With Caroline Wozniacki’s loss to Ekaterina Makarova yesterday, only three of the top eight Ladies’ seeds remains in Wimbledon.
While the Gentlemen’s tournament is going more according to form, there have been some notable seeds departing including David Goffin and Lucas Pouille.
With the second round wrapping up, here are five of the best matches to tune into:
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Feliciano Lopez
Full credit to Lopez for breaking Roger Federer’s record of consecutive Grand Slam appearances with 66. He’s still a threat to cause an upset or two on his best surface where serve-and-volley game are most effective. Although his backhand still remains a liability, the Argentine is also not entirely comfortable (still) off of that wing. Basically, this match will come down to Del Potro’s ability to impose his power game vs Lopez’ ability to put pressure on the fifth seed by coming forward. Should be a very fun watch with an upset not out of the question.
Bernard Tomic vs Kei Nishikori
Sure, there’s probably very little chance Tomic wins this match, but he is playing better of late and grass is his best surface (he reached the quarterfinals here in 2011). Still, the likelihood is that Nishikori will be too strong for him in every area. The only chance the Aussie has is if Nishikori is having an off-day meaning his backhand is wayward, he’s not moving well and Tomic is winning long rallies. With all of that said, why is this match on the list? For the mere fact to see how Tomic will do with a chance to claim a notable win as he looks to continue to rebuild his career.
Johanna Konta vs Dominika Cibulkova
When you’re struggling to find your form, this is not the type of player you want to see early on in a major, especially when you have as many points to defend as Konta does. Lots of power hitting and lots of power serving. Cibulkova is also playing with a chip on her shoulder after just missing out on being seeded due to Serena Williams receiving the 25th seed. This is a match that could go either way with three sets written all over it. Could be a huge boost to Konta’s overall confidence if she gets through a match like this.
Jelena Ostapenko vs Kirsten Flipkens
This is another match where many people feel an upset is likely and with good reason: the Belgian is a former semifinalist back in 2013 and her game, consisting of variety, is built for the grass. Flipkens has the ability to put pressure on Ostapenko by merely testing her patience. What she has to hope for is that the Latvian does not have a day where she is in the zone, firing off winners left and right, which gives the Belgian no chance at all. The 2017 French Open champion is (believe it or not) still learning on the court and this is another good examination for her.
Alison Riske vs Belinda Bencic
Should be an exciting clash as Bencic showed some of her form from late last year and early this year that carried her to three straight titles on the ITF circuit in beating Caroline Garcia. Riske is most comfortable with grass under her feet and denied Bencic her first career title back in 2014 in Tianjin. She’ll definitely like her chances in this one, but if the Swiss can get her backhand going and hit her forehand as well and as powerfully as she did against Garcia, another upset could be on the cards.
Ladies’ seed likeliest to lose: (26) Daria Gavrilova to Samantha Stosur
Gentlemen’s seed likeliest to lose: (27) Damir Dzumhur to Ernests Gulbis
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