Wimbledon: Kerber v Muguruza, Azarenka v Halep - Women's draw guide to Manic Monday

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Halep beat Azarenka in their most recent meeting at the 2015 US Open.

Manic Monday will feature all fourth round matches of both the men’s and women’s draws.

Ten of the top 16 seeds of the women’s draw advanced to the fourth round, the most to reach the second week at Wimbledon since 2007.

Only one former champion, Venus Williams, remains standing in the women’s field.

Here’s your ultimate guide for the ladies’ matches…

Angelique Kerber (GER) [1] v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [14]

14:30 UAE time – Court No. 2

– A contest between last year’s runner-up, Kerber, and the 2015 runner-up, Muguruza, who leads their head-to-head 4-3.

– Muguruza has won their last four meetings.

– The Spaniard is 2-0 against Kerber in Grand Slams including a meeting in the Wimbledon 2015 third round.

– Kerber is 8-6 in Grand Slam fourth rounds. Muguruza is 6-2.

– Kerber must at least reach the Wimbledon final to keep her No1 ranking. If she faces Halep in the final, the winner gets to walk away with the trophy and the world No1 spot.

– Kerber is 0-8 against top-20 players in 2017.

– Muguruza is 2-2 against top-10 opponents in 2017.

– Muguruza owns two wins over a reigning world No1, both against Serena Williams in 2014 and 2016 Roland Garros.

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Simona Halep (ROU) [2]

Second match from 14:30 start UAE time – Court No. 2

– Azarenka leads their head-to-head 2-1 but Halep won their most recent meeting, in the 2015 US Open quarter-finals.

– Azarenka is 15-6 in Grand Slam fourth rounds (4-0 at Wimbledon).

– Azarenka is 28‐36 against top-five opposition. Her last win came over No3 Kerber at in 2016 Miami semis.

– Halep could become world No1 after the tournament but must at least reach the semi-finals.

– Halep is 8-2 in Grand Slam fourth round matches.

Ana Konjuh (CRO) [27] v Venus Williams (USA) [10]

16:00 UAE time – Centre Court

– It’s their first meeting.

– Williams (the oldest player remaining) made her Grand Slam debut at 1997 Roland Garros, seven months before Konjuh (the youngest player remaining) was born.

– Konjuh is the only teenager left in the draw and is in the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time.

– Williams is making her 20th appearance at Wimbledon.

– Williams has played 98 main draw matches at the All England Club, the most among active players.

– At 37 years and 29 days old, Williams is bidding to become the oldest player to advance to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon since1994 (Martina Navratilova, runner-up at 37 years, 258 days old).

Johanna Konta (GBR) [6] v Caroline Garcia (FRA) [21]

16:00 UAE time – Court No. 1

– They are tied at 2-2 head-to-head.

– Konta is bidding to become the first British woman to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Jo Durie 1984.

– Konta has hit the most aces (18) among the 16 remaining players in the draw so far through three matches.

– Garcia is 0-3 against top-10 players in 2017, Konta is 3-1.

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [9] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [7]

14:30 UAE time – Court No. 3

– Kuznetsova leads their head-to-head 13-4. They are 1-1 on grass, both at Wimbledon.

– Kuznetsova has dropped just 15 games en route to the fourth round, the least amongst all players at this stage.

– Radwanska was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2012. Kuznetsova is a three-time quarter-finalist.

– Radwanska is 12-14 in Grand Slam fourth round matches.

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) [24] v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [5]

Second match from 14:30 start UAE time – Court No. 3

– Wozniacki leads their head-to-head 2-0.

– Vandeweghe has won 88 per cent of points on her first serve this tournament – the highest percentage in the women’s draw. She has dropped just 10 points on her first serve through three matches.

– Vandeweghe – a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2015 – is 33‐15 in grass court main draw matches throughout her career.

– Vandeweghe is 11-19 against top-10 opposition, 3-2 in 2017.

– Wozniacki is in the Wimbledon fourth round for a sixth time in 11 appearances.

– Wozniacki is 9-9 in Grand Slam fourth rounds, 0-5 at Wimbledon.

– Wozniacki is 6-3 win-loss against top-10 opposition in 2017.

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [13] v Elina Svitolina (UKR) [4]

14:30 UAE time – Court No. 12

– It’s their first meeting.

– Svitolina is gunning for a tour-leading 40th match win of the season.

– Ostapenko is looking to claim an 11th consecutive Grand Slam match win.

– Ostapenko is 3-6 win-loss against top-10 opposition throughout her career. Svitolina is 15-27 in her career and 6-3 in 2017.

– Ostapenko is the 2014 Wimbledon junior champion.

– Ostapenko has won 15 of her last 17 three-set matches.

– Both are in the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time.

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Petra Martic (CRO)

14:30 UAE time – Court No. 18

– It’s their first meeting.

– Playing in her 36th career Grand Slam main draw, Rybarikova has advanced to the fourth round of a Slam for the first time in her career. Vania King (38 Slam main draw appearances) is the only player currently in the WTA top 200 who has made more Slam appearances without reaching the fourth round.

– Martic has hit the fastest serve so far this tournament, 121mph.

– Martic has the highest percentage of points won on the second serve – 63% – through three matches this tournament.

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Wimbledon: Nadal, Murray and rest of the players hit the practice courts on Middle Sunday

Doubles player Robert Lindstedt described Middle Sunday as “the most civil day in sports”.

“I love the feeling of truce between warriors that this day brings,” said the Swede in an Instagram post.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that has no play on Middle Sunday (although last year it rained during the first week and they had to schedule matches on Middle Sunday) and it’s a tradition that maybe isn’t appreciated by everyone, but is one that journalists welcome with open arms, because it gives us a break during a brutal fortnight or non-stop work.

The players of course don’t take the day off as they hit the practice courts, looking to fine-tune their games ahead of week two of Wimbledon. Above is a sneak peek from Aorangi on Sunday.

Middle Sunday. I love the feeling of truce between warriors that this day brings. The most civil day in sports. @wimbledon

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Wimbledon: Ostapenko is 'in her own world' when she's on court, says coach Medina

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Fired up: Ostapenko got through some tough moments in week one at Wimbledon.

Jelena Ostapenko continues to march on unscathed at Wimbledon, defying any doubters who expected the young Latvian would be unable to back up her French Open title victory last month.

The 20-year-old valiantly fought through three tough rounds so far at the All England Club, to reach the second week here for the first time, and take her streak of Grand Slam matches won to 10 in a row.

Ostapenko, a former Wimbledon junior champion, battled past Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets in the first round, was pushed to the brink by Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda in the second round, and was down by a break in both sets against Camila Giorgi in the third round but still came through in straights, to book a last-16 meeting with No4 seed Elina Svitolina.

Prior to Ostapenko’s stunning title run in Paris, nine of the last 10 first-time Grand Slam champions on the women’s tour had failed to make the second week at the following major (two of them retired from the sport).

Ostapenko has done a fantastic job not to be one of them.

“She keeps focused, she keeps believing in her game, she knows she’s playing good, and when she’s playing good she knows that she’s dangerous so I think she’s very convinced to keep going and do what she needs to do to keep winning matches,” her coach Anabel Medina told Sport360.

Ostapenko has won 15 of her last 17 three-set matches and Medina believes her mental strength at the crucial moments during competition has been key.

The Spaniard also expected there might be a bit of a letdown from Ostapenko after her huge Roland Garros breakthrough – which was her first-ever title triumph – but the young talent never relented.

“What I think is that she’s very competitive and hates to lose,” explained Medina.

“So that means that when she’s on the court she’s just thinking about winning the match. In the second round she had a really, really tough match against Abanda, a mental match, because they’re the same age and they played each other in juniors so she has all this information in her head so that made her a bit more nervous.

“But once again she handled the situation very well and in the important moments she’s playing much better than the other opponents, so that’s what I feel she has different to other players. That in important moments she’s playing well and other players on important moments they lose a little bit the level.

“I think she’s in her own world when she’s on the court and she’s only thinking about winning the match.”

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Ostapenko will be facing Svitolina for the first time and the pair have contrasting styles, but share a similar competitive spirit.

The Latvian is keeping things simple in her mind and is just focused on winning matches.

“After the French Open, I rested a little bit, and I went to Eastbourne. Then I was just preparing for this tournament, just to play every match, just enjoy every match, because I won the Grand Slam at the French,” said Ostapenko.

“I kind of just tried to play free, not to think too much. Because then I think is easier to play. I think after French I’m more confident, so I’m playing every match better and better.”

The last time a first-time Grand Slam winner won the next major following her maiden success was Jennifer Capriati, who captured her first Slam trophy at the 2001 Australian Open and followed it up by winning the French Open a few months later.

Can Ostapenko achieve the same feat? It’s possible.

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