Re: Wimbledon 2019: Will Belinda Bencic Finally Reach Her First Grand Slam SF?
Honestly, I have to agree that this is the best chance she'll have of reaching a semi for a while. There are a lot of big names in her quarter, but how many of them actually have the form to back it up at the moment?
1R: Pavlyuchenkova has been a walking bye since she beat Sloane in Melbourne - she's earned only 298 points since then. I see absolutely no reason for her to turn things around here.
2R: Kanepi hasn't won a match at Wimbledon since 2014.
3R: Vekic will still be mentally destroyed from her loss in the Nottingham final. She beat Bencic on clay because she had no pressure and Bencic hates the surface more than her, but here she will face the pressure of defending big points for the first time, while Bencic can hit freely. This looks like a straight-forward win to me. Riske has never been to the second week at Wimbledon and this won't change this year.
4R: Barty is the only person she might meet here that could give her problems, but this is a nice matchup for Belinda, as she can use Ashleigh's forehand pace and has the rally tolerance to deal with her slice spam. She would eat Muguruza for breakfast, too
QF: She already beat Kerber on grass this year and she'd eviscerate Serena for her lack of movement. No chance she gives either of these a look at the match.
There isn't actually a single player she could meet in this tournament that she shouldn't expect to win against. I see no reason why she can't make the semi, and once she does that the tournament is essentially hers. Even if Peak Pliskova came to play, which it won't, we saw how that matchup goes in Indian Wells. It'll only be worse on grass.