This Tuesday, the ladies are in the spotlight with four quarterfinals played on the Center Court and the short number 1. The French Fabrice Martin, specialist doubles, will know a special day.
For Serena Williams, now the favorite
With the eliminations of Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova, her picture was cleared. Opposed in opening on the Center Court to her compatriot Alison Riske, 55e (Barty's winner), the 37-year-old champion is now clearly favored for an eighth crown at Church Road and a 24e Grand Slam to equal Margaret Court's record. Fast winner Carla Suarez Navarro (6-2, 6-2), Serena sent a message. She is better physically and seems to have completely recovered from her right knee injury. She has the favors of the predictions against her compatriot that meeting for the first time. But Serena's low profile: "Alison plays super good on grass and she just beat the world number one. But, I'll be ready. "
For a premiere of Svitolina
The companion of Gael Monfils revives on grass. After a sad campaign on land, the Ukrainian qualified for the quarter-finals by easily dominating the Croatian Petra Martic (6-4, 6-2). The seeded 8 will play his first quarter in London with the opportunity to taste a first semifinal in Grand Slam. "I did not have any particular expectations for this tournament because I had never really played well before. I do not want to put pressure on myself. I have not passed the shifts yet, but I think it's a matter of time. I'm only 24 years old. "Elina Svitolina has a great opportunity to sign a first against the surprising Karolina Muchova, 68e World, winner of Karolina Pliskova (4-6 7-5 13-11). "I played against Karolina once. She is very talented. I think it's hard to play grass on her because she has a lot of variety in her game. "
For Johanna Konta, returned from afar
The Briton faces home Barbara Strycova in Match 2 on Center Court. At 28, she lives a real rebirth. In a few weeks, Johanna Konta has returned to her best level, having already reached the semifinals of two other Grand Slams: at the Australian Open in 2016, then at Wimbledon in 2017. lost the wire, tumbling from 4th place in July 2017 to 50th a year later, separating from three coaches in two years. Since last autumn, the Australian born in Hungary, arrived in Britain at the age of 14, works with the French Dimitri Zavialoff. The results pay. Finalist in Rome, she also reached the semi-finals of the last Roland-Garros. Waiting better in London?
For Shuang Zang, returned from far away also
The 30-year-old Chinese has long been a galérienne of the big circuit. From the 2008 US Open to the 2016 Australian Open, she had never passed the first round of a Major in 14 attempts! And then the click came in Melbourne in January 2016 with a win against Simona Halep and a quarterfinal. This is the Romanian she found this Tuesday in opening on the court 1. Since his Australian stunt, Zang was a little back in the row no longer than the 3e turn of a Major. In London, the magic is operating again. A top-seeded Caroline Garcia, she also ruled out Caroline Wozniacki, former world number one. Place Simona Halep for a first semifinal in a Major?
For the premiere of Fabrice Martin
Partner of the American Raquel Atawo in mixed doubles, the French will have the privilege of treading for the first time in his career the Short Center in prime time. In front of him, the pair star Andy Murray / Serena Williams. The 32-year-old Bayonnais, whose professional career began in 2005, did no better than the 228e ATP in singles (in 2012). For the past five years, he has devoted himself mainly to doubles with some success (5 titles) and a 33e world place of specialty. Faced with two former world numbers, the experience will be unforgettable whatever happens for the recent finalist Roland Garros, along with Jeremy Chardy.