Serena Williams looks to nudge closer to her highest level as Wimbledon goes on and should at least find herself with a quarter-final place for her efforts. She faces Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday, hoping to extend her dominant record over the Spaniard. She is 6-0 against her, and has won five sets 6-0 in that time while never losing any more than 3 games otherwise.
Serena didn’t look too spectacular in her opening two rounds but Julia Goerges was the perfect opponent for her to play herself into better form, earning a 6-3 6-4 win against the German. She was able to match her opponent for power and never really made to work too hard throughout, unlike her earlier opponents who were in it for a long grind. A confidence boosting mixed doubles win with Andy Murray will also have been a welcome relief on Saturday evening following her singles win earlier in the day.“I think I play pretty good when I’m calm, but also super intense, just finding the balance in between there,” Serena said after. “So it’s a hard balance to find because sometimes when I’m too calm, I don’t have enough energy. Still trying to find that balance.”
Wimbledon is the only slam that Suarez Navarro has never made the quarter final at but she may have to wait another year for that, instead settling for the fourth round for the third time. A kind draw of Sam Stosur, Tamara Zidansek and Lauren Davis was navigated professionally, with all three wins coming in straight sets.
“I just need to keep it up, each match for me really counts. I haven’t had a tremendous amount. Literally each match counts for me. It’s just keep going, doing what I’m doing in practice hopefully.” Serena said afterwards. Her extra court time in the doubles could work wonders too but it will mean she plays twice on Tuesday if she wins this one.
Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets