Can Karolina Pliskova win this year's Wimbledon?
Will Radwanska find her flair for lawn again?
Today's three women's matches in the third round at Wimbledon are worth a look.
By Christian Albrecht Barschel from Wimbledon
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark / 5) - Anett Kontaveit (Estonia)
(2nd Match Court 1)
After Karolina Pliskova's second lap, the race for number one seems to be even more exciting. Caroline Wozniacki can win as she wants at Wimbledon, but she will not be able to conquer the world rankings even if she wins the title. The sixth in the world rankings can lay the foundations in London that they have a realistic chance of number one in the coming weeks. The Dane has proven in the past how you can climb the tennis throne with constant performance without winning the big titles. And Wozniacki has been playing consistently this year. The catch: all four finals were lost. On the other hand, her opponent, Anett Kontaveit, has a title this year. The 21-year-old Estonian, currently number 38 in the WTA ranking, won the grass tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch, it was the first WTA title in her career. Kontaveit seems to have taken a liking to playing on grass after failing to win a match at Wimbledon in the past three years. In the only duel against Wozniacki, on grass in Nottingham a year ago, Kontaveit left the field as the winner. Can she defeat Wozniacki on the big Grand Slam stage?
Forecast: Wozniacki wins in straight sets.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland / 9) - Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland / 19)
(1st Match Center Court)
That was close! Agnieszka Radwanska had to fend off two match points in her second round win against Christina McHale in order to stay in the tournament. For the Polish woman, Wimbledon is the favorite tournament, at least in terms of results. Radwanska won here as a junior, was in the 2012 final against Serena Williams and two more times in the semifinals. The women's field is more open this year than it has been for a long time. Why shouldn't this year's Wimbledon winner be called Agnieszka Radwanska? However, the current form does not speak for the 28-year-old defense artist. The fact that Timea Bacsinzky will be there with the Wimbledon trophy in a week still seems unrealistic at the moment. The Swiss woman loves playing on clay much more, at the French Open she was close to the Grand Slam title for the second time. At Wimbledon, Bacsinszky has so far left a brilliant impression that lets us expect even more. Two years ago she was even in the quarter-finals, so a good result on grass is not new territory for the world number 20. And the head-to-head also speaks for Bacsinszky with 2-0 wins.
Forecast: Bacsinszky wins in three sets.
Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) - Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)
(1st Match Court 18)
At first glance, Karolina Pliskova's second round defeat against Magdalena Rybarikova is surprising, after all, Pliskova is in top form and won the grass tournament in Eastbourne. At second glance, the end was not so unexpected. Because Rybarikova arrived at Wimbledon with an excellent turf shape, the record was 13: 1. The Slovak won the ITF grass tournaments in Surbiton and Ilkley. At the WTA tournament in Nottingham, she reached the semifinals. The win against Pliskova has now opened the door wide. Rybarikova wouldn't have to beat a top player to advance to the quarter-finals. But that could be the big danger. First of all, Lesia Tsurenko stands in the way. The Ukrainian is in the third round at Wimbledon for the first time after fending off a match point against Julia Görges in the second round. Tsurenko has secretly and quietly worked his way up the world rankings and is currently number 35 in the WTA ranking, 52 positions better than Rybarikova. However, the trend clearly speaks in favor of Rybarikova.
Forecast: Rybarikova wins in straight sets.
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