Garcia vs. Konta
|Date & Time||Monday July 10, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Johanna Konta and Caroline Garcia meet in the fourth round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 83 percent of her first serve points and 65 percent of her second serve points. Konta is coming off a match in which she won 46 percent of her return points, and she’s given herself 34 break chances in this tournament overall. Konta has also had 21 or less unforced errors in all three matches, as she’s just the defintion of a solid player who plays clean tennis and forces her opponent to beat her in order to get the victory. Konta looks for her third career grand slam quarterfinal and first ever in the Wimbledon. Konta has won six of her last seven matches on grass court.
Caroline Garcia is coming off a straight sets win over Madison Brengle that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Garcia won 73 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Garcia has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just 16 games overall in her first three matches. Garcia has won no less than 42 percent of her return points this tournament and is coming off a match in which she had 34 winners. Garcia has now won 15 of her last 20 sets played overall. Garcia looks for her second career grand slam quarterfinal and first ever in the Wimbledon. Garcia has won six of her last seven matches on grass court.
These two have split the previous four meetings with Garcia winning the most recent match in this years Indian Wells Masters. The other three matches took place in 2016, and this will be their first time playing on grass.
If the head to head is an indication of things to come, this is going to be a tight match that comes down to one or two mistakes. Both players are in solid form, as they’re returning at a high level and spraying winners across the court. As for picking a winner, I give the edge to Konta, as she’s just rock solid in her play and doesn’t give away points, forcing her opponent to beat her. She’s tough to bet against. Not to mention Konta has won five of the last seven sets against Garcia.
Close and tough match, but I have Konta winning.