Yesterday I talked about the possibility of cagey nerves when Ash Barty and Ajla Tomljanovic took to the court as compatriots. Tomljanovic certainly suffered with the occasion in her 6/1 6/3 loss. The top-seed never really had to be at her best once again but she is posting solid efforts each time. It sounds harsh from me each round saying she hasn’t played anywhere near her best but it’s been true. What a fascinating semi against Angie Kerber. Muchova was well beaten by the German and later admitted to having picked up a thigh injury in the last round against Paula Badosa. She wasn’t close at all today in truth, though there was a bit more at the start of the second. Kerber has continued her good form coming in with the win in Bad Homburg. She is proven over the course and distance too. It should be a good grass-court match against the top-seed.
Aryna Sabalenka continues to play the big points really well. It is not something we have become accustomed to in the majors yet but it looks like we are starting to get somewhere. Every match is breaking new ground now, which says a lot when she is the second seed and I don’t just mean at Wimbledon. She hadn’t gone past the last16 anywhere before Monday. She is joined in this venture at SW19 by Karolina Pliskova, who though being talked about for years as a champion is now only making her first semi-final here. The 6/2 6/2 victory over Viktorija Golubic was pretty impressive, where she even looked pretty solid in the baseline exchanges. Golubic actually didn’t play that badly. The defeats for Muchova and Jabeur mean it has been very poor tipping from me this time out. It has just been one of those this year.
Hubert Hurkacz was absolutely on fire today. To come back and take the last two sets 6/3 6/3 is some effort against Daniil Medvedev. Mentally he seems ice cool and we know he looks very suited to the surface. I hope he comes out and plays like that against the Fed Express. When someone is your idol it can work two ways but I think he will know if he serves like this, he will keep the scoreboard close.
Men’s quarter-final day today, let’s see what happens.
Al Davies (Andy Del Potro).