The All England Club continues to impress, as Wimbledon has been as exciting as anyone could’ve imagined. On Tuesday, more chaos is bound to ensue, and you need to make sure you don’t miss one of the four matches.
There are just eight women still in contention to win the Grand Slam title, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who’s going to survive going forward. It’s basically a toss-up for each of the upcoming matches, and the winner isn’t a lock to be one of the top 10 seeds in the tournament.
Many of the big names in the world have already been eliminated, but that just makes the remaining matches much more intriguing. So, how can you make sure not to miss what’s sure to be another thrilling day at Wimbledon?
Here’s everything you need to know entering Day 8 at All England Club, including when and where to watch the four quarterfinal matches and the storylines to keep in mind as the day progresses.
When: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Where: All England Club, London, England
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Centre Court Matches (Starting at 8 a.m. ET)
TV Coverage: ESPN, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
Match 1: Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Na Li
Match 2: Petra Kvitova vs. Kirsten Flipkens
No. 1 Court Matches (Starting at 8 a.m. ET)
TV Coverage: ESPN 2, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Match 1: Sabine Lisicki vs. Kaia Kanepi
Match 2: Sloane Stephens vs. Marion Bartoli
How Far Will Lisicki Go?
While upsets have been prevalent this year at the All England Club, no one expected Sabine Lisicki to upend the No. 1 woman in the world and the top seed at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, in the fourth round. Somehow, she managed to pull off the improbable.
Lisicki came out firing against Serena, crushing her in the opening set by a score of 6-2. Williams wasn’t going to go down without a fight, though, and she made it a match by taking the second, 6-1. Lisicki didn’t let herself crumble after the second-set loss and bounced back to win the third, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals.
The official Twitter account of Wimbledon called it the biggest upset yet:
The 23-year-old German has had a good amount of success at the Grand Slam in the last few years. Last year, she lost in the quarterfinals to Angelique Kerber and in the semifinals the previous year to Maria Sharapova. Lisicki got her revenge on Sharapova in 2012, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Lisicki’s serve has kept her in contention. She has 27 aces through her four matches, including 10 in the fourth round against Williams. Lisicki also has won at least 70 percent of her first serves in three of the matches, having a little more difficulty against the top player in the world at 57 percent.
If Lisicki can continue to serve well, there’s a strong chance she advances to the semifinals and potentially to the finals. Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times reports she’s now the favorite to take home the title:
Look for Lisicki to make it to her second career Wimbledon semifinal with a victory on Tuesday.
Will There Be Another Upset?
Sara Errani and Maria Kirilenko got bounced from Wimbledon in the first round. Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki lost in the second. As I already mentioned, Williams was ousted in the fourth. There are just three top 10 seeds still in contention.
By Wednesday, there’s a chance only one remains. Agnieszka Radwanska and Na Li are seeded fourth and sixth, and one of them will be eliminated on Tuesday. Petra Kvitova is the other, but there’s no guarantee she’ll be victorious against Kirsten Flipkens.
Here’s a full look at the matchups and seeds, courtesy of Rothenberg:
Only two real upsets can occur on Day 8 at the All England Club. If Li defeats Radwanska or Sloane Stephens tops Marion Bartoli, those aren’t real upsets. Two seeds separate Li and Radwanska, and the same goes for Stephens and Bartoli. Those would be good victories but not necessarily unexpected.
If Kaia Kanepi makes it to the semifinals with a win over Lisicki, that’s an upset. If Flipkens advances with a victory against Kvitova, that’s an upset.
Will either of those two upsets happen? Well, Wimbledon has been completely unpredictable this year, so it’s tough to say. But one would assume the upsets are done for now. The top seeds should be able to take out the lower seeds and continue to advance. But hey, you never know.