It’s definitely the lowest profile quarter final of the four on Tuesday but could provide a good story when Magdalena Rybarikova plays Coco Vandeweghe in the second match on Court 1. Rybarikova has moved up 400 spots in the past 2 months to find a spot back in the top 50 while Vandeweghe is the quarter finals of Wimbledon for the second time in three years.
Rybarikova has showed that hard work at the lower levels can pay off with her return to the top 100 coming on the back of a dominant run at ITF level that did include 2 grass titles in England. She has backed that up with a stunning run to the quarter finals that included ousting the favourite for the title – Karolina Pliskova. She continued her run Monday with a win over Petra Martic – another player making a good run after a long time out with injury. She needed three sets to do so though, winning 6-4 2-6 6-3 overall. It’s her first quarter final at a slam, something that comes as a bit of a surprise given how comfortable she is on the grass. “The match was very intense today, and it was very difficult to play Petra,” Rybarikova commented post-match. “She played very good. I think at the end it was a good match. So I’m happy that I went through.”
Vandweghe toughed out a straight sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki in her fourth round, beating the Dane 7-6 6-4 to progress. Breaks were at a premium, with just three overall and one in the second set. That came as Wozniacki served to stay in the match as she fell down 15-40 and could not rescue the situation. “There were some difficult moments, difficult games. I was up a break in the first set, and you think that’s pretty easy going. But she fought back. Anything can really happen in a tiebreaker. I think for myself, just sticking to my guns was definitely key.” she said.
Vandeweghe is still one of the favoured players to win the event, owing in some part to her draw but she is taking nothing for granted. “There’s still a lot of good players in the draw,” Vandeweghe said. “There’s Grand Slam champions still in the draw. I don’t know if it’s wide open. You still have to win the matches in front of you. “That’s all I can really think about, is myself really. I can’t really focus on what other people are doing or how they’re feeling.” One of those grand slam champions awaits in the semi finals for the winner with either Garbine Muguruza or Svetlana Kuznetsova up next. Vandeweghe has been serving great throughout the championships and it will be key to her victory in this match too.
Prediction – Coco Vandweghe in straight sets.