Wimbledon 2014: Day 8 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for London Bracket

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

Simona Halep of Romania plays a return to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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After taking Sunday off per the customs of the All England Club, both the men’s and women’s 2014 Wimbledon Championships picked back up on Monday and were more intense than before.

The second week of Wimbledon promises to be even better than the first.

With top players like No. 3 seed Andy Murray and No. 13 seed Eugenie Bouchard advancing to the next round and other big names like No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki faltering, the excitement only continues to grow moving forward.

Here is the full television schedule for Day 8 at the Wimbledon Championships and the top matches from the schedule for the rest of the fourth round and the ladies’ quarterfinals.

 

Day 8 Schedule and Viewing Information
DateTime (ET)Watch
July 18 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ESPN
July 18 a.m. - 1 p.m. ESPN2
July 111:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESPNEWS
Source: SI.com

*Check Wimbledon.com for full men's and women's brackets.

 

2014 Wimbledon: Day 8 Schedule
Men's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Rafael Nadalvs. Nick KyrgiosCentre Nadal
Roger Federervs. Tommy RobredoNo. 1 Federer
Stan Wawrinkavs. Feliciano LopezNo. 2Wawrinka
Milos Raonicvs. Kei NishikoriNo. 3Nishikori
Women's Side
Player 1 Player 2 Court Predicted Winner
Maria Sharapovavs. Angelique Kerber Centre Sharapova
Petra Kvitovavs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova Centre Kvitova
Ekaterina Makarovavs. Lucie SafarovaNo. 1 Safarova
Simona Halepvs. Zarina DiyasNo. 2Halep
Sabine Lisickivs. Yaroslava ShvedovaNo. 3 Lisicki
Source: Wimbledon.com

*For the full schedule, check out Wimbledon.com.

 

Top Matchup of Ladies’ Quarterfinals

No. 3 Simona Halep vs. Zarina Diyas

There were few tennis fans and experts talking about Simona Halep coming into the 2014 season, but she has stolen many headlines with her elite play and consistency.

Halep may be coming off a devastating loss to Maria Sharapova in the final of the 2014 French Open, but at only 22 years old, the Romanian player is building the foundation for a great Grand Slam career.

As Sports Illustrated’s tennis Twitter account shared, Halep is besting herself every tournament:

The key to her success is starting a tournament hot and carrying that momentum for the rest of the event. Halep beat Teliana Pereira, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round, Lesia Tsurenko in the second, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and Belinda Bencic in the third, 6-4, 6-1.

After dropping only one set through the first three rounds, momentum is on Halep’s side.

The Romanian championship contender told Alexandra Willis of Wimbledon.com about her third-round matchup against Bencic and her mindset heading into each big match:

On grass is not easy. Every match is difficult. You never know who will win or who will lose because the court, it's really difficult. I believed in my chance today, but after I lost second set, I said that maybe I lose the match because I didn't feel my game. I expect a tough match. I didn't see her playing – never – and tomorrow will be a little bit tough because I heard she's a good player and she's strong. She's also aggressive.

On the court, there are few women left in Wimbledon who have the confidence in their play that Halep has right now.

Not only did she finish 2013 with an impressive record, but she also managed to start 2014 with a run to the quarterfinals in the Australian Open and made the final at Roland Garros.

It looks like Halep is a big-game player.

If Halep can now focus her attention on staying aggressive in each game, the consistency of her serve and her ability to run the baseline will make her a serious challenger for this year’s Wimbledon Championship trophy.

With Serena Williams, Li Na and Radwanska all eliminated from contention, the stage has been set for Halep to steal the show and win her first major tournament.

Predicted Score: Halep Wins, 6-3, 6-4

 

*Stats via Wimbledon.com.