The places in the quarter final of this year’s Wimbledon were up for grabs on Monday under sunny skies. 8th seeded Petra Kvitova took on the 19th seed, Carla Suarez Navarro on Court 3. Suarez Navarro had an easy straight sets win in the first round, a three setter in the second and another two setter to get this far in the tournament. Kvitova had three setters in the first and third rounds, with a walkover in the second. The Czech led the head to head 4-1, but they had never met on grass. In a very mediocre first set littered with errors on both sides of the net, the players got to 5-5 when Kvitova broke, but Suarez Navarro broke straight back and the set went to a breaker which Kvitova took 7-5. Both players played better in the second set and the Czech broke in the 6th game to go ahead. The Spaniard held to love to trail 3-5 before Kvitova also served out to love, to take the set 6-3 and move into the quarters.
Na Li, the 6th seed, played the 11th seeded Roberta Vinci. Li led the head to head 3-0, but they had not played since 2011 and Vinci has come a long way since then. Both players had difficult third round three setters on their route to the last 16. Vinci got proceedings underway but Li took the first two games and allowed her opponent just two games before sealing the set 6-2. She broke immediately in the second set and ran away to a love set in a match that lasted just 53 minutes.
4th seed Agnieszka Radwanska faced off against the unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, ranked at 72. Pironkova, who loves the grass, is most famous for her two victories over Venus Williams at this tournament – in the quarters in 2010 and the 4th round in 2011. She beat 21st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round, Zahlavova Strycova in straights in the second and Petra Martic in three in the third round, so already has some good wins under her belt. She came out with all guns blazing in the first set and went toe to toe with the Pole, getting the break to take the set 6-4. Radwanska came back in the second to take the set 6-3 and force a decider. The critical 6th game of the third set, when Radwanska led with a break at 3-2, went to deuce and advantage numerous times before the Pole held for 4-2. Pironkova also held, but Radwanska took the last two games to wrap it up 6-3. After Serena Williams was beaten earlier in the afternoon, last year’s runner up in still in the now wide open mix.