|Petra Kvitova (CZE), 6||vs||Venus Williams (USA), 31|
ScheduleFriday, 27 June 2014 at 13:30 GMT / 14:30 UK / 19:00 IST
Petra Kvitova, currently 6th on the WTA ranking list is playing against Venus Williams, currently 31st in the rankings.
Venus Williams had a bad start in her second round match, considering that she lost the first three games to the Japanese player Kurumi Nara. The former champion, however, managed to return to the match and win it in straight sets. She won brilliant 14 out of 21 net points and she had 46 winners, while letting the Japanese player score only 16. The 34-year-old American won five games in the row after losing the first three and secured the first set through a tie-break, winning it 7-4.
Petra Kvitova, the 24-year-old Czech, hadn’t had too much trouble in her second round match of the great tournament. She easily beat the German player Mona Barthel in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 in games. She dominated the match, with 7 aces, 25 winners and only 9 unforced errors. Until the last game she didn’t even have to face a single break point.
It is going to be an uncertain match without any doubt. One of the oldest active players in the world of tennis is ready to step out on court and maybe score her 74th victory, and Kvitova, though struggling with injury, has had an easier previous match and might be in better form.
Both of these players are similar, when it comes to execution of their gameplan. Strong service and forehand are Venus' and Petra's forte, so whoever out-powers her opponent is very close to victory in this match.
Both Venus and Kvitova are former champions here. Venus even managed to win Wimbledon five times, last time in 2008, and Kvitova was victorious in 2011.
From 2011 Venus Williams failed to qualify in fourth round of any Grand Slam tournament, so the eventual win here would be very important for her - she will show the world that she can still compete on the highest level.
This will be the 5th match they have played, and Kvitova leads 3-1. So far they have only played against each other on hard court.
A slight advantage is given to Kvitova here, but it should be an interesting, tight match.