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Wimbledon | Another day to enjoy

Wimbledon | Another day to enjoy

What to look out for today

Tuesday of the second week of Wimbledon is quarter-finals day for the women and Johanna Konta will be aiming to make the last four for the second time in three years.

She takes on Barbora Strycova, while Ashleigh Barty’s conqueror Alison Riske will play Serena Williams, who also continues her superstar mixed-doubles pairing with Andy Murray.

Unfortunately the weather is not quite as bright, with a possibility of rain later in the day and a promised maximum of 21 degrees.

This will not, of course, affect the quarters as both Centre and No 1 Courts now have the benefit of a retractable roof each.

Centre Court, 1pm start

  • Alison Riske v Serena Williams
  • Barbora Strycova v Johanna Konta
  • Andy Murray/Serena Williams v Raquel Atawo/Fabrice Martin

No 1 Court, 1pm start

  • Simona Halep v Shuai Zhang
  • Elina Svitolina v Karolina Muchova

Brit Watch

Konta is the last Brit standing in the singles as she is through to her second successive quarter-final at a Grand Slam following her good run at Roland Garros. She will have all of Centre Court on her side as she faces Strycova and the British No 1 is a firm favourite to advance.

Both Murrays are in action too, Jamie with a mixed match to finish out on No 18 Court, and the Andy & Serena ‘Murena’ partnership back on Centre.

Fresh from the christening of their nickname, Wimbledon’s new power couple got their partnership off to a flying start on Saturday and they will look to build on that against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo. The two looked a dangerous combination with Williams’ power from the baseline and Murray’s guile at the net and they should ease through.

Sharp eyes will spot several junior Brits in action too, around the grounds in junior boys and girls singles and doubles matches.

Pick of the day

It does not get any easier for Riske after she dumped World No 1 out as Williams is waiting for her in the last eight. It promises to be a thrilling match-up on Centre Court as Riske’s prowess on grass will be tested against arguably the greatest female player of all time – but one who is still finding her feet after injury. The seven-time champion will be favourite to progress, but Riske should not be discounted.

About The Author

Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.

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