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Wimbledon Day 6 Preview

With Andrea Petkovic out of contention, Germany's SW19 hopes now reside with Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki. Will they make the last 16?

Published June 24, 2011 11:59

Wimbledon Day 6 Preview
Julia Goerges

Saturday, Third Round

Centre Court
[1] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN #1) vs. [27] Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS #28)
Head-to-Head: Wozniacki leads 2-0
Wozniacki is one of four Top 50 players who had not played on grass this year before coming to Wimbledon, along with Sharapova, Mattek-Sands and Jankovic. While the latter two may rue their choices after first round losses, so far, so good for Sharapova and Wozniacki, who dropped just seven games in her first two matches. The world No.1 will expect a sterner test today, though: Gajdosova hasn't conceded a set either, and, as for the Dane, her previous best at Wimbledon is a fourth round showing (last year). She scored a fine Fed Cup win over Schiavone in February, which suggests she can handle the big occasion, and has the weight of shot to put Wozniacki on the run. She'll need to assume the role of aggressor if she's to make things interesting but, as they say, she's the one with 'nothing to lose'.

Court 3
[24] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK #24) vs. [16] Julia Goerges (GER #16)
Head-to-Head: First meeting
It can only be a matter of time before former world No.12 Cibulkova is back in the Top 20. Indeed, this year the pocket-sized dynamo (at 5'3", she's the shortest player in the current Top 50) has built a 7-6 record against players in that elite, including a win over Kuznetsova en route to the semis at 's-Hertogenbosch last week. Having survived a three set battle with Mirjana Lucic in the first round here, she breezed past Polona Hercog, and appears to be in fine mettle as she guns for her first fourth round showing at the All England Club. For her part Goerges, one of this year's breakthrough artists, had only won one match here before this week (on her debut in 2008). Though grass may not be her favored surface, she has settled into her new Top 20 status rather nicely, and may have the edge on serve today. The winner gets a shot at Wozniacki or Gajdosova in the last 16.

Court 18
[18] Ana Ivanovic (SRB #18) vs. Petra Cetkovska (CZE #81)
Ivanovic leads 1-0
A few years ago Cetkovska was shaping up as a key member of the Czech new wave, reaching the last 16 at Roland Garros in 2008, losing to none other than Ivanovic (who went on to take the title) but cracking the Top 50 soon after. Then the wheels fell off somewhat, and this time last year she was ranked in the mid 200s. Helped by successes on the ITF Circuit the 26-year-old has worked her way back into the Top 100, and this week has earned gutsy three set wins over Olga Govortsova and Agnieszka Radwanska, the No.13 seed. Last time these two met, Ivanovic issued a double bagel; having won love sets in both round so far this week (dropping a mere four games all up) the 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist seems to be working herself into ominous form. Can the Serbian star keep it up?

More to watch…
Four time champion Serena Williams plays No.26 seed Maria Kirilenko second on No.1 Court. Maria Sharapova, seeded fifth plays unseeded Klara Zakopalova first on No.2 Court. Marion Bartoli and Flavia Pennetta, seeded ninth and 21st respectively, meet on Court 12, followed by the conclusion of Francesca Schiavone's match against Tamira Paszek, which is poised midway through the final set. Li Na's conqueror, Sabine Lisicki, tackles qualifier Misaki Doi on Court 14, while China's remaining hope, No.20 seed Peng Shuai, faces Melinda Czink on Court 18.

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