Wimbledon on Sling TV, Day 8

Jul 05, 2016 by Scott Ross

(Coverage starts at 8am ET on ESPN, all times Eastern)

Centre Court
8am ET
Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Angelique Kerber (GER) [4], QF
The #5 ranked women’s player in the world, Simona Halep overcame a tough first-set loss to Madison Keys to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 in just under 2 hours to reach the quarterfinals, as Keys struggled with a bum achilles, and 48 unforced errors. This is Halep’s fifth Wimbledon, and the first time she’s made it past the first round, as well as the first time she’s made it past the second round in any of her 15 Grand Slam appearances.

Angelique Kerber, ranked 4th in the world, had a much easier go of it, dispensing with Misaki Doi in straight sets 6-3 6-1, a less stressful victory than the 6-7 7-6 6-3 win she earned over Doi en route to winning the Australian Open in January. This will be the fifth time Halep and Kerber have faced each other, with Halep winning three times, though Kerber won their last meeting, at the Federation Cup in April. They have never before played on grass.

Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [21], QF

After winning a tough 7-5 first set against old foe Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena Williams won the second set 6-0 to advance to her eighth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals, and 12th in 17 Wimbledon appearances. Williams was just too much for Kuznetsova, hammering 14 aces and hitting 43 winners.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 23rd in the world, beat American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-3 to advance to her first Wimbledon quarterfinal in 10 tries, and her first Grand Slam quarterfinals since the 2011 US Open. Serena is undefeated in five previous matches against Pavlyuchenkova, most recently beating her 6-1 6-3 at Rome in 2015.

Radek Stepanek (CZE) [14] & Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [14] vs. Bob Bryan (USA) [2] & Mike Bryan (USA) [2], 3rd Round

Radek Stepanek and Nened Zimonjic defeated Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki 7-6 6-7 10-8, despite the losers having 23-4 advantage on aces. This is Stepanek’s 9th Wimbledon with a partner, twice making it to the semis, while Zimonjic has been here 17 times before, winning the Men’s Doubles title in 2008 and 2009, and making the quarterfinals each of the previous three years.

Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are one of the great doubles duos of all time, having won 16 Grand Slam titles together, including three times at Wimbledon. They made quick work of Malek Jaziri and Lukas Rosol, winning 6-3 6-4 in just 55 minutes.

No. 1 Court
8am ET
Venus Williams (USA) [8] v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ), QF
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [19] v Elena Vesnina (RUS), QF
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [1] & Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [1] Vs. Sam Groth (AUS) & Robert Lindstedt (SWE), 3rd Round

No. 2 Court
6:30am ET
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) & Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) & Carlos Moya (ESP), Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles
Mansour Bahrami (IRI) & Patrick McEnroe (USA) vs. Jeremy Bates (GBR) & Anders Jarryd (SWE), Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) [8] & Jack Sock (USA) [8] vs. Julien Benneteau (FRA) & Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA), 3rd Round
Nicholas Monroe (USA) & Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) vs. Robert Farah (COL) [15] & Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [15], 3rd Round

No. 3 Court
6:30am ET
Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [10], 4th Round, to finish 6-4 3-6 6-6 7-6
Raquel Atawo (USA) [10] & Abigail Spears (USA) [10] vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) & Daria Kasatkina (RUS), 3rd Round
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) & Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE) & Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 1st Round
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [6] & Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [6] vs. Serena Williams (USA) & Venus Williams (USA), 3rd Round

No. 8 Court
6am ET
Annika Beck (GER) & Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [4] & Elena Vesnina (RUS) [4], 2nd Round, to finish 6-4 3-6

No. 12 Court
6:30am ET
Marcin Matkowski (POL) [11] & Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [11] vs. Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) & Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP), 3rd Round
Julian Knowle (AUT) & Shuai Zhang (CHN) vs. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) [14] & Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [14], 2nd Round

No. 17 Court
6am ET
Mate Pavic (CRO) [16] & Michael Venus (NZL) [16] vs. Jamie Murray (GBR) [3] & Bruno Soares (BRA) [3], 3rd Round, to finish 3-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 13-13

No. 18 Court
6:30am ET
Ivan Dodig (CRO) [1] & Sania Mirza (IND) [1] vs. Neal Skupski (GBR) & Anna Smith (GBR), 2nd Round

For the Boys’ and Girls’ schedule, as well as the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Invitational, go to Wimbledon.com

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All stats courtesy of Wimbledon, ATP World Tour and ESPN

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