Wimbledon Wednesday: Germans Go For SFs
Published July 01, 2014 12:13
LONDON, England - Angelique Kerber is standing in the way of Eugenie Bouchard's third straight Grand Slam semifinal, while Wimbledon's on-paper favorite, Simona Halep, will square off with Sabine Lisicki in Wednesday's other quarterfinal.
 Angelique Kerber (GER #7) vs.  Eugenie Bouchard (CAN #13)
Head-to-head: Tied 1-1
While Angelique Kerber has been extended to a third set in three straight matches, including in her epic fourth round defeat of Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard has quietly coasted through her first four matches without dropping a set. Grand Slam success is becoming commonplace for the Canadian, as she is now 14-2 at the majors this year and has won both of her previous quarterfinals.
Both of Kerber's past encounters with Bouchard came in Grand Slams, with the German mustering just three games in their most recent match-up at the French Open last month.
"I lost against her in Paris, but I'm feeling better now on the grass," Kerber said. "I have never played against her on this surface. Like today, I will be focused just on myself and not on her, trying to be aggressive and play my game."
"She's a lefty, so you keep that in mind with tactics," Bouchard said. "I played well last time against her because I was really trying to go for it whenever I had an opening. I'll just try to play my usual game."
 Simona Halep (ROU #3) vs.  Sabine Lisicki (GER #19)
Head-to-head: Halep leads 2-1
Big serving Sabine Lisicki's Wimbledon heroics have continued this fortnight, as last year's runner-up has made at least the quarterfinals in five straight outings here. She improved to 23-5 at this event with a three set victory over Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round. Also, four of her Top 5 wins have come at the All-England Club.
The only one of the Top 5 seeds still alive, Simona Halep, will be contesting her first Wimbledon quarterfinal. She is coming off her most dominant win of the tournament, having surrendered just three games against Zarina Diyas in the fourth round. The Romanian has been victorious in her last two clashes with Lisicki in three sets, but this will be their first match-up on the German's beloved grass.
Stat to watch: Bouchard and Halep are tied for the WTA lead with 14 Grand Slam match wins this year.
Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) July 1, 2014