Just 24 hours after fulfilling their respective last-16 matches, the remaining women left in the hunt for Wimbledon singles glory must compete in the quarter finals.
With minimal recovery time, superior technical prowess is likely to be the deciding factor here, so an enhanced fourfold featuring all four of the day’s favourites must be especially appealing.
You’ll be delighted to hear, dear reader, that’s just what the good folks at bwin.com have prepared for you.
Should Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza and Agnieska Radwanska see off Victoria Azarenka, Coco Vandeweghe, Timea Bacsinszky and Madison Keys respectively, punters can get paid out at 15/4 and it isn’t just their assumed superiority rendering this a great bet.
There are ample stats in support of a flutter on this fancied foursome, the pick of which we’ve outlined below.
Serena Williams to beat Victoria Azarenka @ 3/10
The number one seed has met her Belarusian counterpart on 19 previous instances and has celebrated 16 victories.
Three of these meetings occurred on the hallowed turf of SW19, where Williams has ruthlessly exploited the power discrepancy between the pair to record a hat-trick of straight-sets wins.
A hard-fought win over Heather Watson aside, it’s all been fairly routine for the defending champion thus far, so don’t expect any slip ups here.
Maria Sharapova to beat Coco Vandeweghe @ 1/5
Vandeweghe has, by some margin, outstripped her previous best performance at Wimbledon in reaching the last eight, but her run is set to end here.
The American beat much-fancied Lucie Safarova in straight sets yesterday, though had to rely on tie breaks to get the job done.
With her energy sources duly sapped, a refreshed-by-comparison Sharapova, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament, is poised to cruise into the semi-finals.
Garbine Muguruza to beat Timea Bacsinszky @ 3/4
Removed from her clay-court comfort zone, Muguruza’s performances on the green stuff this year have raised a few eyebrows.
Having dispensed with first Angelique Kerber, then Caroline Wozniacki, two top-ten ranked players, the Spaniard will fancy her chances of seeing off the world number 15.
Muguruza’s stronger serve is likely to be the deciding factor here; she hit four aces in two sets against Wozniacki in the last 16, whereas Bacsinszky didn’t manage one in her distance-spanning defeat of Monica Niculescu.
Agnieska Radwanska to beat Madison Keys @ 11/25
Radwanska has never lost in three tussles with her American adversary and has enjoyed a turbulence-free passage into the quarters, winning in flawless fashion in every round thus far.
The same cannot be said of Keys, whose run to this round has been littered with tie breaks and third sets.
Furthermore, the calibre of foe she has felled can’t compare to that of the Pole she’s staring down next, with none of her victims ranked inside the world’s top 75.