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Wimbledon women’s quarterfinals predictions including Anisimova vs Halep

All four women’s quarterfinals are played at Wimbledon. Manic Monday may not be anymore, but the final rounds of the tournament are still fraught with intrigue. Can anyone beat Simona Halep? Is Ons Jabeur ready to win a Major? As always, our writers share their thoughts on the Quarterfinals. These games are predicted by Jakub Bobro, Jack Edward and Jim Smith. Who do you think will win?

Predictions for the Wimbledon women’s quarterfinals

Ons Jabeur vs Marie Bouzkova

Jacob:
Jabeur stormed through the first three rounds, losing just 13 games, but faced a tougher opponent in her final match against Elise Mertens. The Belgian pushed her to the limit, especially in the first set, which the Tunisian won 13-11 in the tiebreak. To see Jabeur find a way to still win this match in straight sets was mighty impressive.

Roadrunner Bouzkova has been impressive in every single match, starting by surprising Danielle Collins and ending by dismantling Caroline Garcia. Jabeur will of course deliver another ball, which the Czech has never seen before in this tournament, but she has faith and believes she will chase it every time. Still, I see the third seed as a favorite as her diversity could make Bouzkova struggle to find rhythm.
Prediction: Jabeur in 2

Jack:
The worst is behind Ons Jabeur. She survived four set points in her first set against Elise Mertens and kept her level at a terribly high level to endure a grueling straight-set match. Marie Bouzkova is a decent player but Jabeur has so many options compared to her previous opponents – I have a hard time imagining a reality where the in-form player doesn’t take the opportunity of her life to invade her maiden Wimbledon final.
Prediction: Jabeur in 2

Jim:
This is probably a tougher game for Jabeur than it looks on paper. Bouzkova is more of a mixed player, but when she’s playing her best tennis – as she has been at Wimbledon – the Czech is a tough opponent. Her field coverage is among the best in women’s football and she is not without a great deal of playing experience. But she has far less than Jabeur and she has yet to meet a player of the Tunisian’s quality at Wimbledon. Expect Jabeur to prove too strong.
Prediction: Jabeur in 3

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Tatjana Maria against Jule Niemeier

Jacob:
Who had that in the holder? While it may come as a surprise, I expect this obscure German derby to deliver strong tennis as both players played incredible stuff throughout the championships. Niemeier’s performance against Anett Kontaveit was incredible to watch, as was Maria’s game against Jelena Ostapenko. It’s hard to decide, but I’m leaning towards Niemeier because Maria’s run-intensive match against the Latvian put a lot of physical strain on her.
Prognosis: Niemeier in the 3

Jack:
For those following Jule Niemeier’s career closely, this run might not come as a surprise. The German hits the ball bigger than the vast majority of the Tour – it was just a matter of combination.

If there was someone who could dissect her game, Tatjana Maria would be the woman for the job. She’s already untied Sakkari and Ostapenko with her nasty discs sitting awfully deep on that surface. I don’t underestimate Maria, but if Niemeier’s arrival is really here and now, I think she has to see through the game.
Prognosis: Niemeier in the 3

Jim:
A huge opportunity for both. Who manages the accompanying pressure will likely play a big part in who comes out on top. Maria has the experience advantage and probably had to beat better players to reach this level. Still, expect Niemeier to come out on top. She’s of a higher caliber and in a match this high, her youth can actually be an advantage.
Prognosis: Niemeier in the 3

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Elena Rybakina vs Ajla Tomljanovic

Jacob:
Not much was said about Rybakina, but the Kazakh was incredibly solid match-in, match-out, defeating strong opponents like Bianca Andreescu, Petra Martic or Coco Vandeweghe without losing a single set. Tomljanovic has now reached back-to-back quarterfinals at Wimbledon after beating Barbora Krejcikova and Alize Cornet in her last two games. This is a close match but as Rybakina comes into the game more rested she has to be my favorite over the Aussie.
Prediction: Rybakina in 3

Jack:
It is no coincidence that Elena Rybakina reached the quarterfinals. She’s always had the combination of serve and forehand to excel on any surface, but she’s always had the potential to really shine on a grass court. Ajla Tomljanovic is a big hitter with similar advantages to the Kazakh, but with both going almost 100% I would expect Rybakina to have a bit more firepower.
Prognosis: Rybakina in the 2nd

Jim:
Rybakina is probably overdue and when a really big run at a major Wimbledon didn’t seem like the most likely venue for it, nor is it exactly impossible to understand how the Kazakh succeeded in those places. Tomljanovic has also played very well to reach this stage, repeating her result from 2021, but she failed to progress last year and this should be the end of the road for her again in 2022.
Prediction: Rybakina in 3

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Amanda Anisimova vs Simona Halep

Jacob:
Anisimova has faced some adversity in this run, coming back from losses to Lauren Davis and Coco Gauff, but the young American has looked better in every match, finishing Harmony Tan’s fairy tale run most recently. Halep, who is yet to lose a set, was an absolute machine at this year’s Wimbledon. The only time she looked a little in danger was against Kirsten Flipkens in the opener, but the former No. 1 defeated fourth-seeded Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2 in her previous match, showing just how good her form is is. This combination would suit Anisimova better on a different surface. Considering how good Halep has looked, the Romanian has to be considered a contender.
Prediction: Halep in 2nd

Jack:
This matching dynamic depends on whether or not Anisimova appears. I was expecting her return to be sped up a bit by her opponent’s serves on this surface, but she seems to time the ball well – Halep hardly has the biggest serve in the world either, so it could be difficult for the two if the American is on-time Grand Slam champion. From what I’ve seen, I have no reason to believe that Anisimova won’t be in full swing. Even for someone of Halep’s caliber, she’s shown lately that big hitters can beat her.
Prediction: Anisimova in 3

Jim:
Jabeur is probably the favourite, but maybe she shouldn’t be. After all, Halep is the only player to actually win Wimbledon. She also destroyed Paula Badosa in straight sets to secure her spot in the quarterfinals. Anisimova also had an excellent tournament, but if Halep maintains the level she showed against Badosa, it’s safe to assume she has too much for the American too.
Prediction: Halep in 2nd

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