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Wimbledon Tuesday: Sharapova Seeks QFs

Some people's tournament favorite, Maria Sharapova, will take on fellow Top 10 player Angelique Kerber as the fourth round wraps up at Wimbledon.

Published June 30, 2014 12:14

Wimbledon Tuesday: Sharapova Seeks QFs
Maria Sharapova

LONDON, England - Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and runner-up Sabine Lisicki will be among those pursuing quarterfinal berths at the All-England Club on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Fourth Round

Centre Court
[5] Maria Sharapova (RUS #5) vs. [9] Angelique Kerber (GER #7)
Head-to-head: Sharapova leads 4-1
Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber will each be playing for the first time in three days when they face off on Tuesday. Kerber has 12 Top 10 wins to her name, the first of which came over then-No.3 Sharapova at Paris [Indoors] in 2012 for her best win to date. However, since then, Sharapova has won three straight in their head-to-head.

Also, Sharapova has been in better form so far this fortnight, dropping just seven games through three matches to extend her win streak to 10 matches, while Kerber has been extended to a third set twice. That being said, the fourth round at Wimbledon has not been Sharapova's favorite in years past, as she has gone 3-4 in such matches compared to 18-5 in the fourth round of other Grand Slams.

"I think it will be a nice match," Kerber said. "I have nothing to lose. I will go out there, try to enjoy the match and try to just focus on myself and how I'm playing. I need to play at a high level to beat her."

No.3 Court
[19] Sabine Lisicki (GER #19) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ #65)
Head-to-head:
Lisicki leads 2-1
Nowhere brings out the best of Sabine Lisicki more than Wimbledon. She has made at least the quarters in her last four outings here, highlighted by a run to the final last year - which is her best Grand Slam showing. Also, the completion of her triumph over Ana Ivanovic on Monday improved her to 22-5 at this event.

Shvedova has equaled her best Wimbledon result in reaching the fourth round, having also gotten that far in 2012. Though she has 13 Top 20 wins under her belt, she is just 1-6 against Top 20 opponents this year. The last time she played Lisicki, it occurred here at the 2012 Olympics, with the German pulling out a victory.

Stat to watch: Sharapova and Kerber each have reached the fourth round at all three Grand Slams so far this year, but Kerber has yet to make a quarterfinal.

Also on court...
No.3 seed Simona Halep plays Kazakhstani Zarina Diyas in the other remaining fourth round match. Also, the quarterfinals get underway, with No.6 seed Petra Kvitova taking on fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and No.22 seed Ekaterina Makarova squaring off with No.23 seed Lucie Safarova in an all-lefty battle.

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