After an exciting Wednesday filled with quarterfinals action on both the men’s and women’s side, the focus at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships has shifted to the Day 10 schedule and which big names are scheduled to play.
While many fans were focused on the victories from men's favorites Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, or Andy Murray’s upset loss, No. 3 seed Simona Halep and No. 13 seed Eugenie Bouchard stole the show and earned their spot in the semifinals in the ladies' bracket
Now, both red-hot women’s players will square off for the right to advance to the finals.
Thursday's Centre Court Order of Play (starting at 1pm BST): Safarova v Kvitova, Bouchard v Halep #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2014
Here is the full television schedule for Day 10 at Wimbledon and the women's semifinals matches tennis fans will be treated to on Thursday.
|July 3||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||ESPN|
|Player 1||Player 2||Court||Predicted Winner|
|Petra Kvitova||vs.||Lucie Safarova||Centre||Kvitova|
|Simona Halep||vs.||Eugenie Bouchard||Centre||Halep|
*For the full schedule, check out Wimbledon.com.
Match of the Day: Simona Halep vs. Eugenie Bouchard
Tennis fans love to see the next generation of stars rise to the occasion, and Day 10 will feature the marquee semifinal battle between No. 3 seed Simona Halep and the No. 13 seed Eugenie Bouchard.
With both women playing on Wednesday, the lack of rest will even the playing field. How each reacts to the fatigue of playing on back-to-back days will be a major storyline as the matchup progresses.
Halep is just 22 years old and Bouchard is only 20, so the endurance should be there for both players. While Halep’s experience edge could be a major factor, TSN producer Sofie Kouleas says what many fans are thinking about the young crop of women’s players:
The future of the women's game has arrived. Bouchard vs Halep will meet in the semifinals #Wimbledon— Sofie Kouleas (@sofiekouleas) July 2, 2014
After a lackluster start to the career of each woman, Halep and Bouchard are now both 15-2 in Grand Slam matches this season.
Bouchard didn’t take an easy route to this point, either. Before defeating No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, the Canadian star dominated No. 20 seed Andrea Petkovic and pulled off a win against No. 25 seed Alize Cornet.
While Bouchard is playing exceptional tennis right now, Sports Illustrated‘s tennis page shared just how much momentum she was carrying into this tournament:
Eugenie Bouchard makes her 3rd straight Slam semi, d. Angelique Kerber 63 64. Both top 10 wins at Slams have been vs Kerber. Plays Halep.— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) July 2, 2014
The No. 13 seed may be playing some of the best tennis of her life right now, but Halep has been just as dominant, according to Sportsnet’s official Twitter account:
Through the first five rounds of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships—she recorded wins over Teliana Pereira, Lesya Tsurenko, Belinda Bencic, Zarina Diyas and No. 19 seed Sabine Lisicki—the Romanian star only dropped one set to her competition.
When asked about her quarterfinals matchup against Lisicki, Halep told Matt Trollope of Wimbledon.com about how she felt during the victory:
I was a little bit lost on court. But in the beginning only. Then I wanted just to keep more rallies, point by point. I did really well. I came back very well. Then I found my way to play and my style. I stayed very aggressive, very close to the baseline, and I did my game. I opened the court very well and (used) the angles, as well.
Since June of 2013, Halep has won seven tournament titles and advanced to the quarterfinals or better in each major this season.
Who ya got?
Using her improving serve and tenacious return game, Halep must get Bouchard on the run and behind the baseline. With a unique drop shot and the speed to defend the volley, the key to Halep’s victory will be keeping Bouchard off balance.
Regardless of which player wins, though, the future of women’s tennis looks bright.
Predicted Winner: Halep, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
*Stats via Wimbledon.com.