Wimbledon – Day 8

Alison Riske vs Serena Williams
Williams 2-0 $1.70

Alison Riske

The American veteran enters this tournament with a respectable ranking of #55. She put an end to the Barty party yesterday, coming from behind to defeat Ash in 3 sets. This is comfortably her best grand slam so far in 2019, having lost in the first round in both Australia and France.

Serena Williams

In what is really an atrocious era for the WTA, Serena still maintains a top 10 ranking as she heads towards age 38. She has been very strong in her last two outings, beating seeds Julia Georges and Carla Suarez Navarro in straights. Her game really lends itself to the Wimbledon surface and she certainly knows how to win here.

Prediction: Williams 2-0 $1.70

Even for the WTA, this is one of the bigger mismatches you’ll see at this stage of the tournament. As with most of her matches, this one is entirely on the racket of Serena Williams. Assuming she’s anywhere near her best, Riske can’t contend with her power en route to a straight sets win.

Elina Svitolina vs Karolina Muchova
Svitolina -3.5 Games

Elina Svitolina

The young Ukrainian looks like a future force on tour, entering this tournament with the #8 seed. 2019 admittedly hasn’t been her best year so far, going 14-11 in singles matches prior to Wimbledon. That said, she has only dropped 1 set in this tournament and is looking very good at the moment.

Karolina Muchova

At just 22 years of age, the young Czech enters this tournament in the top 70. She has had a very strong 2019, now winning 24 of her 32 singles matches. She had the best win of her career last time out, beating Karolina Pliskova 13-11 in the 5th set.

Prediction: Svitolina -3.5 Games

I think Svitolina has the matchup advantage in almost every key area here. She is the better mover around the court and has a much better array of groundstrokes than her opponent. She also enters this matchup as the fresher player and I can see her covering this relatively small handicap quite comfortably.

Barbora Strycova vs Johanna Konta
Konta to win $1.40

Barbora Strycova

The veteran Czech somehow finds herself back in a Grand Slam Quarter Final. She reached this same stage at Wimbledon 5 years ago and it really is her preferred surface. She has dropped just 1 set all tournament, coming from behind to beat Elise Mertens last time out.

Johanna Konta

The Sydney-born Konta enters this Wimbledon tournament with a solid ranking of 18. This is largely due to a very strong 2019, where she was 29-12 prior to Wimbledon. She enters this match in some strong form, claiming solid 3-set wins over Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.

Prediction: Konta to win $1.40

This represents a golden opportunity for Konta to get back to the Wimbledon Semi-Finals. Her game is very much suited to the grass courts and I think she has a power and athleticism advantage over her opponent. With the British crowd cheering her on, I can’t see anything other than a Konta straight up win here.