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Five to follow on Day Eight

Na Li celebrates her convincing Fourth Round win.
by Nicholas McCarvel
Tuesday 2 July 2013

Four matches, four spots in the Wimbledon semi-finals. Those are the stakes on Tuesday as the eight remaining ladies in The Championships battle it out in the quarter-finals, with two matches set for Centre Court and two on No.1 Court. Elsewhere, some of the greats of the game take to the court for giggles on the grass and the juniors get into full swing. Read what you can't miss on Day Eight:

Top Half: It's (Shocker!) Li's to Win
After beating Serena Williams in a three-set thriller to advance to her fourth Wimbledon quarter-final in five years, Sabine Lisicki skyrocketed to the top of the bookmakers' charts as the odds-on favourite. But there are two other names still alive in the top half of the women's draw that have a viable chance to win at Wimbledon (in truth, really everyone has a chance at this point): perennial top 10ers, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska. Li, the 2011 Roland Garros champ, and Radwanska, a finalist here a year ago, will meet in what could be a blockbuster quarter-final. Li leads their head-to-head 6-4, and most recently took out Aga in an Australian Open quarter-final. Lisicki is tasked with Kaia Kanepi, the hard-hitting Estonian whom she has never met before. Who's to come out of this half of the draw for the final? In actuality, it's Li Na's to win, but anyone could take it.

Bottom Half: Kvitova's Comeback
In the half of the draw that opened up early for an outsider to capitalise on, three familiar names and a resurgent Belgian remain. But, like Li in the top half of the draw, the bottom is Petra Kvitova's to win: the 2011 Wimbledon champion has her best shot to get back to a major final for the first time in two years. Kvitova takes on Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, a new face in the top 20 who's had a meteoric rise over the last 12 months. Flipkens, in fact, leads their head-to-head 2-1, including a recent meeting in March on hard courts. Kvitova, however, is dangerous on the slick grass with her penetrating groundstrokes. Aside from the Li-Radwanska battle, Marion Bartoli's match with American Sloane Stephens brings the most intrigue, with the 2007 Wimbledon finalist looking to break through once again in London. Stephens, however, is looking for a breakthrough herself and shockingly remains the lone American - man or woman - in singles play.

Let the Legends Games Begin
Feeling nostalgic on the historic grounds of the All England Club? Look no further than the Invitation Doubles event, which begins with gusto on Tuesday. Former Wimbledon champions Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport have transitioned from fierce rivals to competitive partners, and they'll take on another duo who had plenty of success at Wimbledon: Conchita Martinez, the 1994 champion, and Nathalie Tauziat, runner-up in 1998. They play fifth on Court 18. Court 14 is full of invitation doubles all day, and a few matches are scheduled on Court 8, including 1998 champion Jana Novotna, which is second on.

Juniors in Full Swing
While you can see some of the game's former greats take to the court, you can do the same thing with some of its future greats as the junior competition continues in ernest. Court 4 is a good place to start, where girls' No.2 seed Ana Konjuh is second up and then British hope - No.5 seed - Kyle Edmund is set to play next. French Open girls' champ Belinda Bencic, the top seed here, is second on Court 16 and the boy's No.1 seed, Nick Kyrgios, is first on Court 17. Kyrgios, who won the Australian Open juniors, is rumoured to be playing in his final junior event.

Doubles Duty
The gentlemen's doubles gets towards the business end of its draw, with three quarter-finals taking place. Top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan are chasing a non-calendar Slam, having won the U.S. Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros coming into Wimbledon. The record-holding duo, which have 14 majors to their name, is also after the calendar-year Grand Slam, with the first two majors under their belt in 2013. If they could win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, they'd be the first to win the calendar Slam in men's doubles - ever. Keep your eyes on the scoreboard, good tennis fans, as the Bryans court and won't be on before 4pm local time.

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