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Wimbledon Women’ Final: Will it be number 8 for Serena or can Kerber etch her name in Wimbledon history?

The 2018 Wimbledon Final will be contested between number 11 seed Angelique Kerber and number 25 seed Serena Williams. This match is a repeat of the 2016 final which Williams won in two tight sets. Here I preview what promises to be a fascinating encounter.

Wimbledon Women's Trophy
The Venus Rosewater Dish will be presented to the winner but who will hat be? Photo By: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Kerber’s Route to the Final

R1. v Vera Zvonareva 7-5 6-3

R2. v Claire Liu 3-6 6-2 6-4

R.3 v Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4

R.4 v Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-6(5)

QF v Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5

SF v Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3

Angelique Kerber has dropped just one set on her way to the final. Her most impressive performance was in the semi-final against the power of Ostapenko. She will come up against a similar type player in Serena Williams. Kerber’s fairly routine progress means she shouldn’t be affected by fatigue and she will need all her energy if she is to triumph here.

Angelique Kerber
Will Kerber be elebrating on Saturday? Photo By: Reuters

Williams’ Route to the Final

R1. v Arantxa Rus 7-5 6-3

R2. v Viktoriya Tomova 6-1 6-4

R3. v Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6(2)

R.4 v Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2

QF v Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4

SF v Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4

Serena has peaked perfectly in this tournament. Her response to losing her first set in the quarter final showed what a champion she is. She dug in and found a way to win. Her semi-final performance was excellent. Goerges played a great match but Serena’s power and angles were too much. She will need a big performance to beat a familiar foe on Saturday.

Serena Williams final
Will Serena be roaring with delight on Saturday? Photo By: UPI

My Thoughts

Serena understandably enters the match as the favourite considering her past victories here. She is going for her eighth title and looking to equal Margaret Court’s Open era¬† record of 24 Grand Slams. She won 87% of points behind her first serve in the semi-final and her serve was what won her the title against Kerber in 2016. She will face a different type of pressure as she has not played much tennis since the birth of her daughter. Can she handle it?

Kerber has made steady progress throughout the tournament on what I consider to be her best surface. Her serve has been vital to her progress. She made 77% of first serves in her semi-final and will need to make a similar number in the final. The German’s defence has been wondeful throughout the Champioships and she has been excellent in nullifying the big shots of Osaka and Ostapenko.

It would be special to see Serena win her 24th Slam at the All England Club and create history. It would be equally sweet to see Angelique win her first Wimbledon after her nightmare 2017. I’m giving the nod to Serena in two tight sets or over 3 sets. It promises to be a great game of tennis.

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Manic Monday Talking Points: Federer, Williams and unpredictable women’s draw

The second Monday of Wimbledon is arguably the best day in the tennis calendar as every player left in the draw plays their last 16 match. Here I discuss the key talking points from a hectic day of action.

All too easy for Federer

Roger Federer eased into the quarter finals at SW19 as he won in straight sets against Adrian Mannarino. He has now won 32 consecutive sets at the All England Club and he is in excellent form. He will face a tougher test against big serving Kevin Anderson but the South African will need to play the game of his life if he is to have any chance. Federer is undoubtedly the favourite heading into the quarter finals.

Roger Federer
Can anyone stop Federer retaining his Wimbledon title? Sourced Via: Sky Sports

A Piece of History for Nishikori

Kei Nishikori overcame the stubborn challenge of Ernests Gulbis to make the Wimbledon quarter finals for the first time. In doing so he has become the second Japanese player and the first male one to reach the quarter finals of all four Grand Slams after Kimiko Date did it in the women’s game. He is only the second Japanese man to reach the Wimbledon quarter finals. An excellent achievement and he may not be finished yet.

Kei Nishikori take two
Can Nishikori create further history. Photo By: Getty

Williams peaking perfectly

Serena Williams entered Wimbledon with little competitive tennis after the birth of her daughter. She has been impressive in her last two wins and with the fall of the seeds in the women’s draw, she has every chance of winning her eighth Wimbledon crown. What a story that would be?

Serena Williams
Serena Williams celebrates victory. Will she be celebrating an eighth title on Sunday?

Fall of the seeds is no great surprise

The top 10 women’s seeds have all been defeated in the women’s section of the draw. With Serena Williams being ranked at 25 for the Championships, few of the high ranking players enjoy playing on grass or have had success on the surface. The grass is quicker than any surface and does not allow players like Halep the time they have on clay. It also highlights the unpredictability of women’s tennis.