Wimbledon 2013 – Women’s quarter-finals preview

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Serena Williams’ surprise to defeat to 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki has made Wimbledon 2013 the most open Championship in a long time.

Second seed Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova exited in the second round, leaving fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska as the highest ranked player left in the draw.

However, this has not made her the bookies favourite to prevail in the singles at SW19 this year, which is an honour bestowed upon Williams’ conqueror.

Lisicki will open play on No.1 Court against the woman who beat Great Britain’s great hope Laura Robson – Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.

Kanepi will need to improve on the solid performance she put in to defeat Robson at the same venue on Manic Monday, as well as hoping Lisicki does not hit the same kind of form that saw her dump out the top seed and defending champion.

USA’s last hope in the tournament is promising 20-year-old Sloane Stephens and she will play second on No.1 Court against former finalist Marion Bartoli if France.

15th seed Bartoli is ranked two places above Stephens, but the American is favourite to go through, if she gets her game together, and was tipped for the title by Williams on Monday night.

Centre Court opens with Radwanska’s match against former French Open champion Na Li, as she looks to break her Grand Slam duck.

Last year’s finalist is unlikely to have a better chance to convert her game of consistency into a major title, though her Chinese opponent has been in good form up to now.

Second on Centre will be Petra Kvitova, who will be hungry to win her second Wimbledon crown after her victory in 2011, though she meets a player in good form.

Kirsten Flipkens is the 20th seed and has yet to drop a set so far at the All England Club, though Kvitova will provide her with as stern a test she has faced yet.

The eighth seed from Czech Rep looked out of sorts earlier in the tournament but has since found her form and it will take a good performance to deny her a second title at SW19.

All play on the show courts gets under way at 1pm, though there are various doubles and junior matches starting from 11.30am on the outside courts.

Weather reports have been good for most of the day and so play should be uninterrupted for what promises to be an open and intriguing set of quarter-finals.

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