Alison Riske vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 9, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Alison Riske and Serena Williams meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Alison Riske is coming off a three sets win over Ashleigh Barty that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Riske won 65 percent of her first serve points and 65 percent of her second serve points. Riske won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her four break points. Riske got 67 percent of her first serves in play, saved three of her five break points and hit 30 winners. Riske has now won nine of her last 10 matches that have gone the distance and she has seven career wins over top-10 players. Riske has won at least four matches in three of her last four tournaments. Riske looks to make her first career grand slam semifinal apperenace. Riske has won 14 of her last 15 matches on grass court.
Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Carla Suarez-Navarro that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 78 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Serena won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 11 break points. Serena got 61 percent of her first serves in play, saved two of her three break points and hit 21 winners. It was arguably the best performance fo the tournament yet for Serena, and she’s now won each of her last six sets. Ten of Serena’s last 14 victories have been decided in straight sets. Serena hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the 13th time in her last 16 tries. Serena also looks for a fourth straight Wimbledon semifinal appearance. Serena has won 10 of her last 11 matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
You can make a strong case for Riske given what she’s done on grass court all year and the fact she just beat the favorite on the women’s side. The problem is Riske has done very little on the grand slam level to suggest she can beat two straight quality players at this stage of the tournament, and Serena is quickly playing herself into shape and playing much cleaner tennis. I just don’t have confidence that Riske can go from nothing but early exits in grand slam play to beating two of the favorites in Wimbledon and making a semifinal out of nowhere.
I’ll side with Serena.