell in the first round.

While Flipkens owns the advantage in head-to-head matchups ahead of Tuesday's clash, Kvitova has to be the choice here.

Prediction: 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

 

Sloane Stephens (17) vs. Marion Bartoli (15)

Marion Bartoli is 1-0 lifetime against Sloane Stephens, defeating the 20-year-old American in three sets in New Haven, Conn., last year. Bartoli has reached the quarterfinals or better twice in her career. Stephens was bounced in the third round last year in her first SW19 appearance.

Bartoli has played very well so far, defeating all four of her opponents in straight sets. That includes a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Karin Knapp in the fourth round. Stephens' last three matches have gone three sets.

Stephens is just beginning to show her vast potential. On the flip side, Bartoli, 28, has been doing this for years. I like Bartoli's experience over Stephens, at least this year.

Tennis writer Lindsay Gibbs quipped:

Prediction: Bartoli 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

 

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