The fourth round completes and quarter finals begin on Tuesday at The Championships Wimbledon 2014.
It was one winner from my two bets in the Ladies Singles on Monday, as Alizé Cornet and Genie Bouchard went past the overs line, but Caroline Wozniacki was really disappointing.
Cornet should have made Bouchard go three after serving for set two, but the overs was in by that stage and most welcome it was too after Wozniacki produced a feeble performance to lose in two to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Elsewhere, I was annoyed at opting not to take on Aga Radwanska for once on the day she finally got the drubbing that was always on the cards for the Pole, who won just three games against Kate Makarova.
And it could be another good day for the Russian today, as she takes on another quite surprising quarter finalist.
Ekaterina Makarova vs Lucie Safarova
This third quarter of the draw was always going to be quite open, but neither Makarova nor Safarova had previously been past the third round at Wimbledon, so for both to make the last eight in 2014 is unexpected.
Makarova at least has a grass pedigree, with an Eastbourne title and several other decent runs on the green stuff, but Safarova has never really taken to grass until this fortnight.
In fairly standard WTA fashion, Safarova now claims to be “falling in love with grass,” and at the same time “playing the best tennis of my life,” which is routine stuff for a first time quarter finalist here.
Meanwhile, Makarova puts her improved performance this year down to her parents staying here and feeling comfortable eating her mum’s Russian food.
Both of these lefties can light it up on their best form, but I just give Makarova the edge in what’s essentially a pick ‘em match.
Kate made just six unforced errors in her excellent win over Radwanska and she defeating Safarova in two sets on quick clay in Madrid in their most recent head-to-head meeting last year.
Both are prone to nerves and there could be a choke or two on the cards here, but on her day I rate the Russian as just about the classier operator with a little more experience at this last eight stage of majors and 1.67 seems fair to me.
Angelique Kerber vs Maria Sharapova
I touched on this match yesterday and I think it’s worth taking a chance on Sharapova to win this clash 2-1 at a very tempting 3.75.
I cannot see Sharapova winning this title, as the back-to-back French Open/Wimbledon win in incredibly tough to pull off and hasn’t been managed since Serena Williams in 2002, but she should make the quarter finals today.
It could well be a tight one though, with Kerber playing some great tennis on the grass in this mini swing and she can take a set from Sharapova, but will probably fall just short in the end.
Maria has won four of their five career meetings, but she’s been starting a lot of her matches slowly of late and the German has the class to take advantage before the Russian emerges strong as usual in the latter stages where her mental toughness comes to the fore.
Elsewhere, it’s difficult to see either Simona Halep or Petra Kvitova being beaten, but Sabine Lisicki will need to be on her best form against the threat of Slava Shvedova who can play on this surface.
Back Makarova to beat Safarova at 1.67
Back Sharapova to beat Kerber 2-1 at 3.75