Angelique Kerber is all of a sudden a legitimate Wimbledon contender again, finding herself in the quarter finals at SW19 following a recent up turn in form. She will play Karolina Muchova with the Czech hoping to go one better than her last time here, where she lost in straight sets to Elina Svitolina at this very same stage. Kerber does lead the head to head 2-0 although Muchova was ranked outside the top 100 at the time of these matches.
Muchova held her nerve against the attacking play of Paula Badosa to advance with a 7-6 6-4 win. She would have to save set point in the first set but grew further in the second set, never giving up the lead and eventually breaking for the match. It appears to be a surface she enjoys and thrives on, like several of her fellow Czechs.
Kerber put a lid on the Coco Gauff hype for another few months with a very impressive display to beat the youngster 6-4 6-4. Experience may well have told with Kerber showcasing her counterpunching best and taking it to her opponents forehand – where drawing errors was key to victory. “I think this is always really special for me. Playing two tournaments in Germany, starting the grass-court season like this, then winning [the Bad Homburg title], playing in front of the crowd again, this gives me again new energy to go out there and enjoy my tennis.”
Kerber is in the quarter finals of a slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2018 – where she won the title. It would not be surprising if that was repeated her. Kerber has the knowhow and ability to still trouble the top players and that experience could push her over the top against players at a similar level. This one should be close though with Muchova seeking to make a second slam semi final of the year.
Prediction – Angelique Kerber in three sets