The 2015 Wimbledon Championships has a bit of everything on the women's side as a gripping quarterfinal round gets underway Tuesday at the All England Club.
Want favorites? No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Maria Sharapova say hello, both on the cusp of forcing a semifinal match. Want galvanizing underdogs? Young Americans Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe enter the final eight intent on continuing their improbable runs.
The men's and women's draws alternate days from here on out, but a five-set thriller between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 14 Kevin Anderson spilled over into Tuesday. The top-seeded Serbian overcame a two-set disadvantage from Monday, surviving to win Tuesday's fifth set 7-5 and advance.
In case you missed the end of that bout or the women's quarters that are already underway, take a look below to find out how to catch all the action again.
Tuesday's Wimbledon Viewing Info
|Tue., July 7||8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Women's Quarterfinals (Centre Court)||ESPN|
|Tue., July 7||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Women's Quarterfinals (No. 1 Court)||ESPN2|
Live Stream: Wimbledon.com
Replay Coverage: WatchESPN
Order of Play: Wimbledon.com
Tuesday Match to Watch
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 23 Victoria Azarenka
One day after taking down her sister once again, Williams will face another familiar foe Tuesday on the Centre Court as she goes up against 23rd-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
Just like most of her opponents, Williams holds a massive advantage in head-to-head battles with a 16-3 all-time record against Azarenka. She's a perfect 9-0 against her on the Grand Slam stage, but there have been plenty of memorable bouts in that span.
Azarenka had Williams on the ropes at the 2010 Australian Open and the finals of the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Opens. But for all of those close calls and all the three-set losses, Azarenka just wants to break through, as she told New York Times' Christopher Clarey:
The Belarus native has the track record of success that is so important to beating Williams. But it also takes an incredible run of form to take her down.
Azarenka just might have that at the moment. She's overcome some tough first-week opponents without losing a single set and has put together consistent play over the fortnight despite it being a down year for her.
Of course, if Serena's meeting against sister Venus Williams is any indication, she's already on the fast track for the title, per ESPN Stats & Info:
That being said, none of those victories happened in a vacuum. She needed to rise above peaking opponents every time, and the same will be asked of her Tuesday.
Azarenka isn't your typical 23rd seed, and Williams knows that from their classic battles on the Grand Slam stage. She can also look around the draw and see that Azarenka just might be the stiffest test standing between her and prominence.
All the more reason to bring it for Tuesday's quarterfinal.