Serena Williams vs. Evgeniya Rodina
|Date & Time||Sunday July 8, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Evgeniya Rodina and Serena Williams meet in the fourth round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.
Evgeniya Rodina is coming off a three sets win over Madison Keys that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Rodina won 63 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Rodina got probably the biggest win of her career, as she won 57 percent of her total service points and had just 11 unforced errors. Rodina was able to take advantage of Keys’ 48 unforced errors and managed to grind out a third set that included five breaks. Rodina must improve her service percentage if she’s going to pull off another upset, but at this point in the tournament and based on her history, the 29-year-old is playing with house money at this point. Rodina has a chance to make her first ever grand slam quarterfinal. Before this tournament, Rodina never made it out of a grand slam second round. Rodina has won eight of her last 10 matches on grass court.
Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 80 percent of her first serve points and 35 percent of her second serve points. Serena won 64 percent of her total service points and had just seven unforced errors. Serena wasn’t at her best in her third round victory, but a win is a win at this point, as she’s still chipping away rust from being gone from the sport for so long. The one encouraging sign for Serena moving forward is the fact she’s not making silly mistakes and has dominated the first serve. If Serena can improve her second serve even just a little, she’s going to position herself nicely for a run at another grand slam title. Serena hopes to make the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the 11th time in her last 12 appearances. Serena has made the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon in seven of her last 10 appearances. Serena has won 17 straight matches on grass court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Give Rodina credit for making it this far in a grand slam, but that third round victory had more to do with Keys and her unforced errors than anything else. The American has a habit of abusing her power and taking herself out of the match. Serena hasn’t played her best consistently, but even at 75 percent or so, she’s still one of the tougher players in the draw to beat. At this point in grand slams, her competitive spirit also can’t be matched. Rodina has her hands full here.
Give me Serena to advance, likely in straight sets.