Thursday, September 28 is Quarterfinals Day!

Time:2017-09-28Release:James Pham

Play opens on Centre Court with #3 Karolina Pliskova taking on giant-killer Ashleigh Barty. The world #37 has played well above her ranking this week, taking out two seeds in succession – #5 Johanna Konta and #9 Agnieszka Radwanska. The pair have split two meetings, both on grass, so Pliskova will rightly be wary. “I saw little bit how she was playing today. I think she was playing very well,” the #3 seed said. But having qualified this week for the year-ending finals in Singapore, Pliskova is feeling less pressure than usual which may translate into more of the devastating form she showed in the third round. “I can enjoy my tennis right now more because obviously still I can fight for the No. 1 position, but otherwise there is nothing more what I would feel pressure from it,” she said after her Round of 16 win.

In the second match, world #20 Caroline Garcia takes on Ekaterina Makarova, the only player to have come through the draw without losing a set. Gracia played excellent tennis in the previous round to dispatch last year’s finalist #7 Dominika Cibulkova while Makarova defeated Daria Kasatkina who had beaten #2 Simona Halep. Makarova has won both times they’ve played, but the two haven’t faced each other since 2014.

Finishing off the day session is a battle between qualifier Maria Sakkari who’s having the best week of her young career against France’s Alize Cornet. Sakkari downed #4 Caroline Wozniacki and #16 Elena Vesnina on the way to the quarters while Cornet took out #6 Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sakkari will have reason to believe she can extend her Cinderella run, as she won their only previous meeting at this year’s Australian Open.

In the night match, fans will be treated to a mouthwatering contest pitting this year’s Wimbledon champion against the French Open champion as #1 Garbine Muguruza goes up against #8 Jelena Ostapenko.  The two have met twice on clay with Muguruza coming out on top both times. By winning this match, Muguruza will protect her #1 ranking for another week. Otherwise, Karolina Pliskova could regain the top spot with a title in Wuhan.

Doubles fans can look forward to a stellar day of tennis, featuring  the top 7 seeds in play.

Due to yesterday’s rain delay, #3 India’s Sania Mirza and China’s Shuai Peng must finish their match on Court 2 against Sevastova / Vekic with the winner going through to the quarterfinals to face #7 Alicja Rosolska and Abigail Spears. Mirza and Peng teamed up this summer for the US hard court season, making one quarterfinal and two semifinals, including at the US Open where they fell to Hingis / Chan.

Court 1 hosts the quarterfinals lineup, starting with #1 Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan taking on the #6 seeded team of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke. Chan / Hingis will be looking for some revenge, as in their most recent encounter at Wimbledon this year, Groenefeld / Peschke upset the #1 team in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Ashleigh Barty will have to pull double duty, partnering fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua, as the #4 seeds go up against on the #5 Chinese – Canadian team of Yifan Xu and Gabriela Dabrowski.

Closing out play will be the #2 team of Russians Makarova / Vesnina against China’s Zhaoxuan Yang and Japan’s Shuko Aoyama. The long-time Russian pairing have won 11 titles together, including this year’s Wimbledon and last year’s Olympics and WTA Final.