We’re down to the final four with one unseeded player remaining and the top 6 seeds all long gone. We could feasibly have had Jo Konta playing Ash Barty this afternoon but instead we have Barbara Strycova facing 11th seed Serena Williams. That match is preceded by the 7th and 8th seeds facing off as Halep meets Svitolina.
Svitolina is 4-2 up in the head-to-head although they’ve never met on grass and Halep took the win last time they played. Obviously both have been playing well to get this far and Halep is rated roughly 2/1 on to prevail today. Given their previous meetings it’s probably a little closer than that but we’ve got Halep on our side already so we’ll take no further action there. Hopefully the Romanian progresses, allowing us to sit back and enjoy the 2nd semi-final.
Here Serena continues her quest for her 24th Grand Slam and she is the favourite for not only the match but also the title. Strycova overcame Konta in straight sets or as some critics would say Konta overcame Konta to see the Czech player go through. Williams seems to be free from injury at the moment and match fit but there is some evidence of decline. It’s not significant enough to stop her beating 90% of the opposition but it does mean that when she reaches finals they are not a foregone conclusion. On that basis we can’t back Strycova but won’t complain if she does pull off the upset.
Should be a good day’s tennis either way and make a good appetiser for the clash of the titans between Federer and Nadal on Thursday.
Published on: Jul 11, 2019 @ 06:41