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Wimbledon Women’s Day 5 predictions including Sakkari vs Maria

We start the third round on Day 5 of Wimbledon. On Friday, we’ll look at eight women’s matches to determine who advances to Round 4. As always, the LWOT writers share their thoughts on the matches. We split the eight matches between this one and a separate article. The predictions for today’s matches are Jakub Bobro, Glenys Furness and Jim Smith. Who do you think they can win?

Wimbledon Day 5 Women’s Predictions

Angelique Kerber vs. Elise Mertens

Jacob:
Kerber has been a strong competitor here, earning straight-set wins over Kristina Mladenovic and Magda Linette. Mertens has had to struggle, losing a set to both Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (who retired in the third set) and Panna Udvardy. If the German keeps her form, Mertens hasn’t looked like a player capable of stopping her here.
Prediction: Kerber at 2

Glenys:
An interesting duel. Both top seeds, but only one of them has reached the final. Kerber won the singles event in 2018. The German has also had fairly easy matches to get to this stage. Mertens, on the other hand, has never been beyond the fourth round. The Belgian has had to fight in every game to get to this stage, and everyone has made it to the end. Kerber will take this.
Prediction: Kerber at 2

James:
Mertens was on the verge of an early exit at the hands of Panna Udvardy, but was saved by a combination of her own never say die attitude and the light that fails. However, Kerber probably won’t be as forgiving. The German has an excellent record at Wimbledon and her knowledge on grass should give her a decisive advantage here.
Prediction: Kerber at 2

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Kaja Juvan vs. Heather Watson

Jacob:
Juvan took out the fittest grass-court player in Beatriz Haddad Maia, and followed that up with a victory over Dalma Galfi. Watson will be a different challenge as she will have the crowd behind her which could decide this match.
Prediction: Watson at 3

Glenys:
Kaja Juvan impressed in the first round, defeating 23rd seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in straight sets. Although her second round match was a bit easier than the Slovenian, Juvan has never gone beyond the third round. Heather Watson has had to play her first two games in two days, due to her finishing late at night. Watson is also a Grand Slam champion, albeit in mixed doubles. The Briton will have the crowd behind her and will also be on a show court. Watson has the experience of playing on the exhibition courts, as she had her first round match on Court 1, and this match will be the same. The Brit held match points against Serena Williams in 2015 at center before ultimately losing that third-round match. This one should be easier for the Brit.
Prediction: Watson at 3

James:
Juvan is having the best season of her career and the Slovenian will surely have high hopes of reaching the second week in a Major for the first time in her career after excellent wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia and Dalma Galfi. Will she? Watson has the quality to win this match and will have the crowd behind her, but the Brit is not the force she once was, even at home.
Prediction: Juvan in 3

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Alison Riske vs. Marie Bouzkova

Jacob:
Match of the day on the women’s side for me. Riske-Amritraj continues to show why she has been a dangerous turf player throughout her career, recently beating the tough qualifier Maja Chwalinska. Bouzkova pulled off a huge upset over Danielle Collins and went on to lose just three games against Ann Li. Can Bouzkova’s tireless defense beat Riske’s offense? I think she could.
Prediction: Bouzkova in 3

Glenys:
Alison Riske is looking good right now. The American, although she lost the first set in her second round match, dominated the remaining sets losing just one game. Her first round match was a straight sets victory. Riske is a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Marie Bouzkova knocked out the 7th seed in her first round in three sets, then swept through the second round, losing just 3 games. The Czech will be playing her third consecutive American at the Championships this year, however, Riske will be a step too far.
Prediction: Riske in 3

James:
Riske came into Wimbledon after a period of disappointing form, but the American has a good record at SW19 and has impressed so far this week. However, he got off to a slow start against Maja Chwalinska and will have to avoid that against Bouzkova. The Czech is playing good tennis and is good enough to really challenge Riske here. But expect Riske’s experience to finally tell in his favor.
Prediction: Riske in 3

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Maria Sakkari vs Tatjana Maria

Jacob:
Sakkari earned two solid straight-set wins over Zoe Hives and Viktoriya Tomova. Veteran Tatjana Maria is difficult to play on grass with her style of play, as she showed in her win over Sorana Cirstea in the second round. The German will bring a different challenge to Sakkari, but the Greek’s baseline game should be solid enough to win here.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3

Glenys:
Maria Sakkari has easily made it through her first two rounds and her opponents have barely bothered her. Although seeded fifth this year, the Greek has never gone beyond the third round here. Against Germany’s Tatjana Maria, the Greek is likely to have no problem. Although Maria defeated 26th seed Sorana Cîrstea in the last round, both of the German’s matches to date have been three-set battles.
Prediction: Sakkari at 2

James:
Maria is in the relatively rare position of being more or less a grass-court specialist and has so far been comfortable on the All-England Club’s grass in three-set wins over Astra Sharma and Sorana Cirstea. Sakkari, by contrast, has historically struggled at Wimbledon. But the Greek has looked good so far this year and he is the best player in this pairing. That should be reflected on the scoreboard.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3

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