With both the favoured Czech’s out of Wimbledon, the Ladies tournament winner is anyone’s guess right now. Plenty will fancy their chances from wily vets to up and comers, buoyed by Ostapenko’s French Open victory last month. The Court 1 match up pits these 2 types against each other with Caroline Wozniacki playing 21 year-old Anett Kontaveit.
Wozniacki came into the tournament as one of many who could stand a chance at the title if the draw collapsed – which it now is beginning to. A final at Eastbourne has been followed up with wins over Timea Babos and Tsvetana Pironkova, the latter of which has a good pedigree at Wimbledon. It was fairly comfortable for her against the Bulgarian, winning 6-3 6-4 in the end. “I thought I played aggressive as well, defended where I needed to.” she said on the performance.
Kontaveit is in the same vein of many of the fearless big hitters coming onto the tour, yet hasn’t really got much of the same acclaim as them. That may change the longer she stays in the draw. She hit 31 winners in her straight sets win over Darya Kastakina, making it 7 wins in a row after she won the tournament in ‘S-hertogenbosch earlier in the grass season. Kontaveit is 2-3 on the year against top 10 players, hoping to even it up with a win over Wozniacki – an opponent she has played once before. She beat the Dane on grass last year, winning a tight three setter at Nottingham – edging it 7-5 in the decider.
“I need to serve and return well. That’s basically it. That’s what I need to focus on.” Wozniacki said going into the match. It may not be fully down to her given Kontaveit’s ability to dictate the match but remaining solid should help her chances with Kontaveit hoping to make only the second slam fourth round of her career.
Prediction – Anett Kontaveit in three sets